Macfarlanes is a leading City law firm with a straightforward, independently minded approach. The driving force behind the firm is an absolute commitment to delivering the right advice in the right way to our clients.
The size of our firm is important. We've kept things simple. We've decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst we're large enough to advise on the most complex matters, we're also small enough to ensure that our people and our work are exceptional, without fail.
The vacation scheme at Macfarlanes gives you a two-week snapshot of life as a trainee.
You will be given hands-on experience, enabling you to develop a real understanding of the firm's culture and work. You might draft a letter and then work through the draft with a solicitor or trainee; or research a live issue for a client. You may be taken to client meetings or to meet counsel.
You will spend each of your two weeks with us in a different practice area, working alongside a partner, solicitor or trainee. At the same time, you will undertake a mock transaction that will run for the duration of your placement.
The vacation scheme has a strong social component. As well as the organised events, bowling with our trainees for example, or lunch with our partners, there are many opportunities to get to know people throughout the firm and to find out if Macfarlanes is right for you.
The dates of our 2017 vacation schemes are as follows:
Easter: 3 - 13 April 2017
Summer scheme 1: 26 June - 7 July 2017
Summer scheme 2: 10 - 21 July 2017
Who should apply
We want to recruit the best candidates regardless of their background or where they were educated. The qualities we look for in our lawyers include strong interpersonal skills, an ambitious commercial approach, drive, motivation and resilience. Above all, we value a commitment to excellence, and an intuitive understanding of people. Our clients come from a range of backgrounds and cultures and our people do too.
We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background with outstanding academics, including a predicted 2.1 degree or above.
Our application form is online. The form itself is simple and is designed to give you every opportunity to impress us.
Applications for our 2017 vacation schemes will open on 1 November 2016 and close on 31 January 2017.