Hours

8.1 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Our office is not too strict on hours so long as you are meeting your billing targets and not falling behind in your work."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"You are expected to hit your targets, but there is some leeway with trainees. There's also a degree of flexibility when it comes to making up your lost hours where necessary, but the onus is on you."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"I am currently doing long hours, but related to one case that is shortly going to trial. Hours are normally quite reasonable. They have been very flexible with me previously when personal issues such as a bereavement have come up. I was given plenty of time with no questions asked."
First year trainee, London
"Hours have not been very flexible for me. They're not generally long though, I usually work from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are not allowed to work from home unless it's an exceptional circumstance. Other lawyers have very flexible hours with many working from home or at different offices if needed."
First year trainee, London
"Hours have not been demanding in the two teams I have been in so far. I have had to work late on occasions, but not regularly. Both teams have been flexible with hours when needed."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are generally very good, apart from the odd occasion when something urgent arises. In these cases you will be expected to contribute with late evenings or weekends as required."
First year trainee,
"The firm is not flexible when it comes to hours as far as I have experienced, but they are good. The average hours are 9.30 am to 6.00 pm in both teams I have worked in so far."
First year trainee, London

2016

"I keep quite reasonable hours at the moment. I expect that there will be times when things are much busier and then I will work longer hours. There is no expectation to stay late for the sake of it – if you've finished your tasks for the day, go home."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Normally the office begins to fill up at 9.00 am and is emptied out shortly after 6.00 pm. Obviously, this is dependent on workload but working late is never forced upon anyone."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours are very reasonable. There is the occasional long day, as expected, but generally you can be gone by around 6.00 pm – 6.30 pm as long as you do what you need to in the day."
First year trainee, Manchester
"Contracted to work 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Realistic hours are 9.00 am – 6.30 pm."
First year trainee, London
"This fluctuates with workload and varies by department. However, you're not expected to be doing late hours."
Second year trainee, London
"As I work in litigation, I frequently have to work over the standard seven hours per day."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"I usually work from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm but can leave earlier if my work is done on time."
Second year trainee, Cambridge
"Hours vary between teams. 9.00 am – 6.00 pm is normal with some teams working late into the evening."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I generally get in about 8:15am and leave at around 5:15pm and I take an hour for lunch. However, if you need to leave/start later due to a doctor's appointment, for example, then the firm is extremely flexible."
Second year trainee, Sheffield
"Hours are not very flexible in my opinion, but many departments do not expect you to 'burn the midnight oil'."
First year trainee, London
"Generally I have found that the working hours here are pretty good, and while I have had to work late every now and then, I have never been in the office past 11:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"My typical hours would be 8:30-9:00am-6:30-7:00pm, but this could fluctuate depending on workload at the time. If you have work to do, stay and do it, if not - go home. It's not a 'stay late, be seen' type culture."
Second year trainee, London
"To me the working hours are great and I believe that the work/life balance is preferable to many other firms."
First year trainee, London
"My official working hours are 9:30am-5:30pm, but realistically I work 9:00/9:30am to 6:30/7:00pm. Get your work done and nobody ever really questions when you come and go."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is understanding on the whole. More emphasis is placed on making sure you hit your targeted hours total, not on what time you arrive at/leave the office."
First year trainee, Chelmsford
"In my experience the hours worked vary between departments, but on the whole, I work an average of eight/eight and a half hours a day. Lunchtime does seem to here, save for busy periods/task-specific deadlines."
First year trainee, London

2014

"I usually work from 9:00am to 5:30pm, and I rarely have to stay behind unless I have an urgent deadline."
First year trainee, Taunton
"You aren't expected to stay late unless you absolutely have to. If you are there at 7:30pm people will tell you to go home and be concerned as to why you are working late - most people go home at 6:30pm."
First year trainee, London
"It's not a 'stay late and be seen' culture. If you have work, you stay, and if you don't then you can go home."
Second year trainee, London
"I work 9:10am to 6:00pm almost every night. There are some teams that are very different, but my current team (healthcare) is very flexible and relaxed."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are good and I feel that you are really noticed when you put in the extra time."
First year trainee, London
"Depending on the department and the amount of work there is at the time, working hours are good. The firm is quite flexible when it comes to hours, allowing you to work from home when needed and have recently integrated a new flexi-hour policy."
Second year trainee, London
"As long as you do seven hours per day, and can time record this you can leave. Occasionally you have to leave the office and work hours can extend, but this is not often."
First year trainee, Sheffield
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