Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy was the first global elite law firm to commence operations in Australia. Our practice comprises hand-selected, top-tier partners, each leaders in their field with an average of 20 years’ experience.

  • Allen & Overy Australia offers comprehensive legal services in the Australian and international market. Much of the work performed by lawyers in Australia involves cross-border deals including inbound investment by international clients and outbound investment by Australian clients; international disputes and regulatory reviews; project financing for projects both in Australia and around the world; and international bond programs.
  • Allen & Overy Australia offers the best of both worlds: the expertise and resources of a global elite law practice coupled with a leading group of senior domestic practitioners. We provide our clients with instant access to the firm’s regional and global resources, enabling the Australian team to deliver innovative, timely and cost effective legal solutions.

Our Australian operations in Sydney and Perth are fully integrated into Allen & Overy’s global network. The offices offer has four core Practice Groups offering a full suite of corporate, finance (debt and equity), international capital markets and litigation services.  Within these, the practice areas are diverse, including International and Domestic Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Projects, Structured Products, Funds, Competition, Asset Finance, Tax, Energy & Resources, Litigation and International Arbitration. Clients increasingly need global service providers and we are currently one of the only firms in Australia able to provide a fully integrated domestic, regional and global offering.

As a Summer Clerk, you will be exposed to premium quality domestic and international work and will also participate in various exercises that simulate real transactions from beginning to end, providing valuable insight into the role of an Allen & Overy lawyer. A large proportion of our lawyers will choose to take up the opportunity to spend time working in another office at some stage during their career, whether that’s a rotation as a junior lawyer, a longer term secondment or a permanent transfer.

There is no typical Allen & Overy lawyer.  We realise each person has their unique skills and qualities.  While you should have excellent academic results, beyond this we want to see evidence of teamwork, resilience, communication skills, planning and organisation skills, problem solving, commercial awareness, and commitment to a career in law and a career with Allen & Overy.

Our culture and the values we share inspire the way we work and behave: instinctively thoughtful, collectively ambitious, insightfully inventive and refreshingly open.

To join an elite group of Summer Clerks at Allen & Overy in 2020/2021, applications for the Sydney program open on Tuesday 9 June 2020 and close at 5pm on Sunday 5 July and Sunday 12 July 2020. We accept applications from overseas students, however applicants must demonstrate a commitment to starting their legal career in Australia and have the right to live and work in Australia. Offers can be made for suuuer clerkships from Wednesday 16 September, and must be accepted or declined by 5pm on Friday 18 September

We invest in hand-selecting our Summer Clerks each year and were pleased to offer graduate positions to all our Sydney Summer Clerks from our initial program in 2010/11 to our 2019/20 intake.  To apply for our Summer Clerkship program in 2020/21, please visit our website: . The website also contains details of our Clerkship program in Perth.

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