|Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP||9.29|
|Thomas Cooper LLP||9.17|
|Lester Aldridge LLP||9.14|
|Coffin Mew LLP||8.98|
|Collyer Bristow LLP||8.75|
|Blandy & Blandy LLP||8.73|
|Spearing Waite LLP||8.71|
|Royds Withy King||8.64|
|K&L Gates LLP||8.59|
|Pemberton Greenish LLP||8.59|
|Farrer & Co||8.54|
While some trainees thrive on the typically long hours of City work (and the high pay that goes with it), many others seek a balance between their work and play. Although some firms do promote respectable working hours, the very nature of legal work means that it is not a nine-to-five profession.
However, firms scoring highly in this category do not demand persistent unsocial hours, such as Nockolds Solicitors, which repeatedly receives a ‘glowing review’ in this regard; Anthony Collins Solicitors, which has ‘better working hours’ than some rivals; and Thomas Cooper, where ‘our hours are excellent - we're usually out of the office by 6-6.30pm’.
Other firms earning praise include Riverview Law, which is a ‘fun and relaxed place to work and offers an excellent work/life balance’ and Lester Aldridge, where several trainees cite the firm’s work/life balance as the reason for joining the firm.
At RadcliffesLeBrasseur, ‘there is a culture of hard work but trainees and other fee earners will rarely still be in the office after 6.30pm’ and similarly, Coffin Mew has ‘very good hours - I can leave at 5pm if I want to’. One of the few London-headquartered firms in our top-ten, Forsters provides an ‘excellent balance between the City and working at a provincial firm’ in that it ‘offers interesting and important work while at the same time allowing employees to have a good work/life balance’. Foot Anstey has a ‘genuine focus on work/life balance for its employees’ and East Anglia’s Prettys gives trainees a ‘high level of responsibility whilst also maintaining a good work/life balance’.