Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly, high-level, challenging!"
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...

"You should find a way to gain exposure to the firm before applying. Your application..."

"People are very friendly and respectful at Macfarlanes. There is an expectation to..."

"I honestly believe that we are trained more thoroughly than any other trainees in..."

"Mentoring is very much an individual personality thing - some people set aside a..."

"The current offices are a mixed bunch with some new and some rather old. That said,..."

"Hours vary from department to department but they aren't bad by the standards of..."

"Fair reflection of the hours/work put in by trainees."

"The firm provides all of the perks that you would expect from a City law firm and..."

"The interview process consisted of a group task, a CV interview, a scenario interview..."

"Questions about my subjects at A-level and interests outside of work. Quite a few..."

"In terms of reducing its carbon footprint, the firm has recycling bins."

"I believe that the firm is trying hard, but there still seems to be an issue regarding..."

"Depends on department but generally I am given a lot of responsibility and client..."

"This is an area that the firm is actively working on and trying to improve."

"The people. Macfarlanes has a very nice working culture where people take an interest..."

"There are limited international opportunities so we miss out on large cap deals to..."

"Macfarlanes is renowned for its high quality training, and I have sat with two partners..."

"They're as high as they could be when you take into account that we are a small/medium-sized..."

"Our big Private Client Department makes us a bit different from other corporate firms...."

"Sophisticated, innovative and caring!"

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

"Having six four-month seats instead of four six-month seats would be an improvement...."

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