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6.9 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2015)

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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