Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, collegiate, committed."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.4 / 10
6.8 / 10
7.7 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
6.8 / 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.
  • While there is still a way to go, the firm is working hard to improve diversity.
  • Salaries have recently been raised to be in line with other firms.


  • While retention is good, new qualifiers may struggle to get their first choice of department.
  • The office is in need of refurbishment, although the firm is moving to a new building soon.
  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"Interviews and written assessments. Any applicants should know the firm and what..."

"Although (like at any firm) there is a hierarchy at Macfarlanes, partners are normally..."

"There is a heavy emphasis on training."

"This is generally very good, though some partners are less engaged, which can make..."

"Office space, location and facilities are generally good and of a high standard...."

"There is a lot of flexibility if you have an important event or a medical appointment...."

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

"We have a good subsidised cafeteria, receive subsidised shopping, free taxis after..."

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

"I was asked about my CV; current affairs; was given an ethics question and asked..."

"I think this is quite good as we have recycling bins all around."

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

"The work assigned to trainees does vary from department to department. I am presently..."

"There are lots of chances to do and promote work with charities. Firm of the year..."

"Friendly working environment. Quality of work and level of responsibility."

"The lack of control that you have over your hours as a trainee."

"The culture I experienced and people I met on my assessment day. The fact that it..."

"They're as high as they could be when you take into account that we are a small/medium-sized..."

"The Macfarlanes client office stands on the same small street as Mr Snagsby's law..."

"Rigorous, respectable and hard-working."

"Having been brought up by a single-mother in a Welsh valley where I attended a comprehensive..."

"Higher trainee salary; and the prospect of higher salaries for associates."

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