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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Open, growing and dynamic!"
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...

"Candidates should do thorough research on the firm, practice interview techniques..."

"There is no real hierarchy; everybody is approachable and engaging. There's a good..."

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

"The large majority of colleagues are very accessible to provide feedback. Many are..."

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

"The hours in the corporate team are probably the most difficult in the firm. On an..."

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

"£50 vouchers and a paid day off for your birthday come as perks of working here...."

"I completed an online written application followed by an assessment day. The assessment..."

"There were competency based questions centred on teamwork, initiative, working under..."

"All offices have recycling points and there is a bike to work initiative."

"There are many women at the firm and firm is one of the only firms with a female..."

"You get really good work for big clients."

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

"The down-to-earth nature of the people who work here and the culture of the firm...."

"Better IT systems required."

"Based in Manchester, established training programme, good clients."

"Shoosmiths is a growing firm and I am hopeful that there will be a position for me..."

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

"Excellent work, quality clients and approachable colleagues."

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

"Depends on workloads."

"A bonus when you start for buying suits etc."

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