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Macfarlanes is a distinctive law firm with a straightforward, independently minded approach. It is recognised for the quality of its work, providing thoughtful solutions to the complex legal challenges faced by its clients around the world.

The firm: The driving force behind the firm is an absolute commitment to delivering the right advice in the right way to its clients.

The firm understands that clients face mounting complexity and time pressure, and Macfarlanes' lawyers use their experience to deliver clear, concise advice. The firm's partners get involved, stay involved, and with the support of tight knit teams, advise on the most critical matters with clarity and confidence.

The firm's carefully managed size means that it is large enough to handle the most complex and high-value transactions and disputes while small enough to ensure exceptional quality of its people and work, without fail.

International: much of the firm's work is international, advising both overseas-based and UK clients on multijurisdictional projects. The firm's international strategy is founded on its independence and is driven by the firm's excellent relationships with leading independent law firms outside the UK. Macfarlanes takes a 'client first' approach to international work; this means its clients get the best advice from the best lawyer – irrespective of the jurisdiction they are working in, or where they are based.

Recruitment: Macfarlanes offers a stimulating workplace and pathways to rewarding careers. Its lawyers are of the absolute highest technical ability, many of whom are leaders in their chosen fields. It recruits around 30 graduates each year with the expectation that they will stay with the firm. Many of them do, creating a stable partnership of extraordinary quality.

There is no Macfarlanes 'type'; individual personalities and flair are welcomed and encouraged. For more information about career opportunities please visit the website.

  • Number of UK partners: 86
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 330

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Legal Developments by:
Macfarlanes LLP

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

    - Macfarlanes

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