Macfarlanes

We are a distinctive law firm with a straightforward, independently-minded approach.

 

For our clients, the driving force behind everything we do is an absolute commitment to delivering you the right advice in the right way.

We understand that because your world is complicated, unpredictable and pressured, you need clear, concise advice that is attuned to your needs. That takes experience, so our partners get involved and stay involved. With the support of tight-knit teams, they advise on your most critical matters with clarity and confidence.

Then there’s the size of our firm. We’ve kept things simple. We’ve decided against growth at the expense of quality, against size at the expense of efficiency and agility. So whilst we’re large enough to advise on your most complex matters, we’re also small enough to ensure that our people and our work are exceptional, without fail.

When operating internationally you want the best advice from the best lawyer - irrespective of the jurisdiction they are working in, or where they are based. You also want it integrated and interpreted for you. Our independent approach gives you just that, wherever you are.

For our people, we offer a stimulating workplace and pathways to rewarding careers. The talent at the firm today, and the excellence of legal advice and service that we set, offer our clients something quite exceptional. Attracting, nurturing and providing valuable careers for the 25 or so graduates who join us each year is the cornerstone on which our reputation for excellence is built. I’m proud of the talent and commitment in the firm, and the fact that we’ve been ranked the Best Graduate Employer amongst City firms by Legal Week’s Student Report for the past three years.

For you, whether you need advice on corporate and commercial matters or on your private affairs either in the UK or overseas – or are simply looking for great career opportunities – please contact us. We would be pleased to hear from you.

