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Hours

7.8 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The expectation is that hours will be done to complete the work required. You do not have to sit at your desk for hours on end to make an impression."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The hours are generally good but can be long when there is a lot of work on. I have worked several late nights and weekends but it is certainly not the norm for a trainee and the teams are aware you are going above and beyond and are grateful."
Second year trainee, London
"There's no face-time culture. Most people start around 9.30 am and have left by 7.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"It depends on the department but, when things get very busy, hours can be quite long (12 – 15 hour days) and include weekends. Some people do manage to get away with 9.30 am to 6.30 pm on a near daily basis."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are flexible. Most people are out of the door by 6.00 pm in Manchester. My third seat was in the Dubai office and the hours were longer there but not as long as the trainees in other firms I know had to work. Generally, in Dubai, I was finished by 7.00 pm with only a handful of 11.00 pm finishes and the odd all-nighter."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The hours are, on the whole, pretty reasonable for City law. I've worked a handful of weekends and late nights over the course of my training contract and occasionally had to deal with work on holiday. Working until 8.00 pm is common but I've rarely stayed beyond that. People are generally very appreciative when you work late or give up your free time to do their work, which is really nice and stops you feeling taken for granted. Transactional seats have much longer hours and later nights than contentious ones, so I think a lot of our reputation for reasonable hours comes from being mainly a litigation firm rather than anything more unique."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm doesn't operate a formal flexi-time structure but generally, if you have a good working relationship with your supervisor, you can work around any appointments etc. Some teams are more 'earlybird' in nature, with many people arriving early to get a head start, while others are 'night-owls'."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Hours vary from department to department. My hours have generally been 8.30 am to 7.00 pm. If I have plans after work, I very rarely have to cancel them."
Second year trainee, London
"Until recently I'd only worked later than 8.00 pm about a dozen times in the run-up to an arbitration deadline. The latest I've been in the office was one time when I worked until 3.00 am bundling. The senior associate was also here so it wasn't a case of 'abandon the trainees to do the unpopular bits'. In general, I'm in at 9.00 am and leave at 7.00 pm. Leaving at 5.30 pm on Fridays is encouraged in my current team."
First year trainee, London

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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