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Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes is a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on its clients and on delivering excellence in the international legal market. The firm is known for the quality of its work; not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising clients on their private affairs as well.

Macfarlanes has made a deliberate choice to remain smaller than many of its peers. The cohesive nature of the firm means that clients benefit from collective experience and close-knit teams. The firm has decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst large enough to advise on the most complex matters, the firm is also small enough to ensure that its people and work are exceptional, without fail.

Main areas of work

Our main practice areas are: commercial, competition, corporate and M&A, derivatives and trading, employment, finance, financial services regulation, investment management, litigation and dispute resolution, pensions, private client, private equity, real estate, restructuring and insolvency and tax.

Who we’re looking for?

At Macfarlanes, we don’t have any preconceptions about who you are or where you’re from.  We want people who are academically strong, with determination and drive.  However, we aren’t looking for any particular educational background.  For us, it’s your potential that really counts. 

We’ll want to see that you have resilience, determination and exceptional communication skills.  You must be confident when it comes to giving advice and making decisions.  Most of all, we are looking for people who will relish the chance to work alongside some of the world’s most successful and ambitious businesses and individuals.

We expect you to have a 2:1 degree or above – that could be in law or in another subject. 


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    • Owen Giles – Trainee Solicitor

      Why Macfarlanes?

      From the point that I aspired to become a solicitor, Macfarlanes stood out for me. I believe that the firm stands for many things which should attract any aspiring... View profile

    • Zoe Carter – Trainee Solicitor

      Why Macfarlanes?

      I spoke to trainees at a graduate recruitment event who were very enthusiastic about the interesting work that Macfarlanes does across its wide range of practice areas. I... View profile

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