City law for ethnic minorities

RPC

Leading lawyers. Great clients. And an unrivalled commercial approach to business. At RPC we offer a depth of knowledge and creativity that few firms can rival, and combine this with high quality training programmes that are consistently lauded in the leading directories.

Headquartered in a state of the art site in the City of London, we also have stunning offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our open plan, collaborative working environment – where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners an everyday reality – is designed to bring out the best in our people and to ensure that the service we offer our clients is second to none. And it is.

We provide top quality legal services to global businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and practices, including insurance, commercial litigation, construction, engineering and projects, corporate/M&A, IP and technology, media, real estate, employment and pensions, outsourcing, regulatory, tax and competition.

In 2015 we were named as best legal adviser by Legal Week and Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards. 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. We also won Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year 2015 and Commercial Team of the Year 2014 at the British Legal Awards as well as Competition Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2014. In 2013 we picked up gongs as Best Tax Team in a Law Firm and Best Trainee Recruitment Campaign. And, in 2012, we won Insurance Team of the Year at The Legal Business Awards and Corporate Team of the Year (midcap) at The Lawyer Awards, as well as Service Provider of the Year at the British Insurance Awards; we have also been voted by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative firms in Europe.

Training Contract

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.

Our Summer Programme

We run summer vacation schemes each year in our London office to enable prospective trainees to spend time with us, getting a feel for the work we do and the unique RPC atmosphere. Twelve students at a time spend two weeks with us experiencing the real working life of RPC, giving you a fantastic insight into whether a career here is right for you.

During the scheme we expose you to the business side of being a lawyer, including finding out about the importance of marketing and business development and involving you in a 'real-time' business project.

We also run an Open Day programme for high quality candidates who don't initially manage to land a place on the summer scheme itself. The Open Day gives a great snapshot of the firm. The day is packed full of activities, including handling work in two different departments, listening to presentations, taking part in skills workshops and attending networking events.

Funding

Bursaries are available for the GDL, if applicable, and the LPC. Bursaries comprise course and examination fees and maintenance grant of up to £7,000. We request that all our trainees complete their LPC and GDL at BPP law school.

Trainee salaries:

1st year: £37,000

2nd year: £40,000

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