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Diversity

8.4 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I've not had a great experience of this, but the firm appears very good at accommodating flexible working and changing/reducing hours to facilitate return from maternity leave."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
"Female CEO and a large number of female lawyers compared to other law firms. However, there is a lack of ethnic minorities in particular offices."
Second year trainee, Southampton

2015

"There is strong female leadership at Shoosmiths, and good role models for young women."
Second year trainee, Reading
"While I would say that diversity could be improved in some respects, the firm has good initiatives with regard to the employment and retention of women."
First year trainee, Southampton
"There are some very successful women at the firm and we are one of the few firms that has a female CEO."
First year trainee, Southampton

2014

"The firm employ a lot of women, but as is often the case, nowhere near enough at the more senior levels in my opinion."
First year trainee, Southampton
"From my experience, promotion within the firm are based on performance as opposed to anything else."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Shoosmiths champions its diversity and has received numerous awards for this."
Second year trainee, Milton Keynes
"There are many women at the firm and firm is one of the only firms with a female CEO."
First year trainee, Southampton
"Shoosmiths genuinely recruits people from a diverse range of backgrounds, something which few law firms do. There seem to be relatively many female/ethnic minority employees at all progression levels. I don't feel that there is a 'macho culture' and the firm is really flexible with part-time/home working, which is great for parents, for example."
First year trainee, Reading

2013

"Generally very good. A lot of senior women with children."
Second year trainee, Reading
"Shoosmiths hires a lot of women and also has a lot of women in very senior positions, (including the CEO), this is great to see as a young woman just starting her career."
First year trainee, Reading
"There is a high percentage of female advisers at all levels and a great culture in terms of childcare, etc."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The firms has won awards for our commitment to diversity. Diversity training forms part of the trainee induction programme."
First year trainee, Milton Keynes
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