Shoosmiths’ focus on people, relationships and results has defined its achievements for more than 160 years.

Their client list speaks volumes for the quality of their lawyers and the experience they provide. From Hewlett-Packard to Krispy Kreme and property developers to some of the UK’s largest banks, Shoosmiths work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world’s most exciting and ambitious growth businesses.

Voted by the graduates we surveyed as the 5th Best Law Firm for Graduates to Work For (smaller intake), Shoosmiths are a consistently growing law firm with a can-do ethos. With an overall rating of 4.3/5, Shoosmiths score particularly high for Colleagues (4.7/5), Company Culture (4.6/5) and Training (4.4/5). 


1. The Best and Worst things about working for Shoosmiths

Best: The company has very strong values alongside its friendly culture. The offices are open plan making it easy to ask questions and work as a team with your colleagues. Also you get a day off for your birthday plus £50 voucher!

Worst: There isn’t anything. 

Administration Assistant, Repossessions at Shoosmiths


Best: The team I work within. As a junior member of staff I get excellent support from my team in terms of my day to day role and my development. They have faith in me to deal with more complex matters.

Worst: My commute is quite long at present but I will be moving closer to the office soon. 

Paralegal, Real Estate at Shoosmiths


Best: The people in my team are fantastic to work with and always have time to help you learn. Role is valued and I have gained varied experience. I am now able to provide support on different types of transactions. The legal advisers and clients appreciate what I do. 

Worst: The location is out of town so limited opportunities to socialise after work.

Paralegal, Corporate at Shoosmiths


2. Average Working Hours

9.00am – 6.00pm


3. Average Graduate Salary

£23,000 – £25,000


4. Interview Tips

Application Advice: Provide examples of how you can provide value to the role. Provide examples that indicate why you want to work in this area.

Interview Advice: Provide examples of why you would fit well in the team and the office environment. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to be different.

Paralegal, Corporate at Shoosmiths


Application Advice: Make sure that the firm is the right fit for you. Shoosmiths is not your typical stuffy law firm.

Interview Advice: They are more interested in getting to know the person behind the application, just be yourself!

Trainee solicitor, Corporate / banking at Shoosmiths


Application Advice: Really research the firm and its culture and be prepared to work hard.

Interview Advice: Research the firm and understand what it stands for. Potentially research the department you are applying for too – such as key partners or senior members of staff in that area.

Administration Assistant, Repossessions at Shoosmiths


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