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7.6 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The hours that you work will depend on the department that you are in. Corporate and banking tend to work longer hours but this tends to go through phases so you may finish at 6.00 pm one week and be working until 11.00 pm the next. It would be completely normal for you to get through your traineeship without having to work into the early hours of the next day (at least in the Scottish offices). Colleagues and supervisors are very accepting of any hobbies or evening plans that you may have. So long as you manage your own workload and meet your deadlines, you are not expected to stay in the office."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"The hours can be quite variable, but I've never had to stay later than 10.00 pm and the average time I leave would be closer to 6.30 pm. It's usually possible to leave at 5.30 pm on a Friday and no one is going to make you miss out on something after work unless there is a very good reason."
First year trainee, London
"I had busy second and third seats (real estate and banking) where I often worked long hours. However, my other two seats have had a very good work/life balance so I think the number of hours you work definitely depends on which departments you sit in and the type of work you are doing. The firm has a very flexible approach to working once you're qualified. Some people only work four days a week (others work from home at least once a week) and some leave at 5.30 pm to pick their children up and log on later. The firm is committed to flexible working and I feel it appreciates that people do have a life outside of work."
Second year trainee, London
"AG is generally against 'presenteeism' (staying late for staying late's sake). There are busier periods and quieter periods and trainees are encouraged to leave at reasonable times when the workload allows."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Hours are dictated by your workload but the firm is flexible with regard to external commitments and appointments."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"This very much depends on business needs. If you are not too busy and can leave at 5.00 pm then this is fine. However, longer hours are often required due to the level of work the business has at the time."
First year trainee, Glasgow / Edinburgh
"Its differs depending on departments and the time of year. In my first seat (banking) the hours were long but now that I'm in a slightly quieter seat I usually work until about 7.00 pm. I find that people will often encourage you to go home as there is no face-time culture."
First year trainee, London
"My working day is generally from around 8.00 am to 7.00 pm, although this is flexible."
First year trainee, Manchester

2017

"Long hours are expected."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think the firm has a very flexible working policy generally. A lot of people work from home one day a week or leave on time to deal with their childcare and then log back on later from home. You don't generally have much control over your workload as a trainee but, in my experience, if you have to leave for a specific reason your supervisor and the partners will always let you leave to make your commitment."
First year trainee, London
"As expected, transaction-heavy teams have longer hours. It's fairly typical to work past midnight and do all-night sessions in the lead up to a closing. The firm is very good about working from home (even as trainees) where the situation allows."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are long and not especially flexible for trainees. To be fair, part of that stems from Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements rather than the firm."
First year trainee, Leeds
"If I leave the office before 6.30 pm I consider it a good day as there are times when I can work until 10.00 pm. Hours vary from department to department however. For example, you can almost always leave by 5.30 pm in construction, it's closer to 7.30 pm in litigation and it can often be 10.00 pm to midnight in corporate. However, I would say that there is no expectation to stay late and, similarly, nobody has an issue with you leaving for an event in the evening (provided you make it known that you need to leave on time)."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Hours are not very flexible as a trainee."
Second year trainee, MANCHESTER
"If there's something that needs to be done, you need to do it."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"This depends on the department and the time of year. Some teams work ridiculous hours, especially at financial year end. Others are more stable so working 8.30 am to 6.00 pm is feasible."
Second year trainee, Leeds

2016

"The hours vary a lot depending on what team you are in. For example, banking and corporate trainees tend to have the longest hours. The firm is moving towards flexible working (eg working from home one day a week) but generally trainees tend to work in the office every day. However, there isn't a face-time culture so everyone is encouraged to leave when they have done what they need to do, rather than hanging around to look busy."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Usual day would be roughly 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There is no expectation that trainees hang around at their desks if they have no pressing tasks. There will be late nights but they will not go unnoticed or unappreciated."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long in some teams, eg banking and corporate, but the firm is flexible on working from home."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The firm is very flexible when it comes to hours. If you need to be somewhere, they are happy for you to log on at home or make your time up later. My work hours are quite good. Usually 8.30 am – 6.00 pm/6.30 pm. On a few occasions, I've had to stay later than this."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Hours are normally 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There are phases when late nights are required but it is not the norm and they don't go unnoticed. Also there are other days where you'll leave the office early for client events. If you have a need to leave early/come in late for personal reasons the firm is good at being flexible."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are very long at times, which is to be expected. This would be less dissatisfying if the pay reflected the hours expected."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I usually work a minimum of 12 hours a day, going up to 17 hours at peak time."
Second year trainee, London
"Very flexible, but there are some times where you have to put the hours in."
First year trainee, Leeds

2015

"My working hours have depended on my department, but overall the firm is quite flexible."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I find that the hours can be demanding and somewhat unpredictable, but that is a result of the quality of work and the calibre of clients on offer."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I find that the working hours are really good and that the firm has no 'face-time' culture."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Some teams require early starts, but wouldn't expect you to still be in the office on a normal day at 7:00pm. Busy periods can be unpredictable and you will be expected to adapt to them. Other teams are happy for a 9:00am-5:30pm day if you aren't busy."
First year trainee, Manchester
"From 9:00am-5:00pm you must be at work, but remote working after 5:00pm is always allowed and I have never had any issues doing this."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I generally work between 7:30am and 6:30pm."
Second year trainee, London
"An average day is 9:00am-7:00-7:30pm, although if work is done there's no need to stay beyond 5:30pm. There are times when you will be required to stay late, but that's not routine."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that there is occasional pressure to be present/remain in the office when there is no direct client or workload requirements. I seldom leave before 7:30-8.00pm, but I may start at 9:00-9:30am."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Hours are department-specific. If you enjoy the work, you don't really notice. Some departments are 9:00am-5ish, others 9:00am-???. However this is the nature of the job."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Hours vary dramatically. If you're having a quiet period you can be out the door at 6:00pm every day. Other weeks it can be consistent 10:00pm finishes, it really depends."
First year trainee, London
"This varies between departments. In my experience, the hours are not terrible."
Second year trainee, London
"There can be long hours at times but it is not excessive for the type of work we do and there is no pressure to stay for the sake of it."
Second year trainee, Manchester
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