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Pinsent Masons careers


8.2 / 10

(based on 22 ratings in 2018)


"It gets more flexible as you progress. There are opportunities to work from home and be flexible about hours, even for new qualifiers. At higher levels, there are senior people on part-time and family-friendly hours. We're moving to agile working, which will only make this even easier. Even at the trainee level I have been given flexibility on a couple of occasions to allow me to deal with childcare etc."
First year trainee, Manchester
"The firm is in the process of transferring to flexible hours. However, trainees do not have much flexibility at this point and are usually required to be present in the office."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"My hours have varied from very relaxed (9.30 am to 6.00 pm) to quite intense (working until the early hours). What is constant is the total lack of face-time culture or any pressure to remain at your desk just to appear to be working hard. When hours have been long it has typically been when carrying out interesting work, alongside others, and I have always felt appreciated when I have done so. Senior lawyers have also been flexible with deadlines (where possible) and have always respected private commitments outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"Working late is generally expected of trainees when there are large projects on. However, if there are not, there is not a culture of staying late for the sake of it, which is a good thing."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"The firm can be flexible but there's no doubt that the hours can be long. As with many firms, you could be out by 6.00 pm or you could be working all night on any given day. It depends on what you have on."
First year trainee, Birmingham
"Hours vary between departments but are generally manageable. Most partners are flexible with letting you fit in appointments and work from home if you need to. The main thing is that there isn't a culture of staying late just to be seen to be working long hours. When you're done, you go home."
Second year trainee, Manchester
"This completely depends on your department. The industry requires long hours, particularly as a trainee and new qualifier. However, it doesn't come close to touching magic circle or US firm hours. Agile working is becoming more and more prominent."
Second year trainee, London
"As a trainee, I was surprised that most of my teams were happy for me to work from home on occasion. The firm is really pushing agile working and investing in that. I also get involved in lots of corporate social responsibility activities and I'm a school governor, so I really appreciate that I am able to be flexible about when I work."
Second year trainee, London


"My hours are generally very good with the odd late night thrown in. This really does depend on the department you're in though."
First year trainee, London
"My first seat involved me working more hours (leaving between 8.00 pm and 11.00 pm most nights) than in my second seat in which I often left before 7.00 pm unless there was work to be done."
First year trainee, London
"This varies depending on departments but the firm is good for flexible working. Naturally, in the more transactional seats, you will be expected to work long hours at times. However, partners realise the strain this can cause and so encourage periods of downtime after a particularly busy time."
Second year trainee, Birmingham
"My first seat was in corporate where the hours could be quite long. However, as long as you told people of your commitments, they always tried to make sure that you made that dinner or weekday theatre performance. My experience of trainee supervisors has been very positive on the whole. If you have nothing to do at 6.00 pm then you get told to go home."
First year trainee, London
"Hours depend pretty much entirely on your department. Mine has been very reasonable as I have sat in two property teams. People in other teams, such as corporate, have had more unpredictable hours."
First year trainee, Leeds
"The hours can be tough but I have never worked beyond 11.00 pm. The firm also offers great flexibility (depending on the department)."
First year trainee, Leeds
"I work better hours than many of my friends at other firms. When you have done a few days/weeks of late hours, the firm is normally pretty good at giving you a day off or some early finishes. They definitely appreciate when you put effort in."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours are better than I had feared and I have found the firm flexible. I've occasionally had to work from home and this has never been a problem."
First year trainee, Glasgow


"Average 9:00am-5:00pm, only stayed later one or two nights through my own choice because I was enjoying the work."
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