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.
Woven into every aspect of life at the firm is an enduring commitment to the development of trainees. We recruit 30 trainees yearly. Training begins with tailored electives on the Legal Practice Course at the London Holborn branch of BPP Law School. You will study with those going to other firms during the compulsory elements of the LPC, and for the separate set of electives, the courses are designed for our trainees to take together so you are better prepared for work in our distinctive range of practice areas.
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 spend six months in four different practice areas; including a compulsory corporate and M&A seat. You will have the opportunity to submit your seat preferences and we will do our best to ensure you get to work in the seats that most interest you.
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 from the start.
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 have six-month reviews with your principal (mentor). All these mechanisms are there to ensure you get the best and most appropriate experience during these first years.
Who should apply
At Macfarlanes, we want people who are academically strong, with determination and drive. However, we aren’t looking for any particular educational background. For us, it’s your potential that really counts. We’ll want to see that you have resilience, determination and exceptional communication skills. You must be confident when it comes to giving advice and making decisions. Lastly, we believe we can all learn from each other. So you’re as likely to be asked for your ideas and opinions when you’re a trainee as you are if you become one of our partners.
We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background with outstanding academics, including a predicted 2.1 degree or above.
To apply for a training contract you will need to be in at least the penultimate year of your degree. Applications for our September 2022/March 2023 training contracts will open on 1 October 2019 and close on 31 July 2020.