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7.0 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2015)

2015

"Like all City firms the hours can be long, but there is no 'face-time' at the firm, and you are not expected to be at work unnecessarily. If you know you need to leave work to go somewhere you just need to discuss this with your supervisor, and they are generally very flexible with making sure that you can leave."
Second year trainee, London
"Working hours, from my experience, depend on the partner you sit with. My current partner is very flexible with hours, and doesn't mind when I clock in/out as long as I do the work. Each partner is different, but generally I find that the firm is relaxed about working hours."
First year trainee, London
"My experience has been good so far with working hours: flexibility is offered and there is no 'face-time' culture."
First year trainee, London
"I usually work 9:30am-7:30pm, but I have worked a couple of weekends and a few nights between 11:00pm and 1:00am. On the whole it's not too bad, but when things get busy I find that it can get pretty tough."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours have varied from team to team. Generally, if you have an out-of-work commitment and are willing to work hard to accommodate it, such as working a bit later the day before or after, then you can maintain out of work commitments, where reasonable."
Second year trainee, London
"My working hours have been long at times, but the people are really nice, and I feel appreciated when I do work long hours."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours can be long, but only when necessary. Early morning finishes tend to be very rare and even late night finishes are not entirely common. If you put the hours in, the firm is flexible on giving you time back when you need it. Overall, this compares favourably with peers at other firms in the City."
First year trainee, London
"Although my working hours have not been particularly flexible, I do think that long hours are part of the job, and I have never had to work a weekend."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Average hours vary from team to team, but when a team is busy I have tended to work an average of 10-12 billable hours per day. Most teams are understanding when you have prior commitments, but it does get very busy."
Second year trainee, London
"There is little flexibility as a trainee - you do not determine your workload or working hours. This makes it difficult to make weekday evening plans. This seems to improve the more senior you become."
Second year trainee, London
"It varies a lot between teams but I've never had issues with working hours and have been able to work from home when necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours can be flexible at times, although when some people are finishing at 6:00pm they are still logging on at home till late into the night."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary depending on which department you are sat in, however normally as with most law firms, work is in peaks and troughs so while you normally leave at 6:00pm, you might have a day every couple of weeks or so where a post-midnight finish is required, but handily all the staff and teams are willing to lend a hand when this happens."
First year trainee, London
"It is possible to get out of the office when you have commitments (e.g. a plane to catch or a doctor's appointment), but social events during the week are often cancelled because of work."
Second year trainee, London
"I am in one of the busiest departments but I can usually expect to leave by 7:30-8:00pm. The firm is very good at accommodating personal commitments you might have."
First year trainee, London

2013

"Like any City job we work the expected long hours, (depending on the team), but from what I've seen there isn't the 'face-time' element you might get at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"Very varied. Occasional 100 hour weeks took place whilst on international secondment, but this is very much the anomaly."
Second year trainee, London
"My average finish time is around 8/9:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"Extremely variable (due to transactional nature of work) first few weeks were 20 hour days + weekends. However when quieter they are very supportive of leaving early, etc. while you can."
Second year trainee, London
"Occasional long stretches involving all-nighters but often able to leave before 8:00pm."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite unpredictable and very subject to those higher up the chain."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary from team to team."
Second year trainee, London
"They can be long but this is to be expected. If you aren't willing to do long hours, perhaps corporate law is not the career for you. Having said that, I haven't had to do any all-nighters yet (unless you count my six overnight trips to Hamburg in which I stayed in five-star hotels!)."
First year trainee, London
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