|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|No. of offices||Two (London and Brussels)|
|No. of lawyers||Approximately 305|
|No. of employees||Approximately 505|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||£167.6 million (2016/17)|
|Profit per equity partner||£1.38 million (2016/17)|
|Date founded||1875 (London)|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Macfarlanes LLP is a corporate law firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It advises national and multinational companies, business leaders and high-net-worth individuals in the UK and internationally across the full range of corporate and commercial matters as well as on their private affairs.
In 2016/17 Macfarlanes achieved total revenues of £167.6 million and profits per equity partner of £1.38 million. It is regarded as forming part of the "Silver Circle" of leading UK law firms.
Macfarlanes was founded in the City of London in 1875 by George Watson Neish. In 1894 Neish was joined in partnership by John Embleton Macfarlane and the firm moved to premises in Watling Street. The firm's offices suffered bomb damage during the Second World War. In 1958 the firm moved to a new office, Dowgate Hill House. In 1962 the firm adopted its current name Macfarlanes, named after then-senior partner Craig Macfarlane. The firm has grown organically over the years to its current size and has never merged.
In September 2010 Macfarlanes advised Four Seasons Health Care, the largest UK-based care home group, on the restructuring of its £1.6 billion debt facilities. In October 2010 the firm announced that it would be introducing a new senior solicitor level from early 2011. In July 2012 Macfarlanes advised Stanhope, backed by Mitsui Fudosan UK and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, on its purchase of the BBC Television Centre.
In January 2012 Macfarlanes was joined by a nine-strong team from the boutique specialist hedge fund law firm, D Harris & Co International Limited, to complement the firm’s existing hedge funds practice.
In September 2013 Macfarlanes advised Verizon Communications on its acquisition of Vodafone's 45 per cent interest in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion, one of the biggest deals in corporate history.
Main practice areas
Macfarlanes' main practice areas are:
- Commercial, brands and IP
- Corporate and M&A
- Corporate and regulatory investigations
- Data privacy
- Financial services regulation
- Hedge funds
- Investment management
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Private client
- Private equity
- Professional practices and LLPs
- Real estate
- Restructuring and insolvency
Notable alumni of Macfarlanes include:
- David Gauke, Conservative MP and current Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
- Sir David Tang, noted socialite (joined as a trainee solicitor, but left before completing his training contract)
- Vanni Treves CBE, former senior partner of the firm and chairman of Channel Four Television Corporation
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