Education: Law, Sussex
Joined: As a trainee 2015
Practice area: 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. I also liked the firm’s wider perspective on recruitment. Obviously academic success is important, but other skills such as communication and team work are also highly valued. This, combined with the quality of clients and interesting work, really cemented my decision to join the firm.
The work is often complex and high value, however the firm’s size means that trainees get more exposure to clients earlier than at many City firms. During my second seat in commercial property, I often worked on matters on my own which I had not expected. I spoke directly with clients and drafted documents – always under the watchful eye of my supervisor. I found that terrifying at the beginning but now realise it was genuinely the best way to learn.
A highlight for me so far was during my first seat in funds when I worked on a large closing of a fund for one of the firm’s biggest clients. We had to prepare all of the documents and make sure that the investors and clients were ready to go. It was a big job with plenty of late nights but was very exciting to be part of such a huge deal where I was given a lot of responsibility.
Outside of work, I have also enjoyed the range of CSR activities to get involved with. Each year the firm chooses a charity of the year to support and there are regular fundraising events from social events and quizzes to sporting challenges and raffles. They are a good opportunity to get to know people from across the firm.
I have had a wonderful experience training here and have made some very good friends.
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.