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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Approachable, professional, with a strong sense of direction...."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
7.6 / 10
6.4 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
7.4 / 10


  • The firm is very social with a relaxed and friendly environment.
  • Trainees get a good amount of responsibility and client interaction from an early stage.
  • The work/life balance of trainees is treated with importance.
  • Very strong mentoring and detailed feedback is given regularly.


  • Relatively low remuneration compared to other firms.
  • Some trainees would like to have more secondment opportunities.
  • While the firm is flexible, some departments can have demanding hours.
  • Retention rates can vary a lot between departments.

What insiders say about...

"Make sure that your personality comes across in your application form and during..."

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

"A lot of time is invested in trainee development, for which we have checklists and..."

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

"We are right in the centre of Manchester, Spinningfields, and the offices have impressive..."

"I work from 8:30am-6:00pm on average, but longer as and when work requires. No 'face-time'..."

"I could benefit from a higher salary, but I appreciate that it is tied into the firm's..."

"There are corporate discounts as well as 'above and beyond' awards to recognise people..."

"The process consists of a written application with successful candidates being invited..."

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

"A lot of recycling initiatives are in place to ensure our carbon footprint is minimised..."

"From my experience, promotion within the firm are based on performance as opposed..."

"My day-to-day responsibilities are varied, and I have a good level of client interaction..."

"The firm has numerous projects open for staff to commit their time to. We are also..."

"The quality of work/clients is high, and the people make for a friendly working culture...."

"IT services can be a slight issue - but hardly a reflection on the quality of the..."

"I was encouraged to apply here after attending an open day while I was at university...."

"The retention rate has dipped in the last few years, but hopefully the improved market..."

"Despite the confusion of some people that call our office, we are not a cobblers!..."

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

"It's a very meritocratic process gaining recognition at Shoosmiths. I believe the..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I would like there to be six seats instead of four for a greater variety."

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