Hours

7.5 / 10

(based on 11 ratings in 2017)

2017

"These are generally extremely good compared to the rest of the City. Long hours are expected in the profession so I have not been concerned when they have happened but, even on those occasions, I have been thanked by a number of people for it and it has been genuinely interesting work keeping me there. Perks such as free dinners and taxis home also compensate to an extent. There is no element of face-time being required and you are encouraged to go home if there is nothing urgent to do."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are generally good in the majority of departments, better than the City average I would say. There are exceptions (some departments work long hours) and it obviously depends on circumstances. I would say that the firm is flexible and I haven't had to cancel my plans other than in exceptional situations."
First year trainee,First year trainee, London,London
"There is little flexibility for trainees. I understand that they are trying to increase the availability of working remotely, which seems to have had some success (although this is not available to trainees)."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are very flexible so long as the work gets done. I regularly leave to play football for the firm or to attend language classes."
First year trainee, London
"They are very flexible. Like every firm, there will be busy periods. However, if you have any extracurricular commitments or plans in the evening, supervisors will almost always allow you to go. There is a real push to introduce agile working and flexible hours and this will only increase going forward."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are good. You only need to stay late if you NEED to stay late."
First year trainee, London
"Hours vary by department but are generally good."
First year trainee, London

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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