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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, professional, innovative, work/life balance, fantastic clients, first class training and experiences!"
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...

"Mixture of group exercise, individual written exercise, interview and individual..."

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

"There are personal development courses available throughout the year to supplement..."

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

"Some offices look better externally than others. However, all seem to be very similar..."

"Typically I work from 9:00am to 5:30pm, although I can stay later if there is something..."

"Pay is market rate and, like a grad scheme, increases on qualification."

"You are given Birthday vouchers of (£50), and have access to free conveyancing and..."

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

"Current affairs and general conversation. My interview was more about how I engaged..."

"A new printing system was implemented in an effort to reduce unnecessary printin..."

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

"This varies from department to department and the kind of work that is available..."

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

"The responsibility, lack of hierarchy, the people, work/life balance, and being a..."

"Junior lawyer salaries could be better."

"I choose Shoosmiths because of the people. Everyone that I met was friendly and I..."

"Very confident that the firm will attempt to keep me on. My only concern is whether..."

"We have our own guide dog (called Smithy). We raised sponsorship monies for Smithy's..."

"Client-focused, open, friendly."

"Each office has Diversity Champions. I am a Diversity Champion for the Solent office..."

"Depends on workloads."

"More guidance and training."

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