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Perks

2018

"Offers for free or subsidised tickets to a wide range of events are commonly emailed round. Dinner is free if you're here past 7.30 pm and taxis are free after 10.00 pm. There are other little touches too, such as vouchers at Christmas and free Easter eggs for all staff. The firm is generous about paying for evening drinks too."
First year trainee, London
"Private medical insurance is offered from day one."
First year trainee, London
"There are subsidised languages classes (French, German and Spanish) and a history of contemporary art course."
Second year trainee, London
"We get free entry into exhibitions at the Royal Academy before they are made available to the public."
Second year trainee, London
"The fitness allowance is good (compared with, say, an in-house gym) in that you have flexibility as to whether you want to use it at a gym near work, a gym near home or on a sports club etc."
First year trainee, London
"We get free dinner from 7.30 pm, free taxis from 10.00 pm and 26 days of holiday. There's no compulsory litigation seat and we get six weeks of qualification leave (the firm will match three weeks of holiday)."
First year trainee, London
"The firm will make a contribution towards any sports activity of your choice including a gym, tennis club, base jumping or tiddlywinks etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The best perks about working at Macfarlanes LLP are the benefits that come with the partnerships it has. For example, you are able to get discounted tickets to a variety of plays and theatre shows before these tickets have even been listed to the public. Furthermore, the firm is extending dress down to not just Fridays, but to the whole months of July and August, which is a testament to Macfarlanes LLP's ability to go against the grain and to not be afraid to trial something new."
First year trainee, London

2017

"The perks here aren't particularly great. If you stay late you have to use the canteen here as you can't get food ordered in. Dinner is only free from 7.45 pm and you can't get a taxi home on expenses until 10.00 pm."
First year trainee, London
"We have firm membership to various things like the national theatres so you quite often get discounted tickets or early access. The culture club also organises interesting events such as trips out or speakers."
Second year trainee, London
"There are not a lot of 'perks' but certain benefits are quite nice to have."
Second year trainee, London
"The free dinner after 7.45 pm every evening is generally very good and, depending on which seat you are in, can be heavily relied upon."
Second year trainee, London
"We get discounts to a broad range of retailers."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm provides all of the perks that you would expect from a City law firm and offers to help start clubs and societies where there is a demand."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Macfarlanes have just introduced a fitness subsidy so you can get up to £360 a year towards whatever fitness activity you like – you're not tied to any particular gym."
First year trainee, London
"Culture club: lots of things to do that are either free or subsidised."
Second year trainee, London
"People often email round about free tickets to events (eg football, cricket). There are the usual free dinners and taxis if you're working after 10.00 pm etc. Generally the sporting events are reasonably well funded and there are firm drinks afterwards."
Second year trainee, London
"I haven't really benefited from many perks so far. The best has been the £100 vouchers at Christmas, which was a very nice gesture. There is a good subsidy for clubs/societies, which helps a lot."
First year trainee, London
"The free dinners are a real bonus and the sports events are great fun. The sports teams are all free. I particularly enjoy being able to play squash every other week for free."
First year trainee, London
"Many free firm-organised events (including sporting events/tournaments, film nights with free food and drink, and various parties). Taxis are paid for after 10.00 pm and free evening meals after 7.45 pm."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is very good at hosting regular social events. For example, the Tower of London was rented out for a recent firm anniversary party."
Second year trainee, London
"Pretty good pension and healthcare. The firm has just introduced a fitness allowance of £30 a month for all fee earners. This can be used towards any gym or other fitness memberships."
First year trainee, London

2015

"I think the Culture Club is great, and there is decent pension matching."
First year trainee, London
"Free dinners and taxis are provided if you are working late, there are corporate gym rates, discounts at nearby bars and restaurants and a pension etc. The best perk, in my opinion, is 2-4-1 burritos at Chilangos round the corner!"
Second year trainee, London
"I appreciate the free dinners after 8:00pm. We also have some good offers at local bars and restaurants which I have made use of in my 11 months at the firm."
First year trainee, London
"Perks are various: a subsidised lunch, free dinner, a Tube season pass loan, cycle to work scheme, subsidised/free drinks on Fridays quite a lot, and we often get free corporate tickets to sporting events."
First year trainee, London
"Free taxis are provided after 10:00pm, and there is free dinner from 7:45pm onwards. Pension, health insurance and travel insurance are available (if you opt in)."
Second year trainee, London
"There are lots of social events/drinks at lovely restaurants and bars. The firm is very generous and often offers tickets to the rugby/cricket/various other sporting events. There is also a free cinema screening every so often with popcorn and alcohol."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Perks include: free theatre tickets/discounts, free taxis after 10:00pm. free dinners after 8:00pm (and they're pretty good), and a season ticket for the tube which helps immensely."
Second year trainee, London
"The pension is great!"
First year trainee, London
"There are taxis after 10:00pm, free dinner after 8:00pm, good pensions, health insurance and shopping discounts, etc."
Second year trainee, London
"The best perks for me are the free lunches at training, invitations to events for incoming trainees, free taxis and dinners if staying late, showers, cycle to work scheme, and pension, etc."
First year trainee, London
"We have a good subsidised cafeteria, receive subsidised shopping, free taxis after 10:00pm, free meals after 8:00pm, and up to 5% firm pension contribution."
First year trainee, London
"Perks include a free gym membership, and season ticket loans."
First year trainee, London
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