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8.4 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Hours are generally very good for a law firm in comparison to competitors. Hours are usually 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. However, what hours you work is very much dependent on what practice area you are working in."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"Very much seat dependent. Average leaving time is 6.00 pm – 6.30 pm (seat and deal dependent). Never expected to stay late for the sake of it."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Completely department dependent. In corporate/commercial/banking/projects, the hours are deal specific and so can either be as late as 2.00 am or allow you to leave on time. Other departments are more constant so you leave around 6.30 pm – 7.00 pm each day."
Second year trainee, Edinburgh
"The hours are very reasonable. There is no face-time culture."
First year trainee, London
"While still a first year trainee, in the seats I've worked in most people are of the view that you should work the hours you need to work. Beyond that, simply staying late and putting in face-time is of no benefit to either the individual or the firm. I've always had the flexibility to work the hours I need to and balance this with any out of work commitments."
First year trainee, Manchester
"9.00 am – 5.30 pm is standard. I usually work 8.30 am – 6.00 pm and sometimes work at home."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"As a trainee I was surprised about how much flexibility there was. People accept that you are a human being with a life."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"The hours aren't generally 9.00 am to 5.30 pm. But teams are usually very flexible if you have other commitments outside of work."
Second year trainee, Manchester

2015

"I believe that the firm's hours are reasonable. Other members of the team have flexible working hours, for childcare, for instance."
First year trainee, Manchester
"I think the hours that I work are good. As with any commercial firm working late comes with the territory, but it is certainly not expected unless something urgent needs to be done. If you let them know you need to leave on time and explain why, then they are good at being accommodating in these circumstances."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Working hours vary depending on the department you are in. I have had to stay late at times, and you will be expected to if there is work that needs completing during a seat. However, there is no value placed on 'face-time'; if you have finished anything that needs doing for a day, don't stay after 5:30pm to impress - it won't."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Working hours are what you would expect for a mid-tier city firm. If I have work to do, I stay and get it done as I'm part of a team all working together. If not, I go home shortly after 5:30pm. There isn't a working late culture - especially for the sake of it!"
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My working hours have varied considerably as I move between departments. I have put in some seriously long days, working over 12 hours, and then also having days of 9:00am to 5:30pm. As a trainee there is an expectation that you have to be flexible, and if work needs completing you will ensure that it is, and put in the extra hours if required."
First year trainee, Manchester
"In general, I have found that I will typically work from 9:00am until 6:30pm, Monday to Friday. Hours vary depending on practice area, clients and workloads."
Second year trainee, London
"I work 9:00am-5:30pm and get a full lunch hour. They are flexible in terms of making up time on the odd occasion that you might need it for an appointment."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Working hours seem good and working from home is available once you are qualified - we are encouraged to make space in the office."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Working hours are 9:00am-5:30pm and although longer hours are often required, it isn't the sort of firm where you are expected to stay late just to be seen to stay late. If you have finished your work by 5:30pm then nobody would have a problem with you leaving then."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"Generally the firm is very flexible on hours. If you have work on you aim to get in finished and sometimes can work late, however if you don't have too much on you can make the most of it and go home."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The hours are dependent purely on work load and in most seats, there is no culture that you should be seen to be at your desk even if you have finished all that needs to be done that day."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My average working hours are 8:30am until 6:00pm, which is very reasonable. DWF's motto is work smarter not longer,"
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"Your hours change from seat to seat. Overall however they do not expect you to stay just to look good. If you have nothing to do then you can go home at 5:30pm, however if there is a big completion coming up you are expected to stay to help out."
First year trainee, Newcastle upon Tyne
"My current department is quite flexible. We have contracted hours and I'm not expected to stay particularly late unless there is a real need for particular work to be completed. When I do stay, it's because I have chosen to."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Depending on the seat you are in, the hours can vary and are always dependent on workload and impending deadlines. However in general DWF does not encourage trainees to work long hours where it is not necessary. In fact, my supervisor actively encourages me to go home on an evening!"
Second year trainee, Leeds

2013

"Much like what I have heard elsewhere - when you are busy you are expected to stay but, if you have the opportunity to leave at 5:30pm, nobody will take issue with it provided your work is done."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Work late only when needed, not a 'face-time' culture at all."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"Contracted 9:00am-5:30pm although will usually finish between 6-7:00pm. This depends on the amount of work on in the team at any time. There isn't a culture of 'you must be seen in the office until 7:00pm'."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I spend a lot of time in the office after hours, and usually work through lunch - my workload is quite heavy and I feel that unless I do the extra hours, it will get out of control."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"This will all be seat dependent. Insurance seats may find you leaving at a more reasonable hour i.e. Before 6:00pm. Other commercial/finance seats tend to be longer. However, if there is work to be done e.g. for a deal/hearing/trial, then of course it must be completed by the deadline, regardless of what time the end of the day is. Some early morning starts to catch up on work if the workloads are high."
First year trainee, Liverpool
"My hours very much depend on my workload but I am never left alone - if I am working late, others are too."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"I generally get into the office around 9:00am and leave between 5:30 and 6:30pm. On busy weeks I will sometimes work until 7:30pm or so. I have worked past 8:00pm only a handful of times."
First year trainee, London
"For the most part the work/life balance is great. There have been occasions that I have worked late but only when required. Sometimes I do feel guilty that I do not stay later but I prefer to come in early and work through lunch."
First year trainee, Leeds
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