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7.3 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2015)

2015

"In my experience, hours are reasonably flexible. You can book in events far in advance but need to be prepared to work late during the week. For me Friday has generally been an early-finish. As a trainee it is difficult because our hours tend to be dictated by the person we are working for, but associates and partners all seem to have a greater deal of flexibility."
First year trainee, London
"My hours are varied because my workload is varied. You will work late hours if working on a contentious matter and the deadline (e.g. for disclosure) is approaching soon. If in a transactional seat, you may be asked to stay very late on certain matters but it is by no means a regular occurrence."
First year trainee, London
"I have worked reasonable hours. There are occasional long nights but working late is appreciated, rather than expected."
Second year trainee, London
"You do work long hours when necessary. When it is not so busy it is acceptable to leave at a reasonable time."
First year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' culture at the firm, and I have been encouraged to leave at a sensible time (6:00/7:00pm) if I can. You'll definitely appreciate this when you have to work later hours."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very flexible; if you are good you can you quickly earn people's trust that you will get the work done, which means that you can get out slightly early on the days it matters to you. I have had a few long nights, but the associates were grateful for the effort rather than taking it for granted."
First year trainee, London

2014

"It depends on the department. If there is work which has to be done and you have been asked to do it, you are expected to remain for as long as necessary in order to meet the deadline. However, I have been explicitly told on multiple occasions that if there is no need to stay late, then I can leave!"
Second year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' culture. You are only expected to stay when there is work."
First year trainee, London
"I have worked longer hours when completing a deal but no all-nighters so far. I can leave whenever after 5:30pm if not so busy."
First year trainee, London
"9:30am start. Hours vary depending on department, how busy the department is and the fee earners you are working for. I don't think the hours are bad when compared with other firms. There is not a culture of staying in the office to be seen, but if there is work to do you are expected to stay until it is done."
Second year trainee, London
"It's not a problem to leave at 6:30pm if you have no urgent work to do. I have not yet tried to request any holiday or time off."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are mostly good, I have had occasional late nights but they've been the exception rather than the norm."
Second year trainee, London
"It is understood that if you have work to do or if your help is required, you will stay to assist, however if it quiet you can leave at a decent time. I have found that there is no need to stay for the sake of being seen. I have also found the firm very flexible and understanding with doctor's appointments and social events."
First year trainee, London
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