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6.5 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2017)

2017

"Client work comes first during the week and hours can be long. However, the firm is making an attempt to encourage more flexible working. Weekends and annual leave are generally uninterrupted for juniors unless there is very urgent work."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are quite harsh but people don't mind you leaving at a reasonable time when it's quiet. It's sometimes fine to work from home but you can usually only do this in exceptional circumstances or if you are an associate."
Second year trainee, London
"Work hours can be demanding. In terms of flexibility, the firm makes a genuine effort in trying to accommodate any personal plans that trainees have."
Second year trainee, London
"This depends on the workload. You are encouraged to leave on time if it is quiet, but if it is busy you are expected to stay as long as necessary."
Second year trainee, London
"The hours are what should be expected from a leading global firm. However, the teams can be flexible and there is no pressure to stay in the office if there is no need."
Second year trainee, London
"This varies from seat to seat and depends on how competitive it is for qualification opportunities. Hours have generally been ok but there have been some terrible periods."
Second year trainee, London
"In some departments, leaving at 7.00 pm is considered good and in others it's 9.00 pm. Bad days, weeks or months can mean giving up public holidays or weekends to work and being in the office until past midnight regularly during the week. This shouldn't last for more than three or four weeks at a time unless you are very unlucky though."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The hours can be long at times but trainees are able to work from home if there is a good reason."
First year trainee, London
"There's no need to stay in the office when it's not busy but there's less flexibility when it is busy."
First year trainee, London
"When it's quiet you can go off early. However, at busy times they do expect you to stay and finish your work, even if that means leaving at 5.00 am."
First year trainee, London
"I usually work around 9.00 am – 7.00 pm. Some weeks they can be longer – working until 1.00 am is not unexpected and overnight is certainly not unheard of. The firm will usually be accommodating if you have something you need to attend."
First year trainee, London
"I have generally had a good experience hours-wise. It varies a lot depending upon which team you are in. Generally, if you have been working very late the firm are good at giving back at other times."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The working hours vary between seats, as some of mine have been very demanding and some have been quieter. If you have work to do, I don't think there is much flexibility as a trainee, but I would say that you are more in charge of your own hours as an associate."
Second year trainee, London
"Like all large firms, the hours can vary. That said, supervisors tend to be very flexible, allowing trainees to come in later after a particularly long night or leave early for appointments, for instance."
First year trainee, London
"My hours in my current department are very reasonable as it's quite quiet. This really depends on department - Corporate Private Equity is infamous for the long hours, for instance. Generally it's not as bad as people will have you believe but you really can't know when the long hours will hit, so making weeknight plans can be difficult sometimes. People are reasonable, though, and if you have something to go to (and give notice to your supervisor) in my experience you can usually make it happen unless something really urgent comes in."
First year trainee, London
"It has varied a lot, depending on the seat, but I have worked long hours at times, and sometimes it is difficult to make weekday plans as the workflow can be quite unpredictable. That said, weekends are usually safe. However, some departments are better than others at recognising when you have had a particularly busy period and offer days off in lieu. In most departments, when there is a quiet patch, there isn't a culture of getting in early or staying late just for the sake of it, as people generally recognise that everyone works really hard most of the time."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The firm is very flexible with hours; there have been times when I needed to leave the office and would do so then return if I had work to finish."
Second year trainee, London
"I have experience that if you do the work, then your hours are your own; although, if you have a lot of work at times then you can work late."
First year trainee, London
"I would say that the hours are standard for a big City law firm. Sometimes I have worked 60-70 hour weeks, and sometimes I've struggled to find stuff to do to fill a 35 hour week - hours vary."
Second year trainee, London
"I have worked a couple of very late nights, but generally I finish between 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Some other trainees work much longer hours, but it comes down to how busy your department is."
First year trainee, London
"Hours are very flexible, i.e. very late nights might get you the morning off. Most associates are very good when it comes to getting you out of the door if you're done."
Second year trainee, London
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