There is no stuffy or hierarchical structure and it is easy to ask questions and work collaboratively Charlotte Palmer
Associate London

Why Osborne Clarke?

I was fortunate to gain a place on the vacation scheme at Osborne Clarke back in 2015 which enabled me to get a clear insight into the workings of the firm, its culture and day-to-day life. This opportunity was fantastic and confirmed my hopes that Osborne Clarke was a law firm that would give me excellent training and the opportunity to work with great clients on exciting deals. Plus, the culture was great – there is no stuffy or hierarchical structure and it is easy to ask questions and work collaboratively.

Could you tell us about your training experience at Osborne Clarke?

My first seat was in real estate where I was given a lot of responsibility with the right amount of supervision. This gave me a good grounding for the rest of training as I was working on several matters at once which improved my organisational skills and I got to see and worth through the life cycle of numerous deals.

My second seat was banking; this seat was different as I was working on fewer matters of higher value. I was heavily involved in transaction management and had good levels of exposure to technical drafting. I also worked with an exciting range of clients in the energy and utilities, real estate investors and financial services sectors and got the opportunity to work on cross-border matters.

My third seat was projects. I was excited to join this team as I have always had an interest in the energy work that Osborne Clarke does. In this seat I worked on large scale student accommodation deals, construction projects including in the renewables sphere, undertook lots of interesting regulatory energy research and gained exposure to some of Osborne Clarke’s subsectors.

My final seat was my contentious seat in commercial disputes. Here I got a taste of what it was like to work on complex disputes as well as gaining a solid understanding of court processes. In this seat I got the chance to go to Munich for the day to conduct an interview for a case I was working on!

Could you describe a typical day at Osborne Clarke?

After completing my training, I’m now an Associate in the Projects team and life is just as changeable. The Projects team do a real variety of work and there is a lot to learn. We do plenty of energy work which is great for me as I have been able to bed myself into the sector and do some really interesting work from financing energy projects to purchasing power and giving niche regulatory advice. In terms of my work schedule, no day is really the same, I do a range of work across energy regulation, transactional energy and infrastructure as well being involved in the Transformational Drivers that form Osborne Clarke’s 2025 strategy, including decarbonisation and energy innovation.

Could you tell us about your involvement with the Diversity and Inclusion networks?

I am an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion networks and am currently co-chair of OC Pride, our LGBT+ network. I started in this role as a trainee – there is plenty of scope to get involved in a huge range of CSR and diversity initiatives which I love. This has enabled me to advocate for change, to input into the firm’s diversity strategy and to meet more people. Osborne Clarke cares about these issues and is working hard to make things better for the future and I am grateful to be able to help bring about this change.

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