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8.5 / 10

(based on 6 ratings in 2017)

2017

"It varies from department to department. In a litigation seat, I would generally work from 9.00 am until 7.00 pm. Other seats have better hours."
First year trainee, London
"Compared to friends at other firms, we have it very good!"
First year trainee, London
"Average hours are probably around 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. There is no face-time culture so you are encouraged to leave when you have finished your work for the day. The firm is looking at introducing more flexibility to working arrangements as well."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours have been 9.00 am – 7.00 pm on average. They were slightly longer in the several weeks before a case I was working on went to trial but that was to be expected and everybody worked late together. Because it was a litigation seat, there were also times where it was much quieter and I was able to leave around 6.00 pm. I have never had to cancel any evening plans and have never had to work over the weekend."
First year trainee, London
"Normal hours for a trainee are 9.00 am – 6.30 pm. Obviously, this increases around the time of trials but usually only as late as 9.00 pm (I have never worked past 11.00 pm) I have come in on a couple of weekends purely voluntarily. The partners are always very apologetic when trainees have to stay late and, when I've still been in the office past 7.00 pm, my supervising partner has often asked me why I'm still here and told me to go home. The firm is not very flexible about working from home (the policy has only just been introduced on a three-month trial basis, only permits working from home one day per fortnight and does not apply to trainees)."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Normally 8.30 am – 7.30 pm, but can often leave much before that."
First year trainee, London
"It's been really busy for the last year or so, but still not in the same league as silver/magic circle. Pretty flexible; you can always go out to a doctor's appointment etc without worrying."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours are roughly 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. This is considered good in the legal profession."
First year trainee, London
"Generally the hours are good. There is no culture of staying late just because you need to be seen to be doing so. If you have work that needs to be done, you do it; if not it's absolutely fine to go home at a reasonable hour."
Second year trainee, London
"I start at 9.00 am and usually finish at 7.00 pm. I've only worked past 8.00 pm about half a dozen times in my first year. I've come in at the weekends for a couple of hours only twice (voluntarily). Firm can be flexible with hours, particularly for those with children. For example, I know that some senior female lawyers work a couple of days a week or work from home."
London
"Can vary from department to department, but mostly my experience has been positive."
First year trainee, London
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