PQE: 2 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Employment
Location: Nottingham
The firm

We are a top 50 law firm with 191 partners and around 1,700 staff in total.  We have 12 offices in the UK and a significant international network.  Our clients include some of the largest financial, automotive, and retail businesses in the UK.

We champion diversity and inclusion, and our mission is to attract and nurture a diverse group of people and to create an environment and culture that is genuinely inclusive, in which every member of staff feels valued for their contribution.  We have been awarded Gold status in the Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter in recognition of our commitment to this.  We were also the first major law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and egotism makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

We have received many awards which reflect the quality and efforts of the firm, including perhaps most notably the Regional/National Law Firm of the Year in the Legal Business Awards 2018.

The team

Our national Employment team is widely respected for providing an excellent service and pragmatic and timely legal advice to its highly regarded (mainly UK employer) client base. Enjoying a varied caseload of contentious and non-contentious matters, the team regularly conducts its own advocacy in employment tribunal claims as well as supporting clients and internal colleagues (mainly the Firm’s corporate and commercial teams) on a variety of day to day employment matters and strategic projects. 

We are proud of the fact that we deliver an amazing service for our clients. We work in partnership with them so that our influence goes beyond giving technical legal advice to making a real commercial difference to their business.

The role

An opportunity has arisen to join our UK employment experts in our Tier 1 ranked (Legal 500) Nottingham team.

We are ideally looking for a candidate in the region of 2 years’ PQE +.  We are looking for candidates with experience of advising our employer clients on the full spectrum of employment and HR law, including Tribunal matters, general advisory support, and corporate, commercial and Real Estate support. Candidates will also enjoy with client training and presenting employment seminars.  This role will suit a specialist employment lawyer who is looking for a varied workload and the opportunity for significant client contact. 

You will join a supportive and nationally integrated team where collaboration and individual development are valued and encouraged.  You will have the potential to influence this team from the day you join us. You will be given responsibility to shape your own caseload and develop and instigate your own client relationships. Shoosmiths is a meritocracy and your efforts will be recognised.

We place a lot of belief in culture and community and genuinely believe we have something different to offer you here. This can be seen in our use of technology to facilitate agile working and the team spirit and culture which can be felt in the way we genuinely work as one national team. If you have any queries in relation to this opportunity or the benefits/prospects here at Shoosmiths, please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Charlton in our recruitment team (

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.