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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Dynamic, innovative, non-hierarchical."
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
 
 

What insiders say about...

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

"Teamwork is a huge focus at Shoosmiths. There is complete visibility throughout the..."

"Excellent induction week training programme where all new trainees had a week together..."

"I believe that the accessibility of senior staff at Shoosmiths is one of the elements..."

"The open plan offices are great for socialising; the noise level can occasionally..."

"You're not expected to work late unless there is something that can't wait."

"Decent but unexceptional salary. You work at the firm for more than just the mon..."

"Parking at the Milton Keynes office is right in the centre of town. Free conveyancing..."

"I was an internal applicant, but the process is very similar to someone applying..."

"I was asked why I wanted to work for Shoosmiths, and to give examples of competency..."

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

"Shoosmiths hires a lot of women and also has a lot of women in very senior positions,..."

"I have had huge amounts of client interaction from day one at work."

"I regularly attend a pro bono clinic at CommuniCare in Reading, and trainees are..."

"The people are genuinely supportive and good to work with. There is a lot of City..."

"I am sometimes not given enough work."

"I had enjoyed working there as a paralegal."

"Retention rates are good. It is a fairly transparent process with early indication..."

"We get Krispy Kreme doughnuts quite a lot!"

"A firm that truly lives by its values."

"I am from a less privileged background and I felt comfortable applying to Shoosmiths..."

"Depends on workloads."

"Less time spent on trainee challenges and more time to focus on your work and tr..."

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