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6.4 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2015)

2015

"Trainees are not able to do agile working but this encourages training in the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours can be long at times, but agile working has recently been introduced (once you are qualified) so that will massively improve everything. It's very easy to take work home these days too."
Second year trainee, London
"I work a lot of hours but weekends have tended to be sacred. Associates are good at giving you time to recover after intense periods of work. Sometimes though, the work just has to be done and there aren't enough bodies to lighten the load."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have varied during my training contract, but when I have been working long hours over a prolonged period it hasn't been something that I have begrudged - it has meant that I am working on exciting and complicated projects, with a great team of colleagues, which I really enjoy."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours are flexible from associate level upwards, but less so at trainee level. The firm is very good about allowing trainees to take holiday."
First year trainee, Tokyo
"Hours can be long and clients demanding, but that is the same at firms everywhere. No culture of 'face-time', and though I quite often have to work late during the week people tell you to go home if you don't absolutely have to be in the office. I've worked very few weekends in my training contract so far. Flexi-working doesn't apply to trainees but most people don't mind if trainees decide to work from home in the evenings or weekends if they are working on things that don't require being in the office."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had to work very long hours, but if you are part of a team and enjoy working with the people in the team, this is not a problem at all. To do the highest profile work, you have to put in a lot of effort."
First year trainee, London
"If you make the group aware of plans they endeavour to accommodate them, but obviously client work takes priority. The hours haven't been as bad as I expected."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I am currently sitting in Corporate where the hours are long which can be tough. However, it is the unpredictability that is most challenging. This changes once you qualify and have more control over your workload."
First year trainee, London
"As a trainee there isn't great flexibility about how long you work for, but if there is something important that you need to leave the office for one evening then you will definitely be able to go. Also, you will only be asked to stay late if you really need to be there."
Second year trainee, London
"The work hours can vary, for example I may leave at 5:30/6:00pm if I have plans but other evenings I may be here until gone midnight if a deal is spiking. This is something graduates should be aware of when applying to such firms - the hours are long and in particular you have less control over your own time as a junior member of staff."
First year trainee, London
"My team is flexible - if you say you want to leave early to e.g. to play football or attend an event, generally that will happen unless something urgent comes up."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are sometimes long, and you may be working until the early hours of the morning but trainees in litigation are treated well and presence of the Belfast office means that a lot of unskilled work is not unnecessarily given to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are really very varied. Some weeks you will work 45 hours in total, other weeks the hours are very long."
First year trainee, London
"The hours vary between departments. I am able to get away at a decent hour unless there is a big deal on, when the hours can become very tough."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours vary depending on how busy things are and how efficient you are - the office is happy to head home at 6:30pm if there's nothing on, but if things are busy then you may have to stay late to get the work done."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Very variable. A mean average would be around 11-11.5 a day, but it tends to be periods of much longer hours, followed by periods between deals when it all tends to be very quiet."
First year trainee, London
"My working hours are manageable; some days are longer than others, but this is surely something to be expected in any 'big' law firm."
First year trainee, London
"I've been averaging 50 hours a week. Some nights you need to stay late but other times you can just finish your work and leave at 6:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"Okay. Not too many late nights but it varies. Most days I can be out by 7:30pm. Most people start late/stay late which can be irritating for early birds!"
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long and unpredictable. That is fine if there is a specific project, but can just be a result of a stay-late culture in some teams."
Second year trainee, London
"8:00am until 8:00pm most days, with usually at least one night a week staying until past midnight."
First year trainee, London
"Unpredictable. But without fail I'm pretty much first in last out every day."
First year trainee, Abu Dhabi
"Very variable; ranges from 6:30pm finish to 1:00am. If pushed to give an average, probably about 7:30pm, which is respectable for a corporate department."
First year trainee, London
"Very department dependent. My hours have varied vastly across my contract, although its been very hard at times its never been terrible."
First year trainee, London
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