8.6 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2017)


"Work hours are reasonable for a law firm and the firm does as much as it can to encourage a work/life balance. This includes providing lifestyle hours and discouraging a face-time culture."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"I usually work from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm."
Second year trainee, Currently Bristol
"The work hours in my department have been really good so far, although I think they are likely to get a bit longer as this is only my first seat. At the moment, the average day is 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. The firm has a good general approach with most people only working long days when it is necessary for a large project deadline or a big litigation. The firm is really flexible about hours with the opportunity to work from home or in different offices if needed. You also get a lifestyle hour each week, which is a paid hour that you can take off when you need it. The firm also allows you to swap holiday for flexible family hours, which you can use on an ad hoc basis."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"I never have to stay late unnecessarily. The hours are really reasonable."
First year trainee, Plymouth


"The firm is very flexible with the hours I work. Each week we are able to take full advantage of a lifestyle hour, which can be taken at any time of the week. My normal working hours are roughly 9.00 am – 6.30 pm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is incredibly flexible for working, though flexitime is not something I have requested personally yet. My hours have varied depending on seat and capacity. There are times when I am in the office late, but this is only when there are pressing matters on that I am directly contributing to. I have never felt isolated or worked late without support."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Generally good hours. There's no expectation to stay late at all. Sometimes the demands of the role mean that you have to work long hours, though. Trainees need to manage their time and workload to meet deadlines."
First year trainee, Plymouth
"Normal hours for a regional law firm. A weekly lifestyle hour is available, which you are encouraged to take."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I have never felt pressured over the hours I do at work. Sometimes, at particularly busy periods, I choose to leave a little later but it is expected that I will leave at around 5.15 pm – 5.30 pm."
First year trainee, Taunton
"On average, I work from about 8.30 am until 5.15 pm. Once a week we are allowed a lifestyle hour, which is an hour we can take when we would like (ie at the end of the day, or a longer lunch) each week. The firm is very supportive of people working flexibly."
First year trainee, Exeter
"This is very seat dependent and I am only in my first seat. I do not feel that I will be asked to stay late unless there is a genuine need for me to do so."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Foot Anstey pride themselves on adopting an open approach to flexibility and there are many employees who are able to adapt their working hours around their families and their commute. I usually work from around 8.30 am until about 5.30 pm each day depending on the business needs and what team I am in. There are obviously days where you need to stay later but these are simply dependent on your team. Efficiency is not determined by the amount of hours you work!"
Second year trainee, Bristol
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