Get the inside buzz from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 38 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly, high-level, challenging!"
Pros: 
  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantive 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.
  • The size of the firm makes it easier to stand out than it would be in larger intakes.
Cons: 
  • Excellent training is provided in each department and covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantive 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.
  • The size of the firm makes it easier to stand out than it would be in larger intakes.
Culture
7.9 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.9 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
6.3 / 10
 
Hours
6.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.8 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.5 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"When I applied there was an online application form. If successful at that stage,..."

"There is definitely a hierarchy – but that doesn't mean people at the top are isolated,..."

"There is a detailed training programme at the start of each seat in relation to the..."

"This is great. I really benefit from working with senior people who are willing to..."

"Offices are nice and very central in a lovely area. Dress code is pretty standard..."

"Hours are very mixed depending on department. Corporate can be very long hours but..."

"Personally I would say that pay is fine at trainee level."

"The firm is very good at hosting regular social events. For example, the Tower of..."

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

"My interview questions included: why Macfarlanes? Why corporate law? How would you..."

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

"I think that women are benefitting from the diversity policy, but the firm is yet..."

"I undertake genuinely good work in my role. There is good client interaction; good..."

"The CSR team here are great. There's loads of ways to get involved from raising money..."

"Generally people seem very conscientious and prepared to help me learn and improve,..."

"Slightly old-fashioned culture (although this is worse in some groups than others)..."

"The wide breadth of practice areas and the genuine niceness of most people encouraged..."

"The rates are good. There is competition for certain departments though."

"We have fish and chips every Friday in our canteen without fail."

"Understated excellence."

"They are part of Rare recruitment."

"I believe that the seat rotation rules should be changed."

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