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Why Allen & Overy?

What we do

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With over 5,500 people in 43 offices, we’re a business doing work of global significance.

We’re one firm structured as seven global practices; over half of our transactions involve three or more jurisdictions, and nearly three-quarters of the work we do draws on the resources of two or more of our offices.

What we do goes beyond delivering an outstanding service. We lead the market by finding new ways of meeting the challenges that our clients face. Our thinking is innovative and our approach, fearless. We draw on a world-leading network of expertise and on a diverse range of tools – such as our Legal Services Centre and our network of over 300 Peerpoint consultants - to successfully exceed expectations.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients. For you it means wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the opportunity and the scope to have a career more fulfilling than you can imagine.

Culture and values

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We work to attract, develop and keep the very best people – and we don’t take them for granted.

All kinds of people work at Allen & Overy, and we all have a few things in common. We’re united by ambition and drive, and by the restless pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work.

But as important as that work is, we know that it’s also important for our people to have a life beyond it. Everyone at A&O is given the space and encouragement to pursue their interests, and access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our programme of pro bono and community work that complements their skills and ambitions.

Put the competition far behind you.

We’re a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over 30 countries around the world.

We’re the only law firm to have featured in the top three of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking every year, and to have topped the list five times. Last year we worked for 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies and we promoted 24 new partners around the globe.

This phenomenal success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients, together.

We set the trends

Our track record of innovation is impressive. From our expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working for partners, and our alternative resourcing options such as Peerpoint, we are setting the standard for what a global law firm should look like. We’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way.

We’re ambitious and driven. We challenge each other and the status quo. We’re open, honest, and never afraid of change. We expect you to own your career, so don’t wait to be told, go out and seize the opportunity.

International focus

It’s time to make the move.

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Our global success is built on our network of internationally agile lawyers.

With offices in 31 countries, we act as one global law firm driving excellence consistently across the world and setting the standard for the future. Wherever the next challenge arises, we’re ready to send the best people to be by our clients’ side. Enhancing our international mobility is central to our strategy, paramount to our firm’s performance and your personal and professional growth. So we’re encouraging all of our people to seize the next international opportunity, develop a global mind-set, broaden their cultural exposure and expand their network.

If you want to make it happen, we provide the support you need to thrive. We offer short and long-term opportunities across our entire network – from New York to Hong Kong, London to Dubai and beyond. Our Global Mobility Team are on hand to smooth the process over, taking care of the logistics so you can take care of the law. That’s why we are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to global mobility, moving a significant number of people every year. We make an international focus part of our DNA so you can reap the rewards.

With over 5,500 people in 43 offices, we’re a business doing work of global significance.

We’re one firm structured as seven global practices; over half of our transactions involve three or more jurisdictions, and nearly three-quarters of the work we do draws on the resources of two or more of our offices.

What we do goes beyond delivering an outstanding service. We lead the market by finding new ways of meeting the challenges that our clients face. Our thinking is innovative and our approach, fearless. We draw on a world-leading network of expertise and on a diverse range of tools – such as our Legal Services Centre and our network of over 300 Peerpoint consultants - to successfully exceed expectations.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients. For you it means wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the opportunity and the scope to have a career more fulfilling than you can imagine.

We work to attract, develop and keep the very best people – and we don’t take them for granted.

All kinds of people work at Allen & Overy, and we all have a few things in common. We’re united by ambition and drive, and by the restless pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work.

But as important as that work is, we know that it’s also important for our people to have a life beyond it. Everyone at A&O is given the space and encouragement to pursue their interests, and access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our programme of pro bono and community work that complements their skills and ambitions.

Put the competition far behind you.

We’re a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over 30 countries around the world.

We’re the only law firm to have featured in the top three of the Financial Times Innovative Law Firm ranking every year, and to have topped the list five times. Last year we worked for 87% of Forbes’ top 100 public companies and we promoted 24 new partners around the globe.

This phenomenal success is built on the work of talented and motivated people who thrive in a supportive and collaborative environment, dedicated to delivering an exceptional standard of work for our clients, together.

We set the trends

Our track record of innovation is impressive. From our expansion into new jurisdictions, flexible working for partners, and our alternative resourcing options such as Peerpoint, we are setting the standard for what a global law firm should look like. We’re determined not just to be at the forefront of developments, but to set the pace and lead the way.

We’re ambitious and driven. We challenge each other and the status quo. We’re open, honest, and never afraid of change. We expect you to own your career, so don’t wait to be told, go out and seize the opportunity.

Our global success is built on our network of internationally agile lawyers.

With offices in 31 countries, we act as one global law firm driving excellence consistently across the world and setting the standard for the future. Wherever the next challenge arises, we’re ready to send the best people to be by our clients’ side. Enhancing our international mobility is central to our strategy, paramount to our firm’s performance and your personal and professional growth. So we’re encouraging all of our people to seize the next international opportunity, develop a global mind-set, broaden their cultural exposure and expand their network.

If you want to make it happen, we provide the support you need to thrive. We offer short and long-term opportunities across our entire network – from New York to Hong Kong, London to Dubai and beyond. Our Global Mobility Team are on hand to smooth the process over, taking care of the logistics so you can take care of the law. That’s why we are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to global mobility, moving a significant number of people every year. We make an international focus part of our DNA so you can reap the rewards.

Community investment

With unrivaled depth of expertise and a presence in over thirty countries, we’re in a position to effect positive change on pressing issues all over the world and help find solutions to society’s most serious problems. Our pro bono and community work is focused on two major themes – access to justice and access to education and employment – and adapted to the needs and priorities of local cultures.

Last year 44% of our lawyers took part in pro bono work to a value of USD 22.9m – but we try and use the skills of all of our people to their greatest effect, whichever part of the firm they’re from and whatever their area of expertise.

Our people are encouraged to get involved as much as possible in volunteering, to take on responsibility, and to use it as an opportunity to develop their client-facing skills. You could find yourself working for organizations such as Her Justice, Reprieve and War Child.

The opportunities to progress, both personally and professionally, are endless.

To find out more, visit our Corporate Responsibility pages.

Diversity and inclusion

We recognize that people are different – in terms of visible things like age, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance, as well as underlying things like religion, nationality, social background and education.

Diversity is valued here. Everyone has the opportunity to join us, develop with us and fulfill their potential with us.

We want to:

  • Create a culture where everyone feels valued and included and respected.
  • Bring together teams of people with differing and complementary skills, ideas and experiences.
  • Ensure people from diverse backgrounds feel that they want to develop their careers with us.
  • Use the diversity of our people to develop creative solutions for our clients.
  • Support the evolution of a legal profession that is truly accessible to everyone, regardless of his or her background.

Allen & Overy in numbers

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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