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7.3 / 10

(based on 9 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Work hours can be very long. There isn't much flexibility for trainees but things get better when you're an associate."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours can be long in certain departments but you are never the only one working late and everyone is generally very supportive. There's no real culture of face-time so we're encouraged to leave earlier when we can."
First year trainee, London
"It varies between departments and workload. You are never expected to stay in the office if you have no work to do and lawyers appreciate that we have lives outside of work. Lawyers are also largely flexible in the way you work – face-time in the office is not imposed and, if there's a reason why you have to work from home or come in later than usual, lawyers are usually very reasonable in this regard."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours are very reasonable considering I'm a trainee at an international firm in London. I work intensively, but have yet to work on the weekends or late into the night."
First year trainee, London
"At the moment, the hours in corporate are very long with a lot of my work coming in during the late afternoon and early evening. This is peculiar to corporate, however, and the hours in other departments are very reasonable."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have varied from department to department. The hours can be very long, especially when in corporate, but there is usually a team of people still working with you, which is appreciated."
Second year trainee, London
"It's likely that you will work outside of your standard hours but it's entirely dependent on the department you are in. Corporate hours are known to be quite punishing at times, whereas real estate and litigation are generally more standard."
First year trainee, London
"There are some late evenings but the firm is good at encouraging you to leave if you are quiet or if something is not urgent."

2015

"The hours are pretty gruelling, but if you aren't up to that then don't apply to a City law firm. I am able to carve out time for my personal life though and, unless there's an immutable deadline, people are understanding."
Second year trainee, London
"I am in the Real Estate department which has the best hours of the whole firm. The office hours are 9:30am to 5:30pm but I would say that I arrive at 9:00am and leave at 7:30pm on average. There is no face time - as long as you have done your work, you are able to leave."
First year trainee, London
"You stay until the work is done. Unfortunately, generally there is a lot of work, and it is not done until late. I have rarely worked on the weekends but have had to do so occasionally."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is relatively flexible in that people rarely enforce hours on you as long as the work is done. High targets and general workload means that hours are long. Late nights and weekends not uncommon. No real culture of facetime. In a quiet patch you are welcome to leave at a reasonable time."
Second year trainee, London
"While the working hours are generally longer in corporate seats, I have joined at an exceptionally busy period. You are not expected to stay late to prove a point if there isn't work to do, and lawyers are understanding of that."
First year trainee, London
"So far, so good. The culture is one of no 'face time', and everyone works until the job is done. In Real Estate there is a culture of people rarely staying until after 6.30, however I understand that other seats regularly have longer hours."
First year trainee, London

2014

"We are able to work autonomously, so nobody is clock checking."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours can be long and you are expected to stay until the job is done, but this goes with the territory of the job."
Second year trainee, London
"Work hours vary from department to department. In my current department the hours are very unpredictable; sometimes I get home at seven and sometimes at eleven or midnight. The firm is very flexible about when you do your hours; no one would complain if a trainee came in late or left early so long as they get the work done."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are very good in my current seat, but in the corporate and finance teams the hours can be very long."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the hours are long but the work is interesting. It is also very possible to work from home if you need to."
First year trainee, London
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