Reading office Reading
Solent office Southampton
Edinburgh office Edinburgh
Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to Shoosmiths.
We accept applications for the following vacancies:
Summer vacation placement 2023 – Edinburgh and Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, and Solent.
Training contract September 2025 – Edinburgh and Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Reading, and Solent.
Training contract March 2026 – Birmingham, Thames Valley, Mancheser
For training contracts in Belfast, please see the firm's website for the most up to date application dates and deadlines.
You can also apply to attend an in-person insight evening in December, January, February or March 2023, to increase your knowledge of the firm and develop your commercial awareness. The exact dates of these eventsare listed on the firm's website. Apply during October 2022 to secure your place.
Applications for training contracts to start in September 2025 should be made by 31 March 2023. Please apply online at www.shoosmiths.co.uk/graduates where you can also find details of the deadlines for each vacancy.
How to applywww.apply4law.com
Follow us on
Miss Amy Ruff
Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Shoosmiths is leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 50 law firm to achieve “Platinum Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
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.
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 expect those offered a training contract from the assessment centres hosted in summer 2023 to undertake the SQE with their preferred provider.
Should you already have started or completed the LPC, then you will not need to undertake any additional postgraduate study before commencing your training contract.
Further informaiton will be shared on the firm's website.
Shoosmiths will offer financial support towards your future postgraduate studies (PGDL, LPC or SQE (or equivalent). Full details are provided with your offer of a training contract.
- Finance litigation
- Real estate
- Real estate litigation
- Commercial litigation
- Medical negligence
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
<p>Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.</p>
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£441,000 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||2,616 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||78% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Milton Keynes
- Aspire Foundation
- Birmingham Legal Advice Centre
- Business in the Community
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Communicare (Reading)
- Legal Advice Centres
- London Legal Support Trust (LLST)
- University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Lawyers’ Directory
- Black Solicitors Network
- Bright Network
- GROW Mentoring
- Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Mindful Business Charter
- Pathways to Law
- Social Mobility Business Partnership
- Social Mobility Foundation