Development Manager (Legal Education & Training)

Bristol, London or Thames Valley
05 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Experience Level

We have an exciting opportunity for a Development Manager (Legal Education & Training) to shape the future of our legal training programme and lead the ongoing strategy for developing exceptional lawyers. This is a new role that sits within our award winning People Development team and can be based in any of our UK offices.

People are at the heart of our business. Our Human Resources team is highly respected for the central and strategic role it plays in making Osborne Clarke a great place to work. The team is made up of 35 people, covering human resources, recruitment and people development across all three UK offices. We are a friendly and supportive team, working closely together to help ensure Osborne Clarke's continued growth and success.

Who we are:

Osborne Clarke is a global legal practice, with 25 offices across Europe, the USA and Asia. We are widely recognised as one of the UK's most forward-thinking law firms.

We consider our inclusive and approachable culture to be fundamental to our success. This was recognised at the Managing Partners Forum (MPF) Awards where we were awarded Best Corporate Culture 2019. In addition, Osborne Clarke ranks in the top five of RollOnFriday’s independent Firm of the Year employee survey for the last four years, scoring highly for its friendly culture and management. The firm was recognised as Bristol Law Society’s Law Firm of the Year in December 2018 and commended for its work at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards in 2017 and 2018.

What you'll do:

As the Development Manager (Legal Education & Training), you will lead, inspire and project manage the next phase of OC's Trainee and Apprentice Development Programme, including the introduction of the new SRA required period of Qualified Work Experience (QWE).

We are looking for an experienced professional who can work with the firm's Trainee and Apprenticeship Leadership Group to deliver an innovative solution to the SRA's requirements under the new Solicitors Qualification Exam /QWE route to qualification. The role encompasses ownership of the full Trainee and Solicitor Apprentice Development Programme from 2020 onwards. You will work with senior Partner and Business Support stakeholders to build on the current Trainee and Solicitor Apprentice experience – creating a strategic programme that not only builds legal and technical knowledge, but allows our lawyers to be exceptional business advisors through their commercial understanding and use of technology.

The role will require collaboration, consultancy, project management, a commitment to seeing things through and a drive to make a difference. Experience from a legal education setting or as a lawyer would be advantageous.

Key responsibilities:

  • Produce and implement a prospective solicitor development programme that aligns with the Firm's 2025 strategy, SRA requirements, and the needs of our business to create exceptional and rounded lawyers of the future
  • Identify and implement improvements to address immediate development needs
  • Conduct a review of the current and future development needs of our prospective solicitors; including a review of the LPC, PSC, future SQE/QWE requirements, and internally led training
  • Work with our Practice Groups and Knowledge Lawyers to take our prospective solicitor legal technical training and development to the next level in preparation for the introduction of QWE
  • Work with the Trainee and Apprenticeship Leadership Group to define the skills required of our prospective solicitors and Newly Qualified lawyers now and in the future to inform recruitment and development decisions
  • Work with our People Development team to take our prospective solicitor business and commercial skills and personal development to the next level and embed the Firm's 2025 strategy
  • Work with our chosen legal education training provider to design and implement a programme for educating candidates taking the Solicitors Qualification Exams (SQE 1 and SQE 2) that meets SRA requirements and aligns to the OC business and culture
  • Work with the Trainee and Apprenticeship Leadership Group to design the content for the two year period of QWE, the 4 year period leading up to the QWE for Solicitor Apprentices, and any education/experience that could be provided before joining the firm as a prospective solicitor and in the first year as a Newly Qualified lawyer
  • Provide personal and career development guidance to our prospective solicitors in all UK locations as part of the QWE and Solicitor Apprentice programme
  • Manage the Firm's seat rotations in all of our UK locations
  • Working with Practice Groups to maximise the opportunity that prospective solicitors get from the period of time in that seat
  • Integrating international and/or client secondments

What we're looking for:

  • Experience as a Legal Education professional or Lawyer preferred
  • Understanding of the changes being proposed by the SRA for the new SQE and QWE requirements and a vision for what will be required from the lawyer of the future
  • Experience of operating at a senior level
  • Experience of implementing a development strategy and project management and delivery
  • Able to operate in a highly professional, partner led, service driven environment
  • Proven track record of delivering projects on time and within budget
  • A clear, concise communicator who builds credibility quickly
  • Experience of working within professional services and/or partnership structures desirable

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Alex Flatman (Head of Recruitment) on 0117 917 3070 or Anna Richardson (Senior Recruitment Manager) on 0117 917 3540 or email or


At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive and be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.