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6.4 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There are often late nights and some senior lawyers are less flexible than others."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours here are actually pretty good in comparison with many other City firms. I could count the times I've worked past midnight on one hand and the times I've worked past 9.00 pm on both. The hours are fairly consistent (particularly in the regulatory seats) though transactional and litigation can vary due to the nature of the work."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours depend largely on the department you are in and the case/transaction you are working on. On a relatively quiet day, it is possible to leave at 6.30 pm. However, when the team is working on a deal towards a transaction deadline or on a case filing, the hours can be long for continuous periods of time. Trainees and new qualifiers can finish work between 10.00 pm and 2.00 am during busy times. Hours can therefore be unpredictable so making plans during the week can be challenging. The firm is not particularly flexible when it comes to hours and working remotely is not an official firm policy in the London office yet. This means that people (especially on the more junior front) work predominantly from the office. However, working from home is tolerated on occasion if there is a good reason for it and if the person notifies their relationship partner or supervisor."
Other - NQ, London
"It depends on the department. I did not expect them to be as long as they are, which probably has to do with the fact that the firm is more busy in general. However, I have personally been lucky and my hours have been more than manageable. Some other trainees have not been so lucky."
First year trainee, London
"We have long and unpredictable working hours so a work/life balance can be difficult to maintain at times."
First year trainee, London
"The hours vary considerably depending on what you are working on. If there is an upcoming deal then you will be expected to put in long hours. However, if you have finished everything that you need to do then you will not be required to stay late. There is no face-time culture."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Hours are comparable to any City law firm. If it's not busy, you are not expected to stay late. Likewise, if it is very busy, people are understanding."
Entry level, London
"The workload varies but generally my hours are 9.00 am – 6.00 pm."
Graduate, London
"They can be unpredictable but, as a general rule, on a normal day I finish between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm. Logging in from home after hours is accepted and a lot of people log in after work if needed."
Graduate, London
"My hours are generally very good for a US firm, although the work load is unpredictable and you have to be available at short notice and on weekends if required."
Entry level, London
"As a trainee, it's not that flexible. The hours are long and you have to be prepared to get involved last minute. It can be very difficult to make (and keep) plans during the week."
Entry level, London

2015

"I have found that the hours can be tough at times, although comparable to friends at other City firms, from my knowledge. We have fewer lawyers, so the firm cannot afford to be as flexible (at times). That said, there is no 'face-time' culture and supervisors do their best to ensure that trainees aren't overstretched."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are unpredictable at times. Generally they are fine, but there have been some shockers (which you would expect). Some people seem to want to work all hours of the day, whereas others are good at creating their own boundaries. As a trainee I find that it is incredibly unpredictable from day-to-day."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours vary from seat to seat and your enthusiasm to get involved. There is a complete absence of a 'face-time' culture. If you are done, you go home."
First year trainee, London
"All-nighters are very rare, thankfully, but my hours have typically been fairly long throughout my training contract. That said, typically working hours come in peaks and troughs."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"Firm hours vary by department. Regulatory seems to be more regular, while corporate can be very up and down. You stay as late as you need to get the work done."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours do vary, but are generally long. Late evenings, weekends and bank holidays are not uncommon. The firm is not at all flexible when it comes to hours, and work always takes precedence over any other commitments that you may have."
First year trainee, London
"Work hours are generally very reasonable. I have had a few runs of late nights on particular projects, but these are not as bad as people lead you to believe and there are often lots of others around too."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee, hours are very inflexible. You are expected to be in between 8:45am-9:15am irrespective of how late you were working the night before. Official office hours are 9:00am-6:00pm but 95% of the time you will work later than this."
First year trainee, London
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