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8.7 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 21 ratings in 2018)
"High quality and challenging work with decent people."
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...

"An application form and an assessment day which tests different skills - there is..."

"I remember my first late night in corporate when several senior solicitors and a..."

"There is a heavy emphasis on training."

"It depends on the department as a lot of people are very busy in some so feedback..."

"Macfarlanes LLP recently opened a new office in September that houses nearly everybody..."

"The firm has recently introduced flexible working; one day every two weeks allowed..."

"Despite recent pay increases, pay still lags behind US and magic circle firms with..."

"Free dinners and taxis are provided if you are working late, there are corporate..."

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

"Throughout the interview I was given typical questions such as why I wanted to work..."

"We are moving to paperless (though slower than other industries for obvious reasons)...."

"The firm seem to be making a real effort, although that doesn't seem to be reflected..."

"I have been trusted with high quality and demanding work, including detailed research..."

"I have not been involved or aware of a great deal, though I know that there is a..."

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

"The firm's strategy can be opaque sometimes."

"The vacation scheme was great. Also, I worked with genuinely nice people and felt..."

"I have already been kept on. Jobs were offered to all except one, and those who have..."

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

"Solid, uncompromising, clinical."

"The firm does CV blind applications."

"There could be more flexibility regarding seat choices."

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