Magic Circle-firm Allen & Overy handles significant international matters as it continues to grow in the U.S. Associates are treated to a collegial culture, and they appreciate the firm’s Compass program that allows them to receive ongoing feedback. As one would expect from a megafirm, A&O counsels in a wide variety of areas, from asset management and litigation to corporate and M&A to financial services regulation and regulatory compliance to securitization and tax—and everything in between.
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A&O uses situational interviewing to identify best-qualified candidates, and an international mindset is important. Attorneys here are down-to-earth and have a teamwork mentality, and whether you choose to socialize or head home after work, your choice will be respected. Associates feel that partners truly care about them as people and professionals. There are frequent emails and regular town halls to provide firm updates, but associates feel a little in the dark when it comes to promotions and the path to partnership. There is a 2,000 billable-hours target, which includes an allowance of 150 pro bono hours and, reportedly, some leeway when it comes to bonuses. Compensation is market, and the firm matched the recent COVID special bonuses. Busyness can fluctuate day-to-day,...
Allen & Overy stands as not only one of the U.K.’s most prestigious law firms—a pillar of the vaunted Magic Circle—but one of the largest firms in the world in terms of revenue. From three U.S. locations in Los Angeles; New York; and Washington, DC—and 155 U.S.-based attorneys—the firm continues to make its imprint on the American map.
Founders George Allen and Thomas Overy left a firm called Roney & Co. to open shop in London in 1930. It was George Allen’s representation of King Edward VIII during his 1936 abdication to marry American Wallis Simpson that really made the firm’s name (at the time, no scandal was bigger). In the decades that followed, A&O became one of London’s most prominent legal shops.
Today, A&O has ...
Allen & Overy has it both ways
Allen & Overy associates frequently evoke not one but two elements of their firm's culture. "Reserved," says a member of the U.S. Law Group in London, "but friendly." Another U.S.-trained attorney in London calls the firm "relaxed and professional." In New York, an associate picks up the thread, labeling the firm "friendly and professional." Still another New Yorker describes the firm as follows: "Friendly, down-to-earth, welcoming, but hard-working and high-achieving."
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