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8.7 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Hours are as and when required. It is up to individuals to manage their own time efficiently. If this means a few late nights and early starts then so be it. However, there is not a bums on seats policy. If your work allows you to leave at 5.15 pm then no one is going to frown on you for doing so."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The hours are very reasonable, I often leave before 6.00 pm. It would be great to arrive and leave half an hour later to beat rush hour traffic, but that is not in the policy. Other than that, very accommodating and understanding about life commitments."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Generally the hours are very reasonable. But with the nature of the legal profession, sometimes you do work long hours. This is to be expected though with big multi-jurisdictional transactions."
First year trainee, Exeter
"My working hours have been great. In certain corporate/commercial departments I have stayed until about 11.00 pm in the run up to a deal closing and worked one weekend, but apart from that my hours have been very good."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours are generally good (9.00 am – 6.00 pm/6.30 pm in general) although it varies between departments (some teams are all gone by 5.30 pm every day)."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Very good, particularly with medical appointments. It is very rare to be in the office after 7.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"I have had a good work/life balance throughout my training contract. Where I have worked late nights, it has been necessary and everyone is usually pitching in."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The official working day is 9.00 am until 5.15 pm. There is no judgement if you leave on time each day, but if work is on, you get the work done. This is what I expected from any job. On a normal day with a normal workload, I work from 8.00 am until 5.30 pm/5.40 pm."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"My work hours really haven't been too bad. The latest I have stayed is 7.00 pm but most commonly my hours tend to be about 8.30 am – 6.00 pm. I don't think there is much flexibility from the firm in terms of working hours for a training contract."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"I have after-work sporting commitments a couple of days a week and I have never had any problems with work interfering with this. I was even allowed to leave a client meeting one evening to attend a match! Work hours obviously vary depending on which department you are in and the work load. At times, I have had very long days but that is to be expected in a firm of Ashfords' size. However, this has only happened sporadically and is certainly not usual."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"There is the odd late night when there is a deadline to meet, but on the whole the hours have been very manageable. Trainees are not expected to stay in the office simply because their supervisor is still there (though asking if they require any assistance before leaving is always appreciated!)."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Currently, I get to my desk for 9:00am and rarely leave after 6:30pm. When I have done it has been due to a deal closing, and you all pitch in together; it's fun!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"I usually work 9:00am-6:00pm. Trainees may have to work later depending on court deadlines or project completion deadlines, but this is not an overly frequent occurrence. There is generally no work required at weekends as a trainee."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I have worked in a lot of contentious departments that have had tight court deadlines, which has sometimes required a late evening, although this is rare. The hours are generally very good and when I do need to leave early or arrive late for various reasons, my department has been very accommodating."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"My working hours are pretty flexible. I work late when it is needed, however when I need to leave early/come in late due to other personal requirements, this can usually be accommodated by the team."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"If there is work to be done, you have to stay in and finish your work. However, you are not expected to stay late for the sake of it. Further, in my experience, my supervisors push me, but ensure that I am never overloaded."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I'm contracted to work 9:00am to 5:15pm but usually work from 8:30am to 6:00pm. There is no official 'flexitime', but supervisors are flexible if I need to attend an appointment."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Working hours vary depending on department and workload. Office hours are 9:00am to 5:15pm, however you are expected to do the hours required to complete your workload. Currently I work from approximately 8:45am to 6:00pm, but in my current department it seems that it is up to me to manage my time and workload."
First year trainee, Exeter

2014

"The working day is from 9:00am to 5:15pm, but whether you are required to stay late depends on the department. I have only occasionally stayed late and when it was particularly late I was allowed to come in mid-morning the next day. Partners are very understanding when you might have commitments that you need to duck out of the office for, their only requirement is that you still make sure you workload is under control."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The team are supportive and allow you to work flexibly if needed, however my days are quite long, averaging 8:30am-7:00pm most days during busy times."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"On a typical day I arrive at 8:30am and leave between 6:00 and 6:30pm. Of course, the firm expects you to work hard and get the job done but I have never felt expected to work late for the sake of it."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Generally I work 8:00am-6:00pm. I have had one particularly busy seat with much longer hours though."
Second year trainee, Exeter
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