Hours

7.7 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2017)

2017

"They vary, although it is not unusual to be doing 45 – 50 hours a week in some departments."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"The length and flexibility of hours depends upon the department. The hours are good in general and, as a trainee, the time target takes into account the fact that you are training. You are not expected to do as much billable work as qualified staff."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"Sometimes my hours are 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and longer at other times. The longest I have worked is 8.00 am – 7.45 pm but this is a rarity."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm is quite flexible with hours."
First year trainee, London
"My usual hours are 8.30 am – 6.00 pm depending on how much work I have on. I have occasionally stayed until 7.30 pm if there has been a client meeting/seminar at the office. My contracted hours are 9.00 am – 5.00 pm with an hour for lunch. If I am on top of my workload and have finished what I need to do, I am not expected to stay past 5.00 pm."
First year trainee, Leeds
"Hours are very flexible. There will be occasions where you are expected to work late but, on the whole, most people leave on time."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"The office generally doesn't encourage you to work lots of overtime but there is an expectation that you manage your workload well. There are times when it is extremely busy and they appreciate it if you stay an extra hour or two in the evening to help."
First year trainee, Southampton
"I've managed to keep a good work/life balance here."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"This varies depending on the team that you are in. In my current team, I tend to start at 8.30 am and leave at 6.00 pm. I sometimes work longer when needed."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"This varies by department. While there is an understanding that I need to stay to get the job done, some departments can be more active in encouraging this than others."
Second year trainee, Sheffield

2016

"The firm is very flexible to meet your needs outside of work. I generally work some overtime most days but nothing unreasonable."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Generally good hours, though this varies based on the team that you are in. In litigation it is very up and down, depending on what stages your cases are at."
First year trainee, London
"I cannot complain. As a trainee, on average I work 8.00 am – 5.00 pm but will often work 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and take a lunch. If you are overloaded and working late people will check on you and ensure that work gets redistributed. A lot is dependent on the team and the workload but overall it is very flexible with very normal working hours."
First year trainee, Manchester
"It depends on the seat. Banking has the longest hours of any team but I haven't been in the office past 11.30 pm yet. When it's busy you are expected to stay and cancel your plans (which I have had to do a few times) but when it's quiet, no one looks at you disapprovingly for leaving at 6.30 pm. They are very understanding with being unwell/doctor's appointments provided that it's clear you aren't taking advantage and really do try your best when you are in the office."
First year trainee, London
"I tend to work long hours but it's because I enjoy the work and want to get as much experience of different seats as possible. I have not known of anyone feeling pressured to work long hours. The firm is also flexible and several colleagues in my current department alone work family-friendly hours. Trainees have also been given time off at very short notice before when they have worked extraordinarily hard on a particular case or deal."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Very good work/life balance. The firm is very flexible."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"My usual working hours are 9.00 am – 5.30/6.00 pm. I have on a few occasions worked until around 7.00 pm but this has only been when necessary."
First year trainee, Chichester
"My firm has been very flexible so far. As long as you have capacity and can manage your tasks, the department is relaxed."
First year trainee, Newbury

2015

"Working hours here are flexible, and there is no 'face-time' culture, so you are not expected to stay in the office if you have finished work for the day. Trainees are also able to work remotely, so you don't always have to be working late in the office."
Second year trainee, London
"I work 8:30am-6:00pm, which I am able to stick to. I have only had to stay late on a few occasions, and very late when a deal is time critical, but this is a rarity."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The degree of flexibility with working hours at Irwin Mitchell does depend on your seat and your supervisor, but I find that in general the hours are reasonable, and no-one expects you to be in the office if you don't have work to do."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Irwin Mitchell promotes a very healthy work/life balance for its staff, and most days I work 8:30:am-5:30pm."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"In my experience, the working hours at Irwin Mitchell have been very flexible, and I often work 9:00am-5:00pm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is very flexible and has a good attitude to a maintaining a healthy work/life balance. I see that some teams work longer hours than others, but that is the nature of the business."
First year trainee, Leeds

2014

"My hours are good. Generally I work about 8:30am to 5:30pm. I work outside this when business need requires it and maybe do one or two later nights a week."
Second year trainee, Leeds
"I work 8:30am-5:30pm generally, although on the odd occasion I have worked until 10 or 11:00pm."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"Hours vary between teams but I currently work around 8:00am-6:00pm and this is fairly representative across the firm."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Hours are extremely flexible. If there is a lot of work to do then you will be expected to stay until it is completed. However if you have some capacity the work/life balance is excellent."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"If there is work to be done, then you should stay and do it. However on the flip side of that, if you are able to leave close to 5:00pm, then this is not frowned upon. The number of hours worked varies greatly between departments."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm doesn't offer flexi-time to trainees but it is 9:00am-5:00pm and nobody will pull you up if you are a few minutes late or need to leave a bit early every now and again."
First year trainee, Sheffield
"I work 9:00am-5:00pm. Sometimes if required I will need to come in early or stay late but otherwise, if you get your work done, you are not expected to stay to be seen."
First year trainee, Bristol
"In my experience my supervisors have been very flexible with me, I have been told that as long as I am progressing the work that I am given I can come in and leave whenever is best for me as long as I am here 9:00am-5:00pm!"
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Hours are good but as my training contract has gone on, hours have become longer. I often am in the office between 7:00am and 8:00am so that I don't have to work past 7:00pm at night. I also do not take my lunch very often but in comparison to some firms I know my work/life balance is good. And I don't mind doing the extra hours if it means I get the work done to a good level and the client is happy."
Second year trainee, Leeds
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