Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, ambitious, great quality work."
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...

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

"The firm as a fantastic work/life balance. Whilst there is a hierarchy/structure,..."

"I would definitely say that there is recognition of the importance of training. A..."

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

"The office I work in is good, and there are dress down Fridays too."

"There is no need to be in the office if you have nothing to do. Nobody judges you..."

"My salary needs to be improved when it is compared to the City, but otherwise it..."

"You are given Birthday vouchers of (£50), and have access to free conveyancing and..."

"I completed an online written application followed by an assessment day. The assessment..."

"I was asked questions about my previous work experience, various competency questions..."

"In terms of reducing the firm's carbon footprint, there is a new printing initiative..."

"Female CEO and a large number of female lawyers compared to other law firms. However,..."

"Excellent level of client interaction, which is actively encouraged wherever possible...."

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

"The level of responsibility and client contact are both beneficial to me."

"Being based on a business park which is not in the centre of Southampton and not..."

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

"Very good."

"Shoosmiths is full of amazing bakers! Every Monday is a like a scene from the Great..."

"Down to earth and impressive lawyers."

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

"Depends on workloads."

"I think more transparency (whether good or bad) regarding retention to prevent people..."

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