Had really helpful replies from Charles Russell and Olswang (!).
Thank you for your email regarding your application for a Training Contract.
Unfortunately due to the large number of applications that we received it is not possible to provide feedback to applicants who have not reached interview stage.
However, I think it is safe to say that the calibre of applications we received was especially high and it would not necessarily have been one particular aspect of your CV and covering letter that affected your application, simply that other applications were considered stronger overall.
I hope this is not too much of a disappointment to you and wish you every success in securing a Training Contract elsewhere.
Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately we are unable to give individuals feedback on their application at this stage of the process.
We are sorry, but would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck in securing a training contract.
The Graduate Recruitment Team
Why doesn’t these replies surprise me?