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7.9 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Hours are generally good but can fluctuate during busy or quiet periods. I do not feel pressure to work long hours."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"I work long hours but that is of my own accord. There are plenty of people who do not and get along fine. If you want to excel though, hard work does pay off."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"The firm is pretty flexible and even allows working from home."
First year trainee, Normally Plymouth currently London
"It varies from team to team. You have a lot more control over the number of hours you do in a property seat (as long as you get the work completed) and they will usually be 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. In corporate, your hours depend very much on the work at the time. If it's quiet you could work 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but, if it's busy or you are completing a deal, it could be going on through the night."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"Standard hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. However, depending on your workload, you may well need to stay longer than that. Very late nights are rare but this is, again, dependent on the work and the needs of the client."
First year trainee,
"I generally get out between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm, which I think is pretty reasonable. Late nights very much depend on the department but I've only ever had to stay past midnight once."
First year trainee, Bristol
"You are not expected to work beyond your hours if you are quiet. That being said, I am rarely quiet."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Working hours are typically 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. There is no pressure to stay to be seen, though, and you won't raise eyebrows by leaving at 5.00 pm when work allows. There have been times when I have worked much later, at home or (very rarely) on a Saturday morning but the firm is flexible and, if you need to leave early, your contribution is recognised. You won't be asked to make the time up."
First year trainee, Bristol

2016

"Considering the quality of work, the hours are really good."
First year trainee, Bristol
"It differs by department but eight or nine hour days are standard. I tend to get in earlier and leave a bit earlier."
First year trainee, Leeds
"It varies between teams. If you show a willingness to work outside of the core hours then you are given flexibility at other times. I never felt an overwhelming culture to 'show my face'."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"You decide your working hours. If you get the work done on time, no one is going to raise any eyebrows about you leaving at 5.00 pm."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"It depends on the department but they're generally very flexible. You obviously need to work hard but there is no pressure to stay late if you have completed your work for the day."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"8.30 am – 6.00 pm. The firm is quite flexible but it depends on which team you are in. Some teams like to start early, others later. I've rarely had to stay late, the latest was 9.00 pm."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I find that although my working hours are not really flexible; the hours themselves, 9:00am-6:00pm, are fine."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"There is no need to stay after you have finished your work to keep up appearances."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Through choice I work at least an extra hour a day, but I don't feel pressured into doing so. I don't think there is much scope for flexibility; although if you need time off for a particular reason, even at late notice, supervisors are approachable and where possible accommodating."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Working hours vary according to team/department and also workload. I tend to work between 8:30am-5:30pm and I stay later when required. It varies between teams, however I have found that the firm is generally flexible if you need to start late or finish early occasionally."
First year trainee, Newcastle
"The hours vary, but are very good on average. The work is demanding but no one forces you to stay after 5:30pm, and most people leave by 6:00pm, unless there are deadlines, when people stay longer."
First year trainee, Bristol
"In my experience, I have found that working hours 9:00am-5:00pm aren't flexible, but there is generally no need to stay past 6-6:30pm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"My normal working day is 9:00am-7:30pm, but I have found that flexibility does depend on the team. Some teams are very inflexible while some other teams understand your need for a healthy work/life balance."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"I have found that the firm is very flexible when it comes to hours. After taking time off work due to injury the firm were very accommodating on my return, and didn't pressure me to work more than I could."
First year trainee, Newcastle

2014

"The hours depend on the workload, but they are on average between 8:30am and 6:30pm."
Second year trainee, Southampton
"People work according to what they are working on. In some teams 9:00am to 6:00pm is standard. In others it is typically 8:00am to 7:00pm. If there is a big project, people will work long days and the occasional weekend. There is no expectation that you will be in the office late every night and often you will get sent home at 6:00pm if what you are doing is not considered vital. The firm is flexible where the situation allows."
Second year trainee, Newcastle
"If you are open and honest with your team, they usually don't have problems with time off and having to leave early, etc. As long as you show that you're hard working and committed, they will support you. Plus, they are great at supporting you if your workload becomes too much."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is reasonably flexible and, as long as work is completed on time, there is no requirement to work hours for the sake of it. The firm is also willing to allow people to work from home as necessary."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The firm are fairly flexible, and I tend to arrive at 8:00am (that's unusually early) and leave between 6:00pm and 8:00pm depending on my work load."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Whilst you are expected to record seven hours a day, which is an achievable goal, it's not uncommon for solicitors to work from home or part time within the office. If your holiday request can be accommodated, it will be."
First year trainee, Southampton
"As a trainee at the firm it's not wholly flexi-working but if you have an appointment you need to attend, most departments are good about coming in late/leaving early as long as work deadlines are met."
Second year trainee, Bristol
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