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8.8 / 10

(based on 12 ratings in 2019)

2019

"This varies from team to team. I regularly work from 8.30 am until 6.30 pm with a short lunch break. However, the firm is great in terms of understanding your commitments outside of work."
Second year trainee, Guildford, Surrey
"The set hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm but you obviously stay later when you need to. As of yet, I have not left after 6.00 pm. The team partner is flexible with us making up hours on other days if we need a few hours off and they are very flexible with parents picking up their children from school."
First year trainee, Guildford
"There is a definite work/life balance. The hours are manageable and my colleagues have been accommodating in terms of personal appointments."
First year trainee, London
"I think we have a good working pattern. There is not generally a requirement to stay late unless there is a particularly big case or the team has a high workload. The teams support each other and there seems to be a general understanding that everybody has a life beyond work."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I work from 9.00 am to 6.30 pm most days with the occasional late night."
Second year trainee, Oxford
"I arrive around 8.30 am and leave around 5.30 pm. Obviously this depends entirely on the department. There is a provision to work remotely if you need to, eg for a doctor's appointment or travel issue."
First year trainee, Basingstoke/Reading

2017

"This can vary between teams. My current team works, on average, from 9.00 am to 6.15 pm with a short lunch break. In previous teams I stayed later as that was what everyone else was doing. Overall, the hours are pretty good."
Basingstoke
"This issue with the hours as that it's very varied. Some days I may leave at 5.30 pm while on others it may be more like 10.30 pm, which can be frustrating if you've made plans. That said, compared to some horror stories I've heard, we have it pretty good here."
London
"Hours tend to vary depending on how busy the team is and whether it is a transactional or contentious seat. The hours are longer and more unpredictable in contentious seats (8.45 am to 7.00 pm or later) but they're more consistent in non-contentious seats (9.00 am to 6.00 pm)."
London
"The hours are good in general and there is no culture of sitting at your desk until 8.00 pm just for the sake of it. If you've finished your work then you're encouraged to go home."
London
"Working hours appear to be flexible to the extent that you are not expected to be in the office very early or very late. However, the team I am in at the moment is particularly busy and we all tend to finish approximately two and a half hours after I'm contracted to. That said, if I need to leave on time then there has never been an issue with it. As long as you get your work done to a high standard then no one bats an eyelid if you leave at 5.00 pm. So far there does not seem to be that 'face-time culture' you hear about at other firms."
Basingstoke
"It's pretty flexible. Hours are good at the moment but this varies from seat to seat. There's no agile working policy as yet but supervisors are understanding about providing some flexibility in terms of appointments etc."
Basingstoke
"The firm is great in terms of hours and maintaining a work/life balance. This does vary between teams and, of course, you sometimes have to put in the hours if you are working on a big matter. On the whole, people are very understanding about commitments outside of work."
London

2016

"I usually get to the office at 8.30 am and leave at 5.30 pm. The firm is very flexible."
First year trainee, Oxford
"I work 9.00 am – 6.30 pm/7.00 pm. Most of the office clears out by 6.30 pm unless a case is on, but there's always more work than hours in the day."
First year trainee, London
"The work/life balance is great. Trainees aren't judged for leaving at 6.00 pm or coming in at 9.30 am."
Second year trainee, London
"They are very flexible so long as your chargeable hours are hitting their targets."
First year trainee, Cambridge
"They're really good about holiday or necessary doctor's appointments etc. Though the hours are long."
Second year trainee, Surrey
"There is no face-time culture here when it comes to hours. I regularly start work at 9.30 am and finish around 6.00 pm. If my workload is higher then I will stay later – 9.00 pm is the latest I have stayed so far and I was the only person left on the entire floor then apart from the cleaner. There is very much an attitude towards trainees that we shouldn't take on more than we can handle and, when delegating work, partners and associates seem to be very mindful of that – they will always ask what else you have on and if you have enough time to assist them before giving you work."
First year trainee, London
"There has never been an occasion where I have needed to stay late. Family life is well understood and flexible working is provided for if needed."
First year trainee, Guildford
"As long as your chargeable time is good and your work is done then you do not need to stay in the office for purposes of face-time."
First year trainee, Cambridge

2015

"We have a very healthy work/life balance at the firm. I have frequently been told to head home, which is in stark contrast to the experiences of many friends at other firms."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is flexible with hours. Certainly in the offices I have worked in, you are not expected to stay late for the sake of it. There are of course busy periods where you may need to stay later, but these are offset with being able to leave the office at a good time when you are not so busy."
First year trainee, Basingstoke
"I have had to stay late on a few occasions without notice, but the working hours are generally very good - rarely work past 6:30pm."
First year trainee, Oxford
"The working hours vary between departments and teams. Generally speaking the firm has a very good culture in relation to working hours - you should be in the office however long you need to be there to get the work done, but there is no need to stay late for the sake of appearances."
First year trainee, London
"In Private Client I was working 8:30am to 5:30pm as standard. In Corporate I start at 9:00am and have usually left the office by 6:30pm, although I have had to pull a few later evenings (the latest only being 10:00pm). They are extremely flexible, particularly for parents, who are able to schedule their hours around their children."
First year trainee, Guildford
"If you need to leave at 5:00pm and you have a good reason then they are happy for you to go. As a trainee there isn't a massive emphasis on chargeable targets but they do like to make sure you are filling your time with something productive."
Second year trainee, Guildford
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