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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.

Clients 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. 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.

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Who are we looking for?

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.

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.

Legal Practice Course (LPC)

All our trainees study the Legal Practice Course at the London Holborn branch of BPP Law School. You will study with those going to other firms during the compulsory elements of the LPC. You will also study a separate set of electives, exclusively for Macfarlanes trainees so you are better prepared for work in our distinctive range of practice areas.

Sponsorship: CPE/GDL and LPC fees paid in full and a £7,000 maintenance allowance.

Training Contract

Trainees will spend six months in four different practice areas: typically one seat in corporate and M&A, two seats in either commercial real estate, private client, litigation or tax and then a seat in one of the specialised corporate practice areas. In each seat trainees will share a room with a partner or senior solicitor who will act as a supervisor. There will be both a mid-seat and an end-of-seat review in each practice area to discuss the trainee’s development.

Training Contract Places: up to 30

Training Contract September 2018 / March 2019 applications: please apply using our on line application form via our website here.

We run a series of events throughout the year including law fairs, dinners, workshops and presentations. Our events offer you the opportunity to find out more about Macfarlanes and meet some of the graduates who have trained with us.

Please visit our website here for further information.

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Macfarlanes is 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. We believe that a diverse culture enhances in a significant way our ability to provide a service of quality to our clients.

If you have a disability we encourage you to disclose this at any point during the recruitment process in order for us to be able provide you with any assistance which you may require. We do 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 open day or an assessment day.

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. If you would like to discuss anything with a member of our graduate recruitment team, please feel free to email us at Any information you provided us with is treated within the strictest confidence by our HR and Graduate Recruitment teams.