Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly and hard-working."
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
 
 

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"There are recycling stations in the kitchens."

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"A client friendly law firm."

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"Depends on workloads."

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

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