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2018

"The warm welcome I received during the assessment day and vacation scheme as well as the size of the firm. It's big enough to pull in high-level work and small enough that you quickly get a lot of responsibility. The size also ensures that you get to know most of your colleagues very quickly."
First year trainee, London
"I did a number of vacation schemes at different firms but Macfarlanes' scheme was the best by far. I felt included and valued from day one and the culture of the firm really shone through."
First year trainee, London
"The people, the great calibre of clients and the market-leaders in terms of successful partners known around the world. The culture is also attractive to me as it's quite old school but equally has the tech that is moving with the times, which is an attractive combination as it makes the firm feel like a family but also efficient and forward-looking."
First year trainee, London
"I wanted to move to London and apply to a City law firm but I didn't like the thought of being in a mass of trainees. Macfarlanes allows you to have a lot more responsibility as a trainee and not be treated like you are the bottom of the pile. You are one of the team and are appreciated. I was also interested in the private client side of Macfarlanes as this is something unique to it."
First year trainee, London
"The range of work. I wanted to have a varied training contract and liked that I could do a seat in private client in a corporate law firm."
Second year trainee, London
"The excellent quality of work and the calibre of clients was very appealing. However, unlike other firms with a similar quality of work, Macfarlanes is small enough to cultivate a collegiate culture and to ensure early responsibility for trainees and junior solicitors."
Second year trainee, London
"Having high quality and challenging work in a range of interesting practice areas. The firm has a reputation for high standards but also friendliness. I did a vacation scheme here and enjoyed it."
First year trainee, London
"The range of work, the mix of top-level corporate work with an elite private-client practice, the excellent reputation for training and the size of the trainee intake. There are enough trainees that there is a real support system but the intake is small enough that you do not get lost in the crowd."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"I was fortunate enough to meet several trainees and others at recruitment events and my initial impression of the firm from them encouraged me to apply."
Second year trainee, London
"The opportunity to experience both market-leading international private client work and multi-billion pound corporate transactions in one training contract."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of work, the smaller trainee intake and the fact that the current trainees are down to earth."
Second year trainee, London
"I initially looked at practice areas and liked the breadth of options available. I then did the vacation scheme and loved it. Everyone I met was so welcoming and I haven't been disappointed with my choice."
Second year trainee, London
"It has an exceptional reputation for training so, no matter what happens post-qualification, I think it's the best place to set myself up for the future. It is also a very nice size with an intake of about 30 and a total headcount of about 600. I felt that this number was the perfect balance between being small enough to get to know everyone well and to feel like an intimate part of the firm and having a broad enough pool of people to socialise and work with."
Second year trainee, London
"The first-rate corporate and mergers and acquisitions teams, the reputation for great training, the career prospects and the perception I got of the firm's culture."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture I experienced and people I met on my assessment day. The fact that it has such a strong private client practice as well as a leading mergers and acquisitions practice makes it unique. This diversity is appealing to an applicant from a non-law background who knows they want to do law but is unsure what practice area they want to go into."
Second year trainee, London
"The truly excellent quality of work and clients combined with the more intimate size and unique culture. The firm has a strong sense of identity and is full of ambitious, incredibly clever and effective people."
First year trainee, London

2016

"My positive experience at the firm, having been an internal candidate."
First year trainee, London
"I attended a university presentation and was attracted to the strong reputation of the firm. I preferred the size of the firm and intake to magic circle alternatives, but wanted magic circle calibre work."
First year trainee, London
"I liked the idea of being able to experience both corporate and private client work without having to compromise on the quality of either. The firm has some really great clients and encourages a high level of trainee involvement. I also had a brilliant time on my vacation scheme."
First year trainee, London
"The variety of work and the firm's reputation for the training the trainees receive."
First year trainee, Macfarlanes LLP
"The reputation for being traditional (in a good way) and the focus on quality and academics."
First year trainee, London
"The strength of the private client dept. Combined with a corporate department that punches well above its weight."
First year trainee, London
"The scale of work and the firm's reputation in a broad set of practice areas, friendly and meritocratic working culture, early responsibility and great training."
First year trainee, London
"Working here as a paralegal. The size means you are well known in your department and intake."
Second year trainee, London
"High quality work in a firm that is small enough that you won't go unnoticed. Varied departments and clients (with private client being an unusual option for a mainstream City firm)."
Second year trainee, London
"Reputation for quality work and a quality product. It had an appealing size and approach to the market. Distinctive identity."
Second year trainee, London

2015

"The wide breadth of practice areas and the genuine niceness of most people encouraged me to apply here."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a unique mix of a mid-size firm with top quality work, and this is combined with an impeccable training programme."
Second year trainee, London
"The high quality work and training offered by the firm while retaining the feel and culture of a smaller, more intimate work place, both encouraged me to apply here."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm's size and reputation, and in all honesty, the application process being far simpler than other firms, encouraged me to apply here."
Second year trainee, London
"The vacation scheme was great. Also, I worked with genuinely nice people and felt very valued. I undertook great work, and I feel that the Private Client Department there is the best in the country. It is known for great training and maintains a decent mid-size while still doing big work."
Second year trainee, London
"The size of the firm coupled with the calibre of work/clients encouraged me to apply here, as did the fact that they have such a great Private Client department which was also one of the main attractions, as it is such a rarity with similar City firms."
First year trainee, London
"The quality of training and the focus on career progression within the firm made them stand out for me."
First year trainee, London
"I didn't think there was anywhere else that would train me as well as Macfarlanes."
Second year trainee, London

2014

"I chose Macfarlanes for its great reputation, quality of work, amazing private clients and corporate practices."
Second year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes is well positioned in the UK market to attract premium mid/large cap deals, but small enough so that you still recognise everyone and can give early responsibility to trainees."
Second year trainee, London
"I was attracted to the firm's culture, impressive lawyers, quality of work, very high reputation, interesting practice areas, and its high quality training programme."
First year trainee, London
"Macfarlanes is renowned for its high quality training, and I have sat with two partners and have had a lot of client and partner exposure."
Second year trainee, London
"I chose them for their quality of training and specialism in private client."
First year trainee, London
"I was attracted to the firm's size and reputation for high quality work and friendly culture."
First year trainee, London
"I liked the firm's pleasant culture, high quality of work, the fact that is UK-focused, and I had a good experience at the assessment day."
First year trainee, London
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