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Our Trainees – and our training programme – have been consistently recognised for excellence, too, this year alone winning Best Vacation Scheme at the AllAboutLaw Awards 2022 and Best Law Firm for Peer Support at the Legal Cheek Awards 2022.

We have also been ranked in 15th place in the Top 100 Undergraduate Employers table 2021-2022 and recognised in Excellence for Best Recruitment Campaign and Best Culture at the AllAboutLaw Awards 2022.

At RPC, you can be you. In an environment that’s real. Strikingly real.

If you value character over conformity, the unique over the uniform, and ambition over apathy, let’s talk.

RPC is here to help you achieve your ambitions.

For us, success comes from building real-life relationships. Real-life relationships with our clients as much as our people. And it comes from thinking creatively to achieve the best commercial solutions. We thrive in an environment that’s collaborative, forward-thinking and where you’re free to express your personality. An environment that allows you to make the most of your strengths. This is our commitment to you.

Our lawyers are market leaders. Our clients are often household names. And together we achieve award-winning results. Results that have seen RPC regularly voted amongst the best for commercial advice.

Our business is built on mutual respect and trust. That’s where you come in. From day one, you’ll collaborate with our Partners; you’ll have contact with clients; and you’ll be given real responsibility. As a Trainee, you could be assisting with large-scale global disputes, or offering business-critical commercial advice.

But you won’t be left to fend for yourself, you’ll receive first-rate training. You’ll be able to develop your skills and you’ll be encouraged to use your creativity to solve complex problems. We’re agile and flexible, and that’s reflected in our approach to our Trainees. You can choose to spend time in a wide variety of practice areas supporting a range of dynamic sectors. And not just in London, with training contracts, placements and schemes on offer in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore, too, we’re truly international.

We also offer alternative routes into law. No matter what stage you are in your life, our apprenticeship scheme in Bristol will help build the foundations of your career with the training and support you’ll need to excel.

Our award-winning Summer Schemes are as much about you experiencing life with us, as us experiencing working with you. Over two weeks you’ll get real exposure to real work in a real-life environment. Fully integrated into our teams, you’ll get to know the people from the get-go. If you’re just after a snapshot of life in our law firm, we also offer Insight Days where you can shadow, network, and experience our culture first hand.

So, if you’re a creative thinker who wants a career in a firm that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.

Our vision is to be our clients’ first choice law firm, guiding them through opportunities and challenges. It isn’t just about black letter law; it’s about building open relationships with our clients to help them get the most out of our business.

We genuinely care about the work that we do. Whether it’s a complex insurance claim, large-scale global dispute, business-critical commercial advice or transactional support, our clients really trust us.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved across a range of industry sectors and practices, including insurance, retail, tech, commercial litigation, construction, corporate/M&A, IP and technology, commercial contracts, media, real estate, employment and pensions, outsourcing, regulatory, tax, international trade and competition.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Media
  • Tax
Head quartersLondon
Number of Offices4
Office Locations - Overview
  • South West
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Bristol
Location of Major International Offices
  • Asia
No of Partners103
No of Lawyers262

Training Contracts

Applications open 1st October 2022

As a Trainee, we believe you’ll deliver your best if you’re free to be you. And that means being able to ask questions openly, being supported to develop your strengths, and having the right opportunities to grow. Our physical offices are non-hierarchical and open plan which means you’ll be sitting close to our Partners and Associates.  What’s more, our dynamic working principles empower everyone at RPC to shape how they split their time working in and out of the office; balancing their own preferences, supporting each other and delivering exceptional client service.  Whether you’re handling complex insurance claims, resolving large-scale global disputes, or providing commercial advice and transactional support, your opinions will be listened to and respected.

We believe personal growth comes from being challenged. You’ll be given real responsibility throughout your training, but you’ll never be left to fend for yourself. Our training is award-winning. You’ll have a Supervising Partner and Associate to help you day to day, a mentor to show you the ropes, and a dedicated Trainee development team to support you.

We also believe you’ll grow if you’re free to explore. At least six months will be spent in four different areas of our practice, so you can discover where you fit in the best. You may have an opportunity to be seconded to one of our clients as an in-house lawyer. This will give you the chance to form genuine relationships with the people behind the cases. You’ll use your personality to become more commercially aware and legally proficient.

