Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"A high quality and traditional firm."
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...

"Know about Macfarlanes and what makes it distinctive as a City firm."

"Everyone is very friendly, there's a good amount of cross-departmental mixing and..."

"Training is generally excellent, with a large amount of trainee-specific training..."

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

"The offices are in a good location - near lots of green parks. I think that the offices..."

"Working hours are not consistently high, they tend to fluctuate so you can go through..."

"We are paid a firm-wide bonus, which is nice. Trainees are generally paid according..."

"Pretty good pension and healthcare. The firm has just introduced a fitness allowance..."

"I had an assessment day consisting of interviews, group assessments and written work..."

"Have you ever been put in a situation where you have had to defend your views against..."

"Some recycling schemes."

"The firm is trying very hard and making steady and visible changes."

"Generally very high but, as with all jobs, there are mundane tasks that also need..."

"The firm does a lot of work for a few charities, in particular its charity of the..."

"I love the type of work and the level of exposure to work that the firm offers."

"Slightly old-fashioned culture (although this is worse in some groups than others)..."

"The opportunity to experience both market-leading international private client work..."

"Retention rates are generally high and I'm not aware of any instance of a trainee..."

"There is a wall of mysterious objects on the second floor of one of the buildings...."

"Traditional, strategic and independent."

"The firm runs a mentoring scheme with a comprehensive in Newham, in which I am taking..."

"Give feedback more consistently."

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