"A melting pot of different people."
- 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..."