Giles Neoh

Trainee

Education: Law, London School of Economics
Joined: As a trainee in 2016

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. This is one of the great things about a smaller graduate intake and a smaller sized firm overall, in that everyone knows or at least recognises a large proportion of their fellow employees. Charles’ approach towards me was representative of the firm as a whole, with even the most senior of partners open and happy to talk. This attitude and personal approach was something that I really liked and one of the many reasons that I applied to Macfarlanes.  

Another big advantage which comes with the size of the firm is working in close-knit, agile teams. This results in high levels of responsibility and direct exposure to clients early on in your training contract. Diligent supervision paired with the fantastic training that Macfarlanes provides, means that you can start to add value to your team from day one. For example, during the first or second week of my first seat, which was in Investment Management, I was asked to call the lawyers acting for the other side on a deal and encouraged to negotiate a small point. It was nerve-wracking at the time, but a great learning experience.

I am currently working in the Corporate and M&A department which is the best place to learn about the firm as a whole, as you deal with different teams contributing their expertise to a deal. It is quite an intense environment, but the people are supportive and happy to help.

Six months feels like the right amount of time to get really settled and to develop a good feel for each department before you move onto your next rotation. I am looking forward to seeing where my next seat will take me.

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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