Osborne Clarke has reported a retention rate of 87%, with 26 out of 30 trainees staying on as newly qualified solicitors in 2023.

They will be based across Osborne Clarke's three UK offices in London, Bristol and Reading, as follows:


Adam Potter, Commercial

Freddie Carter, Competition

Gabrielle Li, Regulatory Disputes

Gemma Boucher, Corporate

Johnathan Ford, Employment

John Annan, Corporate

Katie Rutherford, Commercial Disputes

Leila Ghannam, Employment

Sophia Luton Rich, Projects


Abigail Pinkerton, Regulatory Disputes

Ahlaam Said, Employment

Aisling Farley, Commercial

Anna Baines, IP Disputes

Courtney Cox, Corporate

Daisy Dowding, Commercial

Emily Addleman, Commercial

Hannah Wooderson, Projects

Iman Virji, FIG

Laura Manhire, Planning

Katie Tradelius, Commercial Disputes

Kristian Pickup, Real Estate

Mirshad Ahani, FIG

Niamh Haughey, Pensions


Melissa Woodfield, Commercial

Octavia Taylor, Commercial Disputes

Sarah Yeo, Banking

NQ Solicitors 2023

Pictured from LtR: Abigal Pinkerton, Ahlaam Said, Aisling Farley, Anna Baines, Courtney Cox, Daisy Dowding, Emily Addleman,  Hannah Wooderson, Iman Virji, Laura Manhire, Katie Tradelius, Kristian Pickup, Mirshad Ahani, Niamh Haughey, Adam Potter, Freddie Carter, Gabrielle Li, Gemma Boucher, Johnathan Ford, John Annan, Katie Rutherford, Leila Ghannam, Sophia Luton Rich, Melissa Woodfield, Octavia Taylor, Sarah Yeo

Alexandra Gower, partner and training principal at Osborne Clarke, said: "I've been very impressed with our excellent cohort of qualifying trainees this year. We're especially proud that so many have chosen to continue their careers with the firm and that we'll continue to work particularly closely with one of our departing trainees who has taken a role in house with one of our clients.

"Beyond ensuring our future lawyers have all the legal and technical training required to succeed, we’re just as focused on what the human behind them needs. This is reflected in our bespoke training and development programme and the continued support our trainees receive as they transition to newly qualified solicitors."

Osborne Clarke's newly qualified (NQ) rates are as follows:


Current NQ rate

New NQ rate










This week the firm also welcomes 10 new solicitor apprentices – four in Bristol, four in London and for the first time, two in Reading. Since 2015 the firm has taken on 49 solicitor and non-solicitor apprentices.

The firm's current solicitor apprentices are progressing too – four of its Bristol solicitors are moving into year five and joined this cohort of trainees, and two of the solicitor apprentices are entering their final (sixth) year of training.

Osborne Clarke is proud to be a be a founding member of the City Century, which aims to increase the number of solicitor apprentices in the City of London. Being a responsible and ethical business and employer underpins Osborne Clarke's business strategy. The Osborne Clarke For Good framework is the firm's way of ensuring it's a good corporate citizen, a good employer and a good business.

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