Macfarlanes LLP Macfarlanes LLP

  • City Law Firms
  • London

Training Contract

  • Places: 33

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 55

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 897




Macfarlanes is a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on its clients and on delivering excellence in the international legal market. The firm is known for the quality of its work; not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising clients on their private affairs as well.

Macfarlanes has made a deliberate choice to remain smaller than many of its peers. The cohesive nature of the firm means that clients benefit from collective experience and close-knit teams. The firm has decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst large enough to advise on the most complex matters, the firm is also small enough to ensure that its people and work are exceptional, without fail. 

Training Programme

Woven into every aspect of life at the firm is an enduring commitment to the development of trainees. Training begins with tailored electives on the LPC and a week-long induction at the start of your training contract. During the two-year training programme you’ll be working on real cases, doing real work for real clients from day one. As a trainee you will complete four six-month seats including a compulsory corporate and M&A seat. Our seat rotation is designed with trainees in mind — we want to give you enough flexibility to shape your training contract and do seats that interest you. Support and guidance are, of course, vital and you will find your supervisor a valuable source of information and inspiration. 

  • Training programme applications open: 1 October 2020
  • Training programme deadline 2023 start: 31 July 2021

Vacation Scheme

The vacation scheme is designed to give you a two-week snapshot of life as a trainee. You will be given as much hands-on experience as possible, enabling you to develop a real understanding of the firms’ culture and work. 

Macfarlanes offers an Easter and two summer vacation schemes. Each scheme runs for two weeks and remuneration is £400pw. The firm welcomes applications from students who are in at least the penultimate year of their degree from any degree discipline, with a predicted 2.1 or above. Applications are online via the website.

  • Vacation scheme applications open: 1 October 2020
  • Vacation scheme 2021 deadline: 31 January 2021

First Year Insight Scheme

For first-year students the firm offers an insight scheme to provide an overview of a City law firm. Macfarlanes welcomes applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background with outstanding academics. Candidates need to be in either the first year of an undergraduate degree or second year of a four year undergraduate degree.

Applications are online via the website and close on 28th February 2021.

Salary & Benefits

Future trainees receive a maintenance allowance during their Macfarlanes’ Legal Practice Course (LPC) in London and fees are paid in full.  For non-law students, we pay your Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) fees and a maintenance allowance.

Salaries for our trainees are currently as follows:

Trainee year 1 - £48,000

Trainee year 2 - £52,500

Post-qualification salary: £90,000


Flexible benefits package including:

26 days’ holiday

Pension scheme with company contributions

Private healthcare 

Discretionary performance related bonus scheme

Subsidised staff restaurant

Season ticket loan

Life assurance


The first year insight scheme is open to first year undergraduates or second year undergraduates undertaking a four year degree from any discipline with outstanding academics and an interest in law.

Vacation schemes are open to those who are in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree from any degree discipline, expecting to graduate or have graduated with a 2:1 degree or above. 

Our training programmes are conditional upon obtaining a 2:1 degree or above, and at least a Commendation in your LPC and CPE/GDL (if applicable).


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