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Linda Wilson

I moved to MacDonald Oates in September 2012 having spent 9 years at a large regional law firm. I joined the firm to take on the challenge of growing the Employment Department and I have received support from every level of the business.

My workload is varied with claimant and respondent work and our growing Commercial Department means I have the opportunity to work on corporate transactions too. I have been able to get involved with our charity committee, promoting and developing the firm’s culture and have responsibilities for marketing too. Working in a firm of this size allows you to get involved with all sorts of projects, which means you feel you have an investment in the business and its success.

I was promoted to partner in 2017 and I am able to work flexibly which allows for working from home and a great work life balance. Flexible working is just one of the ways the firm lives up to its values of being ‘Open, Responsible and Fair’. Our values also help create a very positive, supportive working environment.


Karl Smith

I can tell you a lot about the firm and the opportunities that working here can provide, having joined as a trainee and progressed to partnership.

I joined MacDonald Oates as a trainee in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007 to become a part of the Residential Property Department, working at our Midhurst office. I enjoy the interesting and varied property work the firm deals with and the clients we act for, one moment dealing with a town centre terrace house and the next a rural converted farm house or an eco new build development.

The firm has always encouraged new ideas and practices and welcomes involvement in implementing these from the ground up so that we are a genuinely modern and vibrant firm.

In 2013 I become an associate and in 2015 a partner. I was also appointed as Head of Client Services following my involvement in promoting our commitment to client service. Throughout my time at MacDonald Oates, professional development and career progression has been supported whilst the firm still facilitates the all important work-life balance, so that it is family friendly and allows flexibility in working hours and working from home. When needed we can also, using our cloud based IT system, easily work from either of our offices at Midhurst and Petersfield or remotely.

Over the years I have enjoyed the culture of the firm, particularly our active social calendar of events including various trips to the theatre, Goodwood racecourse and the zoo as well as my favourite, the annual walk in various parts of the South Downs National Park within which both offices are located.


Jessica Pye

I joined MacDonald Oates as a secretary in 2003, having already completed part of my CILEX qualification.  After being with the firm for a year, I became a fee earner and the firm were happy to pay for me to complete my CILEX qualification.  I am now an associate, and as well as getting to deal with a wide variety of cases from beginning to end, which I know would not be possible if I worked for a big London firm, I also enjoy the responsibility of helping to train others.  The working environment has always been really supportive, and you are made to feel that you are a valued member of the team.  They are a modern, forward thinking firm, and further training and development is encouraged.

MacDonald Oates have always been very accommodating, enabling me to work 3 days a week and providing flexibility in working hours. The firm has invested in IT and with electronic files it means that if ever it is necessary to work remotely, you can easily ‘pick up’ the electronic file and access everything you need as if you were physically in the office.

I am happy working for a firm where your contribution is valued, your personal development is encouraged and your work-life balance is viewed as important.


Ben Greaves

I joined MacDonald Oates as a Trainee Solicitor in 2016 qualifying as a Solicitor in the Litigation Department in 2018. I enjoy the varied and fast paced nature of litigation and the opportunity to help clients resolve disputes in a such a way as to best meet their individual needs. I have progressed from a Trainee to a Solicitor and was appointed as an Associate in 2022, I very much hope to continue growing my career at MacDonald Oates and to share in the success of my colleagues.

Alongside my fee earning responsibilities, I have been involved in a number of internal projects within the firm and have assisted in the adoption of new technological aids including a virtual meeting room in each office. I have also been encouraged and supported in undertaking additional learning so as to broaden the services that the department can offer.

As a firm, everything we do relates back to our core values of Open, Responsible, Fair and this allows for all members of staff to actively contribute to the culture of the firm. Ideas are welcomed and valued from all regardless of their position or experience. There is a genuine desire at all levels of the firm to help and support each other which sets MacDonald Oates apart from other places where I have worked.