Law firm A&O recruits 20 new law graduates in Belfast

Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed 20 law graduates at its Belfast-based Legal Services Centre (LSC). Pictured with Jane Townsend (centre), head of A&O’s Legal Services Centre are new recruits Joseph O’Hara, Aisling Taggart, Rachel Morrison and Paul McKay
Gareth McKeown

GLOBAL law firm Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of 20 new staff at its Belfast-based Legal Services Centre (LSC).

The company, which employs over 500 in Belfast through the LSC and its Support Services Centre (SSC) has recruited 20 new graduates as part of plans to support future growth and innovation in the city.

The new recruits beat stiff competition from graduates across the UK and Ireland and completed an intensive six-week A&O training programme to secure the roles. They will now support experienced lawyers on a range of international deals and cases.

Over the last six years, A&O has recruited more than 150 law graduates in Northern Ireland, positioning the company as one of the most active recruiters of law graduates on the island of Ireland.

Head of A&O's Legal Services Centre, Jane Townsend said she was pleased with the quality of the new staff.

"Over the last six years, this recruitment programme has given ambitious and high calibre individuals the opportunity to come into our teams and learn from some of the very best lawyers in the market."

"The positions we offer broaden the type of legal opportunities available in Northern Ireland and we are already planning our next intake of law graduates next year," she said.

Launched in 2011, the LSC and SSC employ more than 500 people in legal and non-legal roles and support A&O's 43 other offices worldwide. Belfast is the second largest office by headcount and provides high quality business support in the areas of HR, IT, Finance, Marketing, library and business services as well as legal support.

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