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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"A client friendly 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...

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"Open plan office makes it really easy to ask for guidance."

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

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"Corporate discount and perks. Dress down Friday."

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"Shoosmiths genuinely recruits people from a diverse range of backgrounds, something..."

"Each team is relatively small meaning I have been heavily involved in matters from..."

"We work with Manchester University to assist with their pro bono clinic run by their..."

"I work in a friendly culture that is a great environment to work in."

"There are not many other trainees in my office. Sometimes it would be nice to have..."

"I wanted to work for Shoosmiths because of their fantastic culture, the high level..."

"Retention has been great the last couple of years. Rates only struggle if there are..."

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"Full of ordinary 'down to earth' normal people."

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"Depends on workloads."

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