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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Not your average law firm."
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...

"There is an assessment day in the application process, consisting of tasks and a..."

"Everyone here is really approachable and there are no barriers between people of..."

"A lot of training is on-the-job, and you develop throughout your training contract...."

"Extremely accessible. I have monthly updates with my mentor who checks that I am..."

"Most of the offices are very nice, but one is in need of a bit of refurbishment...."

"Generally I work from 8:45am-7:00pm, although it is not uncommon to leave earlier..."

"I think that our salary is a little behind other trainees in the area, however, the..."

"Extra day off on your birthday as well as a £50 voucher. You can nominate colleagues..."

"The day was synchronised to be a fluid process with one topical theme. The day evolved..."

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

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

"While I would say that diversity could be improved in some respects, the firm has..."

"This varies from department to department and the kind of work that is available..."

"We are given a minimum of a day every year to volunteer in the community. We also..."

"The responsibility afforded to trainees and the faith that the firm places in our..."

"I want the pay to be improved for the work that I am undertaking."

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

"Retention varies by office and what the trainees in that intake want to do on qualification,..."

"Nationwide have been a client of the firm since 1846."

"Friendly, people-focused, refreshingly down to earth!"

"Actively promotes"

"Depends on workloads."

"I would like more social events."

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