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Get the inside view from graduates at Macfarlanes LLP

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2019)
"Hardworking, focused and ambitious."
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...

"It's quite an exhaustive application form that gives you plenty of chances to impress...."

"Teamwork is highly valued and supervisors are very welcoming and supportive. Trainees..."

"There are formal seminars in each seat covering the foundations of that department,..."

"Partners are very accessible and happy to take questions."

"The offices are good, and the dress code is more formal than at other firms (not..."

"The hours can be long but I've mainly worked in transactional seats and I know that..."

"Our salary is broadly comparable to other firms in the bracket but I suspect bonuses..."

"The free dinner after 7.45 pm every evening is generally very good and, depending..."

"I had a vacation scheme interview, a two week vacation scheme and a training contract..."

"In the blind interview I was asked to discuss an article from the Economist that..."

"The firm is placing particular importance on reducing its carbon footprint by phasing..."

"Macfarlanes LLP appears to be one of the leaders when it comes to diversity in the..."

"The work assigned is very high level and there are interesting tasks with high levels..."

"I have not been involved or aware of a great deal, though I know that there is a..."

"Everyone is friendly and I have not yet heard anyone shout (in contrast to many other..."

"You can be pushed into the deep end a bit, which means you can be outside of your..."

"Working here as a paralegal. The size means you are well known in your department..."

"The retention rate at the firm is notoriously brilliant. The firm tries to retain..."

"They think it is acceptable to put mustard in salmon sandwiches."

"Friendly, welcoming, traditional and ambitious."

"They are part of Rare recruitment."

"Tell us about our change in seats in advance. We currently choose our next seat around..."

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