Throughout our offices, everyone is approachable and a pleasure to work with. Our clients are of very high quality, so the work we undertake is always interesting, and just as importantly, the hours we are expected to work are actually quite reasonable in comparison to other firms.
- Applications to: Miss Samantha Hope
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2016: 31/07/2014 Summer work placement: 28/02/2014
|Number of work placements:||45|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Sponsorship:||GDL & LPC|
Application details and method of selection
Our application is now open, we are accepting applications for the following vacancies:
Summer vacation placement 2014 - Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent.
Traineeship 2015 & 2016 - Edinburgh (ACH-Shoosmiths).
Training contract 2016 - Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, Solent.
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.
We will sponsor you through your postgraduate studies, covering the fees and also provide a living allowance where applicable. Please see our website for further details.
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
Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Basingstoke, Reading, Solent
Citizens Advice Bureau, LawWorks
Diversity access schemes
Black Lawyers’ Directory, Black Solicitors' Network, Pathways to Law