Meet our people

At Macfarlanes, our people are key to our success. Here are some of our lawyers - current and future - and business services staff talking about different aspects of their experience at Macfarlanes.

Jat Bains

Partner, Finance

"We give trainees as much responsibility as they can handle – the best way to learn is through doing the work of a solicitor."

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Sam Brooks

Partner, Investment Management

"I have always thought of the firm as extremely professional. The partners are impressive, keen to learn about you and many are younger than I was expecting."

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Sheila Dines

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate and M&A

"Speaking to trainee solicitors from a range of different law firms proved not only invaluable in affording me the ability to decide whether a career in law was what I wanted to pursue, but also in deciding which law firm would be best-suited for me."

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Sarah-Louise Fernandez

Solicitor, Litigation

"Putting legal work into a real life context made the possibility of a career in this industry all the more fathomable and feasible."

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Alexandra Gaynor

Paralegal, Finance

"I like the open door policy and the feeling of an inclusive culture, little things like the fact that firm-wide events also have non-alcoholic options, catering to everyone."

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Andrew House

Director of Facilities, General Admin

"My main responsibility is to manage, build and lead a professional team to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the firm's administration and service departments."

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Kirstie Hutchinson

Partner, Finance

"The City is a leading global legal and financial centre, and I wanted the challenge and buzz of working in a sector at the top of its game."

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Gruffudd Jones

Solicitor, Corporate and M&A

"From trainees to partners, the quality of the people who work at Macfarlanes is extraordinary."

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Lorna du Sautoy

Senior Solicitor, Private Client

"As a trainee I joined the firm's CSR Committee which is responsible for the firm's varied CSR initiatives. These include providing legal advice at a debt clinic in South London, mentoring GCSE and A Level students from inner city schools through their studies and providing advice on a range of firm wide pro bono matters."

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Gwen Llewelyn Jones

Legal Adviser, Real Estate

“On the vacation scheme, I could see first-hand the diligent and supportive supervision given to the trainees.”

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Charlie Maydon Grace

Senior Solicitor, Private Client

"I appreciate working in a creative and intelligent environment where people bounce ideas off each other and are genuinely interested in each other’s opinion."

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Matt McCahearty

Partner, Litigation

"During my time on secondment, I was fortunate enough to work on the trial teams of a number of cases that spanned from a multi-million dollar anti-trust jury trial in Florida to a defamation and extortion trial in New Jersey."

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George Mitkov

Future Trainee

"Knowing Macfarlanes was one of the top firms in the City, I thought it’d be a good idea to get an initial insight into the firm."

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Isobel Morton

Partner, Private Client

"I spent six months on secondment at the New York office of an international firm with a formidable reputation and a diverse client base."

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Giles Neoh

Solicitor, Commercial

"Before starting my two-week vacation scheme at Macfarlanes, I had not imagined having a casual chat with the senior partner having come face to face with him in a lift. Charles Martin struck up a conversation because he didn’t recognise me."

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Valery Nformba

Solicitor, Finance

"I have particularly loved working in small, partner-led teams. Working with others makes sharing the workload much easier, and ensures you always have someone to hand to voice any issues."

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Elizabeth Parsons

Solicitor, Real Estate

"I met a team from Macfarlanes at a recruitment fair and was impressed by their passion for the firm, and their engaging and friendly manner."

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Kirsten Sutcliffe

Senior Business Development Manager

"There is no such thing as a typical day. This is what has kept me here for the last seven years."

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Clare Wilson

Senior Solicitor and PSL, Private Client

"From day one, I have found Macfarlanes to be a very welcoming place. We have an open door policy and so it is easy to pop into someone else's room to discuss a difficult issue or just to have a chat."

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Jeyda Yilmaz

Recruitment Manager, HR

"I am responsible for recruiting all lateral non-partner fee earners across the firm. I work closely with the partners, build strong relationships with recruitment agencies and do all I can to ensure that every applicant has a positive experience with Macfarlanes."

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