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7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Changing, innovative, interesting."
8.0 / 10
Formal Training
7.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.1 / 10
7.3 / 10
6.7 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.2 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"The vac scheme is probably the best way to get in. Look on the website for recent..."

"The firm is very collegiate and everyone is very open and approachable. You are encouraged..."

"The training is very comprehensive, the associates do a really good job in preparing..."

"This varies hugely - some mentors are more hands on than others. I found that partners..."

"Both the London and Reading offices are spacious, moderns and well-equipped. The..."

"Hours are dictated by workload - if you're on a deal, then your hours will be long...."

"For trainees, the pay is good - slightly below City and American firms but I feel..."

"Cakes on Friday in the corporate department."

"I was interviewed for the training contract as part of the vacation scheme. Candidates..."

"I don't think I mentioned anything about the law or law firms in my interview. The..."

"Bins aren't allowed in your room so you're forced to recycle. We also have our own..."

"Lots of women but not many ethnic minorities."

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

"You build up your client interaction and responsibilities based upon your comfort..."

"Providing charities with free legal advice or businesses with reduced fees relying..."

"The quality of work and the interesting clients."

"Long hours (but this is present at every law firm) and that the photocopiers always..."

"Olswang are a bit different, (despite every law firm saying it they really are),..."

"Relatively high."

"Emails requiring trainees to immediately 'take papers to be signed' usually mean..."

"Changing rapidly."

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

"Peaks and troughs. Sometimes incredibly stressful."

"More social activities - the work/life balance can be tilted in favour of the former..."