My Path to RPC
I read law at the University of Oxford, where there was a strong focus on the academic side of the law, before undertaking the LPC at the University of Law, where I got to grips with the practical side of being a solicitor. I came across RPC when researching law firms and was struck by its modern, fresh and forward-thinking philosophy, which made it stand out from other law firms I had visited.
My first impressions were confirmed when I took part in a vacation scheme at RPC. It involved spending a week in two different departments and, in both departments, employees put a lot of effort into making sure vac schemers were involved in interesting and useful work. The departments that I sat in were Media, where I got involved in defending a defamation claim that had been brought against a charity, and Professional & Financial Risks, where my years of experience summarising cases came in useful. I was delighted to be offered a training contract following the vacation scheme. The training contract at RPC involves doing four six-month seats, in four different departments, including client and international secondments.
My first seat was in the Commercial Disputes department. This is one of RPC's largest departments and sees a constant stream of high-value cases for major clients. When I was in Commercial Disputes, I was the only trainee working on a hotly anticipated case that featured in The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2020, which meant I got plenty of exposure attending court and meeting the client and counsel. I found it was a great seat to do first as I got plenty of support and learnt a lot by working on several different cases, which means I got a lot of experience in various stages of litigation. It's exciting to work on high-profile cases that are regularly in both mainstream and legal press, driving change and establishing case law.
Intellectual Property and Technology
I am now in the IP & Tech department, which has been very exciting. The work is similar to what I was doing in commercial disputes, but the clients and underlying context of the cases worked on is rooted in IP, which means I get to dive into some interesting and complex IP issues. Again, the work that we do is very substantial, and the client roster is very impressive. I've also been given great levels of responsibility, liaising directly with the client, third parties and counsel – and I'm only half way through the seat!
Outside of work, there's lots going on at RPC. There are both departmental and firm-wide events, plenty of societies/clubs and we also have lots of different work streams that you can get involved in. The firm actively supports these initiatives, and you get you quite a lot of freedom and backing to realise your goals. One of the best things to come out of this has got to be the "Bring your Dog to Work" day we had last year – it was so fun having lots of furry companions around the office and it got everyone talking to people that they wouldn't normally come across.