Meet our people

At Macfarlanes, our people are key to our success. Here are some of our lawyers - current and future - and business services staff talking about different aspects of their experience at Macfarlanes.

Sam Brooks

Senior Counsel, Investment Management

"I have always thought of the firm as extremely professional. The partners are impressive, keen to learn about you and many are younger than I was expecting."

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Jat Bains

Partner, Finance

"We give trainees as much responsibility as they can handle – the best way to learn is through doing the work of a solicitor."

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Benson Egwuonwu

Trainee, Litigation

"Macfarlanes primarily appealed to me because of its excellent reputation in corporate and private client work. I was particularly interested in the firm’s independent business strategy; Macfarlanes is based in London, yet it regularly conducts sophisticated international work with a variety of clients."

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Sarah-Louise Fernandez

Solicitor, Litigation

"Putting legal work into a real life context made the possibility of a career in this industry all the more fathomable and feasible."

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Andrew House

Director of Facilities, General Admin

"My main responsibility is to manage, build and lead a professional team to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the firm's administration and service departments."

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Kirstie Hutchinson

Partner, Finance

"The City is a leading global legal and financial centre, and I wanted the challenge and buzz of working in a sector at the top of its game."

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Gruffudd Jones

Solicitor, Corporate and M&A

"From trainees to partners, the quality of the people who work at Macfarlanes is extraordinary."

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Georgia Krell

Trainee, Litigation

"For me, Macfarlanes stood out from the other top City firms in terms of its size, the combination of practice areas and its reputation for excellence."

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Lorna Longworth

Solicitor, Private Client

"As a trainee I joined the firm's CSR Committee which is responsible for the firm's varied CSR initiatives. These include providing legal advice at a debt clinic in South London, mentoring GCSE and A Level students from inner city schools through their studies and providing advice on a range of firm wide pro bono matters."

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Charlie Maydon Grace

Solicitor, Private Client

"I appreciate working in a creative and intelligent environment where people bounce ideas off each other and are genuinely interested in each other’s opinion."

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Matt McCahearty

Partner, Litigation

"During my time on secondment, I was fortunate enough to work on the trial teams of a number of cases that spanned from a multi-million dollar anti-trust jury trial in Florida to a defamation and extortion trial in New Jersey."

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George Mitkov

Future Trainee

"Knowing Macfarlanes was one of the top firms in the City, I thought it’d be a good idea to get an initial insight into the firm."

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Isobel Morton

Solicitor, Private Client

"I spent six months on secondment at the New York office of an international firm with a formidable reputation and a diverse client base."

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Giles Neoh

Trainee

"Before starting my two-week vacation scheme at Macfarlanes, I had not imagined having a casual chat with the senior partner having come face to face with him in a lift. Charles Martin struck up a conversation because he didn’t recognise me."

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Valery Nformba

Solicitor, Finance

"I have particularly loved working in small, partner-led teams. Working with others makes sharing the workload much easier, and ensures you always have someone to hand to voice any issues."

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Sarah Parker

Senior Secretary, Litigation

"No matter which department you are part of, you always feel as though you are part of a team."

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Elizabeth Parsons

Solicitor, Commercial Real Estate

"I met a team from Macfarlanes at a recruitment fair and was impressed by their passion for the firm, and their engaging and friendly manner."

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Sandeesh Shah

Paralegal, Financial Services

"I like the variety of work that I get involved with. The work is also challenging, so I am constantly learning. I think this is a great reflection of the level of work that Macfarlanes gives to paralegals and trainees, it is a lot of actual legal work rather than just team administration."

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Kirsten Sutcliffe

Senior Business Development Manager

"There is no such thing as a typical day. This is what has kept me here for the last seven years."

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Clare Wilson

Solicitor, Private Client

"From day one, I have found Macfarlanes to be a very welcoming place. We have an open door policy and so it is easy to pop into someone else's room to discuss a difficult issue or just to have a chat."

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Sharon Xenophontos

Senior Manager, HR

"It’s great to work with talented, intelligent people who are not only really good at their jobs, but also good people to be around."

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Jeyda Yilmaz

Legal Recruitment Manager. HR

"I am responsible for recruiting all lateral non-partner fee earners across the firm. I work closely with the partners, build strong relationships with recruitment agencies and do all I can to ensure that every applicant has a positive experience with Macfarlanes."

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