Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Shakespeare Martineau LLP

The verdict

National firm Shakespeare Martineau ‘works for businesses and individuals’ and offers training contracts in the West Midlands, East Midlands and London. Several trainees applied because they had ‘really enjoyed’ working at the firm as paralegals. There are ‘ample opportunities to get involved in good projects’ and recruits are ‘encouraged to network’ from an early stage, which makes for a ‘much more hands-on experience’. One trainee particularly enjoyed ‘meeting and chatting to the players of the Leicester Tigers backstage after a business event – I am a massive fan!’ and ‘running completions on my own’. But recruits are certainly not exempt from the stresses of ‘time recording and billing’, ‘late nights’ or ‘trying to file documents electronically at court for the first time at 3pm on a Friday afternoon’. Shakespeare Martineau places a ‘real focus on personal as well as professional development’ and is ‘very open to you taking control of your career and seeking out opportunities’. A ‘very inclusive culture’ pervades, thanks to a ‘diverse range of backgrounds’ among the staff and a ‘really approachable CEO’. The staff at Shakespeare Martineau received the highest praise; they are ‘passionate about law and about providing fantastic client service’ and recruits find it ‘inspiring to work with and learn from those people’. Social life and inclusiveness have won the firm two Lex 100 Winner awards. Trainees would like to see ‘improved benefits’ and referred to ‘some cultural differences within the firm’s teams due to past mergers’. For a ‘relaxed and unpretentious culture’ in a ‘rapidly-growing firm with exciting opportunities’, research Shakespeare Martineau.