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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Fantastic clients, a great quality of work and amazing colleagues...."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
7.4 / 10


  • The firm is very social with a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Trainees get a good amount of responsibility and client interaction from an early stage.
  • The work/life balance of trainees is treated with importance.
  • Very strong mentoring and detailed feedback is given regularly.


  • Relatively low remuneration compared to other firms.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • While the firm is flexible, some departments can have demanding hours.
  • Retention rates can vary a lot between departments.

What insiders say about...

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

"There is a good team spirit at Shoosmiths, and I would not say that there is a hierarchy..."

"We have a great learning and development team and a number of business courses."

"Feedback is regular and constructive. I have always felt able to ask questions."

"Some offices look better externally than others. However, all seem to be very similar..."

"My hours are generally consistent but can be erratic at times. To its credit, the..."

"Shoosmiths does not offer bonuses to employees. However, the trainee pay is good..."

"Every employee gets £50 of vouchers on their birthday and an extra day of annual..."

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

"Why law and why Shoosmiths? (It is important to know what the firm does.) I was asked..."

"We have recycling facilities for paper in the offices and plastic in the kitchens...."

"There is a high percentage of female advisers at all levels and a great culture in..."

"As a trainee we are given real responsibility from day one, whilst having that supervision..."

"There are very active charity committees in each office and trainees are encouraged..."

"The extremely friendly working environment is a plus for me!"

"Junior lawyer salaries could be better."

"The working environment and the quality of work/training that the firm had to offer..."

"Retention rates have been mixed, but this is not always due to a shortage of jobs..."

"Nationwide have been a client of the firm since 1846."

"Approachable, professional, with a strong sense of direction."

"Actively promotes"

"Depends on workloads."

"A bonus when you start for buying suits etc."

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