Training Contract and Placements - 2017/18
Shoosmiths profile September 2017
• Insight evening deadline 27th November 2017
• Summer placement deadline 28th February 2018
• Training contract deadline 30th June 2018
• Placement salary £285 per week
Shoosmiths is a leading national law firm with offices in Southampton, Basingstoke, Reading, London, Northampton, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and Belfast. We are a full service firm with five practice areas: Real Estate, Corporate and Banking, Commercial, Recoveries Services Group, and Private Client.
Recognised recently as The UK Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards and being the first top 100 law firm to be accredited with ‘Investors in People Gold Standard’, shows we are commited to providing the top quality service our clients love, and which our people love to deliver.
Our impressive client list reflects the quality of our lawyers. From Hewlett-Packard to Krispy Kreme, and property developers to some of the UK's largest banks, we work with a growing number of the FTSE 250 and some of the world's most exciting businesses.
Our values and culture underpin everything that we do. We believe that our friendly, supportive and dynamic working environment is fundamental to our success and we value highly the role that each individual plays in contributing to this.
As winners of the ‘Best Employer’ award in 2017 for the 13th consecutive year by Legal Week, we make sure that our people are given the responsibility, confidence, recognition and support that they need to develop and succeed in their careers.
We are an innovative, ambitious firm with a lack of hierarchy and zero tolerance for arrogance and believe that this makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.
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We think the best way for you to find out about training at Shoosmiths is to meet us face to face. Attending one of our insight evenings will give you an opportunity to meet our trainees, get some application tips and ask us questions.
Our insight evenings are open to applicants in any year of University, in any discipline, graduates and postgraduate students who are interested in a career as a solicitor.
You don’t need to complete a vacation scheme at Shoosmiths to secure a training contract, but it is a great way to gain invaluable experience and find out if we are the right fit for you, you can even fast track to a place on the assessment day.
We run a one-week paid placement every June. You will experience a real week in the life of a trainee solicitor which includes real responsibility, real case files and attending real client meetings.
Over two years, you will receive a quality training contract and development programme, combining technical legal and business skills training. You will complete four six-month seats usually spilt across two office locations and one of those seats could be a secondment to a client’s in-house legal team, providing invaluable insight from the client’s perspective.
The tasks that you will undertake are engaging, interesting and often with familiar topics, brands and products with which you can easily identify.
We offer a supportive open-plan office environment which means that you will be sitting with your entire team. You can expect to have direct contact with clients and you will draft your own letters and documents from day one.
If you secure a training contract with us, we will be happy to offer you financial assistance in relation to your future GDL and/or LPC (or Scottish Diploma of Professional Legal Practice). We don’t specify a particular LPC provider and are keen for our trainees to bring a variety of experience to the firm.
Rewards & Benefits
The 2017 salary for first year trainees in England is £27,000 rising to £28,000 in the second year. The 2017 salary for first year trainees in Scotland is £20,500 rising to £23,500 in the second year. On qualification your salary will increase to £40,000.
Happy, balanced, healthy people not only enjoy their work more, they also do it better. At Shoosmiths you will receive a number of benefits including 23 days’ holiday, a free day off for your birthday with a £50 voucher, dental and health cover, and more.
Law students are eligible to apply for our training contracts and placements from their penultimate year at University. Non-law students are eligible to apply from their final year at University. We also welcome applications from graduates and postgraduates.
Applications open in December each year. Submit your application online via our website www.shoosmiths.co.uk/graduates by clicking on the Apply button.