Not a 9 to 5 but no pressure to stay late to look good. If you are finished at 6, you can go home.Second year trainee, LondonHelpful?
Peaks and troughs. When it's busy, it can get very busy, but if it isn't, you can be regularly out of the office by 6/6.30Second year trainee, LondonHelpful?
Hours fluctuate considerably depending on the workload of the firm. Some associates and partners have flexible working hours - the firm is improving in this regard.Newly qualified solicitor, LondonHelpful?
Sometimes they can be long but it is part of the job, and something you accept in becoming a City solicitor at any firm.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
You stay until the job is done (but then you know that before you sign up) but there's no stay late/jackets on chairs culture.Newly qualified solicitor, LondonHelpful?
Vary from department to department- which is to be expected. You only stay late if there is work to be done, which is fair enough.First year trainee, LondonHelpful?
I probably do 45 hours to 50 hours a week in the office. Hours can vary depending on workload.1 yr PQEHelpful?
Varies completely, anything from 10 to 6 to 9 until midnight.Newly qualifiedHelpful?
Probably more than ideal but busy and immersive work.First year traineeHelpful?
Anywhere from 45-60 hours a week.First year traineeHelpful?
Probably around 45 hours per week in the office (although not all of that is chargeable hours). The firm is fairly inflexible with hours but if you can manage your workload to leave earlier one evening a week that is usually achievable. It is very unusual to work late on Fridays or at the weekends.1 yr PQEHelpful?
Transactional work at Travers Smith can require long hours for some periods whilst deals are closed. Everyone is aware and appreciative of the commitment shown by people working long hours but there is genuinely not a culture of "face-time" and the general feel is that people should have lots to fill their time outside work when work does not absolutely require you to work late.Second year traineeHelpful?
In my current seat, the hours are very good - I work around 40 hours per week.Second year traineeHelpful?
I usually spend 50 hours a week in the office, which I don't consider to be too bad for a City firm. My department has been relatively flexible on the odd occasion I have needed flexibility.1 yr PQEHelpful?
Generally good hours.First year traineeHelpful?
No targets, but reality is that City hours are the norm.2 yr PQEHelpful?
It completely depends on which department I am sitting in and the time of year. My recent hours in the Corporate department have been pretty hectic and I have done quite a few days that have stretched past midnight - but the work is interesting so it is not too bad.First year traineeHelpful?
Average of 50+ hours per week.2 yr PQEHelpful?
The hours are consistent and the nature of my work means I cannot do it from home so it is not flexible in that sense.Newly qualifiedHelpful?
It was tough for a time in corporate, but generally hours are very reasonable and there is no real concept of face time in the vast majority of rooms.Second year traineeHelpful?
The job involves long hours – it just does. However, that being said, I have never had to work late whilst everyone else heads home at 6pm. When there is lots on you are expected, reasonably, to put your shoulder to the wheel. Conversely, when there isn't much on you are encouraged to head home early!Second year traineeHelpful?
I probably work between 38 – 45 hours per week. I think that the number of hours is fairly standard (if not quite good) for a well respected City law firm. I would not expect to be working fewer hours (and in some of my future seats, I expect to work considerably more).First year traineeHelpful?
50 hours per week, on average, which is less than I would have expected. There is also no culture of ‘face-time’ at Travers Smith – if you have no work to do, or even just no urgent work to do, you will be encouraged to go home.Second year traineeHelpful?
40/45 hours – as expected.First year traineeHelpful?
50 – 55 hours (approx.). I am working less than I expected and much more regular hours.First year traineeHelpful?
50 – less than I expected (so far!)First year traineeHelpful?
An average week is approx. 50 hours at the moment, and that is good compared to some seats.Second year traineeHelpful?
I tend to spend about 55 hours in the office in an average week. It very much depends on volume of work and the stage of litigation. The firm is quite flexible and no one looks down on you for leaving early if you are able to.Newly qualified solicitorHelpful?
I average 40 hours a week in the office, and there is no culture of being seen to stay late. If there's work to be done, people will work through the night and weekends if necessary, but otherwise there is no expectancy that fee earners will stay late unnecessarily. There is a very good approach to hours (i.e. No billing targets).Junior solicitorHelpful?
Flexible working is not something that has really been implemented at our firm yet. However, we have no formal billing targets. Hours are normal for the City (i.e. They can be very long) but lawyers are not encouraged to do long hours for the sake of it. The department is (in general) very good about ensuring junior lawyers take holidays and that these holidays are not interrupted, and that there is some down time in between transactions. Bearing in mind that I knew what I was signing up to, I am happy with the working culture at the firm.Junior solicitorHelpful?
On an average week I will spend between 50 – 55 hours in the office. Flexibility with hours is not great at the firm.Junior solicitorHelpful?