4.2 /5 212 reviews
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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks) Placement Year (10 Months+) Virtual Experience
Commercial Law Corporate Law Employment Law Private Client Law Tax Law

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About Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths is a major UK law firm with a network of 13 offices working together as one team.

There's no secret to our growth over recent years to become a £154m+ turnover firm. Clients love working with Shoosmiths people because of the way we work and the results we consistently deliver for them.

Our commercial client list speaks volumes for the quality of our lawyers and the experience they provide. We work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious growth businesses.

We work to a simple formula: a can do ethos, values that are much more than words on paper, and the agility to find the best way for each individual client - whether that's ways of working, or just innovative ideas that make a real commercial difference.

We are committed to giving our people the responsibility, confidence, recognition and support that they need to develop and succeed in their careers. As a trainee you’ll need to demonstrate your desire to be an expert in law and the ability to work consistently and collaboratively, for the benefit of you, the firm and your client.

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Shoosmiths Latest Reviews

  • Solicitor's Firm

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Shoosmiths. The work I did was interesting and engaging, the people were very friendly, and I came away from the firm wishing to work there permanently...


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  • Vacation scheme

    A 3-day virtual vacation scheme where there were only 20 places. Partook in group tasks, written assessments and delivered a 15-minute presentation at the end of the scheme. The presentation was followed by an interview with two partners. Throughout the week we were involved in tasks that trainees were usually expected to complete and attended numerous legal workshops. A jam-packed schedule that allowed you to get to know the firm personally....




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  • Virtual Vacation Scheme

    The vacation scheme took place virtually over three days. Each day, we usually had a trainee task to do, and several workshops and talks from each division within the firm. We also had opportunities to network with the current trainee solicitors at the firm and the other vacation scheme participants. At the end, we had to deliver a presentation focused on business development within our chosen sector of the firm....




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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


Everyone I came across while on my placement week was approachable, friendly and genuinely interested in me.

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