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7.2 / 10

(based on 17 ratings in 2016)

2016

"In general, I think it would be hard to find a better work/life balance in a City law firm. In some particularly busy seats trainees are required to work a few late nights and weekends."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a good flexible working policy, which trainees are encouraged to make the most of."
Second year trainee, London
"They're understanding about personal commitments."
Second year trainee, London
"As with any law firm there will be times when you need to work long hours or weekends. However, when this is necessary it does not feel like it's expected. Associates and partners know you are going above and beyond and make it clear how grateful they are. As a general rule, you can make plans in the evening and not worry about cancelling them. The introduction of flexible working and working from home also means you can work in a way that suits you best."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a real push for flexible working, even for trainees. Working from home is encouraged and there's never a problem if you have a hospital/doctor's appointment during the day. It differs depending on the department but there is very much a policy that if you don't have anything to do then you shouldn't still be in the office."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Generally good, but there are some rare examples of face-time."
Second year trainee, London
"Varies from department to department. Insurance teams tend to start and finish earlier than the commercial teams."
First year trainee, London
"I think it depends on departments but I am working a lot of hours now. There isn't a face-time culture across the firm as a whole but I think there is in my current team. That said, they are very flexible when needed eg for medical appointments. I have also worked from home on occasions."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Working hours are flexible at the firm. Personally I think that there is a huge amount of work to be done, but it is up to you to manage your workload. No one expects or requires you to stay in the office if you are consistently delivering your work to a high standard, so I feel that doing 'face-time' is actively frowned upon."
Second year trainee, London
"I have found the firm to be very flexible hours-wise. After showing that I am willing to work hard and put in the hours when needed, my teams have always been supportive of me pursuing my own interests outside of work/taking part in firm-wide events."
Second year trainee, London
"I find that the working hours are pretty flexible and they are getting better too: the firm are encouraging working from home, and coming in early/going in late, although this does slightly depend on the working practices of your department and/or supervisor."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have flexible working so you can work at home when you need to. I've also had a couple of appointments in work time, and I have found that you can just come in late and then stay a bit longer at the end of the day. Everybody is very relaxed about these things. If you're still in at 8:00pm then partners will come over and ask what you're working on. There is absolutely no 'face-time' culture."
First year trainee, London
"I think that the firm are generally very relaxed and flexible with regard to working hours: the firm is currently trialling a number of flexible working initiatives, which trainees are encouraged to participate in."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are very flexible, and I have found that as long as you get the work done, you can generally work the hours that work for you (within reason)."
Second year trainee, London
"I know that flexible working is a key theme of late, and everyone is encouraged to work flexibly. I normally get in slightly later than my current team and leave slightly later, but as long as the work gets done then people trust you."
First year trainee, London
"I work from 9:00am-7:00pm on average. The firm is flexible and is piloting a work from home project, which includes trainees."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The firm is quite flexible but in the Corporate/Commercial departments this is far less so and hours can be pretty long."
First year trainee, London
"My first two seats have been very good in terms of hours. I usually come in early and start about 8:30am but I rarely have to stay past 6:00pm (I know this is not the case in all departments but I have been lucky so far). It is possible to work from home so you can be trusted to finish things off from home if you need to."
First year trainee, London
"I work much better hours compared to other friends in the City. There have been some late nights but I have never been the only one working late in the team - everyone chips in to get the work done."
First year trainee, London
"Your hours depend on the seat. Litigation seats are consistently full days (8:30am-7:30pm) whereas Corporate can be 9:30am-6:00pm when it is quiet or into the small hours if a deal is on."
Second year trainee, London
"In both my seats to date, average hours have been 8:30am to 7:00pm. This is fairly standard for litigation seats; the working pattern in non-contentious seats tends to be less consistent. The firm takes a sensible approach to working hours, recognising that people need to have lives outside of work but that there are also times for knuckling down and getting a task done."
First year trainee, London
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