Vaction Scheme at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Manchester North West
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Corporate Law Legal/Law

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9.5/10

About You
9.8
The Organisation
9.5
Everything Else

9.2

About You

Role Description

One week vacation scheme at Shoosmiths Manchester Office in Commercial Litigation

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Being given the opportunity to meet new people, learn about their careers and gain an insight into life at Shoosmiths. This made clear that I want to be a solicitor. The dynamics of Shoosmiths open policy and break out areas, were a surprise from what I though law firm's offices would be like. Open policy is a great way Shoosmiths interacts with each other and feeling part of a team.

10/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Commercial Litigation made me feel valued and part of the team. Having the opportunity to attend a client meeting with This section of the comment has been removed
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the Associate Partner for Commercial Litigation was valuable experience to meet clients. As well as giving me the opportunity to chat with This section of the comment has been removed
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about Shoosmiths and how the vacation scheme is going. Both This section of the comment has been removed
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made me feel valued throughout the week telling me about the firm values and asking question to get to know me.

10/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

Each day I felt part of the Commercial Litigation team. For the areas of the law that were new to me, people would explain key aspects allowing me to gain an understand. My host This section of the comment has been removed
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would have chats with me to make sure I was supported during the week and this allowed me to ask questions about the firm.

9/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Having the ability to work with Mike in Family law on Wednesday allowed me to gain an understand of Family Law that Shoosmiths offer. This valuable information will be key on my LLB degree course next year as I study Family Law.

Also, the presentation skills I have learned this week will assist me in the future in my career in law.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The week vacation scheme was well structured. I was given tasks from my Commercial Litigation team as well as my own tasks to complete from Graduate Recruitment.
On the first day we got to meet our hosts and go for lunch to get to know them and see what life will be like at Shoosmiths.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere of Shoosmiths is very innovative and collaborative. This was shown through the break out areas and open desk policy. The atmosphere was really friendly and engaging as I went around the office meeting new people and learning what department they were from. This insight made clear to me I want to work for Shoosmiths.

10/10

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7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Commercial Litigation team developed my understand of litigation further by having the opportunity to sit in on a meeting in regards to a Scott schedule.

I also had the opportunity to gain an insight into family law by looking through a current case file and undertaking a bundle for county court next week.

9/10

8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

The insight gave me a opportunity to see how innovative Shoosmiths are as a leading law firm. I learned this through tasks that are aimed around their core values. I also learned how agile the firm is and how collaborative all the team members are.
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allowed me to see how Shoosmiths give responsibility to their trainees and the work they are involved in. As well as, life at the Manchester office.

10/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

The company culture is around teams working collaboratively on tasks or having the ability to work in a break out space in the garden or library. This demonstrated Shoosmiths culture. Furthermore, the core values of taking initiative, taking business sense, pulling together and being within reach and responsive show me who Shoosmiths are as a brand and what is at the heart of the firm.

9/10

10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The vacation scheme has made clear to me that I want to work for Shoosmiths as a solicitor. Being able to work this week in both Family and Commercial Litigation under a Trainee, has given me a greater understanding of what work I would be undertaking on a training contact with Shoosmiths.

10/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

This week I do not need to reimbursed any expenses, on my first day This section of the comment has been removed
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took myself out for lunch nearby, so we could get to know each other.

Graduate Recruitment have confirmed by email, I will be receiving payment for this weeks work at a normal rate of £295.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

On the first day HR took all the new vacation scheme applications on a tour of the office meeting people. This section of the comment has been removed
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my host also introduced me to many different departments team members.
I was also given the opportunity to meet a Shoosmiths client and sit in on a meeting with This section of the comment has been removed
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10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Having the opportunity to network with both Shoosmiths clients and staff members allowed me to gain a in-depth understand of employees day-to-day tasks.

Meeting Shoosmiths clients allowed me to network with a Barrister 'This section of the comment has been removed
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' and a expert witness and the client. This opportunity was so valuable to myself for giving me to experience of a how Shoosmiths hold client meetings.

9/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Shoosmiths have a charity committee and one day a year employees go out of office to attend a charity event.

Each Winter and Summer there are different social events such as a Christmas Ball.

Trainee at Shoosmiths are also parts of Manchester's Trainees Solicitors Group. This group regularly holds events for networking. They also have a sport teams to be involved in.

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely yes. The vacation scheme was really insightful and demonstrated Shoosmiths core values well. Having the opportunity to work alongside This section of the comment has been removed
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was really helpful in showing me what a normal routine of a Commercial Litigation Trainee Solicitors at Shoosmiths does each day.
The scheme was structures really well by having the ability to undertake in your own task, as well as helping out your team.

10/10

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