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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2019)
"A great firm with friendly and fun colleagues which is an exciting..."
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.

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"Pay is as expected and is in line with firms of a similar size in similar regions...."

"The firm give us free conveyancing for one property per year, the right to buy and..."

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"Shoosmiths genuinely recruits people from a diverse range of backgrounds, something..."

"I mainly deal with admin and project work, and there is a lot of client contact for..."

"All trainees are required to get involved in a six-month long pro bono project of..."

"I love working for a firm that assists and represents so many well-known clients...."

"Working on a business park."

"I did a vacation scheme at Shoosmiths and really enjoyed it and the location is perfect..."

"The retention rates are good but you never know what is going to happen."

"There's a cake trolley every other Friday."

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

"I am a member of several schemes to assist those from less privileged backgrounds...."

"Depends on workloads."

"Less time spent on trainee challenges and more time to focus on your work and training...."

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