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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Dynamic, innovative, non-hierarchical."
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...

"Candidates should become familiar with the firm's culture/strategy, and identify..."

"Shoosmiths is a very meritocratic firm where hard work is recognised. I don't feel..."

"There is a training principal at the firm, and each trainee has a supervisor."

"The great thing about Shoosmiths is how approachable and helpful everyone is. As..."

"Light spacious, open plan office. The coffee machine is not free! Smart-casual dress..."

"My normal hours at 8:45am-6:30pm. There is no pressure to work ridiculous hours and..."

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

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

"I was an internal applicant, but the process is very similar to someone applying..."

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

"We are encouraged to be as paper free as possible. We also have printer settings..."

"Generally very good. A lot of senior women with children."

"Little client interaction in my current team, but good exposure to work. I'm allowed..."

"We work with Manchester University to assist with their pro bono clinic run by their..."

"The firm has top quality clients which are a plus."

"Junior lawyer salaries could be better."

"The work/life balance, the people, the good clients and the standard of the training..."

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


"Not your average law firm."

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

"Depends on workloads."

"More information on the different seats available when you start your training contract..."

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