Shoosmiths reveals expansion plans for trainee solicitor programme

Shoosmiths is expanding its trainee solicitor programme with an increase in trainee and NQ recruits, expansion into the London office, and two trainee intakes annually.

  • Last updated Apr 18, 2019 2:38:48 PM
  • Article provided by Shoosmiths
Image by Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths’ previous trainee solicitor programme invited 22 graduates to join the firm each year for a two-year programme. From September 2019, the firm will increase its trainee numbers to 30 annually, and will now also include London as a base office location. 

Along with the increased number of recruits, the programme will include a March intake, as well as the usual September intake commencing from March 2020. Shoosmiths will see 24 trainees on the September 2019 intake and six trainees on the March 2020 intake – moving to a 20/10 split in the next few years. 

Trainees working in London can expect to earn £38,000-£39,000, with this rising to £65,000 upon qualification. In regional locations, trainee salaries are £27,000-28,000, rising to £42,500 for NQs, and those training in Scotland earn £25,000 - £26,000, rising to £40,000 upon qualification. 

Samantha Hope, Shoosmiths’ graduate recruitment manager, said: “To ensure Shoosmiths is moving in the right direction, every three years we take a fresh look at our firm-wide strategy. With this comes a renewed focus on the number of trainees we recruit per year as we plan ahead for the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), and we are pleased to confirm this will include London as part of the ambitious growth strategy for that office.”

This will mean nearly 30 additional vacancies being recruited to from this year’s application/assessment centres, to fill the extra vacancies for 2019 and 2020, as well as 2021. Shoosmiths offices across the country will be recruiting trainees, with opportunities in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading and Solent. 

Shoosmiths has also announced that nine trainees qualified in March 2019, and all nine were offered and accepted an NQ position with the firm, giving the firm 100% retention rate for its first ever Spring recruitment round. Seven trainees qualified into the corporate division, one into real estate and one into business advisory.

Stephen Porter, national head of corporate, said:  “Significant growth has been earmarked across all corporate specialisms at Shoosmiths, and our recent number of NQ recruits this spring shows that talent retention is a key driver for growth in the firm and will support a major recruitment drive across all areas.” The online application form is open until 31 May 2019. you can find it here.

More like this

  • No more memes? Some of the world’s strangest legislations Megan Johnstone

    Memes, gum, and dying within a certain boundary. Who would've thought they'd be illegal? Here are some of the strangest laws from around the world.

  • SQE: first programme details announced for related Law Conversion Course Becky Kells

    BPP is the first law school to announce the details of its Law Conversion Course under the new SQE framework.

  • Case study: the intricacies of international law in relation to cultural heritage Tuula Petersen

    Standfirst: The protection of cultural heritage is essential to safeguard artefacts, sites and various intangible features of a society’s past. However, the idea of cultural heritage is not without any limitations. How exactly does international law protect artefacts—and when does it let them down? 

  • The 1824 Vagrancy Act: rogues, vagabonds and a dated take on homelessness?Anna Vall Navés

    If the law is both a result of the way we perceive the world and an influence on it, then—as many campaigners and politicians have recently argued—the 1824 Vagrancy Act may not be the most positive reflection of our society. But what exactly is the Vagrancy Act, and are there alternatives to tackling homelessness?

  • Work-life balance: Do you need to move firms, or can you have the best of both worlds?Matthew Kay

    Matthew Kay, director of Vario for Pinsent Masons, offers further insight into the ways that lawyers can work flexibly in the 2019 career landscape.