Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 24 ratings in 2017)
"Ambitious, fair and hard-working."
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.

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