How would you rate the work/life balance at your firm?

The legal industry is no stranger to long hours. Worse, trainees are bottom of the food chain and can be dealt the most gruelling hours of all. Before you decide where to apply, it’s worth thinking about how important work/life balance is to you. As a general rule, smaller and mid-sized firms tend to have slightly more reasonable hours than City of London giants or international outfits which work across different time zones. That said, some firms are better at addressing the work/life balance than others. A firm that cares about your wellbeing should have systems in place to check that work is distributed evenly among the team and even offer some respite following a particularly busy case or transaction. These Lex 100 Winner firms have struck the right equilibrium. Click on a firm name to read their Lex 100 profile and see how they scored in other categories.

Firm Score
Boyes Turner 86.0
Crown Prosecution Service 86.0
Thrings LLP 84.6
Leathes Prior 82.3
Stephens Scown LLP 82.3
Maples Teesdale LLP 81.7
Covington & Burling LLP 81.3
Irwin Mitchell LLP 81.3
Forbes Solicitors 80.8
Steele Raymond LLP 80.3
Hill Dickinson LLP 79.6
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP 79.1
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 77.8
Reed Smith LLP 77.4
Roythornes Solicitors 77.4
Blaser Mills Law 77.4
Brabners LLP 77.4
TLT LLP 77.1
Osborne Clarke 76.8
Birketts LLP 76.0
Fox Williams LLP 76.0
Gordons LLP 76.0
Travers Smith LLP 75.7
Farrer & Co LLP 75.6
Wilkin Chapman LLP 75.5
Clyde & Co 75.3
Edwin Coe LLP 75.3
Mills & Reeve 74.6
Hugh James 74.5