Charlie Maydon Grace

Solicitor, Private Client

Education: Law, Oxford
Joined: As a trainee 2011
Practice area: Private client

I enjoyed studying trust law at university and law school and knew that Macfarlanes had both a highly rated private client group and a leading corporate practice – unusual amongst City firms. Taking part in a vacation scheme demonstrated the firm’s high quality clients and the responsibility trainees are given. Macfarlanes’ size also appealed; colleagues really knew each other and the ‘my door is always open’ policy actually exists – during the vacation scheme I noticed that people were always asking each other questions.

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.

Due to the size of Macfarlanes you can put a name to a face when working with colleagues across the firm. In the private client department we handle complex matters for international clients, some of whom are also shareholders in multinational corporations. This means a lot of crossover: I regularly work with colleagues in our corporate, tax, employment and commercial real estate groups.

In corporate I worked on a large matter involving the purchase of an oil company in Africa. As the trainee solicitor on the deal, I was at the forefront of compiling due diligence across 17 different countries in Africa which involved working with numerous other law firms and learning a great deal about how the business operates, which was a great experience.

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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