If you're looking for a predictable career in a traditional firm, then please stop reading now. At RPC you'll get a whole lot more.
Of course clients expect their lawyers to understand the law. But what they really want is advice from smart people who get the commercial context and can spot the business implications. On this measure, you won’t find better than RPC; in 2015 the UK's leading client satisfaction report placed us in the top spot overall out of 383 firms benchmarked, and ranked us number one for quality of commercial advice. Not for the first time.
Combining this commercial outlook with some of the leading lawyers in their fields and great clients, we offer a depth of knowledge and creative approach to problem solving that few firms can rival. It's no surprise, then, that we're regularly praised in the leading directories for the quality of our training programmes.
Headquartered in a state of the art site in the City of London, we also have offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our culture of excellence, development and open access is driven by our open plan working environment where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners is an everyday reality. It brings out the best in our people and ensures that the service we offer our clients is second to none.
If you want to join us in challenging convention, we're offering training contracts on a full–time contract for two years.
We're intent on rewriting the rules. If you have courage and a pioneering spirit, we'd love to hear from you.
As a trainee you will receive first rate training in a supportive working environment. You will collaborate closely with a partner and will be given real responsibility as soon as you are ready to handle it. At least six months will be spent in four areas of our practice. We encourage our trainees to express preferences for the areas in which they would like to train. In addition to the Professional Skills Course, we provide a complementary programme of in-house training. When you qualify we hope you will stay with us and we always do our best to place you in the area of law that suits you most.
What do we look for in our trainees?
Although proven academic ability is important (we require a 2.1 degree or above, not necessarily in law) we value energy, enthusiasm, business sense, commitment and the ability to relate well to others just as highly.
Recruitment usually takes place in either July or August, two years before the training contract begins. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our assessment days during which they will meet our existing trainees, associates and partners.
Bursaries are available for the GDL, if applicable, and the LPC. Bursaries comprise course and examination fees and maintenance grants of up to £7,000. We request that all our trainees complete their LPC and GDL at BPP law school.
Areas of practice:
- banking & finance
- commercial litigation
- corporate insurance
- construction & projects
- corporate finance
- dispute resolution
- energy / transport / infrastructure
- insurance & reinsurance
- intellectual property
- personal injury
- professional negligence
- pensions & benefits
- real estate
Summer Scheme Student
I can honestly say that I enjoyed every aspect of the scheme. It was an extremely beneficial experience for me both in terms of finding out more about a career as a solicitor and about whether RPC is ...
I thought it was an excellently structured scheme which helped us to make the most of our time as a cohort. I would do it again if I had the chance. ...
Vacation Scheme Student
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at RPC. There was some great organised fun. The work in the sector groups were interesting and everyone was approachable, friendly and willing to explain issues. ...
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