Olswang chief throws in Thames Valley towel

The head of Olswang‘s Thames Valley office has quit after six months as the firm’s ambitious growth plans have stalled.

Paul Wilson, an Olswang board member, joined in January. He was previously chief executive of Birmingham barristers’ chambers St Philips and was hired with a remit to grow Olswang’s Reading office.

Last Monday (10 July) Wilson returned to Birmingham, joining Putsmans as chief executive. He left Olswang on 30 June citing family reasons.

Wilson’s rapid exit raises questions about the firm’s success in attracting new recruits to Reading. One recruitment consultant familiar with the region said Olswang was finding it difficult to recruit quality lawyers in the Thames Valley because “if they live in the region and are any good, they’re more likely to want to work for a London firm”.

Olswang chief executive Jonathan Goldstein confirmed the failure to recruit any new partners during Wilson’s time at the firm and admitted that finding the right quality of lawyers willing to relocate was “a tough ask”.