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8.5 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The firm is flexible in terms of fitting in your personal life around work, i.e. it is acceptable to go to doctor's appointments and take a full hour lunch break without feeling like someone is counting the minutes you are away from your desk! I have not had any experience of needing official flexible working hours but I do see some associates benefit from part-time working schedules etc."
Second year trainee, London
"There is definitely not a 'face-time' culture here, if you have finished all your work you are not expected to hang around the office."
First year trainee, London
"The aim is to work efficiently and to help each other. As long as you are doing those things and not leaving others with too much to handle, there is no expectation to be at your desk beyond 6:30pm."
First year trainee, London
"Generally, I work 9:30am to 7:00pm. The firm is flexible with hours/holidays in general, and I think that I have very good hours compared with friends at other City firms."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies from department to department of course, but where I am it is a 9:30am start and leaving between 6-7:00pm on an average day. I am told this is pretty standard in the seat, with the exception of the odd late night when matters kick off or overseas clients book late meetings."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are very variable, but generally they are good, although you are expected to work late when necessary. Whenever you do work late though, it is acknowledged and appreciated."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very flexible generally, and realistic in its approach to working hours. Sometimes I have had to work past 2:00am a few nights on the trot, which is very rare. If you have finished your work/are on target there is no problem leaving 6:00pm/6:30pm."
London

2014

"Currently I come in early/stay late at most once or twice a week. The culture is that you don't stay late for the sake of it. If you have completed your work, you are sent home with a cheery goodbye and welcomed back in the morning."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience the hours are reasonably flexible depending on what is on."
First year trainee, London
"I work very good hours in general. If you don't have work you can leave (after asking supervisor/others if you can help) and there is no need to stick around for the sake of it. Obviously there will be busy periods though when you will have to stay late. I have never worked a weekend though."
First year trainee, London
"People tend to be flexible when this is possible and will not result in missing client deadlines. Although you are left to manage your own time, the expectation is that given deadlines should be met, even if this means working long hours."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are flexible in that the firm appreciates some commitments can't be cancelled. They are happy to work around this and there is certainly no expectation to be in the office unnecessarily."
First year trainee, London
"I usually start at 9:00am, but am always happy to go in earlier (8:00am) for training or a call with Asia. Finish is between 6:30pm and 9:00pm most nights."
Second year trainee, London
"Pretty flexible on hours. There are no problems with working flexibly if have appointments (although this is department dependent); you are expected to manage your own time sensibly. If you end up taking your time over work during the day it will be your own fault having to stay late to finish work. You are able to work remotely if you do have to work late, which means that depending on the task you can work from home in some departments which is nice."
First year trainee, London
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