Legal Placement Sandwich Year 2019-20

Closing date: 25/03/2019
Experience level: Entry level
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Recoveries Services
Location: Northampton or Thames Valley
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our Recoveries Services Group provides a complete range of debt recovery services utilising cutting edge technology and with specialists dealing with different debt types, all operating under a centralised management structure allowing us to deliver consistently excellent service. Our structure ensures we can provide a full range of volume recoveries and litigation options, whilst ensuring that we have the expertise and experience to deal with complex and technical issues arising from volume recoveries.

The role

Shoosmiths are now looking for their next group of Legal Placement Students to join our Recoveries Services Practice Group on a 12 month placement from Summer 2018. 

This is an exciting opportunity for Law undergraduates to gain real and valuable experience. The successful applicants will get involved in undertaking a caseload of instructions, which need to be managed effectively and efficiently. The Placement Student will liaise with our clients, their customers, courts and solicitors, in order to ensure the best possible recoveries are achieved, whilst ensuring we are fully compliant with the relevant regulatory bodies.

Following negotiation, where we are unable to achieve settlement or agree repayment, the Placement Student will be required to carry out litigation procedures.

During the placement year, we will endeavour to make sure students are given the opportunity to visit different departments within the Firm, take part in charity events and attend various meetings with some of our senior members of staff. The placement students will also be required to carry out a presentation on a topic which is relevant at that time.

Please note, this placement year is only open to partnered Universities at this time and is only available to those students who are able to commit to a full-time placement year. 

Main responsibilities

As a Placement Student, you will manage your own caseload and be responsible for meeting deadlines and targets within your team. You will negotiate with debtors using both telephone and letter writing skills to achieve the best possible outcomes at the earliest opportunity, and will log and maintain details of the case on the case management system. In addition, you will be responsible for ensuring the best possible service is delivered to our clients, acting in a professional and efficient manner, aligning to culture of delivering excellent client satisfaction.

You will be given the opportunity to work alongside experienced Legal Advisors therefore we’re looking for candidates that can integrate themselves as part of a team to achieve the best possible results.

Throughout your 12 month placement, you will attend training sessions to develop your knowledge of the litigation and debt recovery process that impact the team’s delivery of its service, which will better equip you to identify any potential issues within cases and refer these on accordingly. In addition, you will attend both internal and external meetings to assist in implementing changes to any relevant procedures.

Skills and qualifications
  • On target to achieve minimum 2:1 classification degree (minimum high 2:2 classification must have been obtained in 2nd year exams);
  • Able to integrate within a team and able to work on your own initiative;
  • Ability to prioritise, be organised and efficient;
  • Ability to deal with difficult telephone conversations with any of the key stakeholders in the recoveries process confidently and calmly and refer if appropriate;
  • Excellent negotiation skills; and
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


Benefits package 

You will receive a full-time salary during your 12 months. In addition, you will recieve our outstanding benefits package; we believe that all staff should be rewarded for their commitment to the continued success of the firm. These can include:

  • A pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5.5%
  • Generous life assurance cover for peace of mind, up to 8 times salary
  • Up to 23 paid working days holiday per annum with the option to buy up to 8 additional days. You can choose to 'flex' twice a year - January and July
  • 'Happy Birthday!' - have a free day off to celebrate and a £50 voucher to spend! (We won't take it from your annual entitlement)
  • Childcare vouchers which are not subject to tax or NI
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Staff introduction bonus scheme
  • Corporate discounts on a wide variety of products and services
  • Discounted conveyancing and legal advice, for instance for wills and family trusts


The application process

The closing date for applications is Monday 18th March. After this deadline, we will then be in touch to let you know whether you have been successful and if so, you will be progressed through to a telephone interview. Those candidates who are successful at telephone interview will be progressed to a face-to-face interview which will be held at either the nearest Shoosmiths office location or on your University campus. 


Background checks

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted.  These checks will include employment references covering the last 5 years, proof of ID, proof of address covering the last 5 years, Personnel Vetting credit search (which will only highlight insolvency or County Court Judgments - should any adverse data show on the Personnel Vetting search then any offer of employment made will be withdrawn).Terrorism Check (against data supplied by the Bank of England) and a DBS check previously known as a Criminal Records check.

Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.