Shoosmiths promises its fee earners a “great culture” supported by a range of benefits and career progression opportunities. The firm operates a coaching programme for anyone seeking to improve their performance, under which they are assigned to a learning and development manager, as well as senior associate and partner entry schemes.
Communication initiatives include SHOUTback, a digital publication that outlines all of the firm’s fundraising and PR activities, while the Above and Beyond scheme provides each staff member with vouchers to award to colleagues, with six employees shortlisted for a platinum award each quarter.
Staff benefits include free legal advice for house moves, the offer of a day’s volunteering and advice on how to improve health and fitness.
Shoosmiths promotes diversity by supporting the Legal Launch Pad programme, which is managed by the Black Lawyers Division and provides work experience, mentoring and skills workshops to 40 students a year.
HR Director Louise Hadlan (pictured) says: “Professional people like to work hard. This firm is full of professional people, whether they are support staff or lawyers. Our people love to work hard, they love to make a difference, they love their work and they will put huge amounts of effort into that work when they are happy. That benefits not just the firm, but the clients too.”
What fee earners like about the firm
- ‘The culture of the firm cannot be found elsewhere: people are really valued’
- ‘Interesting people, supportive atmosphere, interesting work’
- ‘Considerably less stressful than my previous position and much more family friendly’