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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2018)
"The firm is quality driven and is a 'safe pair of hands' for..."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.2 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10


  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantial tasks and are trusted with important work for high-profile clients.
  • The firm is working hard to improve diversity and trainees feel it is now a leader in this area.
  • Salaries are seen as being very competitive and only low compared to US firms.


  • Trainees could be given more transparency when it comes to seat options.
  • There can be a lot of pressure, which some trainees may find intimidating.
  • While there is flexibility with hours, they are often long and unpredictable.
  • Some of the IT systems can be unreliable.

What insiders say about...

"Genuinely consider why you have chosen to apply to the firm and be ready to think..."

"Macfarlanes is a fun place to work and everyone is very supportive. The fact that..."

"Sessions were conducted among other trainees in each department, led by an associate...."

"The firm has made recent improvements in this area, such as diarising mid-seat meetings..."

"The new offices are a big hit, the new kitchen space is much better and the food..."

"Different departments have different hours and it obviously depends on the nature..."

"I think that the salary is pretty much on-par with the rest of the City law firms...."

"Macfarlanes have just introduced a fitness subsidy so you can get up to £360 a year..."

"Macfarlanes does not however demand or assume a base of legal knowledge or any real..."

"I was asked why I wanted to work in law, and for Macfarlanes in particular. I also..."

"I have no idea about the firm's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, so personally..."

"The results aren't great, but I get the feeling that the firm is really making an..."

"My work is great; I have some typical trainee roles, but much more interaction with..."

"This is an area that the firm is actively working on and trying to improve."

"The work/life balance here is great and you can get huge amounts of responsibility..."

"There are limited international opportunities so we miss out on large cap deals to..."

"The people, the great calibre of clients and the market-leaders in terms of successful..."

"Retention levels are very good on the whole as there are enough jobs for everyone...."

"There is a roof terrace that took me five weeks to find out about!"

"Premium service, high standards, unique."

"It has some programmes with underprivileged schools, etc."

"A change would be to have more skills-based workshops for trainees, such as on negotiation,..."

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