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6.7 / 10

(based on 6 ratings in 2017)

2017

"There are ups and downs, they can be very long hours."
First year trainee, London
"As long as you arrive by about 9.45 am each day, you should be alright (depending on work demands). If there's a deal on, you will typically work long hours but, if there's nothing to do, then the firm is quite flexible with when you come and go. In general, I'm at the office for about ten or eleven hours."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be quite long sometimes, especially when you get caught up in a deal and everything gets going. It can be interesting and you really get to feel like part of the team. The training principal monitors the trainee's hours to make sure we have a balance and to make sure we are being exposed to various deals. This means there is someone to go to if it all feels too much."
Second year trainee, London (currently seconded to Hong Kong)
"The hours are unpredictable. I never know what time I am going to go home at night and that makes it difficult to maintain a work/life balance at times. The hours can get quite long when a deal or project picks up but there doesn't seem to be an expectation to stay in the office for the sake of it if you have nothing to do."
First year trainee, London
"You work the hours you have to in order to do the work to the proper standard. This often entails long hours but the firm is respectful of family, religious or cultural events and holidays."
First year trainee, London
"When there is work, there is work. However, I feel very comfortable leaving at 5.30 pm if I have had a quiet day. People are usually understanding if you have plans over a weekend and try to work around it."
First year trainee, London

2016

"There are long hours, but this is no different to any other corporate focused firm. The upside is that S&C has no face-time policy so when you have finished your work assignments, you don't feel obligated to stick around."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours seem to be comparable to the hours my friends work at other firms. However, my firm doesn't believe in face-time which is great."
Second year trainee, London
"The work hours vary quite a lot depending on what's going on and what seat you are in. I have had to do a handful of post-midnight stints, but I've definitely left at 5.30 pm more often than that."
First year trainee, London
"The hours vary day-to-day and week-to-week, as you would expect of any City law firm. The firm does allow flexibility, but where a matter is urgent and deadlines are important I often prioritise work."
First year trainee, London
"S&C provides trainees with a great deal of independence when it comes to work and deadlines. The senior lawyers will give a final deadline and then leave it up to the trainees as to how and when they put the work in to get a finished product. There are occasionally long nights as is the same in any law firm and, having spoken to magic circle colleagues, the hours at S&C are, if anything, favourable in comparison."
Second year trainee, Melbourne

2015

"Supervisors are generally very understanding about trainee needs and commitments. However, small teams do sometimes mean that working hours can be unpredictable."
Second year trainee,
"In my experience, there is no 'face-time' policy in the office which is great."
First year trainee,
"On average, the hours are pretty good. They are very unpredictable, and the expectation is that we are available when we need to be, sometimes on very short notice. Conversely, there is absolutely no 'face-time'. Lawyers at all levels are happy to leave once they've finished what they need to do."
Second year trainee,
"There are long hours, as there are with any firm but due to the small size of the office and the close supervision from the staffing partners, people tend to know when you have been worked very hard and tend to try to ensure your next couple of weeks are not so busy."
First year trainee,
"The hours are generally very good. There are times when it does get busy but that is the same for every corporate law firm - it's the nature of the work. There are no target hours and you aren't expected to stick around when things are quiet!"
Second year trainee,
"In comparison with other firms, it is much better. There is truly no 'face-time'. If I am in the office, I am working, not just "attending to desk". There is no competition on "who can bill the most hours" - this is seen as inefficient. Everyone wants to do things to their best ability but also as quickly as is reasonably possible."
First year trainee,

2014

"Your hours vary depending on how busy the firm is."
First year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' culture; strong expectation that when you aren't busy, you should take the opportunity to leave the office."
First year trainee, London
"There is no culture of 'face-time'- we are encouraged to go home early if we have no work outstanding. That said, during busy periods hours can be long."
First year trainee, London
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