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7.6 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Hours are quite good in my current department and there are a number of associates within the firm on flexible working hour arrangements."
First year trainee, London
"Generally I work 9.30 am – 7.00 pm at present. I have the ability to leave early for things like pro bono activities."
First year trainee, London
"No face-time requirement in my current department."
First year trainee, London
"There is a great work/life balance and the firm takes care in ensuring people also have a social life. You are not required to sit at work if you have nothing to do. Therefore, it is possible to leave the office at a reasonable time. There are ups and downs though. During busy periods you may be required to work late but it's not common and certainly not continuous."
First year trainee, London
"In my current seat, there is considerable flexibility in terms of practitioners working from home or remotely. In terms of hours worked – it varies according to the needs of the litigation matter."
Second year trainee, London
"It can get very busy at times, which is understandable."
Second year trainee, London
"I mostly work 9.30 am – 7.00 pm. Some nights I'll finish at 5.30 pm and others at 11.00 pm. I've only had to work one weekend so far."
First year trainee, London
"You're expected to stay when it's busy but encouraged to leave early when things are quieter. In six months the latest I've stayed is 10.30 pm. I'm usually out at around 7.00 pm/7.30 pm."
First year trainee, London
"Flexibility is good, but there is an awful lot of work."
First year trainee, London
"I have fairly long working hours (as is standard in the City) but minimal weekend working. There's not a lot of flexibility for trainees, although there is remote access so there's scope for it. Associates and partners have a lot more flexibility and some work from home or part time."
First year trainee, London

2015

"The flexibility of working hours can depend on your supervisor: they are happy for you to leave slightly early occasionally, but obviously they do expect you to put in the hours when it is busy."
First year trainee, London
"While the hours can be long there are occasionally shorter days. Flexibility in the working hours lies in getting the job done: pressing deadlines may mean that you need to work longer, less flexible hours, but there is no 'face-time' culture at Reed Smith."
First year trainee, London
"When you have completed your work you can go home: it is not encouraged that you stay around unnecessarily to keep up appearances."
First year trainee, London
"When we are busy we are expected to work the required hours, however when we are not so busy we are encouraged to have a social life and leave promptly. There is no 'face-time' culture in the department that I currently sit in, and I have heard from other trainees that this is the situation firm-wide."
First year trainee, London
"Working hours do vary from department to department. In the banking sector at the firm my hours were very erratic, and I worked long hours, including some time at the weekend, but in contrast, in the Litigations Department I worked 8:30am to 7:00pm most days, which was dreamy! Long hours are not uncommon and I feel that when extra hours are put in they are highly appreciated, and it makes you stronger as a person."
First year trainee, London
"I appreciate the later start at the firm as it makes it possible for me to do the school run with my children prior to coming to work during the week. Although some late nights are to be expected, I have not had to stay late (past 8:00pm) for that many evenings."
First year trainee, London
"My working hours are generally from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and they tend to be very flexible."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Different departments work different hours but in my experience, if you have a holiday booked, a dentist/doctors appointment then they are happy for you to go."
First year trainee, London
"I have never been told I am expected in at a certain time or to stay in until a certain time. You are given responsibility to organise your own workload so it depends on the deadlines you have."
First year trainee, London
"I work 9:00/9:30am-6:30/7:00pm (latest). I think this is pretty reasonably compared to other departments/City firms. If I have a commitment in the evening, I have never had to cancel it in order to work late. I have never worked weekends. Working from home is also an option. But all the above depends on the specific department - I am sure it does not apply to all!"
First year trainee, London
"The hours you work are all to do with how busy we are. We aren't expected to stay around if there is no work to do."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had very steady work hours - 8:30am-7:30/8:00pm most days. If I have had to leave earlier to catch a train it has never been a problem, but obviously you would not consider it if everyone else was working late for an important deadline."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have been very reasonable at Reed Smith. While there have been some late nights, overall I am able to get out of the office in the early-mid evening."
First year trainee, London
"It depends upon the department you are in and the team within that department. Real Estate has typically good hours, although we're very busy at the moment. But when you get to this stage, all trainees know that the job comes with longer hours."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no culture of people impressing others with how long they stay in the office if there is no work, but usually there is enough work to keep trainees relatively late. On a regular day I finish any time between 7:30pm and 9:30pm."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"I've never had to work horrendous hours, and although longer than what a normal working day would be for most people, it's generally predictable."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"Things have been busy as my department is in the process of expansion. Consequently there's been a lot of work."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be unpredictable, but they are generally manageable."
First year trainee, London
"The role demands long hours on occasion (mainly because of the City culture) but my experience has been good so far. You work until your work is done, not just because everyone else is still in the office."
First year trainee, London
"Average day runs 9:00am-9:00pm depending on department later nights are to be expected if busy."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are comparatively good with other city firms. Hours can be unpredictable but generally good."
First year trainee, Londn
"Hours are not as crazy as other firms but tend to be consistently long."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Definitely a firm where you have some control over your hours. There's something that works for everyone."
Second year trainee, London
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