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6.1 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2018)

2018

"I've never felt under pressure to physically be in the office. However, the flexibility of hours means that there can be an expectation that you will do work at any time of day or night during heavy workloads. My weekends have not been bad and I have only been expected to work significant time outside of the working week on a few occasions. Weeks do occasionally hit the 70- or 80-hour mark."
First year trainee, London, UK
"There are long hours and I can sometimes feel pressure to keep up with everyone else."
Second year trainee, London
"The worst thing about the hours is the unpredictability, but they probably average out at around 9.30 am to 7.30 pm."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very good for respecting holidays and events that you need to get to after work. However, the nature of the work means that hours can often be long."
Second year trainee, London
"It can vary by deal-flow and practice area etc. The nature of the work means that there are inevitably periods of long hours. There is no face-time or requirement to stick around when there is no work to do."
Second year trainee,

2016

"The hours are long but that is to be expected so it's no surprise. The firm can be flexible but, if there's work that needs to be done, it's unavoidable that hours can sometimes be at anti-social times."
Second year trainee, London
"Hours are often long and unpredictable. You may have to do work at the weekend."
Second year trainee, London
"There is an expectation that you will be available to work long hours and on weekends if absolutely necessary. However, I've found my colleagues to be very understanding. No one will ever make you stay late or work on the weekend unless it is essential."
Second year trainee, Buenos Aires

2015

"I have not had to work particularly long hours yet, but I am told that they will come. I am lucky in that my supervisor is very relaxed about taking work home and doesn't believe in 'face-time'."
First year trainee, London
"There are long hours, but that is to be expected considering the nature of the work that the firm undertakes. If you want to work for a firm that prides itself on the quality of its service and the sophistication of its advice then there will be lengthy workdays."
First year trainee, London
"My working hours vary, but regular days are ten to 11 hours long."
Second year trainee, London
"My hours have been fine so far, but I'm very new. I think that when the firm needs you to be here then there is less flexibility, but if the firm does not then there's no requirement to stay late simply to put in 'face-time'."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long (because it's corporate law, not because this is an American firm - that is a myth). But, there is some flexibility and there is no 'face-time' needed."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The hours can be long, but very rarely encroach upon the weekends. The firm is very flexible when it comes to holidays and time off generally. There is no expectation to be in the office on a 'face-time' basis."
Second year trainee, London
"I have had a lot of family issues/health problems and the firm has been very supportive."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"When there is little work on in your department you are encouraged to leave at a reasonable time. When it is busy, you are expected to work any hours to get the job done, including weekends. The firm is accommodating when you have a good reason to need flexibility with hours."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long, although there is some flexibility."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' and you can work as early or as late as you choose, provided that you get all of the work done on time."
First year trainee, London

2013

"The hours can be very unpredictable. Weekend work is relatively frequent, and it can happen that even trainees need to cancel or work through their vacations."
Second year trainee, London
"Practicing law in the City - in any of the Magic Circle or top tier firms - will involve longer hours. However it is possible to get out of the office by 6:00pm on quiet days and no one expects you to stay on if you have no work to do."
First year trainee, London
"So far the hours have not been as crushing as people like to say. In six months I have worked four weekends and have not left the office later than 1:00am. Of course, the trainee experience differs greatly, with some trainees often racking up more than 250 billable hours a month."
First year trainee, London
"Generally I work 9:30am-7:30/8:00pm. The unpredictability of the really late nights is the problem."
First year trainee, London
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