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  • 30 vacancies
  • 59 trainees
  • 216 partners
  • 1685 staff

About Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths is the UK’s fastest-growing commercial law firm with a real spirit of innovation. You’ll work with inspirational people and amazing clients in superb workspaces.

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Shoosmiths.

More info

We accept applications for the following vacancies:

Summer vacation placement 2021 – Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, and Solent.

Training contract 2022/2023 – Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, and Solent.

You can also apply to attend a virtual insight evening in January or February 2021, to increase your knowledge of the firm and develop your commercial awareness. The exact dates of the events will be listed on the firm's website. Apply during October and November 2020 to secure your place.

Applications for training contracts to start in September 2022/2023 should be made by 31 May 2021. Please apply online at where you can also find details of the deadlines for each vacancy.

Applications to

Miss Amy Ruff

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Shoosmiths is a modern national commercial 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, we recently opened a new office in Leeds. 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 Recruiter - National / Large Regional firm at the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards 2019 and 2020.

A placement at Shoosmiths is an opportunity to try out some real trainee-level work. It's direct and down-to-earth 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 to second-year law undergraduates and final year non-law 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.

To find out what it's like to undertake a placement at Shoosmiths read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.

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.

Shoosmiths will offer financial support towards your future postgraduate studies (GDL/LPC or equivalent) Full details are provided with your offer of a training contract.

  • Corporate
  • Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Finance litigation
  • Banking
  • Real estate
  • Planning
  • Construction
  • Real estate litigation
  • Commercial
  • Commercial litigation
  • Employment
  • IP
  • Regulatory
  • Medical negligence
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

The Lakes, Northampton, NN4 7SH
Phone: 03700 863 075
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: Any degree
Start salary: £27,000
Sponsorship: GDL & LPC
Turnover: £154,000,000 (2019)
Profit per partner: £441,000 (2018)
Starting salary: £27,000
Training contract applications: 2,616 (2020)
Retention rate: 77% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 63.0% male (2020)
  • 37.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 29.2% male (2020)
  • 70.8% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Tokyo
  • Edinburgh
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • London
  • Nottingham
  • Northampton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Reading
  • Solent
  • Belfast
  • Sheffield
  • Glasgow
  • Aspire Foundation
  • Business in the Community
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • LawWorks
  • Legal Advice Centres
  • London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
  • University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Lawyers’ Directory
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • Bright Network
  • Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Mindful Business Charter
  • Pathways to Law
  • Social Mobility Business Partnership
  • Social Mobility Foundation