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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"A down to earth, non-stuffy, friendly and smart firm."
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...

"Shoosmiths is very much a people firm that values individuals and what they can bring..."

"There is no real hierarchy; everybody is approachable and engaging. There's a good..."

"Excellent induction week training programme where all new trainees had a week together..."

"Solicitors are all generally very approachable and I can speak to the majority of..."

"The dress code is business casual so nobody wears suits or ties (unless attending..."

"Recently, I have been working fairly long hours, but on average they are very reasonable...."

"Trainees have a good salary, but there is still a big gap between salaries at London..."

"Corporate discount and perks. Dress down Friday."

"The process includes an online application, vacation scheme and assessment day."

"I was asked several questions about the firm's values and how I and my background..."

"A new printing system was implemented in an effort to reduce unnecessary printing...."

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

"As a trainee at Shoosmiths, you are actively encouraged to interact with clients..."

"There are many opportunities available to get involved in clinics, etc."

"Work/life balance, social aspects."

"Junior lawyer salaries could be better."

"I wanted to enjoy going to work whilst ensuring that I received the best training..."

"The retention rate has dipped in the last few years, but hopefully the improved market..."

"We have an amazing annual ski trip attended by partners through to trainees/paralegals..."

"Friendly and hard-working."

"Our firm funds the GDL (if applicable) and LPC for future trainees who are about..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I would like more social events."

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