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7.2 / 10

(based on 6 ratings in 2019)

2019

"I am generally kept busy and will regularly leave between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm. I am happy with these hours as I don't like it when it's quiet and I have nothing to do. The hours are not flexible. If you have work to do then you need to do it. However, if it's quiet I can leave at 6.00 pm and don't have to sit at my desk doing nothing."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be long at times but people can certainly be flexible if you communicate plans early."
First year trainee, London
"The hours are pretty standard and I work from 9.30 am to around 6.30 pm. However, you will be expected to work longer hours if there is urgent work. It has never come as a shock, however, and you can usually anticipate when the hours will be long. You will not usually be left on your own when working late and the whole team will be mucking in to get the task done. There is, for the most part, not a culture of face/time and you can expect to leave between 5.30 pm and 6.00 pm when it is slow. I was even told to leave at 4.30 pm once!"
First year trainee, London
"The work hours can be quite long and I have worked some 10 to 12 hour days and some weekends, too."
First year trainee, London

2018

"The hours have not been bad and the team is quite appreciative if you do stay late."
First year trainee, London
"I would say I work from 9.00 am to about 7.30 pm on average. However, no two days are the same and the hours you work depend entirely on your workload and the needs of the associates or partners you are working with. I can get out of the office at 6.30 pm on some days, but I have stayed into the early hours of the morning on others. Staying late is rare, however and quite often only occurs because you have to meet a tight deadline."
First year trainee, London
"I tend to work long hours and there are a lot of extra demands of trainees on top of billable hours. That said, partners and associates are generally supportive and encourage trainees to take a break when possible. It is also possible to work some hours from home in the evenings depending on your personal circumstances."
Second year trainee, London
"This very much depends on the department. My experience is that they are flexible and it's more about the work being completed rather than staying in the office all night."
First year trainee, London
"The hours can be challenging, but I believe this is something that you have to appreciate before applying to any law firm, especially one of this calibre. We predominantly work with international clients, which means that you have to be flexible on timing. My first seat was transactional and the nature of this is such that you can have extremely busy periods followed by quieter ones. By contrast, a contentious seat may have more of a steady pace."
First year trainee, London
"Most associates and partners have a very reasonable and realistic view on hours. You generally have a large degree of autonomy with regards to how you get work done and, while there is little flexibility as to the deadline (as is the case at any City firm), you are free to organise your time as you see fit in order to deliver a good work product. This develops a great deal of self-reliance, responsibility and confidence that you may not develop working at a firm with a larger office and trainee intake. It also means that hours are generally more reasonable. You will certainly find yourself working long hours from time to time, but there is no face-time culture and you are certainly not expected to stick around needlessly when you are going through a quiet patch."
First year trainee, London
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