Macfarlanes is a fully paid-up member of the silver circle, distinguished by high-end corporate work, a reluctance to expand internationally (it remains single-site, with one office off Chancery Lane) and very high profits per equity partner. For years it also maintained a stuffy, blue-blood image – a Slaughter and May in miniature, if you like. […]

Macfarlanes finally wades into innovation race with Kira partnership

Macfarlanes has joined a number of firms formalising its relationship with AI software Kira Systems in a bid to open up its innovation strategy. Macfarlanes has been late to engage with AI-enabled technology that is already used by firms including Mishcon de Reya, Travers Smith, DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to conduct due diligence […]

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Macfarlanes ups NQ salary to £70,000 and reveals 100% spring retention

Macfarlanes will keep on all six of its trainee solicitors qualifying this spring, and has increased its salary for newly-qualified solicitors to £70,000, up from £65,000. Seán Lavin, the firm’s head of graduate recruitment, said: “We recruit and train each generation of our trainees in the hope and expectation that all of them will qualify with […]

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Macfarlanes re-appoints management team until 2020

Macfarlanes has re-appointed senior partner Charles Martin and managing partner Julian Howard to continue in their roles until 2020. Martin and Howard’s terms are due to expire in May 2017 and have been extended for another three years. The firm did not carry out formal voting, but instead held consultations with partners in November and […]

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Macfarlanes’ Charles Martin: “We needed a wake-up call”

After two years of financial decline in 2010, Macfarlanes knew it needed to change. But senior partner Charles Martin says in retrospect the downturn was a positive catalyst, making the firm more adaptable than ever before. Like much of the market, Macfarlanes suffered in the financial downturn. Its revenue dropped 11 per cent in 2008/09, […]

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Macfarlanes: Mac to the future

Macfarlanes is changing – slowly. Gavriel Hollander discovers how the blue-blood firm is meeting the challenge of falling profits, no overseas network and a perennially stuffy image

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