Macfarlanes is a leading City Law firm. The firm is recognised for the quality of its work, not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising its clients on their private affairs. They trust Macfarlanes’ judgement and the firm is in a unique position to advise on their most complex matters, whilst at the same time remaining smaller than its competitors.
As advisers to many of the world's leading businesses and business leaders, Macfarlanes manages international matters in an effective and seamless manner. It gives clients a single point of contact and co-ordinates advice across all relevant jurisdictions.
In short, it has a formidable and unique combination of expertise and culture; and relies on remarkable individuals to shape the firm for the future.
The firm’s main areas of practice are in banking and finance; commercial; competition; corporate and M&A; corporate and regulatory investigations; data privacy; employment; financial services regulation; hedge funds; investment funds; IP and IT; litigation and dispute resolution; pensions; private client; private equity; real estate; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.
Macfarlanes believes the strongest firm is achieved by choosing a mix of people – reflecting different styles so as to meet the needs that it– and its varied range of clients – will have in the future. It looks for a rare combination of intellectual curiosity, character and drive. It is looking for ambitious trainees who will thrive on responsibility and challenge and who are ready to begin their careers on day one.
On joining you cannot expect to lose yourself in the crowd. You will be expected to play your part. Everyone’s contribution counts.
A training contract at Macfarlanes combines hands-on experience with a first class education programme. There’s no watching from the sidelines: training at the firm means getting involved. You’ll be working on real cases, doing real work for real clients. As a trainee you will complete four six-month seats in different areas of practice; typically it is one seat in corporate and M&A, two seats in either private client, litigation, commercial real estate or tax, and then a seat in a specialised practice areas within corporate. Support and guidance are, of course, vital and you will find your supervisor a valuable source of information and inspiration.
Macfarlanes recruits around 25 trainee solicitors each year across two intakes (March and September) and 55 vacation students across its Easter and summer schemes. Applications for the firm’s vacation schemes are welcomed from those who are in at least their penultimate year of a degree from any degree discipline