We believe that increasing social mobility is a powerful force for good

Routes to careers within a law firm have traditionally favoured people who have benefited from advantages, such as private education or access to legal professionals. That can be a barrier to talented people from less advantaged backgrounds building their careers within a law firm.

Different backgrounds provide different perspectives, and that’s good for business. So our focus has been on encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to consider working in a law firm, and identifying and recruiting talent regardless of background.

We jumped 33 places to rank 48 out of 200 UK organisations for our work on social diversity in the 2021 Social Mobility Employer Index, acknowledging the progress we have made in our efforts to improve social diversity across the business.

Employee Networks

OC Social Diversity focuses on promoting and supporting social diversity in the workplace. The network actively challenges and supports the firm in facilitating access to law for all and developing an environment in which all employees are able to thrive, irrespective of their social background.



Case Studies

Watch: Diversity at Osborne Clarke
UK Managing Partner Ray Berg and Su Akgun, Diversity and Wellbeing Manager, discuss our approach to diversity at Osborne Clarke...
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Looking beyond grades with the RARE contextual recruitment system
Osborne Clarke recruits talented people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, recognising that your talent potential doesn't stem from your background. To...
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Offering work placements to vulnerable adults
During the last two years, Osborne Clarke has committed £100k to RollOnMonday, a social mobility initiative set up by RollOnFriday...
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Increasing employability skills in disadvantaged areas
Osborne Clarke works with VisionPath, supporting their programmes for young people from schools in disadvantaged areas. The programme runs 'Dragon's...
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Our work with the Social Mobility Business Partnership
(L-R: Ashleigh Hill, Ben Swanson, Vincenzo Bavetta, Lucy Owen, Cerys Bisdee, Zainab Adelopo, Felicity Reed, Sophie Greatrex and Brooke Bindon)...
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Osborne Clarke welcomes young people on Social Mobility Business Partnership virtual work experience programme
Osborne Clarke has partnered with the Social Mobility Business Partnership again to host a work experience programme for sixth form...
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