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Method of applicationOnline Application Form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
Macfarlanes is a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on its clients and on delivering excellence in the international legal market. The firm is known for the quality of its work; not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising clients on their private affairs as well.
Macfarlanes has made a deliberate choice to remain smaller than many of its peers. The cohesive nature of the firm means that clients benefit from collective experience and close-knit teams. The firm has decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst large enough to advise on the most complex matters, the firm is also small enough to ensure that its people and work are exceptional, without fail.
Finally, rather than opening offices around the world, we take a 'client first' approach to international work. Our clients get the best advice from the right lawyer – where in the world they need it.
Our combination of culture and expertise makes us a formidable force in the legal market. Sustaining our position depends on recruiting and training successive generations of truly exceptional lawyers.
Who should apply
We want to recruit the best candidates regardless of their background or where they were educated. The qualities we look for in our lawyers include strong interpersonal skills, an ambitious commercial approach, drive, motivation and resilience. Above all, we value a commitment to excellence, and an intuitive understanding of people. Our clients come from a range of backgrounds and cultures and our people do too. We welcome applications from candidates with either a law or non-law background with outstanding academics, including a predicted 2.1 degree or above.
Each year we recruit 33 trainees with the aim of training them to be the future partners of the firm. At present 53% of partners trained at the firm.
To find out what it is like to work at Macfarlanes LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
A vacation scheme at Macfarlanes is a two-week snapshot into life as a trainee. Vacation students will spend each week in a different practice area working alongside a partner, solicitor or trainee. Work can include being asked to draft a real letter – and then working through the draft with a solicitor or trainee – or carrying out some research on a live issue for a client.
In 2021 we shall be running an Easter and two summer vacation schemes, for which we are looking to recruit approximately 55 vacation students. To apply for a vacation scheme you will need to be in at least the penultimate year of your degree.
The dates of our 2021 vacation schemes are as follows:
Easter 6 - 16 April 2021
Summer scheme one 28 June – 9 July 2021
Summer scheme two 12 – 23 July 2021
Applications open on 1 October 2020 and are online via our website. Applications will close on 31 January 2021. We invite up to 15% of applicants to attend one of a series of assessment days held at the firm's office to assess them for a place on one of our vacation schemes.
Our insight scheme is a week-long event designed to provide students with an insight into City law. You will have the opportunity to meet trainees, solicitors and partners within the firm.
The scheme will comprise of skills workshops, work shadowing and presentations.
The insight scheme will take place from 29 March 2021 – 1 April 2021 .
To apply you will need to be in the first year (and second year on a four-year course) of your undergraduate degree. Applications open on 1 October 2020 online via our website and will close on 28 February 2021.
To find out what it's like to undertake a placement at Macfarlanes LLP read the firm's Vac Scheme Insider report.
Woven into every aspect of life at the firm is an enduring commitment to the development of trainees.
Training begins with tailored electives on the LPC at BPP with regular seminars and social events at the firm, along with the support and advice from a trainee mentor.
As a trainee you will complete four six-month seats in different practice areas including a compulsory seat in corporate and M&A. In each seat you will share a room with a partner or solicitor who supervises and supports you. You will also be assigned a partner who will act as your mentor throughout your training contract.
During each seat you will receive an intensive schedule of seminars to develop your knowledge and skills at an early stage in each seat. Each of your seats will feature a mid-seat and end of seat review during which you can discuss your progress and which areas need focus.
CPE/GDL and LPC course fees.
Maintenance allowance for CPE/GDL students, £10,000 for courses studied in London, Guildford and Oxford.
Maintenance allowance for LPC students, £10,000.
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- dispute resolution
- Private client
- Private equity
- Real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£1,744,000 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||720 (2019)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2019)|
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