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6.9 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"My supervisor is flexible and doesn't mind when I'm in as long as I get the work done. It's busy at the moment so generally I'm leaving around 10.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very flexible if you have children or some other good reason. It is less flexible if that is not the case."
Second year trainee, London
"Generally, the firm is very understanding when you have prior commitments and work/life balance is taken seriously here. However, this can vary according to the department or office that you work in."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours are varied. There have been times I have worked until 1.00 am and other times I go home at 6.30 pm. I would say around 7.30 pm is average however. There is a lot of flexibility."
First year trainee, London
"Flexibility is limited at the trainee level. Typical working day is 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. If work is quiet, it's no problem to leave earlier. There are times when it is necessary to stay later."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours can vary significantly depending on department and workload. I have had periods of bad hours and periods of good hours. The firm does not have a face-time culture however, and there is no expectation to stay late for the sake of it. If you are not prepared to work long hours however, City law is probably not for you."
Second year trainee, London
"For a top-level City firm, the hours are fairly good. Long in some departments at some times of course, but generally fine to balance with your life, and people are very flexible as long as the work gets done. Everyone understands the nature of the job means you sometimes have to make a personal call or run an errand at work."
First year trainee, London
"This depends on which seat you are in. Transactional seats tend to be have more varied hours as it can be intense around the closing of a transaction, whereas advisory seats have steadier hours. On average, I turn up at 9.30 am and leave around 7.00 pm or 8.00 pm, or earlier if it's quiet (no face-time in the office). There have been rare all-nighters or weeks of late finishes, but the teams I have worked with have always been incredibly appreciative and concerned for my health and well-being during these stretches."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"I have had to work quite a few weekends while in corporate and rarely finish before 10.00 pm."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"In my current department, people generally don't leave before 8:00pm, but that's because it's genuinely busy. I wouldn't say there's any 'face-time' expectation but late nights are not uncommon."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long but only when it is necessary, rarely are you required to stick around if there is no reason."
Second year trainee, London
"I work very civil hours - although this can depend on seat. So far only I have only had the occasional late night."
First year trainee, London
"Hours in transaction seats can be demanding."
First year trainee, London
"In my first seat I was mostly working quite long hours but they have been better since I moved to my current seat. There is no face-time required if there is nothing to do, however."
First year trainee, London
"In my first two seats my hours were very regular and great (the average was 8:30/9:00am-6:30/7.00pm). In my third seat there was a couple of months where my hours were longer but there was a real appreciation for the people staying later. Also, the firm was very flexible ensuring I always made my last train home before midnight no matter what (though it should be noted that the firm will always provide you with a taxi home after 9:00pm if you would like one). Also, the firm is very big on flexible working and most departments are happy for people to work from home as and when necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"I'm on client secondment so my hours are good. In my previous seat my average leaving time was 7:30pm. It depends a lot on your department and supervisor. But the majority of departments aren't too bad. Trainees don't often work from home but that is the nature of a trainee role."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Your hours can vary depending on the department and the time of year. At present because I am working on a large matter, it would be rare for me to leave the office before 7:30pm, and I sometimes work to midnight and beyond."
Second year trainee, London
"Unless something truly has to be done by tomorrow, (usually a client demand rather than a firm demand), supervisors are very flexible with allowing you to plan your work around your week."
Second year trainee, London
"Very flexible. If you are busy you are expected to put in the hours, but if you are not busy you can leave on time/at a reasonable time. There is no 'face-time' culture. In some departments associates occasionally work from home."
First year trainee, London
"Hours can be long but there are quiet periods and having to work hard is what one expects in an international law firm."
First year trainee, London
"The hours will depend heavily on the department and the type of work that you do. In my current department, there is no emphasis on 'face-time' so you can leave if you have finished your tasks for the day. On average I would leave at 7:30pm, just to be safe. People arrive in the morning between 9 and 9:30am - it doesn't seem to be strict when you arrive in the morning."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has the usual long city hours and hours can be uncertain. However, team members always have concern for your welfare."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has been very supportive and I have been able to work my hours around other commitments whenever possible. I play netball, and have been able to schedule work around games if at all possible."
Second year trainee, London
"You have to work long hours when there are things to do but people are appreciative."
First year trainee, London
"In my first seat, my hours were very consistent arriving at 8:30-9:00am and leaving before 7:00pm almost every night (bar a handful of times, though never past midnight). On secondment my hours are 9:00am to 6:30pm most evenings."
First year trainee, London
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