Offices & Dress

8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2017)

2017

"We are running out of space in London and the communal facilities are minimal (no canteen or decent-sized lunch area), though there's a refurb on the cards in the next year or so. The building itself is pretty swish and we have a terrace that does get used in the summer months. Location-wise, we're fab. We're close to St Paul's, the Barbican, Farringdon, lunch places and shopping with a 30-minute walk to the West End. The dress code is smart casual and mostly casual in summer if there are no client meetings in the diary."
First year trainee, London
"The office is open-plan with break-out rooms for meetings and calls. The facilities are great with a team dedicated to solving any issues we have. The location is perfect, in the heart of Bristol and very close to the train station so London is easily accessible. The dress code is relaxed, although if we are meeting clients we tend to dress more smartly."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The open-plan offices are a great way to encourage communication with colleagues and really support the firm's culture. The firm is also focusing on flexible working within the office space itself with hot desks and an attempt to go paperless. The dress code is generally smart casual, meaning you can stay comfortable."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The offices are light, clean, impressive, modern and functional with good facilities. It is a great place to work and is open-plan, which encourages dialogue and openness. The dress code is relaxed. We have suits in the office for client meetings but most men tend to wear chinos and shirts during the day."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The Reading office is almost brand new so it is a lovely space to work in. The location is great as it's only a few minutes' walk from the train station and to the local shops. The dress code is fairly relaxed, providing that you aren't attending a client meeting. There is definitely not a corporate dress code and, on a Friday, people tend to dress more casually, including the odd pair of shorts!"
First year trainee, Reading
"The offices are fine (though London is a bit cramped). Reading has recently moved to an excellent new office, which is great. The dress code is business casual but, in practice, some people still prefer to wear a suit and no one really wears a tie. Suits are clearly obligatory for client meetings, though whether or not you wear a tie seems to depend on the partner you are working with."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2015

"The dress code internally is business casual with most people not wearing business attire at their desks (although you are expected to dress appropriately for client meetings). You see very few suits and ties in the office. The firm's offices are good and have all the facilities you would expect. We're well located to the local train station which gives people more flexibility in travelling to work."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The open-plan office is well thought out. It doesn't feel like you're on top of anyone and there are breakout rooms if you need more peace and quiet. There are good kitchens with tea and coffee, and decent showers downstairs for the cyclists and runners. The dress code is business casual - trousers and a shirt for men, and no ties or jackets are needed day-to-day."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The central London location works really well. I also really like the open-plan layout inside the office as it means that you get to know a lot more people, even across departments, and it also has the benefit of exposing you to more types of work."
First year trainee, London

2014

"We have huge, light and airy open plan offices. There is a good canteen and shower facilities for cyclists and runners. Located next to Bristol train station."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The offices are open-plan, with plenty of kitchens and break out areas dotted around on each floor. The dress code is quite relaxed - men are not required to wear ties."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have a modern office located near to the City centre and Cabot Circus shopping centre and restaurants. Dress code is business casual - a shirt and suit trousers for men - no ties or jackets day-to-day."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Despite being nearly 15 years old, the Bristol office still feels modern, and the open-plan helps to reinforce OC values of collegiate working. The toilets could do with a revamp, as could the canteen. The London office is in the heart of the city and very modern. The dress code is business casual - suits are only really required for client meetings."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The office is located near lots of good shops/food places around Moorgate, One New Change and Paternoster Square (St. Paul's). Having worked in offices of other law firms, our office is bright, light, modern, clean and comfortable. The dress code is business casual; there is no need to come in strict business attire at all and my clothes definitely are on the casual side of business."
First year trainee, London
"I like the open-plan set up. The location is good for getting to and from home, and for nights out. The dress code is smart casual, which fits in with the culture of the firm."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Offices are generally very comfortable and spacious but facilities can vary across the three UK offices. The dress code is smart casual with frequent dress down days in aid of charity."
Second year trainee, Reading
"The office is open-plan which I really like. The location is very good, near to St Paul's. The dress code is usual - business casual (i.e. no ties or jackets needed) with charity dress down days every so often."
Second year trainee, London
"Relaxed... the men don't wear ties."
Second year trainee, London
"Impressive, bespoke offices in the centre of Bristol. Business-casual dress code."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Open-plan but not overcrowded. Comfortable in terms of lighting, heat and facilities. Business casual dress code - need to look smart but full suits not typical, especially at trainee and solicitor level."
First year trainee, Reading
"Office space and facilities are of very good quality. The dress code is business casual."
First year trainee, Bristol
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