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7.6 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The working hours are flexible, but not wholly unconventional."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours are dependent on the seat. Sometimes it is very busy, at other times it is too quiet, but I guess it is just about going with the flow."
First year trainee, London
"I found that the hours are not very flexible, and you are expected to be there from around 9:00am to 6:00pm, but there is no 'face-time' culture so once you have finished your work you are not expected to stay."
Second year trainee, London
"Employees at the firm are busy, but there is not a 'face-time' culture so if there is nothing urgent to do at 6:30pm then it is acceptable to leave."
Second year trainee, London
"There is an excellent work/life balance in most departments, I found."
Second year trainee, London
"There exists a very manageable chargeable target, and there is no 'face-time' culture."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours really depend on the seat you are in and the supervisor who you work for, but you can often leave at a reasonable hour if you plan and work through things steadily."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very flexible unless there is an urgent matter, and even then the firm is accommodating if any personal issues arise. The working hours also vary: I have not found there to be a late night culture to keep up appearances, but these hours do depend on the department."
First year trainee, London
"Generally my working hours have been good at the firm, but they do depend on how much work your team has."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm seems to be very flexible in respect of the hours, but I have been in the office later than the other people in my department on a regular basis due to the quantity of work I have on."
First year trainee, London
"No one should join a law firm in the City and expect to go home at 5.30pm on the dot. Having said that, I have never had to work weekends and am usually out of the office by 7.30pm."
First year trainee, London
"I generally work good hours but you can be expected to work late and on weekends when your department is busy."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The hours you work depend on your department, but the firm does not expect you to be there if you do not have any work to do. Even as a trainee you are given responsibility for your own time."
First year trainee, London
"I usually work from 9am until 6.30pm with a 45 minute lunch. The firm is quite flexible when it comes to appointments, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are standard for a firm of this calibre. Long hours at times, particularly in Corporate, are inevitable and expected. But, overall, the work-life balance is good."
First year trainee, London

2013

"You don't feel like you have to stay late if you don't have work to do that evening."
1 yr PQE, London
"I have tended to work fairly long hours so far, although Corporate has been much more unpredictable."
First year trainee, London
"No stay-late culture. For me, leaving after 7:00pm has been the exception rather than the norm."
First year trainee, London
"This varies widely amongst trainees depending on the department. Generally I am in the office around 8/9 hours each day but in my previous department this was more like 11/12. Nobody really cares what time you leave at as long as you get the work done."
First year trainee, London
"Busy during the hours I do spend in the office but no culture of 'face-time' and very rarely have to cancel post work plans."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are flexible within reason."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"They can vary - sometimes be very long and intense and sometimes be much more manageable."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary, but I've been lucky enough not to have to work beyond 10:00pm yet."
First year trainee, London
"I work 9:30am-6:30pm most days and hardly ever at the weekend."
First year trainee, London
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