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7.3 / 10

(based on 7 ratings in 2019)

2019

"It depends on the team and how busy you are at the time. You could leave at 6.00 pm or 1.00 am in any of the seats depending on what stage in the case/matter you're at. However, if you don't have anything else on in a day, there's absolutely no pressure to stay at the office just to be seen, which is really nice."
First year trainee, London
"The general approach is that you should only stay late if you actually have work you need to do. Otherwise, everyone is happy for you to head out at a reasonable time and enjoy your evening. Subsequently, hours vary depending on workload but mine are usually between 9.30 am and 7.00 pm. I largely prefer to do all of my work in the office but will sometimes pick up from home if I have personal commitments."
Second year trainee, London
"My work hours are generally fine and in line with my friends at other firms. However, we are a small firm and work in small teams so, when people are away, you do just have to cover for them and it can be really busy at times. I would add that all of the partners/associates are grateful when you put in the hours and it is recognised that you make sacrifices at times."
London
"The firm is very flexible about when you come in and leave. As long as you have spent the time you need to get matters done and help your team, Cooley understands that you have commitments outside of work."
First year trainee, London
"My hours have been very reasonable and my supervisor has said that it's likely I will be able to make and keep plans in the evening when the workload increases, as long as we prioritise and organise the workload accordingly. Cooley understands that a job is a job but, at the same time, all employees are very respectful of the fact that the job needs to be done and will happily stay to get it completed."
First year trainee, London

2016

"The firm is extremely busy and so it makes sense that trainees are too, especially with a small intake. This allows us to get more responsibilities but it also means we work hard. Of course there are days when the work goes on into the evening but partners/supervisors are generally very conscious of it and do make sure you don't stay late when you do not have urgent work on. It's not a 'jacket on the back of the chair' type of firm. If you aren't busy, there is no issue with going home at 6.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"Very flexible in terms of you organising your working day. But there are billable hours targets. Mega partnership PEP (Profit per Equity Partner) doesn't happen if the fee earners are slacking."
Second year trainee, London
"They don't make us stay for the sake of being seen but there is not much flexibility at the junior end. The view is that trainees should not work from home."
Second year trainee, London
"Work hours vary significantly. On an average day, I leave the office around 7.30 pm/8.00 pm but there are certain times when you're burning the midnight oil for a week or two at a time. You are not expected to stay late if you don't need to."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"I get in about 9:15am-9:30pm and I am very rarely out the door later than 7:00pm. I have found that the firm is not that flexible about hours: you are expected to be in at least 9:30am - 5:30pm unless there are special circumstances."
Second year trainee, London
"If you have work to do or a tight deadline you are expected to work as long as it takes to get it done in time. Saying that, there is no 'face-time' culture at Cooley and if you do not need to stay late you are encouraged to leave on time. I have only had a handful of late nights and have never stayed in the office past midnight."
First year trainee, London
"The working hours at the firm are very reasonable. I get in by 9:30am and rarely leave after 7:00pm, which seems to be commonplace. Although the firm is not that flexible on working hours, and I found that you would be expected to work at least from 9:30am-5:30pm, people very rarely work weekends."
Second year trainee, London
"I found the hours to be relatively long, but there is no expectation to stay late to keep up appearances."
Second year trainee, London
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