Inclusion at Macfarlanes means ensuring that we have a workforce that represents a wide range of backgrounds, age and experience. It means ensuring that our staff experience inclusivity and fairness at work and that we are creating an environment where each person can achieve their goals and aspirations, Louise Zekaria, Head of Inclusion & CSR.
Macfarlanes is a leading City law firm with a straightforward, independently-minded approach. We bring smart, thoughtful solutions to the complex legal challenges faced by our clients around the world. We are recognised for the quality of our work and people, not just in dealing with the full range of corporate and commercial matters, but in advising our clients on their private affairs.
At Macfarlanes, we are committed to the creation of a culture of fairness. For us, a fair culture is one which respects the contributions which can be made by talented people from all backgrounds and with differing views and experiences and one which provides an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are convinced that such a culture enhances in a significant way our ability to provide a service of quality to our clients.
This culture of fairness underpins our recruitment practice and guides the firm's policies in relation to the development and retention of those who work at the firm. Our people are our biggest asset and vital to our continued success and our objective is to widen the pool of talent from which the next generation of lawyers will be drawn.
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We believe the strongest firm is achieved by choosing a mix of people, reflecting different styles so as to meet the needs that we, and our varied range of clients, will have in the future.
We've made a deliberate choice to remain smaller than many of our peers. As well as giving you the time and direct attention of the right people, the tight-knit, cohesive nature of our firm means you benefit from our collective experience. We talk to one another.
First Year Insight Day
The First Year Insight Day provides you with an insight into City Law and to show you what life and work is really like at a leading law firm. The day includes presentations, skills workshops along with work-shadowing a trainee or solicitor. Throughout the day you will have opportunity to meet trainees, solicitors and partners. Most importantly the day will provide you with skills and information to decide whether law is the career path for you.
Intake: 27 March 2018
Length: 1 day
Eligibility: To apply you must be either a first year student of a three year degree or a second year students of a four year degree, law or non-law.
The Vacation Scheme is designed to give you a two-week snapshot of life as a trainee. You will spend each of your two weeks in a different practice area and be given as much hands-on experience as possible. Alongside your work you will also undertake a mock transaction that will run for the duration of the two weeks and there are several social events. The two weeks will enable you to get to know people throughout the firm, develop a real understanding of the firm's culture and work and to find out if Macfarlanes is right for you.
Intake: Easter, 3 to 13 April 2018, Summer, 25 June to 6 July and 9 to 20 July 2018
Length: 2 weeks
Eligibility: To apply for a vacation scheme candidates are required to be in at least the penultimate year of a law or non-law degree.
The training contract at Macfarlanes combines hands-on experience with a first class education programme. Each year we recruit up to 30 graduates. Our aim is to train you and keep you; your future depends on the success of your training, as does the continued success of the firm. The offer of a training contract at Macfarlanes is an offer to build your whole career with us.
Intake: September 2019 and March 2020.
Length: 2 years
Eligibility: To apply for a Training Contract candidates are required to be in the penultimate year of a law degree, final year of a non-law degree or graduate. http://www.macfarlanes.com/careers/trainee-solicitors/your-career/the-training-contract.aspx
- Law Fairs We attend law fairs at a number of universities throughout October, November and December. At a law fair you will have the opportunity to speak openly to our Graduate Recruitment team and trainees about the opportunities available at Macfarlanes.
- Dinners Dinners are arranged across universities in association with University Law Societies. Dinners are attended by partners, solicitors and trainees, giving you plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gain an insight into life at Macfarlanes. Contact your university Law Society to find out if we will be visiting your university.
- Skills Workshops and Presentations We run a series of skills workshops and presentations on campus and at our offices. Our partners, solicitors and trainees visit a number of universities to talk about recent deals and to provide an insight into the work involved in our practice areas. In addition our Senior Partner, hosts presentations in November and January, sharing his views on the City legal market, past, present and future and his experiences of City Law. We run a series of skills workshops and presentations on campus and at our offices. Our partners, solicitors and trainees visit a number of universities to talk about recent deals and to provide an insight into the work involved in our practice areas. In addition our Senior Partner, hosts presentations in November and January, sharing his views on the City legal market, past, present and future and his experiences of City Law.
Tips for applying
If you have a disability we encourage you to be open during the recruitment process in order for us to be able to provide you with any assistance which you may require. We have a section within our online application form where you are able to inform us of anything which may be relevant when we are assessing your application, and inviting you into the firm for an assessment day.
- Be Yourself Be honest and tell us about you, why you would like to join Macfarlanes and what interests you about a career in law. We want to understand and gain an insight into the person behind the application.
- Provide as much detail as possible Any work experience you have undertaken or extra-curricular activity you've been involved with will have given you valuable skills, explain to us how you will utilise these skills to become a successful lawyer.
- Rolling basis Check the firm's policy on reviewing applications. We recruit on a rolling basis which means that we review applications as they come in. We will often have filled over 50% of our places before the deadline.
We believe the strongest firm is achieved by choosing a mix of people, reflecting different styles so as to meet the needs that we, and our varied range of clients, will have in the future. We look for a rare combination of intellectual curiosity, character and drive. We are looking for ambitious trainees who will thrive on responsibility and challenge and who are ready to begin their careers on day one.
Above all, what matters to us is your ability and drive to become an outstanding lawyer. If you're ambitious and have the determination to succeed, we will notice. We'll give you the support and exposure you need and the opportunities to grow and progress your career with us.
On joining you cannot expect to lose yourself in the crowd. There are fewer of us and you will be expected to play your part. Everyone's contribution counts.
- Intellectual curiosity
Reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process will be assessed on a case by case basis, and will be dealt with based on the information you provide us.
Eleni Papadopoulos, Trainee Solicitor "A personal strength I have developed as a result of my disability is my mental strength to persevere. Throughout my life I have been diagnosed with numerous disabilities and many different illnesses. I have always had to ‘bounce back’ from these and if they ever upset me, I would allow myself to be upset before coming up with some sort of action plan to move forward. I’ve always been proud of my ability to stay calm and work out what to do next when something ‘goes wrong’ and I think I have transferred this into my career in law because things do go wrong and you need to be able to deal with that stress and still produce a great piece of work for the client." Read more