Are BigLaw hours in London really that bad? Would an MC firm be a safer option as a foreign qualified lawyer looking to make a move.

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Depends on the firm; some are and some are not. I’m at a BigLaw firm and working a lot less than I did at MC - but pattern would have been reversed at other firms. I don’t think you can generalise.

Depends on what firm, what practice area, and what your definition of bad is. Litigation seems to be more civilised than transactional work, but we still have a low-end bilking target of 2100 hrs/year, so while the office is almost empty by 10pm each night, people are putting the hours in.

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