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.

FirmScore
Boyes Turner86.0
Crown Prosecution Service86.0
Thrings LLP84.6
Leathes Prior82.3
Stephens Scown LLP82.3
Maples Teesdale LLP81.7
Covington & Burling LLP81.3
Irwin Mitchell LLP81.3
Forbes Solicitors80.8
Steele Raymond LLP80.3
Hill Dickinson LLP79.6
Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP79.1
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP77.8
Reed Smith LLP77.4
Roythornes Solicitors77.4
Blaser Mills Law77.4
Brabners LLP77.4
TLT LLP77.1
Osborne Clarke76.8
Birketts LLP76.0
Fox Williams LLP76.0
Gordons LLP76.0
Travers Smith LLP75.7
Farrer & Co LLP75.6
Wilkin Chapman LLP75.5
Clyde & Co75.3
Edwin Coe LLP75.3
Mills & Reeve74.6
Hugh James74.5