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8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"The firm is progressive, friendly and open-minded."
Culture
8.8 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
 
Hours
7.4 / 10
 
Salary
7.2 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.0 / 10
 
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • The firm has a very strong sense of teamwork and a friendly culture.
  • Trainees felt that the work they were given regularly improved in line with their ability.
  • There is currently a firm-wide drive to improve diversity and support at all levels.
  • Agile working is available for people at all levels, meaning it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance.

Cons

  • The office café is seen as being more expensive than it should be.
  • Some trainees felt that not all offices were paid equally well.
  • While secondments are provided, some wanted an increase in number.
  • There can be competition for qualification seats in popular departments.

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"Supportive supervisors and challenging work make for great training!"

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"An extra Christmas Shopping Day on top of usual annual leave."

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"I was asked what news stories I had been following and was asked questions in relation..."

"While it is improving, we probably lag behind a number of other firms in this area...."

"The firm is taking steps to address diversity issues, in particular women. Quite..."

"I interact with clients on a daily basis and I am trusted to run my own matters."

"OC is involved in a number of pro bono schemes, including for the Avon and Bristol..."

"The people, from partner to trainee, are all approachable, friendly and supportive...."

"The seat rotation process can be a bit drawn out."

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"The rates were very good but there is a strong leaning towards a particular area..."

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"Quality law work without selling your soul."

"We have a Pathways to Law week, where students from disadvantaged backgrounds come..."

"It can get busy, but generally the atmosphere is not too stressful."

"I feel that a buddy scheme could be beneficial, and there is now one being introduced...."

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