Your training contract
We are a full service major UK law firm offering you an experience in a variety of areas including commercial contracts, banking & finance, corporate, litigation & disputes and real estate to name a few.
In addition to these we have many other practice areas which may offer seats on a slightly less regular basis and may include intellectual property, EU & competition, pensions, insurance, regulatory & compliance, planning and construction & engineering.
We don't have any compulsory seats, but you must sit within three distinct areas of law consisting of at least one non-contentious, and one contentious area in line with the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) requirements.
We allocate no more than one trainee to each team, which means you will enjoy high levels of involvement with your team, and are given good quality work and contact with clients.
In our opinion the best way to learn is in practice, that's why you'll be given responsibility and your own case files to manage at an early stage.
Over two years you will complete four six-month seats, one of which could be a secondment to a client's in-house legal team. A client secondment aims to give you experience of being on a client site as well as providing a challenging and exciting variety of legal work.
The tasks that you will undertake are engaging, interesting and often with familiar topics, brands and products with which you can easily identify.
We have 12 offices across the UK: Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Thames Valley & Southampton. We do not currently offer training contracts or placements in Basingstoke, Belfast, Leeds or London.
The Professional Skills Course is the final training course on your journey to become a solicitor. We have a dedicated PSC provider and courses are arranged in-house throughout your first year as a trainee. These are also a great opportunity for the entire trainee year to meet up on a residential for a social and good food.
As a trainee you will take an active role in corporate responsibility from your very first week. You will be supported to create and drive new initiatives and continue the management of New Friday in your office. Read more on our firm blog SHoutback.
We are not currently recruiting trainees for Basingstoke, Belfast or London.
That might make a start at answering your question, but if you have any more have a look at our FAQ page, tweet our trainees directly at http://www.twitter.com/shoosmithsgrads or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org