Graduate Recruitment Manager
November 2010 — Present
Shoosmiths is the fastest growing national firm in the UK; a full service law firm in the top 40. The firm has over 350 partners, and total staff in excess of 1350.
In my role I am responsible for the graduate recruitment team, and manage the entire process of resourcing and developing trainee solicitors from initial attraction to qualification. I manage the hiring of all trainee solicitors (c.25 per annum) across 10 UK offices and two legal jurisdictions. I also co-ordinate the placement scheme (c.60 per annum), and future trainee cohorts (c. 50).
Recently I have lead projects for the design & implementation of a new graduate assessment day, and the ongoing involvement in new initiatives including Twitter (@shoosmithsgrads) and Facebook.
I have also managed the graduate recruitment function through a period of change, brought about by the merger of Shoosmiths with a Scottish based commercial law firm.
The success of the Shoosmiths' training contract and placement programme has been recognised by many awards in recent years. I am particularly proud of being awarded "Best Trainer" in 2013 and 2014, "Top Law Firm" by TheJobCrowd.com in 2013 and 2014, and "Top Law Firm for Training Contracts and Vacation Schemes 2014" as well as "Best for Job Satisfaction 2014" by allaboutlaw.com.