Hours

8.3 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2017)

2017

"The hours are probably on the increase as the firm evolves, but I'm yet to have to cancel a social occasion outside of work, so it can't be that bad!"
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There are people in my team who work part time (don't work on Friday) and the teams I have sat with have been good about things such as doctor's appointments and post-work plans. The firm encourages agile working and we are able to work from home with our work laptops. I have been lucky with hours and the general approach is 'don't stay just for the sake of being in the office' but I have seen trainees in other teams having a more intense time of it. This suggests that hours vary between seats."
First year trainee, London
"I am currently sitting in the corporate department where I expected there to be long hours. I have been pleasantly surprised as, on average, I leave the office around 7.00 pm. The firm is very flexible in terms of us being able to work from home or come in late, even at the trainee level. On the rare occasion when I have had to work late, the atmosphere in the office has been positive and I have not minded at all."
First year trainee, Bristol
"If you have finished all of your work, there is no pressure to stay. There is a real push towards flexible working and we all have laptops and can work from home when we need to. There are times when you have to work harder but the hours are generally very good."
First year trainee, London
"We are becoming more and more flexible and intend to go fully agile in the future. On the whole, the firm encourages working from home for most members of staff (it's slightly more difficult as a trainee as being in the office is the best way to learn). If there is work to be completed, you are usually able to finish it off in the comfort of your own home."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no face-time culture. People trust you do get your work done and not sit around in the office if you could go home. The firm has lots of policies around flexible working and lots of people work from home or from other offices. People are good at communicating deadlines so you can decide whether work needs to be done that day/week or whether it can wait. I currently work from about 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Compared with friends at other firms, the work/life balance is fantastic."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is extremely flexible when it comes to working hours. We have 'agile working' in my office, which means people can work in the office or they can work from home. I don't think many other law firms are as accommodating when it comes to agile working."
First year trainee, Reading
"While trainees have a nominal hours target, this is not the main concern. Rather, you are trusted to get the work done, so you do work hard when it is busy. However, there is no problem with leaving at 5.00 pm when you are quiet, because everyone trusts you to stay when needed."
Second year trainee, Bristol

2015

"Working hours vary across departments. Sometimes client needs will necessitate putting in longer hours, as is the nature of City work - but in those instances, your contribution is very much recognised and appreciated."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours can be long, but that should be expected with a job in the legal sector. There's certainly no 'face-time' culture, but you're expected to manage your time and the expectations of colleagues."
First year trainee, Bristol
"I have found the working hours to be flexible here, and the standard for me is 9:00am-6:30pm."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Personally I feel that my working hours seem to be getting longer as of late. Generally the firm is flexible about how people organise their day and has made an express commitment to flexible working."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Working hours can be long depending on which department you're in, but we don't have a culture where you have to be seen at your desk, and generally if you're working late, so is the team, so the atmosphere is good. The hours aren't consistently late, and are comparably better to experiences I have heard from friends in many other law firms!"
First year trainee, London
"On joining both departments, I have been told to only stay in work if I have to, and to go home if I have completed my work. We are expected to stay if we have work to do, but if it is not urgent then there is no 'face-time' expected."
First year trainee, Bristol

2014

"Long hours can sometimes be required, but this is due to being given responsibility early. I only have to work late when necessary to meet a client deadline and am never required to stay late unless absolutely necessary."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Hours are generally very good, especially when compared to hours at comparable firms. However the Bristol office is increasingly working what might traditionally be deemed City hours and the pay needs to be increased slightly to reflect this (I understand pay is currently being reviewed)."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Generally hours have been 9:00am to 6:00pm in the seats I've done so far, although I have worked late when it's been needed. Some seats are busier than others."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm will accommodate school runs, commitments, etc, as long as you are clear about them and can be flexible in return."
Second year trainee, Reading
"My average day is 8:30am-6:30pm. The firm is quite flexible, as long as the work gets done."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is very flexible in terms of dentist/doctor's appointments. There is no need to stay unless it is urgent for next morning."
First year trainee, London
"If it's gone 6:00pm and you have completed your tasks, there is no feeling that you should stay so that you are seen to be at your desk."
First year trainee, Bristol

2013

"For London hours, they are very good. If you are busy you will have to stay late, but people have no problem with you leaving at 6:00pm if you are on top of all your work. There is no culture of having to put in unnecessary 'face-time'."
Second year trainee, London
"I find that there is an excellent work/life balance."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Average 9ish start and 6:00pm finish in a quiet week."
First year trainee, Reading
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