This morning I was sent an article on the average arrival times and leaving times for trainees and junior lawyers at the 60 leading UK-based corporate law firms. The results were quite shocking. Here are the results of the top 10 worst offending law firms. To see the full article click here.

Law firm:

Kirkland & Ellis: Average arrival time: 9.34am – Average leave time 10.02pm

Weil Gotshal: Average arrival time 9.09am – Average leave time 9.09pm

Freshfield: Average arrival time 9.19am – Average leave time 8.56pm

Clifford Chance: Average arrival time: 9.01am – Average leave time 8.45pm

Jones Day: Average arrival time 9.07am – Average leave time 8.45pm

Allen & Overy: Average arrival time 9.10am – Average leave time 8.43pm

Ropes and Gray: Average arrival time: 8.55am – Average leave time 8.42pm

Latham & Watkins: Average arrival time 9.32am – Average leave time 8.38pm

White & Case: Average arrival time 9.12am – Average leave time 8.33pm

Linklaters: Average arrival time 9.14am – Average leave time 8.23pm

The article then went on to identify average daily hours worked with the highest being 12.28 at Kirkland and Ellis. Obviously this is based on trainees and junior lawyers, but from my experience Associate and Partner level lawyers struggle with the same long, gruelling hours.

Now, no one enters a legal career on the assumption of an easy life, in fact it’s usually the thrill of winning big cases and achieving major deals that’s the attraction. Obviously a hefty salary helps too!

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