Work/Life Balance

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 Legal 500 Future Lawyers Winner firms have struck the right equilibrium. Click on a firm name to read their Legal 500 Future Lawyers profile and see how they scored in other categories.

Firm Score
Brabners LLP 93.8
Wedlake Bell LLP 93.3
Boodle Hatfield 93.3
Howes Percival 92.9
Anthony Collins 92.2
Russell-Cooke 92.0
Womble Bond Dickinson 91.9
Farrer & Co 91.7
Birketts 91.2
Crown Prosecution Service 91.0
Fladgate LLP 91.0
Bindmans 90.0
Mills & Reeve 90.0
Bevan Brittan 88.6
Payne Hicks Beach LLP 88.6
Hill Dickinson LLP 88.2
Forbes Solicitors 88.2
Leathes Prior 88.0
Thrings 88.0
Howard Kennedy LLP 87.8