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Macfarlanes Graduate Careers

Here you will find out everything you need to know about Macfarlanes. Our comprehensive guide to a career with Macfarlanes covers everything from the firm's training contract and vacation scheme opportunities to the application process for prospective candidates. 

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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Macfarlanes

Macfarlanes are recruiting the partners of the future, with many of their partners having done training contracts with the firm. What sets Macfarlanes apart from their competitors is their small size, meaning their trainee intake is relatively small. This means that you’ll receive plenty of responsibility, working alongside partners in small teams. You might even start interacting with clients on your first day!

To ensure you’re well prepared for the challenges ahead, you’ll receive a rigorous training programme. Macfarlanes believe the best way to become a solicitor is to do the work of a solicitor from the beginning, but with the mentoring and guidance needed to boost your confidence. Your training will combine hands-on experience with technical education. 

Macfarlanes also works across a wide range of sectors, ranging from law technology to employment. Trainees enjoy a variety of work during their time with each team, and will boost their legal skills as they adapt to each sector. The firm’s perfect size means that it’s big enough to get involved in important deals, but small enough that you don’t feel like a cog in a wheel.

London is a highly multicultural city, and Macfarlanes is no different. The firm is truly international, and you’ll find yourself working with businesses and law firms all over the world. Macfarlanes aims to foster the same spirit of diversity outside of law, with their numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives. These include a range of inclusive staff networks, and annual events to celebrate different cultural festivals. 

What the firm says

Although Macfarlanes may not have offices all over the world, its supportive culture more than makes up for it. You’ll work alongside partners from day one, and the firm actively encourages you to network with everyone. They even host dinners to allow you to meet associates from different teams. You’ll quickly get to know everyone in the firm, and will flourish with such a large support network. 

The firm’s size doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on working on high-stakes deals, with the firm boasting Superdry and Virgin as just two of its high-profile clients. The small size even means that you’ll work closer with clients than you would do at larger firms, and will enjoy the satisfaction you feel after listening to and resolving client concerns.



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