Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

7.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2016)
"Inclusive, professional, challenging."
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...

"Shoosmiths generally seems to hire friendly, proactive, clearly intelligent but not..."

"I think that the culture is structured but there are no private offices, so partners,..."

"Continuous development is an important focus for the firm."

"Solicitors are all generally very approachable and I can speak to the majority of..."

"Birmingham is the snazziest right now!"

"Generally I work from 8:45am-7:00pm, although it is not uncommon to leave earlier..."

"There is no bonus on offer at the firm to try and keep the focus on teamwork not..."

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

"The assessment centre is rigorous but taking into account the investment that the..."

"Something topical is usually asked."

"While it can be difficult for a law firm to reduce its impact on the environment,..."

"There are some very successful women at the firm and we are one of the few firms..."

"I have had opportunities to build rapport with clients and become first port of call..."

"There are very active charity committees in each office and trainees are encouraged..."

"Good working environment and friendly culture."

"Working on a business park."

"I had enjoyed working there as a paralegal."

"Retention varies by office and what the trainees in that intake want to do on qualification,..."

"We get Krispy Kreme doughnuts quite a lot!"

"Friendly and approachable firm providing high quality advice."

"Our firm funds the GDL (if applicable) and LPC for future trainees who are about..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I think more transparency (whether good or bad) regarding retention to prevent people..."

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