About us

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

Welcome to Macfarlanes

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 

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.
Seán Lavin Head of Graduate Recruitment

About the firm

Leading international businesses and business leaders seek our advice on a wide range of complex and demanding matters. There are good reasons for this.

First, we are known for the quality of our work; not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising our clients on their private affairs as well. Click here to view our services pages.

Secondly, our size and partner-led approach enables us to give our clients a more personal and higher standard of commitment and care than is typical elsewhere.

In addition, as we are independent, we can choose precisely the right lawyer or firm for our clients' needs in any jurisdiction in the world.

In short, we have a formidable, and unique, combination of expertise and culture; and we rely on remarkable individuals to shape the firm for the future.

Graduate Recruitment Brochure

Find out more about our firm in our Graduate Recruitment Brochure.

Read our Graduate Recruitment brochure

Work and Clients

We are recognised for the quality of our work, not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising our clients on their private affairs.

They trust our judgement and we are in a unique position to advise on their most complex matters, whilst at the same time remaining smaller than our competitors. That means that we can maintain the very highest levels of service and partner involvement that our clients expect.

Through close partner support, we enable you to deal directly with clients, assisting on complex transactions.

The nature of business today is such that we are usually advising on matters that reach across multiple jurisdictions. By working with other leading independent firms and lawyers around the world in each relevant jurisdiction, we provide a seamless service, wherever and whenever our clients need it.

That means wider exposure for you and greater insight into the issues facing our clients.

Practice overview

Employment, pensions and benefits

We understand that, on the surface, all law firms may look the same; it can seem almost impossible to differentiate one from another. For this reason, we have put together this overview of Macfarlanes. Each month we will focus on a different practice area of the firm. We tell you about the focus of the group, their clients and give you a few illustrative work highlights to show you what life as a trainee and a lawyer is like at Macfarlanes.

Employment, pensions and benefits group