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Working alongside leaders in their field and supporting the growth of an international legal practice brings enormous challenges and broad opportunities for career development. 

At Allen & Overy, our people are our strongest and most important asset  We pride ourselves on recruiting only the very best – lawyers and support professionals – and it is that basic principle which forms the foundation of our success.

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Our departments

Document and design

Document and design

The Document and Design teams utilise their technical expertise, technology solutions and talent to offer innovative solutions for our A&O teams globally, across practice groups and support functions, offering a global 24/7 service.

The Document Production teams deliver expert level technical assistance across all Microsoft office packages; including document comparisons, formatting, conversions, dictation, transcription and document health checks. The service produces high quality outputs, everything from legal documents to brochures for our internal clients.

The Document Checking teams are specialists in language style and proofreading on a wide range of document types. With an eye for detail, they support the firm by checking document production work, proofreading, document comparisons and checking printers’ proofs, defined terms and cross references.

The Design teams are specialists in creativity, supporting our practice groups and support functions to produce visually appealing, high quality and innovative design across media. Working on applications such as PowerPoint, InDesign, Illustrator and the Creative Adobe suite, the team assist the firm from concept and storyboarding through to design and production to deliver market leading solutions for print, digital, video and presentations.



In Finance, we pride ourselves on delivering a platinum service. We only recruit people of the highest calibre performing to the highest standards, and have the best systems in place to help them.

We use a leading-edge financial software solution designed specifically for law firms. It enables us to manage our new business intake, billings, collections, payments and management reporting efficiently. It allows us to ensure consistent processes and controls throughout the firm.

Work for us, and you’re working as part of a truly global finance function. You’ll have colleagues in offices around the world – everywhere from Sydney to New York, from Hong Kong to Dubai and throughout Europe.

And because of the global nature of our work, there is often potential for travelling further afield. We have a track record of our people moving internationally around the business, with colleagues recently transferring from London to Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.

We recruit at different levels, including senior roles, and across a number of different areas within finance, so there is a clear career ladder to climb. There is also the potential to move across roles to broaden your experience. All this and an array of excellent opportunities for training and development. So whatever you want out of your finance career, Allen & Overy is the place for you.

Human Resources

Human Resources

Our HR function is a true leader in the legal sector. For example, our graduate recruitment work has won numerous awards, and our work on diversity and inclusion has also gained national plaudits and press attention.

We have a dynamic, collaborative and valued HR team, and continue to ensure that we meet the changing needs of this growing, successful business. 

If you are just starting out on your HR career or already have a track record of success, Allen & Overy is the place for you, as you’ll gain invaluable experience and expertise working with the best lawyers in the world. And this on a global scale too, as elements of our work from Belfast will involve our offices across the globe.

Information Technology

Information Technology

Allen & Overy has invested heavily in the very best IT systems and gone to great lengths to ensure that they are fully integrated across our international network. Our document management system, for example, is an industry leader.

We need talented people to help us keep this valued infrastructure running smoothly 24/7. The first-rate support we provide to the business is plugged straight into our 44 offices around the world – everywhere from Sydney to New York, from Hong Kong to Dubai and throughout Europe.

And while a lot of our work will be done from our Belfast office – the central global hub for IT support – our skills and expertise occasionally take us around the world.  At Allen & Overy, IT is delivered on a global scale.

Library and Information

Library and Information

Join the Library and Research team at Allen & Overy and contribute to a highly-valued service that underpins the success of our lawyers around the world.

We support lawyers who provide the world’s biggest businesses with the best legal advice there is. We have a culture of excellence here which is second to none. The Library and Research function plays a pivotal role in the training of our lawyers, the support of our clients and the development of best practice.

The team encompasses all aspects of the information profession – producing bespoke research pieces, delivering authoritative training, responding to legal and business queries and managing the extensive hard copy needs of our lawyers.

Information services are integral to the firm's knowledge strategy. We look for innovative, resourceful individuals, committed to the provision and exchange of knowledge and information. The work is rewarding and there are excellent career development opportunities.

Marketing and Business Development

Marketing and Business Development

Through the delivery of marketing, business development and communications, the global Marketing function helps to achieve A&O’s business objectives, nurture client relationships, win new clients and strengthen our market reputation. In doing this, we maintain and improve A&O’s position as a leading law firm on the international stage.

The Marketing department in Belfast comprises a team of professionals working across Business Development, Client Relationship Management and Digital & Marketing Technology.

The Business Development (BD) team supports the partners in our global practice groups, winning business from new or existing clients by producing pitches, organising client networking events and preparing submissions to legal directories.

The Client Relationship Management (CRM) team proactively manages our key client relationships, which is fundamental to maintaining and developing our global business in an increasingly competitive market.

The Digital & Marketing Technology team implement and manage the firm’s integrated marketing information systems and digital marketing communications channels.

Learning and development

We're passionate about providing top-quality training and development for all our people. Our aim is to constantly grow as a leading global law firm and our people are key to achieving this goal. That's why we invest in you – providing a career which is tailored to your skills and helping you achieve your goals. We aim to bring you opportunities you wouldn't find anywhere else – and to do this, we've created the A&O Support Academy.

Its aim is to provide our business teams globally with the leadership, management and business skills needed to succeed and reach their full potential. The programmes are delivered by a mix of internal and external facilitators, these programmes are specifically tailored to the every-day work reality and challenges of business teams at A&O.

The Academy can be joined at any point in your career, from foundation, through advanced and up to mastery level. Many of the programmes are offered on a regional basis to enable everyone globally to attend and network with their peers from other offices.


We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people.

Along with our competitive base salary and overtime offering, we provide a competitive pension scheme, personal accident insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, health assessments and private medical insurance.

Our other benefits include gym membership with a corporate discount, cycle to work scheme and bike loan. Not to mention,   23 days holiday, and 10 public holidays.

Working environment

Allen & Overy's Belfast office is in the redeveloped Donegall Quay area within easy reach of the centre of the city with fantastic views over the river.

At Allen & Overy Belfast, it is not all work, no play. Socially, the Belfast office hosts monthly drinks, quiz nights and other events. In recent years, the LSC has also entered teams in the local tag rugby spring and summer leagues and the Belfast marathon.

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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