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We were named as Best Legal Adviser by Legal Week every year since 2009 for our commitment to delivering excellent client service.

In 2015 we won Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards.  And in 2014 we were twice named Law firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards and the Halsbury Legal Awards having been nominated four times before over the previous 18 months.

More recently, we were named Adviser of the Year at 2017 London Market Awards, Best Tax Team in a Law Firm at the Taxation Awards 2017 and Best Client Service Innovation at The Lawyer Awards 2017. Our Trainees – and our training programme – have been consistently recognised for excellence, too, including winning Best Commercial Awareness Blog at the Legal Cheek Awards 2017 and Best Vacation Scheme – International or City Firm – All About Law Top Law Firms.

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.

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.

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 have contact 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 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 business 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 business sectors and practices, including insurance, commercial litigation, construction, corporate/M&A, IP and technology, retail, 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 Partners81
No of Lawyers216

Training Contracts

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 offices are non-hierarchical and open plan. This means from day one you’ll be sitting close to a partner. 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, including insurance and commercial, 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. Real people with lives away from their desks. 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 Bristol, Hong Kong,  London or Singapore offices depending on where you’re based.

Recruitment for Bristol and London training contracts usually takes place in April and August respectively.  If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment days during which you’ll meet our existing Trainees, Associates, Legal Directors and Partners.  If successful following the assessment day, your training contract will start two years later.

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 Bristol applications is 13 March 2020.

The deadline for London applications is 26 June 2020.

 

 

Degree class2:1
A levels3
Other Specific Academic Requirements
  • If you're applying for a training contract in the UK, you’ll need eight high-grade GCSEs, three high-grade A-levels and a 2:1 degree awarded or predicted, or the equivalent qualifications.
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - CommentsBursaries 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 ask that all our trainees complete their LPC and GDL at The University of Law.

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Vacation Schemes

Speed networking, meeting clients, pizza-making classes, attending court and hands-on real case experience. We’ll show you the real RPC during our Summer Schemes. And be warned, it’s pretty striking.

You’ll be welcomed into our London office and given an opportunity to spend time getting to experience life in a unique law firm for yourself. It’s also our chance to get to know you and understand what you may be able to offer us. During these two weeks, you’ll be fully integrated into our teams, getting involved in projects and giving you a fantastic insight into whether a career at RPC is right for you.


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Open Days

London Insight Day

Our Insight Days are just that. Insightful. Experience real life as a trainee through work-shadowing opportunities, taking part in an application skills session and networking with people from all across the firm.

Open to students in their penultimate or final year studying law or final year of a non-law degree, it’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about RPC before you submit your summer scheme or training contract application. If you have a genuine interest in a career in law and are a creative thinker with a desire to make a real difference, we want to hear from you.

Our London Insight Day takes place on 4 November 2019.

The deadline for the 2018 London Insight Day is 30 October 2019.

 

London Spring Workshop

For a great snapshot of RPC, our workshops are a fascinating opportunity to learn, network and get prepared for a career in law.

The workshops are packed full of activities, including:

  • Handling work in one of our departments
  • Listening to interactive spotlight presentations on our practice areas and life as a trainee
  • Taking part in skills sessions to prepare you for application season
  • Attending networking events

Studying law? You can join us for this workshop if you’re in your first year.

Studying a non-law degree? You must be in your penultimate year.

Our London Spring Workshop takes place on 18 February 2020. 

The deadline to apply for the London Spring Workshop is 10 February 2020.

 

Number of Open Days2
Location
  • London

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