Hours

6.9 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The hours vary from day to day in my current team. You may leave at 6.00 pm on one day and past midnight on the next. However, the firm genuinely tries to accommodate any important plans that you have and everyone is willing to help out when you have somewhere you need to be."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours can differ. There are months when you come in at 9.00 am and leave at 6.00 pm and other months when it can be very difficult to maintain a work/life balance. However, the people at the firm are very respectful of holidays and appreciate that everyone works hard and deserves time off. If you have something to go to, people will generally accommodate you."
Second year trainee, London
"Work has to be done and this can mean long hours, but there is no face-time culture and working from home is possible if necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"People are flexible. So long as the work you're given gets done when it needs to be done, people generally aren't fussy about when you're at your desk."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours are tough, but then we are a US firm. Hours have certainly worsened in recent years, but they're not completely unrealistic and definitely not the worst in the business. I get out between 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm on most nights, with some being earlier and some later. The flexibility around your hours will depend on your department."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Hours are very variable depending on what seat you're in and how busy the department is. In terms of flexibility, some supervisors are relaxed and don't mind what hours you work so long as the work gets done whereas others can be slightly less flexible."
Second year trainee, London
"This depends on what's going on. Generally, it doesn't matter when you do your work so long as it gets done. Recently, hours have not been as flexible and you always have to be accessible when nearing a closing ."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies a lot across different departments but some teams can have unsociable hours starting as late as midday and finishing past midnight."
First year trainee, London
"I have been lucky with my departments so far and have only left after 8.00 pm on a few occasions. In the majority of departments, however, people are relatively flexible. If you have fixed plans one night and have to leave, it will only be on occasions when you are really needed that you won't be allowed to go. People ask very few questions provided you get your work done, are available on email and around the office between 10.00 am and 6.30 pm. You can get a long lunch or go for coffee occasionally if you're quiet. There is no monitoring of whether you are at your desk so this would only be a problem if you were not contactable and/or work was not getting done."
First year trainee,First year trainee, London,London

2016

"It varies very much from department to department, but if you have important plans it is pretty rare that you will be asked to cancel them. The hours can be very long but the teams are really nice and most people try to be as accommodating as possible with plans."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite tough, but generally speaking if you have an important event to go to people are reasonable and will try and help get you there."
Second year trainee, London
"If you have to work weekends (and I did have to when I was in corporate), the firm is very appreciative. If you have plans that can't be moved, the team is accommodating. The hours are generally variable, depending upon how busy the department is at the time. Work can also suddenly land on your desk, though this is just one of those things that comes with working at an international firm."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Working late is expected and there is no flexible hours culture. However there is no clock-watching so you can go when your work is done. I take an hour for the gym at 6:00pm every day and have not received any complaints."
First year trainee, London
"Your hours depend on who you are working for, but I generally work less than my friends in similar firms."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long but this is what I expected when joining the firm. They are still better than the hours at many other City law firms."
First year trainee, London
"You will have to work long hours when required but there is no 'face-time' culture. If you are efficient you should still be able to have a life outside of work. However, market recovery might change that in the future, as would be the case in any firm."
Second year trainee, London
"I have been quite lucky with my hours in that I have not had constant late nights. I have had very busy periods and had to work weekends but if you are working weekends the firm is flexible and lets you do the work around your other weekend plans."
First year trainee, London
"In my first seat my hours were long and unpredictable, I stopped making plans during the week as I had to cancel more often than not. In my second seat the hours were almost too quiet, though that is the nature of transactional work."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is definitely flexible about hours (though this depends on the people you're working with) but the hours are long (as they would be at any law firm) and I have had to cancel plans on a number of occasions."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Generally work hours are 9:00am-7:00pm on a good day, but it can go on til much later in the evening. However there is some flexibility if you need to come in late for some reason."
First year trainee, London
"We do tend to work long and unpredictable hours and while this work style can be challenging, I think that just comes with the nature of the job."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Only stay late when vital."
First year trainee, London
"These are varied and you will often find out on the day whether you will be staying on longer than normal."
First year trainee, London
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