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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Open, meritocratic and dynamic."
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...

"Be yourself and be genuine. Prepare for the interview by knowing your CV and what..."

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

"If you want to go on training courses, they are available or can be requested."

"There is a formal mentoring scheme in place. However, the most effective thing is..."

"Great offices in London and Reading. The dress code is smart but certainly not stuffy..."

"Typical hours are from 9.00 am – 7.30 pm/8.00 pm. The nature of those hours varies..."

"Pay is comparable to other firms of a similar size at trainee level, but I worry..."

"Cakes on Friday in the corporate department."

"Getting hired at Olswang is about as hard as any other City law firm. I went through..."

"Generally the questions in my interview focused very much on my own CV and experience,..."

"Beehives on the roof. Herb garden in the grounds. Lots of great green stuff."

"The majority of my trainee intake and of my current team are women, and I find the..."

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

"It's good generally but can sometimes be repetitive."

"I have been involved with the Whitechapel mission and the Access Project mentoring..."

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

"Sometimes there is not enough systems/business support within the firm."

"Distinctive branding, excellent clients, great training opportunities."

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

"One of our partners used to design video games."

"Firm of the future."

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

"Varies dependent on department but usually unrealistic deadlines cause the majority..."

"I'd prefer six seats instead of four."

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