Why did you choose to apply to Osborne Clarke?
I attended a presentation evening at Osborne Clarke’s London office and Ray Berg was asked to identify Osborne Clarke’s biggest challenge, to which he answered ‘complacency’. His response highlighted the forward thinking attitude and commitment to growth and progression, which really impressed me. Since then, I’ve really seen this attitude come to life as Osborne Clarke has been awarded the Law Firm of the Year by both The Lawyer and Legal Business. The clear prioritisation of being a sector-focused practice while constantly proving itself to be a client-driven firm distinguished it for me and really motivated me to apply for the vacation scheme.
What did you get involved with during your placement?
On the vacation scheme I was given real responsibility and gained hands on experience of what trainee life at Osborne Clarke was like, which I really enjoyed. Everyone I worked with was very friendly and I was always encouraged to ask questions and really made to feel like part of the team. I was given numerous drafting opportunities including a side letter for a pro bono client, a letter of advice concerning a property litigation matter, written resolutions, stock transfer forms, share certificates and also draft board minutes. I also carried out a company search report and corporate due diligence.
A personal highlight was drafting a deed on my first day and finding out that it was sent to the client!
Do you have any advice for prospective candidates?
I found that attending to Osborne Clarke’s presentation evening helped me to understand what the firm was really about and definitely helped focus my application for the vacation scheme. I would recommend attending similar events where you are able to talk to Osborne Clarke’s trainees, associates, partners and HR representatives as this insight can be invaluable to your application.