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8.5 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2019)

2019

"Late evenings and weekends are sometimes required, which I expected. Equally, I can go home at 5.00 pm if I have finished my work. No one expects you to stay for the sake of it."
First year trainee, First seat (Manchester), second seat (Nottingham)
"This depends on the team but I have generally felt that my work/life balance has been quite good. There have been busy periods when I have needed to work for longer hours as well as quieter periods."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The office has an emphasis on work/life balance and I can count on my hands the number of times I have worked past 7.00 pm during my training contract."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"Some departments have heavier workloads than others. This is law, I get it, but you can question the renumeration to hours ratio in these departments sometimes."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I usually work until around 6.00 pm. You will work longer hours on occasion, but this is dependent on teams and workloads at the time."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"It depends on your department and the business need. I have worked in a seat where it has been very much 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with a full hour for lunch but I have also worked in departments where it is so busy that you take a shorter lunch and work a little later."
First year trainee, Nottingham

2018

"It's generally a 9.00 am to 5.00 pm job and is rarely more than 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. I've had very few days where I've worked longer and there's been the odd weekend of working but the office is generally really flexible, trusts you to meet your targets around your personal life and boots you out if you're in too late at night!"
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Every team I have worked in so far has been flexible on working hours. You are expected to manage your own workload so some extra time might occasionally be needed. However, if I have ever been in the office approaching 7.00 pm or 7.30 pm, I have often been ushered home by partners, even if they are not in my team."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Working hours are technically 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but this really does vary depending on your current workload and what is happening at the time. Seats vary as well. Sometimes I will leave later (varies between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm) but most days I will leave around 5.00 pm. There is no expectation that you need to work long hours in order to be recognised as doing well but if your team needs help, is close to a deadline or is experiencing particularly high workloads, it is important to be flexible. This works both ways as, if you need to attend an appointment or leave early for a legitimate reason, you can do."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The firm is reasonably flexible around working hours and allows for working from home if needed as well. The hours expected are not excessive, with trainees being encouraged not to spend time in the office outside of work hours and to go home and have a social life."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"The firm is flexible as they trust you to do the right thing. If work needs to be done for a billing deadline, you won't be the only person in the office, everyone gets stuck in. If you're struggling, you can always ask someone if they have capacity and they will usually be more than happy to help, so there is no real reason to be here late."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Hours vary from department to department. I am typically in work at 8.30 am and leave between 6.00 pm and 7.00 pm. I've recently completed my first corporate transaction and the hours were a little longer for a few days. It is all worth it when we get the deal over the line and the client is happy though."
Second year trainee, Nottingham

2017

"It's very flexible, everyone has laptops and can work from home."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Flexible. I work 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on a good day and, if necessary, 8.30 am to 7.30 pm on a bad day."
Second year trainee, Nottingham
"Hours are generally good. We're currently moving towards a much more agile working approach across the firm."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"Generally, the hours are incredibly reasonable and far better than any firm in London. It is considered a late evening if I am leaving past 6.30 pm. However, like any firm, if you are going through a busy period or you are in more malleable seats (like corporate) then these hours can fluctuate. For instance, there have been a few occasions of coming in on the weekend as I was so busy, but this is very rare."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"It really depends on what team you are in and what work they have on. I have found the hours to be generally ok but, if there is a big case on or a big deal to complete, you will be expected to do whatever needs to be done."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is very flexible. On a typical day I will get in to work at about 8.30 am and leave somewhere between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm. It does vary from department to department though."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"I work the hours required to do the job properly. I am not normally at work after about 6.30 pm at the latest. My supervisors encourage me to speak up when I have too much on my plate."
First year trainee, Nottingham
"Browne Jacobson appreciate that there is life outside of work and encourage you to have one. The hours are reasonable and you are not required to put in face-time. In my current seat, I usually finish around 6.30 pm most days and the latest I have ever stayed is 9.00 pm. Considering that some of my friends in other firms work until 9.00 pm – 10.00 pm most evenings and often don't get out until 12.00 am when it's busy, I think I am very lucky with the hours here."
First year trainee, London
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