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Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2019)
"Premium service, high standards, unique."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.0 / 10


  • Excellent training is provided in each department that covers a wide array of topics to help develop a range of skills.
  • Trainees are assigned substantial tasks and are trusted with important work for high-profile clients.
  • The firm is working hard to improve diversity and reduce its environmental impact.
  • Salaries are seen as being very competitive and only low compared to US firms.


  • Trainees could be given more transparency when it comes to seat options.
  • There can be a lot of pressure, which some trainees may find intimidating.
  • Some feel that feedback could be given more frequently.
  • While there is flexibility with hours, the workload can be unpredictable.

What insiders say about...

"The application process for a straight training contract application is an application..."

"There is an open-door culture at the firm and an emphasis on teamwork and partners..."

"We receive a high number of focused training sessions throughout trainee period,..."

"I have found it easy to talk to anyone regarding issues I may have or for advice..."

"The offices are comfortable and nice but the facilities can be a little below par...."

"The hours are long and there is no getting away from that. Compared to other firms..."

"Fair reflection of the hours/work put in by trainees."

"I appreciate the free dinners after 8:00pm. We also have some good offers at local..."

"After a morning of interviews I was then offered a trainee contract on the same day...."

"Have you ever been put in a situation where you have had to defend your views against..."

"The firm recycles."

"This is a weaker area, and admittedly so, but the powers that be are on a diversity..."

"Satisfaction with my work has varied across the two departments I have been in. During..."

"We now have a day a year that we can spend on pro bono but generally it is up to..."

"There's a collegiate environment, excellent training and an open-door policy. We're..."

"The hours can be tough and unpredictable."

"The variety of work and the firm's reputation for the training the trainees receive...."

"We're known for having a high retention rate, and it shows. It's not dog-eat-dog..."

"An interesting or little-known fact about Macfarlanes is that the firm has a desk..."

"A traditional, English, historic and polite firm with a nice atmosphere."

"The firm does CV blind applications."

"I'd like better feedback and an indication of how you are progressing in each seat...."

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