Our strategy is two-fold:
- to deliver outstanding, seamless service in all our areas of expertise, across Europe.
- to meet the needs of clients in a limited number of key sectors: Digital Business, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Real Estate & Infrastructure, and Transport and Automotive.
Our clients are a mixture of market leaders, those challenging them, fast-growing businesses, and those that finance them. We provide them with advice they can act on to deliver their business strategy.
Clients tell us that they like working with us and they show us how much by referring their contacts to us. When we ask, why they like working with us and refer us to their contacts, they normally tell us one or more of these things:
"You provide valuable, clear, commercial advice that we can act on."
"You're clear on your strategy: advising clients in the sectors you know best, across Europe."
"You are able to advise us on cross-border matters."
"You already have a track record of advising on similar issues in our industry."
"You unearth the right commercial solution for clients when working on ground-breaking matters."
"You are highly rated externally for the work you do."
I hope that you find you're able to recommend us to others once we've worked together.
Facts and figures
We have over 550 lawyers in 12 offices across 5 countries.
Our revenues are c. €150m per year.
We advise across the range of established, listed clients (including 8 FTSE-350 companies), challenger brands and smaller, fast-growth businesses.
We're regularly rated as one of the leading M&A firms by mergermarket and others.
Externally, we're rated highly for our client service.
Key dates in OC's history
2012: Opened office in Hamburg
2012: International reach extended into Italy and Spain, doubling number of offices and increasing lawyer count by 100
2012: London overtakes Bristol as OC's largest office for the first time in its history
2010: Reorganised business to focus on advising clients in a limited number of industries
2005: Opened office in Munich
2001: Opened office in Cologne
2000: One of the first European law firms to open in Silicon Valley
1997: Opened office in Thames Valley
1993: SLA opens in Italy
1990: Formed the Osborne Clarke Alliance - an innovative joint venture, which became the model for many other firms’ international alliances
1987: Became the first UK regional firm to open a London office
1986: Osborne Clarke Spain opens
1960s: Merged with another leading Bristol firm to become Osborne Clarke
1900s: Grew via judicious mergers to become a leading firm in the South West England
1830s: Became solicitors to the Great Western Railway advising on all legal matters related to the building and operation of the railway
1748: UK firm founded in Bristol by leading solicitor Jeremiah Osborne