The Legal Cheek View
This is the Shoosmiths profile for those considering solicitor apprenticeships. Students looking to apply for training contracts should check out Legal Cheek‘s main Shoosmiths profile.
With roots in Northampton, full-service commercial outfit Shoosmiths has achieved a considerable UK presence, with a spread of 13 national offices, as well as one European outcrop in Brussels. Focusing on its three core practice divisions, solicitor apprentices can expect to fill their boots with work across real estate, corporate and advisory services. Under these umbrellas, Shoosmiths boasts several practices including commercial work, banking & finance, IP, employment, construction, and EU & competition. A newcomer to the apprenticeship market, Shoosmiths is hiring its first cohort of four solicitor apprentices in 2024, based at the firm’s “gorgeous” Birmingham office.
The fine print of the Shoosmiths programme reveals that rookies will undertake a minimum of eight seat rotations over the course of the six-year pathway. Completing four annual seats in the first four years, apprentices will experience at least one seat in each of the firm’s three core practice divisions during this time. Shoosmiths reveals to Legal Cheek that rookies may also get the opportunity to go on client secondment to one of their lauded, big-name clients such as Volkswagen Group, in these first four years. Further, giving rookies a holistic view on the operation of the firm, we’re told it’s likely that recruits will gain exposure to the ‘non-legal’ side of the business. This means rookies could get some hands-on experience in the firm’s legal tech, projects & innovation, and risk & ethics teams.
Following classic solicitor apprenticeship structure, seasoned apprentices will join the graduate training cohort in year five. The Shoosmiths TC will see apprentices undertake four, six-monthly seats including at least one contentious seat (i.e. litigation/disputes) and one non-contentious seat (advisory or transactional).