In addition, as an RPC Trainee you may get an opportunity to spend six months of your contract seconded to our Hong Kong, London or Singapore offices depending on where you’re based.

Recruitment for our summer schemes usually takes place in January and February. If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment days, during which you’ll meet our existing Trainees, Associates and Partners. If successful following the summer scheme, your training contract will start two years later. Our assessment days can be run virtually.

So, if you’re a creative thinker who wants a career that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.

The deadline for London applications is 25 June 2023.

The deadline for Bristol applications is 26 March 2023.

 

Location
  • London
  • Bristol
Degree class2:1
Other Specific Academic Requirements
  • If you're applying for a training contract in the UK, you’ll need a 2:1 degree awarded or predicted, or the equivalent qualifications. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account when reviewing an application.
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - CommentsPostgraduate Diploma in Law (only if you are a non-law graduate). Funding: fees and SQE paid, plus up to £8,000 maintenance. Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Law. Funding: fees and SQE paid, plus up to £8,000 maintenance.
Assessment Process
  • Written Exercise
  • Application via our online recruitment portal
  • Cognitive aptitude test
  • Assessment day
  • Verbal Exercise

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Vacation Schemes

Applications open 1st October 2022

Summer Schemes

Our award-winning Summer Schemes are as much about you experiencing life with us, as us experiencing working with you. Over two weeks you’ll get real exposure to real work in a real-life environment. Fully integrated into our teams, you’ll get to know the people from the get-go. If you’re just after a snapshot of life in our law firm, we also offer Insight Days where you can shadow, network, and experience our culture first hand.

So, if you’re a creative thinker who wants a career in a firm that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.

Apply now

Virtual Experience Programme

Take this free virtual opportunity to up-skill yourself get a true feel of what it’s like to work at RPC.

Why join this Virtual Experience Programme?

Do you want a career in a firm that values personality as much as professionalism? At RPC, we thrive in an environment that’s collaborative, forward-thinking and where you’re free to express your personality.
Our lawyers are market leaders. Our clients are often household names. And together we achieve award-winning results. Whether it’s a complex insurance claim, large-scale global dispute, business-critical commercial advice or transactional support, our clients really trust us.

Explore life at RPC and the work we do by completing our virtual experience programme.

No prior legal knowledge or work experience is required to participate in this experience. Please note your work will not be used for recruitment and assessment purposes.

Benefits of this Virtual Experience Programme

  • Earn a Certificate. When you complete the RPC Virtual Programme, you’ll earn a personalised completion certificate to share with prospective employers and your professional network.
  • Do it in your own time. Fit the RPC Virtual Programme in with your busy schedule. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals.
  • Make your CV and LinkedIn stand out. You’ll be able to include this experience on your CV and Linkedin profile. Demonstrate that you’re ambitious, hardworking and have developed valuable practical skills.
  • Learn direct from RPC. This RPC Virtual Programme has been created by leaders at RPC. You’ll receive instructions from the RPC team and compare your work with real model solutions from RPC.
  • Gain real work experience. Throughout the RPC Virtual Programme, you’ll develop deep insights into what it is actually like to work at RPC.
  • Set yourself up for success. No more applying for jobs without knowing what the role involves. Build the confidence and practical skills that employers are looking for.

What will you do in this Virtual Experience Programme?

  • Draft a letter responding to a potential claim relating to a collapsed bridge.
  • Protect our client’s position with a robust letter, denying the allegations made against it.
  • Leave a voicemail for a client.
  • Communicating your message quickly and clearly.
  • Produce a research note on a potential client for a Partner briefing.
  • Identifying relevant commercial information quickly and detailing it clearly.
  • Review a celebrity publicity agreement relating to the launch of a champagne brand.
  • Protect our client’s interests with a contract review and proof read, flagging 3 key areas to negotiate.

This programme is self-paced. It takes 4-5 hours to complete this Virtual Experience Programme.

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No of Vacation Schemes / yr24
Average % of Vacation Schemers who secure a Training Contract76
Degree class2:1

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