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8.1 / 10

(based on 18 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Really varies between departments. In my current department, I have a fairly short workday (9.00 am – 6.00 pm/7.00 pm) but sometimes little work to do in that time, which can be frustrating. In my previous department I was there until 10.00 pm most evenings and in corporate it's more up and down but can be a LOT later."
Second year trainee, London
"The working hours are what you would expect of a mid-size firm and generally quite reasonable. If you have commitments then the teams are generally understanding if you let them know in advance."
Second year trainee, London
"Depends on the seat but generally a good work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are definitely better than at other firms. Due to the international nature of the clients there is a feeling that you should be available and answering emails at all times, which can make it feel like you never switch off."
Second year trainee, London
"I have generally worked steady hours and if I have had plans and mentioned them I have always been encouraged to leave. The firm is flexible in terms of the fact that as long as you get your work done they don't mind when you do it."
Second year trainee, London
"Flexible – but in law long hours are unavoidable."
First year trainee, London
"This is quite department dependent. In corporate departments especially, hours can vary depending on the needs of a deal. In other departments hours are much more consistent. In any case there is no expectation to remain in the office for longer than is required."
First year trainee, London
"There are the occasional long hours and late nights. However, there is very much the approach that you work late only when you absolutely have to. It's not about putting in face-time. You manage your own workload and if you have done everything you need to do that day then it's fine to leave at 6.00 pm. It's recognised that there will be times when you have to stay late so you're encouraged to go when there's no need to stay."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"My hours are generally always good, and if I have to be out of the office for personal reasons, everyone has always been very understanding."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has excellent hours relative to each department compared to most other City firms, and there is very little 'face-time' culture, although this depends a little on the department."
First year trainee, London
"It is said that a 'face-time' culture in the firm does not exist, but this is heavily dependent on which department you are in, and for most of them this is not the case."
Second year trainee, London
"The working hours are as good as it gets at a City law firm!"
Second year trainee, London
"If you have plans, and what you're being asked to do can wait, you are encouraged to leave at a sensible time. Of course there are times when late nights are required but these are genuinely appreciated by your seniors. The hours do vary between departments: in corporate departments late finishes are far more frequent."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are not too bad for a City firm, and there is no expectation that you should be the last one in the office, as you are encouraged to leave once work is finished. When you do have to stay late, it is as part of a team."
First year trainee, London

2014

"When you are in the middle of a deal sometimes the hours can be long, but everybody is always very understanding if you have prior commitments."
First year trainee, London
"Your hours depend on the department. If you don't have work to do you're not expected to stay in the office."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are, for the most part, fine. I have only had to work past midnight on a handful of occasions."
First year trainee, London
"At the moment I am in a corporate seat which means the hours are not always ideal, but in comparison to Magic Circle firms they are not bad at all. Generally, the hours are good."
First year trainee, London
"Hours throughout my training contract have been great. There have been a few late ones but only when needed; otherwise, my average work day has been 8:30am-7:00pm."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' so you don't have to sit around the office with nothing to do. However, it is a top City firm, so expect to work City hours generally. Some departments are more intense than others. Generally, if I have plans I can work around them, but it depends on the current workload."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible, but the clients may not always be. However, working in a close-knit team makes longer hours more bearable but generally there is a decent enough work/life balance."
First year trainee, London
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