Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 38 ratings in 2016)
"Understated excellence."
Culture
7.9 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.3 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.5 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantive 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.
  • The size of the firm makes it easier to stand out than it would be in larger intakes.

Cons

  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantive 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.
  • The size of the firm makes it easier to stand out than it would be in larger intakes.

What insiders say about...

"There are written tests and two interviews. For the written tests, I would say use..."

"Although the firm has a definite hierarchy, everyone is approachable and personable...."

"In each department/rotation trainees receive morning or lunchtime training sessions..."

"I have found it easy to talk to anyone regarding issues I may have or for advice..."

"The firm's offices are split across a number of buildings and vary in quality. They..."

"The hours aren't as bad as the magic circle but the work remains good quality. Macfarlanes..."

"The firm offer excellent pay and bonuses package in my opinion!"

"Culture club: lots of things to do that are either free or subsidised."

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

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

"Recycling of paper and ink cartridges is encouraged."

"The firm is not very ethnically diverse at any level and at the top level men predominate...."

"Client interaction depends entirely on the case or deal you are working on and this..."

"Pro bono is sort of ad hoc, and depends on the department, and there is no separate..."

"Being given responsibility, exposure, and working with experts in their field are..."

"The hours are demanding."

"Reputation for quality work and a quality product. It had an appealing size and approach..."

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

"They think it is acceptable to put mustard in salmon sandwiches."

"Corporate, traditional, polite."

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

"There could be more flexibility regarding seat choices."

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