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8.5 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2016)

2016

"I usually get to the office at 8.30 am and leave at 5.30 pm. The firm is very flexible."
First year trainee, Oxford
"I work 9.00 am – 6.30 pm/7.00 pm. Most of the office clears out by 6.30 pm unless a case is on, but there's always more work than hours in the day."
First year trainee, London
"The work/life balance is great. Trainees aren't judged for leaving at 6.00 pm or coming in at 9.30 am."
Second year trainee, London
"They are very flexible so long as your chargeable hours are hitting their targets."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"They're really good about holiday or necessary doctor's appointments etc. Though the hours are long."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"There is no face-time culture here when it comes to hours. I regularly start work at 9.30 am and finish around 6.00 pm. If my workload is higher then I will stay later – 9.00 pm is the latest I have stayed so far and I was the only person left on the entire floor then apart from the cleaner. There is very much an attitude towards trainees that we shouldn't take on more than we can handle and, when delegating work, partners and associates seem to be very mindful of that – they will always ask what else you have on and if you have enough time to assist them before giving you work."
First year trainee, London
"There has never been an occasion where I have needed to stay late. Family life is well understood and flexible working is provided for if needed."
First year trainee, Guildford
"As long as your chargeable time is good and your work is done then you do not need to stay in the office for purposes of face-time."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"We have a very healthy work/life balance at the firm. I have frequently been told to head home, which is in stark contrast to the experiences of many friends at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible with hours. Certainly in the offices I have worked in, you are not expected to stay late for the sake of it. There are of course busy periods where you may need to stay later, but these are offset with being able to leave the office at a good time when you are not so busy."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I have had to stay late on a few occasions without notice, but the working hours are generally very good - rarely work past 6:30pm."
First year trainee, Oxford
"The working hours vary between departments and teams. Generally speaking the firm has a very good culture in relation to working hours - you should be in the office however long you need to be there to get the work done, but there is no need to stay late for the sake of appearances."
First year trainee, London
"In Private Client I was working 8:30am to 5:30pm as standard. In Corporate I start at 9:00am and have usually left the office by 6:30pm, although I have had to pull a few later evenings (the latest only being 10:00pm). They are extremely flexible, particularly for parents, who are able to schedule their hours around their children."
First year trainee, Guildford
"If you need to leave at 5:00pm and you have a good reason then they are happy for you to go. As a trainee there isn't a massive emphasis on chargeable targets but they do like to make sure you are filling your time with something productive."
Second year trainee, Guildford

2014

"The firm is very flexible with hours. If you are not busy then they do not expect you to stay in the office for appearances. When busy you will be expected to stay slightly later, but I believe this is one of the best firms for work/life balance, which is actively encouraged."
First year trainee, Reading
"There isn't a 'stay late' culture but if there's urgent work to be done I choose to stay. We are expected to be in the office by 9:00am and stay until at least 5:30pm."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I normally get in at 8:30am but no one would complain if I didn't get in until 9:00am. I leave at 5:45pm, but again, no one has a stopwatch on you. I know several people that get in from 7:30am but they leave earlier."
Second year trainee, Guildford
"Hours are not hugely flexible, but they are not bad by any means."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"Working hours are usually 8:30am to 6:30pm, but can be later if an urgent matter comes up. However, they are very accommodating if you need to leave early for appointments or previous commitments."
First year trainee, Guildford

2013

"If there is work to do, you want to stay and finish it. But if work is completed everyone will be discouraged from staying just for the sake of it or to keep up appearances."
First year trainee, Guildford
"The work/life balance at the firm is very good. Typically my working hours are 9:00am-6:00pm."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"The work/life balance is the best I have heard of in the sector. I am typically in the office from 8:30am-5:30pm, though obviously work longer hours when there is urgent work to be done. I almost always take my full lunch break. There is no pressure to work outside of the 9-5 contracted hours if there is no urgent work outstanding. My partner is happy for me to work from home where appropriate and does not check up on me if I am out of the office at a client meeting or a training session. His view is that as long as I'm not embarrassingly under my target, and clients aren't complaining about work being turned around slowly, there is no issue."
Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"Cannot complain about the hours - typical day is 9:00am-6:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"I generally work from 9:00am till 6:00pm with an hour for lunch. If busy, I will stay till around 7:00pm but have never needed to stay later."
Second year trainee, Basingstoke
"My average working day is 9:30am to 6:15pm with half an hour for lunch. This can vary to a large degree however, when case loads are high, etc."
Second year trainee, London
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