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6.6 / 10

(based on 8 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The hours have not been bad and the team is quite appreciative if you do stay late."
First year trainee, London
"I would say I work from 9.00 am to about 7.30 pm on average. However, no two days are the same and the hours you work depend entirely on your workload and the needs of the associates or partners you are working with. I can get out of the office at 6.30 pm on some days, but I have stayed into the early hours of the morning on others. Staying late is rare, however and quite often only occurs because you have to meet a tight deadline."
First year trainee, London
"I tend to work long hours and there are a lot of extra demands of trainees on top of billable hours. That said, partners and associates are generally supportive and encourage trainees to take a break when possible. It is also possible to work some hours from home in the evenings depending on your personal circumstances."
Second year trainee, London
"This very much depends on the department. My experience is that they are flexible and it's more about the work being completed rather than staying in the office all night."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be challenging, but I believe this is something that you have to appreciate before applying to any law firm, especially one of this calibre. We predominantly work with international clients, which means that you have to be flexible on timing. My first seat was transactional and the nature of this is such that you can have extremely busy periods followed by quieter ones. By contrast, a contentious seat may have more of a steady pace."
First year trainee, London
"Most associates and partners have a very reasonable and realistic view on hours. You generally have a large degree of autonomy with regards to how you get work done and, while there is little flexibility as to the deadline (as is the case at any City firm), you are free to organise your time as you see fit in order to deliver a good work product. This develops a great deal of self-reliance, responsibility and confidence that you may not develop working at a firm with a larger office and trainee intake. It also means that hours are generally more reasonable. You will certainly find yourself working long hours from time to time, but there is no face-time culture and you are certainly not expected to stick around needlessly when you are going through a quiet patch."
First year trainee, London
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