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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Warwick Court,
5 Paternoster Square,
Website www.omm.com

  • Partners 7
  • Counsel and associates 17
  • Trainees 6
  • Contact Natalie Beacroft, HR officer
  • Method of application Online application via www.apply4law.com/omm
  • Training contracts pa Up to 4
  • Required degree grade 2:1 any discipline
  • Closing date for 2019 30 June 2017
  • Training salary (2016) 
  • First year: £45,000
  • Second year: £48,000
  • Post-qualification salary Competitive
  • Overseas offices Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington DC

Firm profile

O’Melveny is a leading international law firm with approximately 750 lawyers practicing in 15 offices in the key US, Asian and European economic and political centres. The London office provides transactional and litigation legal services to a diverse groups of prominent private equity houses, financial institutions and corporate clients. The team in London comprises mainly English qualified lawyers, as well as some dual qualified (US and UK) lawyers. They advise on cross-border English law matters and work closely with the firm’s international network to provide a seamless global service. The London office is known for its entrepreneurial leadership and commitment to excellence, both of which underpin its approach to recruitment. Each year a number of our partners and senior counsel are recognised in the Chambers UK guide as leaders in their practice areas.

Main areas of work

Globally, O’Melveny’s capabilities span virtually every area of legal practice. The London office has both a transactions department - which advises on private equity, corporate finance, M&A and investment funds matters - as well as an international litigation department, with antitrust and competition services support provided through the Brussels office. London also has the key transactional support functions which are essential to a leading corporate practice, such as tax and regulatory.

Trainee profile

The London office recruits up to four high calibre graduates for training contracts each year. Successful candidates will have proven academic ability, sound commercial awareness, be keen team players and have the ability to carry real responsibility from the outset.

Training environment

Individual preferences can usually be taken into account when tailoring the London training programme, subject to completing the core competencies. Trainees complete seats with partners or senior lawyers usually in each of the corporate, finance, funds and litigation practices. O’Melveny trainees are also regularly seconded overseas to the Hong Kong and Brussels offices. They are encouraged to be proactive and take responsibility at an early stage. Trainees work in a very supportive and inclusive environment, with regular formal and informal feedback. Great importance is placed on training for lawyers at all levels, and so trainees participate in both legal and non-legal skills training programmes.

Vacation schemes

Vacation placements are available each summer. All applications for 2017 placements must be submitted online via www.apply4law.com/omm by 31 January 2017.


Benefits include 25 days holiday, pension, life insurance, long term disability insurance, private health insurance, travel insurance, interest-free season ticket loan, corporate rate gym membership.

Sponsorship and awards

O’Melveny sponsors GDL/LPC fees incurred post-recruitment and awards a maintenance grant (currently £8,000 per annum) during the GDL/LPC course.