Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Great work, great people, great clients."
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...

"Prepare for the interview by learning about the firm and by gaining relevant experience;..."

"The learning environment at Shoosmiths is great. It's an open-plan office environment,..."

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

"Partners are accessible due to the 'open-door' policy."

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

"Recently, I have been working fairly long hours, but on average they are very reasonable...."

"Trainees have a good salary, but there is still a big gap between salaries at London..."

"Gift vouchers for your birthday, Easter eggs at Easter and a selection box at Ch..."

"They are looking for intelligent, commercially aware students who show enthusiasm,..."

"My interview mainly consisted of competency based questions."

"We just participated in Climate Week and there is a big push to ensure all computers..."

"There is a high percentage of female advisers at all levels and a great culture in..."

"Dependant on the department you work in there is usually only one trainee meaning..."

"The firm is genuinely committed to pro bono which is reflected in the fact that pro..."

"The culture of the office is very positive."

"Although it is not terrible, the trainee salary could be better."

"The culture. It seems unique."

"There are usually jobs available, albeit not always what people want to qualify into...."

"We have an amazing annual ski trip attended by partners through to trainees/paralegals..."

"Shoosmiths is a friendly, sociable and innovative firm to work for."

"Our firm funds the GDL (if applicable) and LPC for future trainees who are about..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I would want to be able to have more choice over your first two seats, as you often..."

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