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Get the inside view from graduates at Shoosmiths

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2019)
"Approachable, caring and fun."
9.5 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
8.7 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • The firm is very sociable 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.


  • There’s 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."

"Teamwork is a huge focus at Shoosmiths. There is complete visibility throughout the..."

"There's great-quality training on a wide range of legal skills including drafting..."

"All trainees are assigned a supervisor who arranges regular one-to-ones on a monthly..."

"Birmingham has a really nice open-plan office. There are hundreds of staff but they..."

"Trainees aren't expected to stay and work for the sake of it. That said, it isn't..."

"I think that our salary is a little behind other trainees in the area, however, the..."

"Birthday perks - you get an extra day off and a £50 gift voucher. Expenses are paid..."

"The assessment is focused around an assessment day which includes an interview, a..."

"I was asked why I wanted to work for Shoosmiths, and to give examples of competency..."

"Lights are switched off over night. The firm recently installed a new printer system..."

"The firms has won awards for our commitment to diversity. Diversity training forms..."

"I am regularly in contact with our clients and am able to play an active role in..."

"Shoosmiths has both firm charities of the year and office charities of the year."

"Best of both worlds: high quality work and a good work/life balance."

"The salary could be higher in my opinion."

"I chose Shoosmiths for their culture and values, practice areas, and the size and..."

"Retention rates are 50:50, but the firm really tries to retain trainees where it..."

"In every McDonald's in the UK there will be a licence with the firm's stamp at the..."

"Friendly and sociable with a good level of work and clients."

"It's a very meritocratic process gaining recognition at Shoosmiths. I believe the..."

"Depends on workloads."

"I would like there to be more training seats."

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