Pluses

2017

"The collegiate atmosphere, high quality of work and good social life."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a warm, close-knit atmosphere and I get on well with my fellow trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The people and the culture. The firm is hard-working but everyone is good fun and easy to talk to. The work is also of incredible quality and the small intake of trainees means more responsibility and a great range of work for trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Considerate associates, good deals and the general progression of work quality throughout the training contract."
Second year trainee, London
"Pay is good, the quality of work and responsibility is high and we're about to get much nicer offices."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a collegiate environment, excellent training and an open-door policy. We're a small(ish) but high quality firm with international work and amazing colleagues of all types."
Second year trainee, London
"The good people, getting responsibility at an early stage, good training, interesting work and clients, and the friendly and supportive atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London
"The fact that we get high-quality work but are still small enough for everyone to know each other. The private client practice is also a brilliant aspect of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"The people. Macfarlanes has a very nice working culture where people take an interest in your development and enjoy each other's company."
First year trainee, London
"The open-door policy and fact that people encourage you to ask questions."
First year trainee, London

2016

"Macfarlanes offers a significant level of trainee responsibility and exposure, although this varies from department to department. It's very social and collegiate, with an open-door policy. Associates and partners are usually happy to explain the law and context of a given matter to point you in the right direction rather than leaving you to puzzle it out."
First year trainee, London
"Level of senior involvement in training. I get great exposure to senior people and their expertise."
First year trainee, London
"The people, the high level of responsibility, and the calibre of work."
First year trainee, London
"Friendly and supportive environment; associates and partners take an interest in trainees' development and offer their help and advice. Also you get a giant Lindt chocolate egg at Easter."
First year trainee, London
"Friendly working environment. Quality of work and level of responsibility."
First year trainee, Macfarlanes LLP
"I work with, and can learn from, intelligent people. I am consistently given interesting work."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of training, the reputation that the firm enjoys, the clear direction and strategy of the firm's management, and the importance that the firm attaches to trainee feedback."
Second year trainee, London
"Sincerity of people. Strong sense of community between trainees."
First year trainee, London
"High level of client contact, interesting (and sometimes unusual) clients, frequent and varied social events."
Second year trainee, London
"I think there is genuinely better work for juniors here than at many other firms (in some departments at least). A lot of time is put into training up the trainees and people are generally nice."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"There is a really good training programme and you are given proper substantive tasks as a trainee."
Second year trainee, London
"Work here is high-profile and that is definitely a benefit."
First year trainee, London
"The people, social activities/events, quality of work and exposure to clients are all positive aspects."
Second year trainee, London
"You are exposed to good work from an early stage in the contract. The support network is very good as well."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm offers a friendly atmosphere to work in."
First year trainee, London
"Working with the other trainees in the group is a positive element of the firm."
First year trainee, London
"There is a great trainee intake and good retention rates at qualification."
First year trainee, London
"I enjoy the fact that we work in close-knit teams."
Second year trainee, London
"The levels of responsibility you are given, the feedback and the people you get to work alongside."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Being given responsibility, exposure, and working with experts in their field are pluses for me."
Second year trainee, London
"The pluses of the firm are the very high quality work and clients, the high levels of responsibility given to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Generally people seem very conscientious and prepared to help me learn and improve, while giving me challenging tasks on the way, which is a real plus."
First year trainee, London
"The pay and the culture that the firm offers are great."
First year trainee, London
"For me, the best thing that the firm offers is the comprehensive training programme and very good support."
First year trainee, London
"I love the type of work and the level of exposure to work that the firm offers."
Second year trainee, London
"We are given a high degree of responsibility early on, good training, a strong support structure, client contact, and people are friendly."
First year trainee, London
"Responsibility, people, meritocratic, extremely good work!"
Second year trainee, London
"People often say the best thing about working here is that you are given real responsibility early on, and it's 100% true. Trainees are given tasks in week one which will have a meaningful impact to the client. You are trusted to produce documents with minimal supervision, and tasks such as contacting the client are frequently handed to trainees."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a great reputation, high quality of work, friendly colleagues, excellent training and generally lots of support."
Second year trainee, London
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