Training Contract

Macfarlanes LLP Macfarlanes LLP

  • City Law Firms
  • London

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  • Employees: 708



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.

Training Contract

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 at BPP with regular seminars and social events at the firm, along with the support and advice from a trainee mentor.

During the two-year training contract 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 in different practice areas; typically it is one seat in corporate and M&A, two seats in either private client, litigation, commercial real estate or tax, and then a seat in one of the firm's specialised practice areas within corporate. The precise allocation of seats is flexible so that it can offer you as broad a legal training as possible. Support and guidance are, of course, vital and you will find your supervisor a valuable source of information and inspiration.


Once you begin your training contract you will follow an intensive schedule of seminars and lectures, presented largely by partners or senior solicitors from within the firm. The programme is front-loaded to develop your knowledge and skills. In some practice areas you may even be asked to contribute to a seminar or to update the team on recent developments in a particular area of law.

Each of your seats will feature a mid-seat and end-of-seat review, where you can discuss your progress and which areas need focus. Throughout your contract you will also have six-monthly reviews with your principal, who acts as a mentor, and a member of the trainee solicitor committee. All these mechanisms are there to ensure that you get the best and most appropriate experience during these first years. What may surprise you at the outset is how quickly you will become part of the team and how quickly people at all levels in the firm will know your name and value your contribution.

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 September 2020/ March 2021 training contracts will open on 1 October 2017 and close on 31 July 2018.