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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Collaborative. Innovative. Responsible."
Pros: 
  • The firm does a wide variety of high-profile work with interesting clients.
  • Trainees are given responsibility and get involved in all areas of each department.
  • An open-door policy and collaborative culture has led to a nice atmosphere in the office.
  • Supervisors are very good at providing support and explaining new concepts and ideas.
Cons: 
  • Trainees are occasionally assigned less dynamic and more administrative work.
  • There are limited opportunities to do a seat abroad.
  • Some technology and IT in the firm needs to be updated.
  • Trainee retention is variable but has not been high in recent years.
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
 
Hours
7.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"I would advise applying for a vacation scheme rather than a straight training contract...."

"Olswang has a meritocratic structure. Everyone is very approachable and open. End..."

"Training is great. There could be a stronger focus on soft and managerial skills..."

"Informal mentoring seems to be more productive than the formal mentoring scheme,..."

"Lots of space... My office is huge and I have ample space outside my office to pace......"

"Hours vary from department to department. Mine have not been horrendous, but also..."

"Salaries are in the middle of the London pack, but the firm is facing pressure from..."

"Corporate social responsibility initiatives such as the charity bike ride from Brussels..."

"Online tests, HR interview, assessment centre with written tests, commercial exercises..."

"The questions I was asked were mostly competency-based. Now there is also a commercial..."

"Green team meet quarterly to roll out new initiatives."

"The firm is committed to diversity, has maternity and childcare policies in place...."

"It will be possible to get to senior associate but making partner seems harder and..."

"I have a typical range of trainee tasks; going from running files and having a lot..."

"The firm has made very easy to do pro bono, and pro bono hours count towards 5% of..."

"Very good range of interesting clients and work colleagues."

"Poor work/life balance, inability to retain lawyers - turnover very high at all levels..."

"I was encouraged to apply by the number of partners who were cross-qualified in my..."

"Rates are improving now that there are fewer trainees, but these things are still..."

"Trainees usually get brand-new BlackBerrys."

"Good atmosphere and quality of work."

"Numerous work experience incentives and strong links with inner city schools."

"Peaks and troughs. Sometimes incredibly stressful."

"Earlier announcement of qualification and seat-moves. Make it more accessible to..."

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