Hours

7.3 / 10

(based on 4 ratings in 2018)

2018

"Work hours can be long, which is fine and to be expected in the City. Hours are a little unpredictable though so one ought not to assume that one will be able to organise events outside of work in the week and also be prepared to change weekend plans if necessary."
First year trainee, London
"There is no expectation that you put in face-time for the sake of it, or stay in the office late just in case more work comes in. Hours can be very intense, as in any law firm, but when the workload is less heavy you are actively encouraged to go home earlier if you can."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long but there is no pressure to needlessly hang around when it's quiet. Weekend work is avoided whenever possible, but it can happen. You're very much left to manage your own time so the onus is on you to stay on top of work and avoid having capacity issues."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"The hours can be a bit unpredictable, although I understand them to be not too bad for a US firm."
London
"Work hours vary depending on the case you work on. If it's a busy matter, or you have a deadline coming, then your hours will be long and you may work every day for a month (or longer). Also, clients sometimes send urgent requests over the weekends or in the evenings. It's important to be flexible. There are times when it's not busy at all and you will leave the office early. The rest of the time, it really is up to the associate to determine how busy he/she wants to be."
London
"While there are definitely periods of long hours, they haven't been as bad as I expected. I think it really helps that there is no face-time culture (at least in the departments I have sat in) so you aren't expected to stay at your desk when it isn't busy."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no culture of face-time at the firm. Colleagues are generally helpful and understanding when it comes to hours."
First year trainee, London
"I feel that there is a lot of flexibility so long as I get my work done. While this can mean working weekends, it can also mean leaving well in time for Friday drinks."
Second year trainee, London
"Work hours are perfectly manageable – no worse than those of friends at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours are to be expected at any City law firm. I have been very lucky with my hours and often leave around 7.00 pm (on average throughout the year). People are very willing to allow you to work flexibly from home and get away when you need to, so long as you are willing to put in the hours when necessary. It is most definitely not living up to the dreaded 'American law firm' culture of never leaving the office."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be tough. But, if you are not busy, no one expects you to hang around after hours."
London
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