O'Melveny & Myers LLP - True Picture

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O'Melveny & Myers LLP

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

  • Partners 7
  • Associates 18
  • Total trainees 6
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices 14
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: Natalie Beacroft
  • Training partner: Jan Birtwell
  • Application criteria  
  • Training contracts pa: Up to 4
  • Applications pa: Approx 200
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1 (any discipline)
  • Vacation scheme places pa: Up to 10
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 1 November 2017
  • Training contract deadline, 2020 start: 30 June 2018
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 Novemer 2017
  • Vacation scheme 2018 deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £44,000
  • Second-year salary: £48,000
  • Post-qualification salary: Market rate
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: £8,000
  • International and regional 
  • Offices with training contracts: London
  • Overseas seats: Hong Kong, Brussels

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 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.

Training opportunities

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.

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 2018 placements must be submitted online via www.apply4law.com/omm by 31 January 2018.

Other benefits

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.

University law careers fairs 2017

For a full list of events we will be attending, please see our website.

Social media

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This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2017

Ranked Departments

    • Investment Funds: Private Equity (Band 4)