Whilst studying law at the University of York, I attended numerous law fairs and open days to learn more about what type of firm I wanted to train at. As someone interested in working for a mid-sized international law firm with high profile clients and exciting work, RPC was a perfect fit.
I began my training contract in September 2016 in the Professional and Financial Risks team. Having lived abroad in France, Norway and the US (Texas) for most of my life, I was interested in RPC as a firm which undertakes both international and domestic work. During my first seat, I was fortunate enough to be involved in numerous international insurance claims under various policies. I regularly monitored news updates for insurer clients following a potential insurance claim in Brazil and assisted with the preparation for a Lithuanian arbitration. I also drafted several letters of advice in relation to a coverage dispute in South Korea. A highlight of the seat was attending an exciting mediation and subsequently drafting the settlement agreement. I also assisted with several solicitors' negligence disputes on the Professional Risks side, attending multiple hearings and a week-long trial.
I am currently sitting in the Commercial Disputes team and working on a major negligence dispute. So far in the department, I have been heavily involved in the disclosure stage and have attended several witness interviews to assist with witness statements. Whilst I have only been in the department for a few months, I feel immersed into the team. I have also drafted letters and emails to clients, attended court hearings as well as an expert assessment in Oxford for an Icelandic Supreme Court case!
RPC's offices are open plan which is a fantastic opportunity for trainees to learn from those around them. Everyone is extremely approachable and there is a great support system. Every trainee has two supervisors: a partner and another fee-earner within the firm. Trainees also choose an associate mentor to assist with professional and personal development. The trainee buddy system is very helpful in the first few months for those trainee-specific questions.
Aside from work, RPC has many exciting opportunities for trainees to get involved in. I am part of the editorial team for the Trainees take on business blog. The blog is entirely trainee run and enables trainees to comment on interesting business aspects, whilst raising their profile within the firm.
A few weeks ago, I attended an RPC Badminton Masterclass with Olympic Silver medallists Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson. I also went on the annual ski trip in February to Courmayeur, Italy. If that’s not enough, RPC has a house system (everyone in the firm is placed in Reynolds, Porter or Chamberlain). As part of the Chamberlain committee, I am helping to organise upcoming events. Past events have included spinning classes, wine tasting and an 80s Disco.
My experience so far at RPC has exceeded my expectations and I am excited for what is to come.