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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 11 ratings in 2019)
"A melting pot of different people."
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...

"Online application then assessment day. It is beneficial to secure a vacation scheme..."

"There is no obvious hierarchy at Shoosmiths. The open-plan offices enhance the team..."

"You are assigned a supervisor in your department who makes sure you are given a good..."

"Everyone is willing to sit down and go through work you have completed while giving..."

"Most of the offices are very nice, but one is in need of a bit of refurbishment...."

"Recently, I have been working fairly long hours, but on average they are very reasonable...."

"It's pretty standard for a trainee salary."

"Gift vouchers for your birthday, Easter eggs at Easter and a selection box at Christmas...."

"You start with an application which asks skills based questions. There is then an..."

"There were numerous competency based questions asking me to demonstrate when I had..."

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

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

"Trainees at Shoosmiths are offered City quality work and clients with a much more..."

"I have not yet completed pro bono work for the firm, but I will be conducting some..."

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

"Junior lawyer salaries could be better."

"Based in Manchester, established training programme, good clients."

"The firm has fairly good retention rates."

"The Solent office has a charity tuck box and a drinks trolley most Fridays that raise..."

"Excellent work, quality clients and approachable colleagues."

"Each office has Diversity Champions. I am a Diversity Champion for the Solent office..."

"Depends on workloads."

"More information on the different seats available when you start your training contract..."

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