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7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Approachable, professional, with a strong sense of direction."
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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"Pay does not reflect the quality of work and ambitions of the firm."

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"The people. The level of work and responsibility. The level of engagement. The emphasis..."

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

"The retention rate was 100% last year, although sometimes it means being flexible..."

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"Shoosmiths is an ambitious, client-focused, fun and down to earth firm."

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"Depends on workloads."

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