Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"Approachable, meritocratic, intelligent!"
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...

"Candidates should know why they want to apply to Macfarlanes rather than another..."

"The majority of partners are very nice, normal people. There are very often drinks..."

"Very good across the board. Each department puts in a lot of hours. There's an increasing..."

"The lawyers at Macfarlanes are happy to help and offer feedback when asked. They'll..."

"My office is a bit too clean and stark, I think it needs some artwork and colour...."

"Varies by department and workload. Corporate, mergers and acquisitions and banking..."

"Personally I would say that pay is fine at trainee level."

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

"The interview process consisted of a group task, a CV interview, a scenario interview..."

"Throughout the interview I was given typical questions such as why I wanted to work..."

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

"There is a clear drive to improve this through a diversity committee, diversity officer..."

"There is a good amount of actual drafting/advising, and a good portion of research-based..."

"There's a firm Charity of the Year, lots of fundraising and legal pro bono too."

"The firm has a great reputation, high quality of work, friendly colleagues, excellent..."

"There can be a lot of pressure."

"The first-rate corporate and mergers and acquisitions teams, the reputation for great..."

"We have good retention rates. Most of the people who leave do so because they have..."

"The firm has a very successful 'Culture Club'. Everyone gets huge Easter eggs at..."

"Traditional, strategic and independent."

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

"Having six four-month seats instead of four six-month seats would be an improvem..."

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