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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2018)
"Traditional, strategic and independent."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.7 / 10
7.1 / 10
8.2 / 10
7.2 / 10
Pro Bono
7.8 / 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.
  • The firm is working hard to improve diversity and trainees feel it is now a leader in this area.
  • Salaries are seen as being very competitive and only low compared to US firms.


  • Trainees could be given more transparency when it comes to seat options.
  • 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.
  • Some of the IT systems can be unreliable.

What insiders say about...

"Know the firm and what makes it distinctive (size, culture, quality of work etc)...."

"Office hours are relatively relaxed, with teams getting to know each other well...."

"Each department has a structured seminar programme at the start of every seat, which..."

"The firm has made recent improvements in this area, such as diarising mid-seat meetings..."

"Offices are in a great location, and are spacious and comfortable. We have dress..."

"The hours are pretty flexible and there's absolutely no 'face-time' culture at Macfarlanes...."

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

"There are not a lot of 'perks' but certain benefits are quite nice to have."

"I had a vacation scheme interview, a two week vacation scheme and a training contract..."

"I was given a mock scenario and asked what I would do in that situation."

"I don't think we have much in the way of green initiatives. We are a law firm so..."

"The firm has been seen to struggle on diversity before (perhaps as a result of its..."

"I have not experienced much client interaction, or attendance at many meetings. But..."

"We recently launched a pro bono scheme through which you can take a day off each..."

"There is a warm, close-knit atmosphere and I get on well with my fellow trainees...."

"The hours and pressure."

"The size of the firm coupled with the calibre of work/clients encouraged me to apply..."

"They're very high. The firm makes a serious effort to retain people within the firm..."

"There is a roof terrace that took me five weeks to find out about!"

"An elite-level City firm with a distinctive practice and culture."

"Macfarlanes have various outreach schemes working with local schools and offering..."

"Encourage trainees to delegate more to support staff."

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