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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2019)
"Solid, uncompromising, clinical."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.0 / 10


  • Excellent training is provided in each department that 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 reduce its environmental impact.
  • 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.
  • Some feel that feedback could be given more frequently.
  • While there is flexibility with hours, the workload can be unpredictable.

What insiders say about...

"The application process included an application form, a CV-blind interview, an in-tray..."

"People are very friendly and respectful at Macfarlanes. There is an expectation to..."

"The training at the firm is excellent. There's general trainee skills training (email..."

"There's lots of mentoring going on with a partner mentor, a supervisor, the graduate..."

"We have enough space, and the offices are in a good location, and the facilities..."

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

"Fair reflection of the hours/work put in by trainees."

"Free taxis are provided after 10:00pm, and there is free dinner from 7:45pm onwards...."

"I had a vacation scheme interview, a two week vacation scheme and a training contract..."

"The CV-based interview is very informal, it's effectively just a chat about your..."

"Minimal, it seems. Our efforts generally revolve around paper waste."

"Our commitment to diversity has improved a lot in the last couple of years. We have..."

"I liaise with clients on a daily basis and have a lot of responsibility. Importantly..."

"There's a general lack of information on pro bono matters, although there are plenty..."

"You are exposed to good work from an early stage in the contract. The support network..."

"The work allocation can be frustrating, meaning some days you are very quiet and..."

"The small intake coupled with a supportive culture ensured that my development would..."

"I think it's been a long time since anyone who wanted to stay on hasn't been given..."

"The partners have a wine cellar hidden somewhere in the offices."

"Distinctive, tenacious, global."

"The firm does CV blind applications."

"More visibility on seat choices and allocations."

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