Coronavirus: Shoosmiths cancels summer vacation scheme

updated on 30 March 2020

Shoosmiths’ summer vacation scheme, which was due to take place in June, has been cancelled in light of recent government advice. The firm said: “We now need to consider stronger measures to protect our employees, candidates and community, with the likelihood of this outbreak continuing into the summer”.

The UK law firm confirmed that it will develop alternative ways for candidates to engage with its people to make up for the loss of face-to-face time that successful applicants would have experienced on the scheme. Among these alternative measures are more #ShoosmithsLIVE videos and Q&As.

Students who submitted a vacation placement application this year will still be considered for the firm’s training contract vacancies. The firm’s graduate recruitment manager stated: “We’re closely monitoring this challenging situation and expect there to be some changes or postponement to our assessment process.

“We remain steadfast in our commitment to grow our junior talent and will continue to use our social media platforms to speak to candidates every day.”

The cancellation of the firm’s summer vacation scheme comes after it removed all face-to-face events from its calendar earlier in March, including several insight evenings, open days and university visits.

Despite the disruption, candidates can still get in touch with the recruitment team about the firm’s opportunities ([email protected]). To view Shoosmiths’ career advice and videos, visit the firm’s website and YouTube channel.