Welcome to Macfarlanes

Distinctive approach

At Macfarlanes, graduates are seen as more than just potential trainees. We are very conscious that we are recruiting potential partners for the firm and therefore our objective is always to find people who are capable of becoming lawyers of the highest quality. 


We invest a great deal in the process: our partners attend law fairs and review applications and, on assessment days, it is our partners who will interview you.

As a trainee you will be expected to contribute right from the start. You will be tested in challenging situations, working alongside some of the world's most successful and ambitious businesses and individuals.  As one of the UK's leading independent law firms, our practice is truly international and you will regularly work with global businesses and foreign law firms.  We are confident that our trainees are of the highest quality so when we ask them to undertake secondments we know they will make the best impression.  Because of our size, relative to some of our competitors, you will often be closer to the front line. You will be surprised and pleased at how noticeable your contribution is. 

However, it is demanding. You need not only a high level of intellectual ability, but also the character and the drive to succeed. The hours can be long and the work is hard, but we will support you.

I trained at a Magic Circle firm and joined Macfarlanes as a three year qualified solicitor.  Arriving at Macfarlanes I was immediately struck by the responsibility that the trainees here are given and also by the quality of Macfarlanes' trainees.  The formal training provided during the training contract is really second to none.  Trainees here are given responsibility for their own work and this ownership leads to a high level of personal pride in what is produced.   Having shared an office with trainees over the last 20 years, I know that the ethos has not changed.  That same trust and confidence we have in our trainees, alongside their qualities and the commitment they bring, combine to make them the fine lawyers we have here today.




  Seán Lavin
  Head of Graduate Recruitment

Head of graduate recruitment

Seán Lavin


+44 (0)20 7849 2695

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