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Hours

7.1 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"When you have to leave on time one evening, people are very understanding. But, in general, the policy is you stay as late as required to get the job done."
First year trainee, London
"Work hours vary depending on which department you are in and what you are working on. Generally, if you need to get out people will accommodate this if you give them notice."
First year trainee, London
"Required to stay late when necessary. Otherwise, leave at a fairly reasonable time. Usually between 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours have varied by department but I am in my fourth seat and I have never worked past midnight or on a weekend. If you have done your work and no one else needs your help then you can leave. If you have been working on a big deal and it comes to a close, it is common for supervisors to tell you to take the rest of the day off."
Second year trainee, London
"So far my latest night has been midnight and earliest was 7.00 pm. The average has been around 9.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"During a busy period, the hours are difficult. But when things are quiet no one would want you to hang around for the sake of it."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Provided you complete your work as required, you are able to leave. There is no 'face-time' culture."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are very flexible. The firm expects hard work; however Ashurst is very conscious of how hard you've worked."
First year trainee, London
"I work the hours that I feel are expected from a large international law firm. The firm is quite flexible compared to others, I think."
First year trainee, London
"The firm encourages a healthy work/life balance when it comes to working hours."
First year trainee, London
"I have had consistently heavy hours. Having said this, I chose to apply to busier departments, my work is always appreciated and I have learnt a huge amount as a result of the hard work. The teams I have worked with have been great, which makes the hours far easier."
Second year trainee, London
"In Real Estate our hours are quite steady with a day ending around 7:00-8:00pm. Obviously some days are later and other departments will have more fluctuation in their hours. As a trainee we don't have as much flexibility with when we work, but the important thing is getting the work done. This means that there are no restrictions on getting training and things like doctor's appointments as our supervisors know that we'll get the job done."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Work hours vary depending on department and case/transaction. There is no pressure to stay in the office when there is no work to be completed."
Second year trainee, London
"In the Litigation department my average hours are 9:30am-8:30pm."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be very variable."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are good. It varies from seat to seat but you only have to stay late when requested."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long sometimes, but they're fairly predictable, and most departments are very good about recognising when you've been working very hard and give days off in lieu."
Second year trainee, London
"In a transactional department the hours can vary enormously and you can find yourself working late for long periods. In smaller, advisory departments staying very late is more unusual, and so will be noted and thanked."
First year trainee, Londn
"Hours vary wildly between departments but on average, I'd say my hours were good for a city trainee. There are those days when I watch the secretaries leave at 5:30pm, knowing I have another of their eight hour days ahead of me before I can leave, when I wonder what on earth I'm doing, but I think everyone gets those occasionally (?!). And the fact that I can count my all-nighters on one hand means I've done pretty well. You wouldn't want to get through your training contract without having done one, would you?"
Second year trainee, London
"My commute is very long so I appreciate it when my supervisor allows me to take work home - some departments are rigid in that this is never allowed. However it makes life a lot easier when it is possible as it means you don't end up feeling like the office is your home."
First year trainee, London

2013

"It's more than I would like, but it's no more than I expected. Oddly, the days that you work the longest hours seem to go the quickest."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours vary from department to department with some far worse than others."
First year trainee, London
"The earliest I've left in my first three weeks is 8:30pm. The latest? Not on the same day I came to work..."
First year trainee, London
"Peaks and troughs due to transactional nature. When not working on a deal, 9:00am-6/6:30pm with one hour for lunch, mid deal 9:00am-9:00pm with 20-30mins for lunch and near closing 8:30am-12:00am (and later) with lunch at desk. Where I have been asked/expected to stay 'late', I have always been thanked by the fee earner in question, and was never left on my own to do something with nobody for assistance."
Second year trainee, Madrid
"I work a lot of hours, which is partly through choice in order to get the best experience and the best work."
Second year trainee, London
"Even though you know before you start working at Ashurst that you should expect to have to work late, it is quite an adjustment getting used to not making set plans during the week because you never know when you're going to finish. On the other hand, if you're not busy, nobody expects you to stay late purely for 'face-time'."
First year trainee, London
"Very department dependent. In my experience there is an element of 'face-time' even when you are not busy."
Second year trainee, London
"I'm usually out of the office by 7:30pm but there are times when a bit more commitment is necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours vary between departments. Sometimes you have to work particularly long hours if you are on a transaction or a large case, but that's not always the case."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies department to department. The hours can be long, but it is not just the trainees who are working late, but often the whole team, including the partners. I find that if you stay late, your time is appreciated and there is not just an assumption that you should be there."
First year trainee, London
"Work late when essential, but I have generally had sociable hours and there is very much a culture of "if you don't have something urgent to do for tomorrow, go home!""
First year trainee, London
"Compared to some colleagues I've had a fairly easy ride, but I still don't enjoy ten hour days!"
First year trainee, London
"Vary dramatically - peaks and troughs."
First year trainee, London
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