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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Shoosmiths is an ambitious, client-focused, fun and down to earth firm."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
 
Hours
8.0 / 10
 
Salary
6.7 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.4 / 10
 
Pro Bono
7.9 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Understand client expectations and that, although we are lawyers, we are also running..."

"No hierarchy, everyone is approachable and happy to help with queries. Bit quiet..."

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

"The open office plan makes everyone accessible, and the partners are always appr..."

"The Manchester office is a great space in Spinningfields. Whilst most of our other..."

"On a quieter day my hours are typically 8:45am to 6:00pm, and on a busier day they..."

"The trainee salary could be higher, but it is at a good standard rate for traine..."

"Extra day off for your birthday, pension, season ticket loan."

"There is an initial telephone interview and if successful you will be invited to..."

"I had to answer questions such as giving an example of where I led a team and any..."

"While it can be difficult for a law firm to reduce its impact on the environment,..."

"There is strong female leadership at Shoosmiths, and good role models for young ..."

"I've experienced high levels of interaction with clients (always supervised - so..."

"The firm does some amount of pro bono work, but not enough to really stand out in..."

"Shoosmiths has a fantastically open, friendly and supporting culture."

"The Manchester office is split into two locations whilst we are looking for larger..."

"I applied here after completing the vacation scheme, where I did excellent work with..."

"Very good."

"In every McDonald's in the UK there will be a licence with the firm's stamp at the..."

"Expanding national firm."

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

"Depends on workloads."

"Increase the pay."

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