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Vacancies: 20
Trainees: 41
Partners: 130
Staff: 1300
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 50
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £24,000
Sponsorship: GDL & LPC

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Application details and method of selection

We accept applications for the following vacancies:

Summer vacation placement 2015 - Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent.

Training contract 2017 - Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent.

Applications for training contracts to start in September 2017 should be made by 31 July 2015. Please apply online at www.shoosmiths.co.uk/graduates where you can also find details of the deadlines for each vacancy.

Firm description and career prospects

Shoosmiths is a progressive, forward-thinking law firm with a real spirit of enterprise. We're also one of the UK's fastest-growing national law firms with offices across the north, midlands and south of England, as well as recently merging with ACH in Edinburgh. As a Shoosmiths trainee solicitor you'll be welcomed into an open-plan, down-to-earth working environment where everyone within the same team sits together without the barrier of private offices or closed-off workspaces.

We provide a friendly and effective working environment and you'll soon become an integral member of your team, national department and indeed, Shoosmiths. You'll find our culture is positive and our working style is professional and cooperative. We know that our ethos suits energetic and "can do" people who thrive on plenty of contact with clients.

To find out what it is like to work at Shoosmiths read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Shoosmiths won Best trainer - National/large regional firm at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2014.


Shoosmiths will offer financial support towards your future postgraduate studies (GDL/LPC or equivalent) and in some circumstances will also offer a living allowance whilst you study. Full details are provided with your offer of a training contract.

Work placements

A summer placement at Shoosmiths is an opportunity to try out some real trainee-level work. It's direct and down-to-earth (we certainly don't stand on ceremony) as we believe that the way for you to get real value from the placement is to see what really goes on and get involved. We want to challenge you, but not overwhelm you, and work is pitched at a level that you feel comfortable with and which takes account of which stage of your legal studies you have reached.

As our offices are open plan, you get to sit in the midst of a team and get involved in everything that is going on. If we can take you to court or to a client meeting then we will, that's all part of the experience.

You'll get to spend time with our current trainees who are an invaluable source of information on what it's really like to work at Shoosmiths. They will usually be your host for the placement and will guide you through the work and anything else that you would like to find out about.

We offer a one-week placement during June and July to second-year undergraduates onwards. We also welcome applications from people who are further on in their legal studies, but yet to be offered a training contract, right through to post-LPC.

Training contract programme

There's nothing like diving straight in and having a go and, while we would not ask you to do something that you were not comfortable in tackling, we expect you to relish the opportunity to get experience of real cases and deals from the start. In our opinion, it's the best way to learn. Your experience will be built around a practical workload, complemented by technical and business skills training. Over the two years, you would usually complete four six-month placements around the firm. From time to time we also offer the opportunity for trainees to be seconded to the in-house legal team of one of our clients, which provides an invaluable insight into the client's perspective.


Before all the real work starts we run a week-long induction for our new trainee solicitors where we give you the opportunity to learn about Shoosmiths away from the office and to build friendships that will last through your training contract and beyond. This week is a really enjoyable way to start your employment with us before heading off to your individual departments.

Away from the desk

As a trainee at Shoosmiths you will be encouraged to get involved in activities away from your desk, such as business development, networking with other young professionals and charity-related activities. We see these kinds of events as a great way for you to develop valuable skills for the future and we also encourage trainees to come up with their own ideas and to run with them. In the past year Shoosmiths trainees have attended client golf days, set up their own networking events, run half-marathons, raced dragon boats, pushed a cake trolley round the office, dressed up in fancy dress, planted trees, collected old bicycles, and attended a film premiere - and most of these raised money for charity too.

Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice, Niche

Work areas


Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Basingstoke, Reading, Solent

Probono initiatives

Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks

Diversity access schemes

Aspiring Solicitors, Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Pathways to Law


Turnover: £93,000,000 (2013) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £295,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £24,000 Compare on LC.N Insights
Training contract applications: 2,000 (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 65% (2014) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 72.0% male (2014)
  • 28.0% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 35.0% male (2014)
  • 65.0% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail outlets


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Gemma Stone

University of Hull
Trainee Solicitor

After experiencing great work satisfaction as a paralegal at Shoosmiths; a firm whose clients are at the heart of everything they do, I applied for a training contract. I started my training this year at Shoosmiths in Northampton.


Elizabeth Ward

University of Nottingham
Trainee Solicitor

Deals that I could get excited about, interesting clients, real responsibility and a supportive working environment were what attracted me to Shoosmiths. The ongoing professional development is also fantastic and I am currently on secondment at a large FTSE 250 multinational.

Meet the Lawyer



  • Megan Holden

Megan Holden thought carefully about where she wanted to train, and Shoosmiths ticked all the right boxes, especially in terms of its supportive culture and great work. Read on to find out more about her path to qualified litigator.

Meet the Recruiter



  • Samantha Hope

An enthusiast for skiing and the indie stylings of London Grammar, Samantha Hope is also Shoosmiths’ grad rec guru. Click this way for her application wisdom and for an insight into trainee life at Shoosmiths.

Award Winner

LC.N Awards Winner 2014


My training contract far exceeded my expectations. I was given much more client contact than I anticipated and an excellent level of responsibility.

LC.N Awards Winner 2013


The firm is incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the work has been challenging, interesting and varied.

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