Prepare to progress in a role where your impact on the business is always valued.
Allen & Overy Belgium employs approximately 35 personal assistants and about 60 other staff in a wide variety of support roles at levels.
Within Allen & Overy there is an open, non-hierarchical atmosphere. We encourage our people to drive the direction of their own career within the range of possibilities that Allen & Overy has to offer.
This means they can voice their personal expectations, champion the kind of work they’re passionate about and request the training that will make it all happen.
Marketing within Allen & Overy is seen as a vital strategic business activity and a key tool in growing our top-line and profitability. The role of the Business Development department is to guide and support the lawyers with their business development activities, including client targeting, pitch management, research, competitor analysis and more.
The Business Development department is also involved in various branding initiatives. This includes media relations, publications (both printed and online), and the organisation of client events.
There are many roles in the Business Services department ranging from reception, catering, print room, procurement and stationery, post delivery, archive management through to corporate real estate management.
English Communications Centre
The English Communications Centre (ECC) is a team of native English-speaking lawyers. Their purpose is to improve the quality of legal documentation and advice delivered in English, the principal business language of Allen & Overy. They do this by editing texts applying plain English principles and providing legal drafting training and coaching to our lawyers.
As with all support functions, the Finance department is a key component in driving the business forward. Not surprisingly, there are many different areas of focus within this department: financial analysis and budget control, accounting, client administration and credit control.
Providing a full HR service to our lawyers and staff is a vital part of our business. The HR function in Allen & Overy plays an important strategic and facilitating role in attracting, motivating, developing and retaining the best possible quality of lawyers and staff at all levels.
The Belgian IT department is responsible for maintaining Allen & Overy's IT infrastructure and implementing the global IT strategy. It provides a range of IT services including help desk.
Know how and Library
Our know-how experts work for a specific practice group. They monitor legal developments, prepare and contribute to newsletters, maintain the know-how databases and respond to enquiries form lawyers. Their support gives our lawyers a head start and helps them to respond more quickly to client requests.
Our librarians not only deal with the administration of books and periodicals, they do much more than that. Thanks to their expertise and experience they help our lawyers to quickly gather all supporting material they need for specific research.
Our paralegals are essential to delivering high quality corporate housekeeping to our clients. They ensure that all corporate records are properly kept and that corporate requirements are met by clients on time.
The PAs support the lawyers in their interesting transactional and advisory work. The work consists of a wide variety of administrative and organisational tasks such as the skillful handling of telephone calls, agenda management and the processing of documents, using excellent language skills (English, Dutch and French). Needless to say that PA support is an increasingly sophisticated and demanding role, requiring greater use of technology and a wide range of skills.
Some PAs have a more leading role within their team. They are responsible for the workflow management of their team and are included in additional projects. In return for a high level of technical ability, professionalism, team spirit and flexibility, we offer our PAs a competitive salary and benefits package.
We are known as a legal practice that combines career possibilities with a very pleasant atmosphere to work in.
We want to enjoy our work and organise different social activities including the daily 'cookie time', a practice-group day and a yearly 'revue' with a dinner and party.
We also have a health and wellbeing team consisting of lawyers and support staff that organises a full programme of activities to encourage healthier living and general wellbeing. Some of the activities organised by the team include an annual ski weekend, the Legal Run (20K around Brussels) and a carting evening.
Allen & Overy believes in diversity and equality. Although we all have different tasks, everyone is equal. Instead of internal competition, loyalty to our colleagues and to the goals of Allen & Overy is our hallmark.
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.
This insurance covers you if you are the victim of certain accidents occurring at any time (whether at work or in your private life) and anywhere in the world, including in your own home.
The Assistance Programme provides free access to a range of specialist support and information services, including telephone and face-to-face counselling.
Guaranteed income insurance
In the event of complete incapacity (caused by illness, accident, childbirth, etc) Allen & Overy will continue to pay part of your fees throughout the first three months of incapacity.
Professional liability insurance
The respective bars have concluded a group professional liability policy whereby part of your bar contribution acts as an insurance premium. Above the amount covered by the bar, for Allen & Overy matters, you are also insured through the Allen & Overy policy which provides worldwide cover.
Professional travel insurance
All trainees are automatically covered for business journeys while travelling overseas. Benefits are payable for medical and emergency travel expenses; loss of baggage; loss of money or traveller's cheques; cancellation, curtailment and change of itinerary; travel delay; passport indemnity; personal liability and legal expenses.