Summer Vacation Placement at Shoosmiths

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
Milton Keynes South East
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Market Research Property Law

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9.4/10

About You
9.2
The Organisation
9.3
Everything Else

9.5

About You

Role Description

I was placed with the Real Estate team. Tasks included researching areas of property law, drafting key documents for Real Estate deals and making enquiries with the Land Registry and other agencies, as well as preparing business development materials for the firm.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the placement: I found I was working with an incredibly friendly team, got to know lots of different people and was kept busy with a range of very interesting tasks.

10/10

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

I was given lots of detailed and positive feedback on all the tasks I did, and, from the fact that the solicitors I did work for came back to me for more help later in the week, felt that the work I was doing was genuinely useful for the team.

9/10

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

I was allocated a host, who was a current trainee, who provided me with lots of support: she was always available to discuss any work I was doing and any points that I found difficult or confusing.

10/10

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

I think that the skills and experience I gained will be very useful for my career: I have plenty of experience in smaller firms and in areas of law working for individuals, but the insight I got into work for large commercial clients in a bigger firm will be invaluable.

8/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured indeed, with an overarching project task, several pre-arranged meals and plenty of support from my host and the other trainees.

10/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I got a real sense of how friendly the firm was and and how busy: there was a real buzz around the office.

9/10

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

The firm had made a real effort to put together a project task for me to focus on, to arrange welcome events for the placement students and to ensure that the team could give me plenty of work and opportunities to get an insight into their work.

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?

I was working on the sort of tasks that a trainee solicitor would undertake.

9/10

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

Very much so, both from talking to current staff, and from the project task which asked me to produce a newsletter to pitch the firm's services to clients.

10/10

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

It confirmed my decision to train with a national commercial firm of solicitors.

9/10

Other Information

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

I was paid £250 for the week which easily covered the cost of my expenses (a weekly season ticket) for the week.

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

There was a pizza lunch on the first day and a trip out with current trainees on the Thursday, as well as the chance to organise your own (in my case a departmental lunch on the Friday).

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The open, non-hierarchical structure of the firm meant that it was very easy to get to know staff from other teams all the way up to partner level.

10/10

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

From talking to trainees I had a clear sense of the CSR activities and sporting teams that the firm organises.

8/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

It was a really friendly, well-structured, and insightful vacation placement: I certainly left with a sense of how Shoosmiths differs from other large commercial law firms.

10/10

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