Macfarlanes trainee experience

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Macfarlanes trainee experience, an app giving you the opportunity to complete mock trainee tasks and gain an insight into our unique culture.

The programme has been developed by our early legal careers and lawtech teams, and all tasks have been modelled on real work and created by our associates and trainee solicitors. You can experience work from our corporate and M&A, finance, litigation and private client teams.

We've created this programme because we wanted to make early careers opportunities at City firms more accessible to all, regardless of location and background. We appreciate that it can often be difficult to pursue vacation schemes or first year insight schemes, particularly if you have other commitments and cannot easily spend two weeks in London away from these responsibilities.

In addition to the mock trainee tasks, you will be able to find out more about our practice areas and the culture at Macfarlanes.

What should I do once I’ve completed the Macfarlanes trainee experience?

The app is available for download in the Apple App Store, on Google Play or you can access in a desktop browser

Given the superb effort across the firm to create bespoke tasks for our virtual vacation schemes, and the concerns that many of us have around the negative impact of lockdowns upon access to the legal profession, I am pleased that we can give anyone who wants it a sense for what the job might entail and how a lawyer has to think. It’s fantastic that, through the use of technology, firms can open the gates to the ‘playing field’ wide open and enable people from all backgrounds to have the chance to see at least some of what those who gain a place on a vacation scheme can experience. We are hopeful that this approach will better prepare candidates for success when applying for a training contract at the firm of their choice
Jat Bains Chair of the Trainee Solicitor Committee and Training Principal

The experience doesn’t end once someone has completed the activities on the app. Every few months we will be running virtual seminars on the tasks so that participants can ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of the practice areas involved. Attendees will also get the opportunity to ask graduate recruitment any questions they have about our application forms and the programmes we offer. We hope that the app and the seminars will let interested applicants gain a real insight into the work that our trainee solicitors do and our unique culture.
Catherine Morgan-Guest Senior manager, early legal careers