Partners at law firms in the UK are expected to clocked up 263 more hours in the office this year than they did in 2014, as accountants and other professionals have crept in on their territory.

According to research published by legal recruiter Laurence Simons, law firm partners will work an average of 2,622 hours – or 55.75 hours a week – in the year to September 2016, compared to a comparatively leisurely 2,359 hours in the 12 months to September 2014. Laurence Simons has warned that longer hours could be a sign that traditional law firms are having to do more to compete with Alternative Business Structures (ABS), which were introduced by the Legal Services Act 2007 and allow non-lawyers to own and invest in law firms.