Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, people-focused, refreshingly down to earth!"
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...

"Assessment day based around a group exercise, written exercise and interview, with..."

"Everyone is friendly, approachable, down-to-earth, and sitting open plan makes for..."

"There are personal development courses available throughout the year to supplement..."

"I know this can vary depending on who you are working with, but my experience so..."

"Dress code is generally smart (although a full suit and tie isn't really the firm's..."

"It depends on the department, but I think that the firm is good by law firm standards...."

"Decent but unexceptional salary. You work at the firm for more than just the mon..."

"Free conveyancing, free wills and discounts at some of our retail clients."

"I was asked about my work experience, how I responded to negative/constructive feedback,..."

"They ask the usual compentency questions that you would expect in an interview with..."

"Lights are switched off over night. The firm recently installed a new printer system..."

"Shoosmiths hires a lot of women and also has a lot of women in very senior positions,..."

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

"Pro bono may vary where you are based, and although I have not been involved in any..."

"The people are really friendly and welcoming, the work is good and the hours are..."

"People often live a long distance from the office and therefore socialising outside..."

"The interview was fun and the interviewers were both easy to talk to and made me..."

"Very confident that the firm will attempt to keep me on. My only concern is whether..."

"We get our birthdays off."

"People focused."

"Each office has Diversity Champions. I am a Diversity Champion for the Solent office..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I would rather have an office than work in open-plan."

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