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7.8 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2016)

2016

"In transactional seats, there are periods of (very) long hours as well as periods of going home at 6.00 pm. In all the departments I have been in, there is not a culture of face-time. When your work is done, you go home."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be long but the team is flexible with hours as long as there is no urgent work happening."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"My work hours have been around 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. Some days, I have come in early and stayed later to complete work but if you don't have anything on there isn't an obligation to stay."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"The firm is flexible with hours if I have an appointment or event that is important."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro / London
"It depends on departments. Transactional departments can have crazy hours at times but the firm genuinely does not have a culture where people stick around just to be seen."
Second year trainee, London
"9.00 am – 6.30 pm in the (advisory) department I was in (this obviously increases in more transactional seats) with only a handful of occasions when I stayed beyond 8.00 pm during my six months. Every fee earner has a tablet computer that makes working from home a lot more viable. If you do need to work late or over the weekend, the firm is happy for you to work from home if it's a viable option to do so. I've never felt like I had to stay at my desk when I didn't have work to do."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible to an extent. If you are quiet then they encourage you to make the most of that and go home at 5.30 pm. If you are busy, however, you are expected to stay. It's very give and take, which is nice."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"It really varies from team to team and depending on workflow. Corporate hours can be hard and consistently long. In other teams, you can plan ahead more. Obviously, some poor hours are to be expected when you are busy and you are working in a corporate law firm."
Second year trainee, London
"It's possible to work from home when appropriate. Hours are definitely not the worst but sometimes bad hours are unavoidable during peak times."
First year trainee, London
"I work relatively long hours when necessary but I find I'm happy to do it as I enjoy what I'm working on. When you are quieter, you are encouraged to leave the office on time."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2015

"I have found that the working hours can be extremely long, but people understand this and when the opportunity to leave early arises people will encourage you to do so."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours vary from team to team. As with a lot of firms there is an element of presenteeism here, although I have found that some teams are better at allowing people to work from home or go home and finish work from home."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are generally flexible. If you need to get away for a certain reason that is usually possible, and you can arrive later when you have to be, but the more senior members of the team are aware of this and try to be fair with regard to it."
First year trainee, London
"I work 9:30am-7:00pm and the hours have been good in my team. There has generally been a lot of flexibility about them when work allows. There were a couple of late nights (around five in the current seat) but the latest I have stayed was around 11:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"I have been able to take time off for family reasons, come in late when I have appointments, and have never been told to or had to cancel plans."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours depend on the department. Luckily, if you've finished all your work by 6:30pm, then no one frowns on you for leaving."
First year trainee, London
"As I see it working hours are very much seat dependent, but there is no 'face-time' policy and if you do end up working longer hours it is appreciated."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Working hours depend hugely on which team a trainee is sitting in. Even on a good day I would rarely leave before 8:00pm. My impression is that some trainees do succumb to the culture of 'face-time', but supervisors are happy as long as the work gets done."
First year trainee, Munich
"Hours can vary greatly depending on departments. For me, I have not found that the firm overly flexible with working hours - if you work late, you're generally still expected to be in for 9:00am the next day, but this may vary depending which partner you work for and which office you are based in."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2014

"The firm is flexible when it is a necessity but there is the expectation to meet deadlines regardless of the time commitment involved. Some lawyers set arbitrary deadlines seemingly just for the excuse to require long hours (this is rare)."
First year trainee, London
"In two years I have worked two weekends and about 20 late nights (although no all-nighters). You are normally able to leave by around 7:00pm, although it helps if you get in early."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally speaking, trainees are expected to muck in with the rest of the team and stay late when necessary. Average working day is around 9.5 hours."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"9:00am-8:00pm but it varies. You manage your own workload so if you have urgent work you stay, if not you can leave."
First year trainee, London
"There is flexibility to a degree but, particularly in transactional seats, there are often deadlines which have to be met whatever the working hours that entails."
First year trainee, London
"My hours are currently very good but there have been occasions when I have worked extremely long hours."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally I leave the office at 6:00-7:00pm, however this can vary. With most corporate firms, it is often difficult for trainees to control their working hours. This seems to change though once trainees become qualified."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Satisfied with my hours, I think when you come to a firm like this you want to be pushed hard and be working on the best matters, which can bring with it long hours. That said, the firm is really flexible and gives me a lot of time to pursue charity initiatives etc outside of work."
Second year trainee, Glasgow

2013

"I go home at 5:30pm if I have finished all my work for that day. I do not need to worry about 'face-time'. Other departments do appear to have longer hours though."
First year trainee, London
"It's cyclical - there are periods where I leave the office at 6/6:30pm everyday and then periods where the hours are much longer."
First year trainee, London
"The workload can sometimes be heavy and as a result the hours can be long or varied. Trainees are encouraged to leave early where they can. In Aberdeen we start earlier - between 8:00am and 8:30am - and generally work until between 6:00pm and 6:30pm on a standard day. Fridays tend to finish earlier. Some very late nights can happen, but these are generally sporadic."
First year trainee, Aberdeen
"In the department I qualified into my hours are fantastic. There is no culture of 'face-time'. You can manage your own time-table. Obviously, if you have a lot on you will inevitably spend longer in the office but if you are quiet no-one expects you to remain in the office."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"It varies by department and there is no concept of 'face-time' here but the nature of the work and the clients we have as a firm, can mean the hours are long."
Second year trainee, London
"Really varies between departments. Long hours in corporate, but it's very rare to have more than a few days of very little sleep (peaks and troughs!)."
First year trainee, London
"Generally 9:00am-6:00pm at quieter periods in transactional seat then when a big project is near completion - working late nights for a few weeks."
First year trainee, london
"The hours can be long - but this is only to be expected. A couple of times, I was kept in 'just in case' which wasn't too fun!"
First year trainee, london
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