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6.0 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The hours are long but the firm is relatively flexible compared to others when it comes to face-time. Trainees are not expected to wait around for documents to arrive and can instead go home with Blackberries and laptops and do the work when it comes in. Likewise, at the weekends, if work is necessary there is rarely a need for a trainee to be in the office and many tasks can be done from home."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible to the extent it can be. Members of the team are usually reasonable about working from home when possible."
First year trainee, London
"If there's work to be done, that comes first. However, the teams will do their best to give you a breather if they know you've been burning the midnight oil recently."
First year trainee, London
"Some flexibility in terms of working from home. A lot is expected."
Second year trainee, London
"There is flexibility to work remotely as everyone is given laptops, though remote working is something you're able to utilise more as an associate than as a trainee. The only issue with flexibility is you can work anywhere and are contactable anywhere, anytime."
Second year trainee, London
"You're generally expected to be on call, and can receive emails with work, at any time. You are not always given a heads-up about getting work on weekends. Generally, you're expected to ask the people you work for if they're happy for you to leave in the evenings and, if you leave early one day, you'll often be asked to make up the work the next day. Associates expect trainees to be around when they are, as an ad hoc resource to help them with small tasks that arise as they're working."
Second year trainee, London
"Long hours. Some associates take their work home in the evening."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The working hours can be unpredictable at the firm, and there can be a need to work in the evenings and at weekends at the last minute, but the firm's working hours do offer some flexibility as everyone has a laptop. I feel that people do try to take account of any personal commitments that you may have."
First year trainee, London
"Although the working hours can be long at times, I do not think that there is a 'face-time' culture, so when you are not busy people are happy for you to come in later than usual, leave early or work from home. My supervisors have been very flexible about me going to appointments or out for lunches. On my birthday, two partners gave my work to someone else, and forced me out of the door at 5:00pm!"
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary - I have had some seats where I've been very quiet and some where I've been very busy. You are expected to work hard and stay late but people are grateful and reward you for doing so. I have had days off in lieu after busy periods, and when you are quiet no one expects you to hang around, as there is no 'face-time' culture whatsoever. People work hard when they need to, and they enjoy the downtime when we have it."
Second year trainee, London
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