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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, quirky, exciting."
8.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
8.0 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
7.9 / 10


  • A very social firm with a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • A good amount of responsibility and client interaction form an early stage.
  • Work/life balance is treated with importance.
  • Very strong mentoring with detailed feedback being given regularly.


  • Relatively low trainee remuneration compared to other firms.
  • It can be difficult to get your choice of seat in first year as second years get priority.
  • While retention is high, it can be difficult to qualify into the area of your choice.
  • Some locations do not have as many trainees as others, which can be isolating.

What insiders say about...

"Really think about the culture of the firm and what makes us different and show that..."

"People are very friendly, and there is support when you need it, but you are also..."

"The firm runs a developing lawyer programme across the different practice groups..."

"Mentors are very accessible, and are always willing to assist with feedback and queries..."

"Office locations are good and the facilities are also excellent, subject to IT glitches...."

"Generally I work from 8:45am-7:00pm, although it is not uncommon to leave earlier..."

"Although the pay does not match City firms I feel it is reflective of the improved..."

"You are given Birthday vouchers of (£50), and have access to free conveyancing and..."

"They are looking for intelligent, commercially aware students who show enthusiasm,..."

"My interview mainly consisted of competency based questions."

"Regular initiatives are put in place to lower the firm's carbon footprint, including..."

"The firms has won awards for our commitment to diversity. Diversity training forms..."

"I am currently in real estate and often have contact with clients by email and phone,..."

"Currently working on a boundary dispute pro bono project in the Real Estate Department...."

"The people are genuinely supportive and good to work with. There is a lot of City..."

"I would like more training and structure to the traineeship."

"I choose Shoosmiths because of the people. Everyone that I met was friendly and I..."

"I believe that previous intakes have all been looked after, even where no job was..."

"We get Krispy Kreme doughnuts quite a lot!"

"Dynamic, innovative, non-hierarchical."

"We have corporate social responsibility schemes where we reach out/mentor high school..."

"Depends on workloads."

"Better coffee in the kitchens!"

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