Macfarlanes London, United Kingdom
Jan 22, 2018
Full time
The financial services (non-contentious) group is looking to recruit a solicitor with 1 to 3 years' PQE. The non-contentious financial services practice comprises two partners, eight solicitors, one professional support lawyer, two trainee solicitors and one paralegal. The group Our client base is wide-ranging and includes asset managers (institutional asset managers, hedge fund, credit fund and private equity/real estate fund managers), investment banks, inter-dealer brokers, trading venues, wealth managers, corporate finance houses, sovereign wealth funds, payment services providers and e-money issuers, and family offices. We do a full range of regulatory work for our client base from perimeter advice, authorisations work, change in control issues, conduct of business and client money advice, outsourcing, governance and systems and controls, support on M&A work, regulatory developments (MAR, MiFID II, EMIR, SFTR, SM&CR, etc.), conducting internal investigations and s166 work. We work closely with the investment management group, tax, corporate, derivatives & trading and banking teams as well as our private client group. This is an exciting time to join an energetic and highly regarded team in a key area of strategic importance for the firm. The role The group are looking to recruit a solicitor with one to three years’ PQE to join its hugely successful team. The successful candidate will have experience in the following key areas as appropriate to their PQE: Buy-side experience, with some sell-side experience an advantage In-depth knowledge of MiFID II and AIFMD (EMIR and SFTR would be an advantage) Experience of working with institutional asset managers, private equity, hedge fund and credit fund managers Experience of running regulatory due diligence in support of corporate and banking teams, drafting due diligence reports and commenting on SPAs, BSAs, etc. Experience in advising on perimeter issues relating to e.g. authorisations, client money issues, interaction between MiFID and RAO, etc. Experience in managing regulatory applications, e.g. authorisations, variations of permission, change in control, waiver applications, etc. Experience in relation to governance of financial institutions, implementation of the SM&CR for banks/insurers and its expansion to all other firms Experience in working with / managing local counsel in other jurisdictions and ability to digest foreign law advice and present it for clients In addition to the above, contentious regulatory experience (e.g. s166, Enforcement, internal investigations / reviews) would be advantageous but is not essential. The candidate The successful candidate will have 1 to 3 years’ PQE from a highly regarding firm. They will have excellent academic credentials from A Levels, with a minimum 2.1 degree and a Distinction or Commendation in the LPC (and GDL if applicable), or equivalent. The successful candidate will have good presentation skills both written and oral, and will be able to juggle multiple matters (somebody who is used to acting on one large matter at a time may struggle with this role). Demonstrable enthusiasm for the practice area is essential, along with a can-do attitude, independence and initiative. We expect all our solicitors to work closely with clients, assume real responsibility and gain experience on a variety of matters. Our matters often have a cross-border element, so our solicitors frequently liaise with specialists in overseas jurisdictions. This job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the group’s objectives and firm’s policy.
Macfarlanes London, United Kingdom
Jan 22, 2018
Full time
The litigation department is seeking to recruit a solicitor with 2 to 3 years’ post qualification experience to work in our Financial Services Litigation & Investigations team. The successful candidate will have excellent academic credentials, high quality legal experience, energy and enthusiasm. We are looking for a solicitor who will enjoy working in a cohesive team and is keen to support the firm’s goal of providing outstanding client service. We are committed to providing first class training and support to all our lawyers.  Background This is a very busy team of 5 partners, 12 solicitors and a number of trainees, who regularly advise global corporations and financial institutions in relation to some of their most significant and sensitive international disputes, investigations and enforcement matters. The team carries out a broad spectrum of work including: independent investigations, s166 and ‘shadow’ s166 reports; FCA and SFO led investigations and enforcement actions; global regulatory investigations; and litigation for financial services businesses and institutions. The way we work: We expect all our solicitors to work closely with clients and assume real responsibility. Assistants are not allocated to a specific partner for all their work and so will gain experience on a variety of matters. Our matters often have a cross-border element, so our solicitors frequently liaise with specialists in overseas jurisdictions Teams are partner lead, and so our solicitors learn and develop through working closely with a senior member of the team. We staff matters with lean teams so all team members get real involvement in a project. The team (and the firm) works in a very collegiate manner. There are no chargeable time targets for associates. Continued professional education is an important part of life at all levels within the team. Business development with the leading independent firms around the world (but particularly in the US) is very important and associates at all levels are encouraged to get involved with this. We are recognised for the quality of our work, which competes with the Magic Circle, and the quality of our people is an essential element of this – any recruitment will only be made if this high standard is met, and we will not recruit merely to make up our numbers. The nature of the role Key duties will include: High levels of responsibility Day-to-day contact with clients, regulators (including FCA and SFO), overseas lawyers and LPOs Providing legal, regulatory and tactical advice Preparing for and interviewing witnesses Marshalling and understanding detailed facts including financial data, e-communications and witness evidence This job description encompasses the main duties of the role and is by no means exhaustive. It is anticipated that duties may vary from time to time accordingly in line with the needs of the practice area. The candidate We want to recruit a lawyer that fulfils the following criteria: An ambitious, self-starter with the confidence to take on a significant level of responsibility and who has genuine interest and enthusiasm for the area of practice Strong academic qualifications from A Levels, with a minimum 2:1 degree 2 to 3 years’ post-qualification experience from a litigation practice Experience of working in large scale international regulatory investigations Detailed knowledge of FCA rules, procedures and processes Ideally, experience of SFO rules, procedures and processes and familiarity with key relevant aspects of criminal law Good post-qualification experience in general commercial litigation (in particular, international cross border disputes) A genuine commitment to develop their professional and legal skills and the profile of the team Articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard Capable and enthusiastic about developing this area of our practice both internally (predominantly through education) and externally (through business development). For us, it is all about the individual and their capabilities. We are looking for somebody who can hit the ground running and work independently without the need for constant guidance. We need somebody who is technically confident so when business needs require, the Assistant can hold their own and answer any technical questions a client might have.
Macfarlanes London, United Kingdom
Oct 20, 2017
Full time
The Banking and Finance Group is seeking to recruit a solicitor with 2 to 5 years' UK post-qualification experience. We want to recruit a lawyer that fulfils the following criteria: Strong academic qualifications from A Levels, with a minimum 2:1 degree At least one Banking and Finance seat completed during the lawyer’s Training Contract 2 to 5 years’ post-qualification experience from a Magic Circle, Silver Circle or regional law firm Good post-qualification experience in (a) leveraged finance, including senior, mezzanine and preferably high yield transactions and/or (b) real estate finance transactions Ambitious, with a genuine commitment to develop their professional and legal skills and the profile of the team Articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard within a team of highly competent solicitors at the top of their game The Banking and Finance Group comprises eights partners, supplemented by partners in our Financial Services Regulation and Banking and Finance Litigation groups, supported by a very collegiate and close-knit team of one senior counsel, 19 solicitors, a dedicated PSL, four trainees and four paralegals.  The group has successfully grown over the last five years, and now incorporates a broad range of finance related practice areas – including acquisition finance, restructuring and insolvency, fund finance, real estate finance, structured finance and mezzanine finance.  Our current need to recruit is driven by an increase in work across all areas of our practice. Lawyers in our Banking and Finance Group are not allocated to particular areas of work or particular partners, and would be exposed to all the areas of work covered by the group.  We encourage some specialisation as associates become more senior but all our associates and partners cover a wide range of the team’s areas of expertise.  Client secondments are common and secondments to overseas law firms may be possible.  We also encourage our assistants to participate in our client and business development activities. We take a flexible approach to recruitment and aim to recruit people that we believe show talent, motivation and potential – so there is some flexibility in the criteria above where a strong case is clearly shown.  We are recognised for the quality of our work, which competes with the Magic Circle, and the quality of our people is an essential element of this – any recruitment will only be made if this high standard is met, and we will not recruit merely to make up our numbers. We believe Macfarlanes offers a smart alternative to the Magic Circle, with excellent prospects and a real opportunity for ambitious lawyers to develop and work for quality clients on difficult and rewarding transactions.  Our Banking and Finance team has an proven reputation for producing strong lawyers who feel part of a cohesive, friendly and supportive team, and whose efforts are appreciated and rewarded by the firm.  Part of our drive to achieve is shown by the importance we place on the development of our solicitors’ legal and commercial skills - we believe our Education and Training programme is second to none. Direct applications only - strictly no recruitment agencies.