Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 38 ratings in 2016)
"Corporate, traditional, polite."
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.
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
 
 

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