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Hours

8.6 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The firm has exceeded my expectations on this front. While you will definitely have to work some long hours during your training contract, it is nearly always acknowledged when you do so is worth it."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I have been lucky not to work long hours so far. However, I am aware that trainees in other departments might do longer hours."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"My hours are usually from 9.20 am to 6.30 pm. Hours are much longer in some teams though."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I'm usually in by 9.15 am and out by 6.30 pm. The hours are good."
First year trainee, London
"The hours vary depending on the team but there is a good work/life balance overall."
Second year trainee, London
"It depends on the department. Hours in corporate are long and not very flexible while some others allow working from home in the evening."
Second year trainee, London
"I usually have good hours and the firm is flexible about my needs."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"I work from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm on average but this varies between teams. Working from home is not possible as a trainee."
First year trainee, Birmingham

2017

"This depends on the team you are in. There are a lot of teams where your average finish time will be no later than around 6.30 pm. However, there are an equal number of teams where the average is closer to 10.00 pm, with some expectations of later nights and weekend work."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is pretty flexible when it comes to hours and offers a good work/life balance on the whole. However, this varies across teams and you can be expected to stay until the wee hours when your department is busy."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had to work very long days and weekends on occasion. However, there are ups and downs and I have also had many evenings when I have left work on time. I think the firm is very flexible when it comes to hours in that they recognise when you have worked hard and will offer time in lieu etc."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm promotes agile working, which helps maintain a good work/life balance, even with the reasonably long hours."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm is generally flexible, although there is a big difference in expectations depending on which department you are sitting in and the time of year."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"This varies according to the department. Hours are pretty good in comparison to other City firms. We are generally able to pick up work from home in the evenings rather than stay in the office depending on the work, deal and partner involved."
Second year trainee, London
"Dependent on teams, the firm is flexible on hours. Some teams are flexible with working from home as well."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours vary from team to team but mine have generally been good and I average 9.15 am to 6.30 pm. I have only had a few really late nights when I've had to stay past midnight."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
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