Every thing has modified over the previous 12 months — however what about working hours for trainee and junior legal professionals?

First-of-its-kind analysis undertaken by Authorized Cheek has make clear the typical working from residence begin and end occasions for trainee and junior legal professionals.

Maybe unsurprisingly, this yr’s prime ten newest home-working end occasions are all mega-paying US corporations, whereas their smaller, nationwide counterparts, boast a number of the shortest days.

Having crunched the numbers our unique analysis reveals that on common, throughout all legislation corporations, trainee and junior legal professionals are working 10 hour and 18 minute workdays. Final yr (and when legal professionals may work within the workplace) the typical throughout all legislation corporations was barely shorter at 10 hours and 15 minutes.

However regardless of legal professionals spending nearly all of this yr working from residence and with no day by day commute to sort out, this has not translated to much less time spent working. One US legislation agency’s rookies are burning the midnight oil 38 minutes longer than the earlier yr, whereas juniors at a number of nationwide outfits report working round 5 to 10 minutes extra every day. The hours at most corporations, nonetheless, stay comparatively unchanged because the pandemic compelled legal professionals to make money working from home.

Topping this yr’s checklist for late end occasions is the London workplace of US-headquartered outfit Kirkland & Ellis, with rookies ending up, on common, at 9:46pm. In joint second place is Cleary Gottlieb and Sidley Austin with a median end time of 9:16pm. Rounding off the highest three is Paul Hastings with a median end time of 9:13pm.

On the different finish of the checklist, BLM boasts the earliest common end time at 5:31pm. The second earliest end time is Fletchers at 5:39pm, adopted by Hewitsons at 5:43pm.

So how does your agency fare? The outcomes, ranked from newest to earliest common end occasions, will be discovered under. These timings will, after all, fluctuate based on which division juniors are working in, billing targets or the ebb and circulation of a deal. Word additionally the beginning occasions which fluctuate broadly.

Authorized Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2020-21 — common WFH begin and end occasions

The 2021 Firms Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full

As a part of the survey, we additionally acquired a whole bunch of nameless feedback about working hours. Listed here are a collection of quotes from legislation agency juniors.

“Many will assume the hours are too lengthy, however for many who take pleasure in (or are even obsessive about) the legislation, the chance to stay busy persistently is there. Anticipate to work. Rewards are given to those that have a penchant for a tough work ethic. In case you are trying to work wherever close to ‘regular’ this isn’t the agency for you.”

“First seat was actually good, typically leaving between 6 and eight, present seat was busy to start with and was most likely extra like eight to 10, I’ve not but needed to do greater than an hour or so of labor on a weekend (primarily to arrange for the subsequent week or for one thing that I didn’t fairly end on Friday).”

“Recurrently billing greater than 100 hours every week. Regular end time is midnight-2am. In all probability a median of 1 all-nighter each two-three weeks.”

“Some weeks I’m able to reliably make night plans, and others I begin to overlook what my home seems like. Basically, lengthy hours are made simpler by attention-grabbing work and nice colleagues, and there’s an expectation that if you’re not busy it is best to get out of the workplace early.”

“There are busy durations the place ‘life’ could take a backseat for every week or so, however in my expertise, these are balanced out with quiet durations. Lack of face-time tradition and focused hours makes it a lot simpler to take pleasure in these quiet durations and my friends/superiors have all the time inspired me after a busy interval to benefit from the quiet for a number of days relatively than really feel responsible about not having as a lot to do as earlier than.”

“In my expertise the hours have been crushing. Kiss goodbye to your previous associates, weekday social commitments, and your vital different.”

“The drive to extend earnings yr on yr signifies that inevitably extra must be squeezed out of much less. Generally you might be advised that one thing ‘doesn’t should be carried out this night’ but as a result of it’s required for the subsequent day, you find yourself finishing the duty late within the night anyway.”

We put the outcomes of the survey to LawCare, the psychological well being and wellbeing charity for legal professionals. Its chief government, Elizabeth Rimmer, commented:

“This knowledge backs up what we’re choosing up at LawCare from calls to our helpline, that regardless of working from residence, legal professionals are working longer hours, and are struggling to handle the boundary between work and residential. Our concern is that extra legal professionals can be heading for burnout if corporations don’t take energetic steps to observe working hours and encourage employees to work wholesome hours. The lengthy hours tradition in legislation undermines good psychological well being, and notably in a troublesome yr like this one, it’s so necessary that we now have time to unwind, swap off and spend time doing the issues that assist our wellbeing. Prioritising psychological well being has by no means been so necessary.”

Feeling burdened or overwhelmed? You’ll be able to contact LawCare here.

The 2021 Firms Most List – featuring the Legal Cheek Survey results in full