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8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly and approachable firm providing high quality advice...."
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...

"Always be yourself and make sure you do your research on what the firm's values are..."

"A good balance. Expected to work hard when under pressure."

"There are junior lawyer training sessions along with practice group specific bi-weekly..."

"All of the solicitors and partners are accessible and make good mentors. Each trainee..."

"Dress code is generally smart (although a full suit and tie isn't really the firm's..."

"They are better than the average City firm but I still find that, even when I am..."

"Pay does not reflect the quality of work and ambitions of the firm."

"Free fruit in the office, a day off for your birthday and a £50 voucher."

"There is an initial telephone interview and if successful you will be invited to..."

"My interview mainly consisted of competency based questions."

"A lot of recycling initiatives are in place to ensure our carbon footprint is minimised..."

"Generally very good. A lot of senior women with children."

"Each day is different. Work ranges from doing simple tasks to getting involved in..."

"CommuniCare pro bono legal advice clinic. Everyone is encouraged to get involved..."

"I have a high level of responsibility at work, and work with great people for good..."

"I would like more training and structure to the traineeship."

"The working environment and the quality of work/training that the firm had to offer..."

"It is dependent on the team you want to qualify into and whether there are any jobs..."

"Nationwide have been a client of the firm since 1846."

"Expanding national firm."

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

"Depends on workloads."

"More guidance and training."

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