Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"Highly competent. Quietly confident."
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...

"I got the training contract through a vacation scheme. There was a written exercise,..."

"It can be hierarchical but the partners are generally good sorts. Almost everyone..."

"There are excellent programmes of training in each department. Hours and hours of..."

"There is a lot of guidance for trainees at Macfarlanes."

"The offices are in the process of changing as we are having new ones built. They..."

"It depends on the department and how busy the firm is generally, but normally if..."

"My salary is very adequate; it is higher than a lot of other comparable firms."

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

"After a morning of interviews I was then offered a trainee contract on the same day...."

"Why Macfarlanes? I was also asked questions about working in a team."

"I have no idea about the firm's efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, so personally..."

"The firm hosts diversity events and initiatives designed to promote diversity within..."

"My work has not involved client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities range..."

"We have a mentoring scheme with schools in East London which is incredibly rewarding..."

"The people, the high level of responsibility, and the calibre of work."

"Certain partners are less approachable than others."

"The high quality work and training offered by the firm while retaining the feel and..."

"Retention rates are very good - the firm tries hard to keep everyone."

"Macfarlanes is only eight years younger than the founding date of Canada."

"Friendly, ambitious, conscientious, and welcoming!"

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

"Better feedback from supervisors on a more regular basis."

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