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Offices & Dress

8.7 / 10

(based on 20 ratings in 2018)

2018

"The new building is very nice and doesn't want for any of the facilities you might expect. Fridays are dress down (meaning chinos and a shirt for men) and the firm recently announced that we'll be dressing down throughout July and August. Ties are generally only expected when attending client meetings or otherwise representing the firm."
First year trainee, London
"We're in a very good location. There are pantries on each floor for tea and coffee as well as a canteen on the ground floor serving a range of hot and cold food. The dress code varies between departments with some dressing more smartly than others. We are also about to trial summer dress down for the whole of July and August. However, the lower-floor offices have very little natural light, which can be unpleasant in the winter months."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are new and sparkly. There are lots of windows and natural light and the offices have glass sides so it's all open, approachable and light. The new restaurant is really great too and there are several communal areas that we all like using, particularly the really nice balcony on the fifth floor."
First year trainee, London
"The dress code is broadly formal with dress-down Fridays (although keep a spare outfit in the office in case of client meetings). There is a new office, which is very nice and supports a collaborative atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London
"The office space is nice and the facilities are good. The location is conveniently central and the dress code is quite smart although we are having a dress-down July and August."
Second year trainee, London
"The new office is very comfortable, with nice offices and good communal spaces. I certainly have no complaints there. The dress code is fairly standard with some departments being quite informal while others are more formal. A healthy middle ground is found for the most part with most people in suits but no ties."
First year trainee, London
"The new offices are a big hit, the new kitchen space is much better and the food is greatly improved. There are firm-wide drinks every other month where the whole firm is invited to come and meet people that you otherwise might not come into contact with (this is not mandatory, but a great way to get to know new people). It's good to have everyone under one roof."
Second year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes LLP recently opened a new office in September that houses nearly everybody under the same roof and has a wonderful 'department of coffee and social affairs' in the kitchen. Unsurprisingly, this new office is a joy to come to work in as it's open-plan, bright and clean."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The firm is moving to a new building later in the year, although some of the existing offices are dated. The dress code is reasonably traditional and formal, although most dress less formally on Fridays."
Second year trainee, London
"The current offices are a mixed bunch with some new and some rather old. That said, we are all moving to a new building in September, which looks like it's going to be great."
Second year trainee, London
"My office is a bit too clean and stark, I think it needs some artwork and colour. The facilities are excellent and our offices will be brand new soon."
Second year trainee, London
"We are building a new office so this will hopefully be an improvement. The dress code is getting more and more informal. There are no particularly strict areas, except for the private client department, which is perhaps a little more 'traditional'."
Second year trainee, London
"The dress code is smart, although the extent to which this is upheld varies between departments. The firm is moving to a new office soon, which will be much better as we will all be in one building."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are comfortable and nice but the facilities can be a little below par. However, we are getting a brand new building soon and new IT is being rolled out. If there is a problem with facilities you get a really quick response (within minutes)."
Second year trainee, London
"We are about to move into a brand new building and the firm has just introduced an entire new IT system, which looks set to be a vast improvement. The new offices mean that we will all be in the same building for the first time in years."
Second year trainee, London
"We're about to get a new office so we shall see how that goes. The dress code is generally quite smart but Fridays are dress down and dark jeans are acceptable. This does vary between departments, though."
Second year trainee, London

2016

"Client-facing office is impressive; the firm is currently set up campus style with offices in a number of buildings in the Fetter Lane area, but is building new premises that will house the non-client facing offices from 2017. Everyone is very much looking forward to all being in one building."
First year trainee, London
"Office space, location and facilities are generally good and of a high standard. It will be much improved in late 2017 when the new office opens, linking all departments. It's currently a bit spread out over several neighbouring roads/buildings. Dress code is standard corporate, varying by department. Not overly stuffy and we have dress down Fridays."
First year trainee, London
"Offices are not very nice compared to other City law firms, although they are building a new office. Dress code is formal; shirts and ties every day but Friday."
Second year trainee, London
"We are in the process of moving into a new office shortly, which is good as the current offices are outdated and not big enough. The dress code is smart and we have dress down Fridays (though this applies more to some departments than others)."
Second year trainee, London
"It is fair to say that there is a big variation in our offices, ranging from very nice and modern to fairly small with not particularly good facilities. We are currently building new offices, which I am hopeful for. Our location is fantastic. The dress code is appropriate: suits but no insistence on ties and 'dress down Friday' is respected."
First year trainee, London
"Good facilities – in particular I have always had plenty of desk/shelf space. The firm encourages a traditional dress code."
First year trainee, London
"The firm's offices are split across a number of buildings and vary in quality. They are generally quite spacious, but fairly dated. This should improve, as a new building is expected to be completed this year and occupied in 2017."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The dress code depends on the department. It should be business casual throughout unless client meetings. New offices are being built now. We eagerly await the results. The facilities are okay, although showers and changing rooms are lacking in some areas. In my view, the IT infrastructure isn't great, but the staff are superb."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are good, and the dress code is more formal than at other firms (not a big take-up for casual Fridays, for instance)."
First year trainee, London
"The location is perfect - in the heart of legal London. The office space is just about sufficient, though we will have a big, shiny new building by 2017. The dress code is smart. There is perhaps more flexibility for women, in that not all women wear full suits. Dress-down Fridays are also a thing in some departments (especially Banking & Finance!)."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are in a good location - near lots of green parks. I think that the offices need refurbishment, but we are moving into a new building, so there is no incentive to spend money on them."
First year trainee, London
"The offices are in the process of changing as we are having new ones built. They are all located very closely together, and we not far from the Tube. Although I feel that it is still quite conservative, the dress code is relatively relaxed for a law firm, and there is a sort of dress down Friday policy in force."
First year trainee, London
"The client building is very impressive, and we are currently building a new office for 2017."
First year trainee, London
"At the moment the offices are in need of improvement, but we are in the process of building new offices, so fingers crossed! The dress code varies department to department, and although some are more casual than others, it is standard office dress."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"The location is very handy as it is a two minute walk from Chancery Lane Underground. Offices are modest but nice and the dress code varies per department. Casual Fridays are adopted in certain departments, whilst smart office wear is expected on other days."
Second year trainee, London
"The offices are spread out over quite a large area. The main office is (client facing) very nice, whilst some of the others are a little dated, although the new office building opening will be in 2017."
First year trainee, London
"The location is wonderful. Dress code is great - I almost never wear shirts and jackets unless I know I have a meeting. I usually wear nice dresses, cardigans, flats or heels."
Second year trainee, London
"Offices are in a great location, and are spacious and comfortable. We have dress down Fridays, and otherwise I wear a suit, but a tie is not always required."
First year trainee, London
"We have enough space, and the offices are in a good location, and the facilities are generally decent. Dress code is mixed - ties are not always worn and we have dress down Fridays."
First year trainee, London
"Offices are nice and very central in a lovely area. Dress code is pretty standard for law firms, though not strict."
Second year trainee, London
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