TARGETjobs black logo
Colleagues smiling at camera


Insider reviews

Get the inside buzz from graduates at Shoosmiths

8.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Dynamic, innovative, non-hierarchical."
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...

"Well-rounded individuals with enthusiasm to get involved."

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

"The firm's Developing Lawyer programme is a series of workshops which have allowed..."

"The open office plan makes everyone accessible, and the partners are always approachable...."

"Birmingham is the snazziest right now!"

"It depends on the department, but I think that the firm is good by law firm standards...."

"The salary is good for the location, but I believe that it could be reviewed more..."

"You get £50 and a day off on your birthday. We also have an 'above and beyond' scheme..."

"The process consists of a written application with successful candidates being invited..."

"Current affairs and general conversation. My interview was more about how I engaged..."

"We are encouraged to turn off computers and such, but I personally haven't experienced..."

"Shoosmiths champions its diversity and has received numerous awards for this."

"The quality of work is generally good and I have been involved in a variety of different..."

"I've assisted at a pro bono clinic that the firm helps with. The challenge for first-year..."

"The extremely friendly working environment is a plus for me!"

"IT services can be a slight issue - but hardly a reflection on the quality of the..."

"I was encouraged to apply here after attending an open day while I was at university...."

"The retention rate has dipped in the last few years, but hopefully the improved market..."

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

"A down to earth, non-stuffy, friendly and smart firm."

"We have corporate social responsibility schemes where we reach out/mentor high school..."

"Depends on workloads."

"Better coffee in the kitchens!"

Remember to mention TARGETjobs when contacting employers!