Research: Lawyers take just 36 minutes for their lunch

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And close to half rarely leave the office to eat

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The average lawyer takes just over half an hour for their lunch break, according to new research published this week.

The findings, produced by flexible workspace specialist Workthere, suggest that “legal sector” workers will spend on average just 36 minutes unwinding at lunch. With close to half of lawyers questioned (44%) “rarely” venturing out of the office in search of sustenance, 18% admitted to researchers that they felt under pressure to work through their midday break.

Moreover, the study — which questioned 2,000 full time UK workers across a range of industry sectors — revealed that lawyers eat lunch at their desk on average four days a week. Interestingly, over a quarter of lawyers surveyed (28%) said that access to an outside space at lunch would make them more productive, while 32% told researchers that a quiet escape area in the office would improve their downtime.

So how does law compare to other professions? Well, not that badly. Finance workers on average take 36 minutes (matching the legal professionals), while those working in human resources are clocking up 34 minutes (two minutes fewer than lawyers).

More generally, 34% of those surveyed take a lunch break of 21 to 30 minutes, while 13% take just 20 minutes or less. Over half of respondents (52%) said they skipped lunch altogether.

It would appear your location also affects your lunchtime habits. Londoners are the most likely to skip lunch altogether, closely followed by Birmingham, Manchester and Norwich.

Commenting on the findings, founder and head of Workthere Cal Lee said:

We have seen wellness establish itself firmly on the workplace agenda with employers in the legal sector increasingly recognising the benefits of ensuring staff are content, happy and most importantly, in good health. Part of this is creating a productive office environment where employees feel comfortable taking a longer lunch break and engaging with colleagues.

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Lunch is for wimps.



That meal deal choice is awful. You must hate yourself.


Not Amused

There is far too much sugar.



BREAKING NEWS – lawyers work hard.



Standard NHS lunch break is 30 mins.


Cuckfinder General

Here, let me collect your cuck tears in a glass for later 🍸



Get back in your box, sissy.

This disobedience means you will never be allowed to remove your chastity belt, cucky.

Now get on your knees and clean up.

Kind regards,



Cuckfinder General

Has someone been triggered? I see I will have plenty of sustenance later 🍸🍸🍸🍸



Eat the cream pie, sissy. Be a good little cuck.

Same time next week.


Cuckfinder General

A woman walks into the downtown welfare office, trailed by 15 kids… “WOW,” the social worker exclaims, are they ALL YOURS???”

“Yep they are all mine,” the flustered momma sighs, having heard that question a thousand times before. She says, “Sit down Leroy” All the children rush to find seats.

“Well,” says the social worker, “then you must be here to sign up. I’ll need all your children’s names.”

“This one’s my oldest – he is Leroy.” “OK, and who’s next?” “Well, this one he is Leroy, also.” The social worker raises an eyebrow but continues. One by one, through the oldest four, all boys, all named Leroy. Then she is introduced to the eldest girl, named Leighroy!

“All right,” says the caseworker. “I’m seeing a pattern here. Are they ALL named Leroy?”

Their Momma replied,! “Well, yes-it makes it easier. When it is time to get them out of bed and ready for school, I yell, ‘Leroy!’ An’ when it’s time for dinner, I just yell ‘Leroy!’ an’ they all comes a running.’ An’ if I need to stop the kid who’s running into the street, I just yell ‘Leroy’ and all of them stop It’s the smartest idea I ever had, naming’ them all Leroy.”

The social worker thinks this over for a bit, then wrinkles her forehead and says tentatively, “But what if you just want ONE kid to come, and not the whole bunch?”

“I call them by their last names.”


Stolen from an American joke forum. Poor effort.

Plagiarising little cucky.

Use your glass for the bukakke later on after they have funnelled your missus.


I’m very “Not Amused” at Trumpenkrieg’s new handle. Plagiaristic in the extreme. If only for once this melt would come up with an original thought or idea rather than retreading warped ideology and dubious humour from the websites of numerous fknuts in the bible belt of the good ol’ Yoo Ess of Ayy..

Perhaps he’d like to don a pair of grubby dungarees, tattoo the Confed on his arse and move there. I’m quite happy to set up a crowdfunding site for his air fare and chewing baccy…

“Y’all” with me ?


Preach brother, preeeach!!

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Mods, is this sort of talk really appropriate for LC?

Corbyn. Symphathiser

Sorry, I meant the whole ‘ironic’ sexual fetish and racism above, not what TFG said in particular (I agree with their comment).


? It is though. 9-5 with a 30 min unpaid lunch break is the standard contract. Much much fewer hours than lawyers work. It’s just that pointing out lawyers take a 36 min lunch break is a silly way of pointing out that lawyers work hard, namely because as a matter of fact it’s comparable to most professions.



When I am super busy I take a decent hour-long lunch as I know I’ll be working every waking hour regardless. When I am quieter and have a fighting chance of being out by 8pm or earlier I’ll just eat lunch while working as an hour-long lunch would just be time subtracted from my evening.


Cuckfinder General

Here, let me collect your cuck tears in a glass for later 🍸


High Street Slave

I take around 10 minutes break to quickly eat lunch at my desk and then carry on working. I never leave the office to lunch. This is expected practice at my firm.


A miserable cunt

I’m a miserable cunt



Give us a smile, Briana



Magic Circle trainee here – I usually take an hour. No one cares unless I’m going to miss a deadline as a result. It just means I accept I’m likely to go home at 9 instead of 8, but for the sake of having a break and seeing my friends in my cohort it’s worth it. Senior associates seem to be the ones who rarely take lunch breaks.



Those in your cohort are not your friends – they are your competition.



I’m sorry you feel that way. I doubt you have a training contract anyway, but I’m confident enough in my abilities that there’s not a problem. It’s not as if I’m going to be unemployed on qualification. Most of my friends don’t even have any interest in the same practice areas as me so I’m not sure how they would be my competition.



For Irwin Mitchell employees, ‘lunch’ is a rarely bestowed privilege that consists of stale dog biscuits and a 5 minute break from the cage


Irwin Mitchell Trainee/Slave

The Leeds office has run out of digestives.


Irwin Mitchell Partner

Digestives? I’ve never heard of that brand of kibble before



Have boiled eggs.



Protein gains bro.



Since joining my current company, which was well over a year ago, I haven’t had a lunch which has lasted shorter than 50 minutes… life is good in-house πŸ™‚



U hiring, broseph?


MC Trainee

An hour is quite standard for trainees/NQ’s I thought



Lunch is boring. Waste of time.



Human resources takes less time for lunch? Good one, now pull the other one.


JD Partner

I lunched my trainee earlier. Took just 3.6 minutes.



Lunch is 2 lines and an espresso.

Under 3 minutes.




I do whatever the fuck I want.


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