Graduate scheme


We hope to run our 2022 training programme assessment days in-person but will continue to review Covid-19 guidelines to see whether this will be possible. The assessment day consists of three separate assessments; a written exercise, an in-tray interview and an application interview. The in-tray interviews will be with a partner and a senior solicitor and you will discuss a series of matters that you have had time to read and prepare notes on. The other interview will be with a partner and a member of HR - in this interview you will discuss your application and it will be the only part of the day that is not application blind. In the final session of the day you will have the opportunity to network with some of our trainees.

Application blind and contextual recruitment

We want to recruit the best candidates regardless of their background or where they were educated. The majority of our assessment processes for both our vacation schemes and training programmes are scored application blind. We also use a contextual recruitment tool to understand each applicant's achievements in the context in which they have been gained. We understand that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper and we are a firm that believes passionately in meritocracy and diversity.

Macfarlanes is unlike any other law firm - we expect you to use the assessments as a chance to build your understanding of us and what makes us different, just as we see it as a chance to gain an understanding of you.


First year salary: £50,000

Second year salary: £55,000

Qualification salary: £100,000

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