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Facts and figures

All our important numbers and initiatives

Global snapshot

This snapshot will provide you with all the latest information on our global presence, lawyers across the network, key accolades and more.

Read "Allen & Overy: A concise snapshot" (PDF, 1.70 MB) 

About us

Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with approximately 4,949 people, including some 527 partners, working in 45 offices worldwide.

The 2014 calendar year saw Allen & Overy win roles advising clients on USD1.3 trillion of transactions globally across M&A, debt and equity capital markets, loans and projects – a total deal value unmatched by any other law firm. This helped Allen & Overy report growth in revenue and profits for a sixth consecutive year. Revenue was up 4% to GBP1.28 billion, profit before tax was up 7% to GBP570 million and profit per equity partner was up 8% to GBP1.21 million.

Clients have embraced our decision to adapt our business model to meet their changing needs. As of July 2015, our Legal Services Centre in Belfast has now advised on almost 1,000 matters and our panel of Peerpoint lawyers has grown to over 80. aosphere, our online legal and compliance information business has grown to over 230 institutional clients and around 10,000 individual users today, with particularly rapid growth in the US asset and fund management sector.

During the past year, Allen & Overy opened offices in Barcelona, Johannesburg, Toronto and Seoul which has taken our global network to 45 offices in 32 countries, the largest network among the global elite firms.

Global headcount

Number of partners
Allen & Overy has 527 partners across its network of 44 offices.

There are 2,680 lawyers globally including associates and counsel.

Lawyer breakdown by region (including partners)
Americas - 163
Western Europe - 875
Asia Pacific - 420
Middle East - 93
UK - 955
Central Eastern Europe - 143
Africa - 31

Graduate recruitment

Trainee intake
Allen & Overy currently offers over 90 trainee seats per year in London.

Retention rates
March 2015: out of the 46 newly qualified trainees, we offered 43 places, of which 43 accepted, giving a retention rate of 93%.

Vacation schemes
Each year we offer 60 vacancies across our vacation schemes. In each of our programmes the student will assist their trainer - a partner or an associate - on real deals and undertake a number of exercises designed to develop their skills as a commercial lawyer.

The A&O network

Number of offices
Allen & Overy has 45 offices in 32 countries.

Number of countries
Allen & Overy operates in 31 countries with several international desks.

Number of languages
Thirty nine languages are spoken across Allen & Overy's network of 44 offices in 31 countries.

Explore our global reach.

Annual results

FY 2014 - Changing business. Turnover up 2% to GBP1.23bn and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 7% to GBP523m
View the factsheet
Visit our Annual Review 2014 microsite

FY 2013 - A year of consolidation. Turnover up 0.6% to GBP1.19bn (USD1.84bn; EUR1.41bn) and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 2.2% to GBP496.7m (USD770m; EUR587m)
View the factsheet (PDF, 249 KB)
Visit our Annual Review 2013 microsite

FY 2012 - More global growth. Turnover up 6% to GBP1.18bn (USD 1.92bn; EUR1.45bn) and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 7% to GBP486m (USD790m; EUR597m)
View the factsheet (PDF, 249 KB)
Visit our Annual Review 2012 microsite

FY 2011 – A year of investment. Turnover up 7% to GBP1.12bn (USD1.87bn; EUR1.26bn).
Read the press release (PDF, 374 KB)
Visit our Annual Review 2011 microsite

FY 2008 - Global growth delivering record results. Profit before tax up 13% to GBP447 million (USD88m; EUR569m). Turnover up 15% to GBP1.016bn (USD2.012bn; EUR1.292bn).
Read our Annual Report 2008 (PDF, 2.37 MB)

For more reports, related news and contacts, see our Annual reports page.

Key accolade

In 2014 Allen & Overy was named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the FT. It is the only firm to have won this three times and to be ranked in the top three of the FT Law 50 since it began in 2006.

Women - part-time partnership

In 2010 Allen & Overy announced the introduction of formal arrangements for full equity partners to work part-time. These arrangements have the key aim of retaining more women through to partnership.

Open to all partners globally, part-time partnership aims to provide a genuine option for men and women to adjust the amount of time they work, while continuing to progress as an equity partner, for a maximum period of eight years.

Under the scheme, partners will be able to:

  • work a minimum four day week or
  • be entitled to a maximum 52 days extra leave a year
  • be paid remuneration pro rata to the amount of time worked.

Read the full story

Diversity and inclusion

Gender profile
Worldwide employees at 31 May 2013:

  • Male: 44%
  • Female: 56%

Worldwide partners at 31 May 2013:

  • Male: 84%
  • Female: 16%

Age profile
Worldwide employees at 31 May 2013:

  • Under 30: 28%
  • 30 - 39: 42%
  • 40 - 49: 21%
  • 50 - 59: 8%
  • 60+: 1%

For our full policy and more detailed information, see our Diversity and inclusion pages.


Allen & Overy has an extensive global pro bono and community affairs programme, which is an important part of who we are and the values on which we build our business.

We undertook 44,945 hours of pro bono and CSR work last year, with a value of over GBP15 million.

For further information on the variety of projects we are involved in, see our Pro bono and community pages


In 2011 we joined twenty other leading UK law firms to launch PRIME, a profession-wide undertaking to give fair access to quality work experience for young people from less privileged backgrounds.

Member firms will provide an agreed number of work experience places that meet a series of minimum standards:

  • Firms must provide a number of places that is not less than 50% of the number of training contracts offered each year.
  • The target for the profession is to provide 2,500 places by 2015, although firms who have already signed up must achieve their own individual target by July 2013.
  • Minimum standards include at least 30-35 hours of work experience per place and a commitment to developing key business and personal skills in areas such as oral and written presentation, networking and negotiation.
  • Firms must also offer a way to maintain contact after work experience has ended as well as provide financial assistance during the programme.

For more details and a link to the official website, see our PRIME page.

Smart Start Experience

The Smart Start Experience is an annual programme which gives young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across London an opportunity to gain an insight into the world of business.

It sees over 100 students aged 16-17 taking part in a week-long programme of workshops and challenges, devised and delivered by Allen & Overy volunteers from right across the business in partnership with the Brokerage Citylink.

For full details of the initiative, see our Smart Start Experience page.

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