It’s an age-old cliché you hear constantly - ‘my firm is really nice and friendly’. This is honestly true of RPC. RPC first caught my eye at a law fair in 2017. They had a standout ‘manifesto’ that they were promoting that encouraged candidates to ‘rip up the rule book’. I hadn’t seen another law firm market themselves like this before, so I was really drawn to find out more.
I was thrilled to have been invited to attend a vacation scheme at RPC. I had such an enjoyable two weeks there. I attended the Royal Courts of Justice, went to client meetings, walked in London Pride, amongst many other exciting experiences. The thing that stood out to me the most was how their culture wasn’t compromised by their high-profile clients. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, I really felt included and part of firm.
To caveat, my experience has been a little 'unconventional' in the sense that my entire intake started our training contracts virtually. The fact that we did this but have still felt so supported and integrated to the team, is a real testament to the efforts of RPC in ensuring a collaborative working environment and integration.
My first seat was in Professional and Financial Risks, which is an insurance seat. I mostly worked on the professional side which deals with professional negligence cases. Something I remember so clearly was getting a call from a partner on the first day who had remembered me from my vacation scheme assessment day and wanted to tell me how great it was that I got the training contract and that he was excited to work together. I really loved this department - especially as we were held on joint retainer for most clients - which meant that we represented the insurer and the insured. What makes this so exciting is that the commercial objectives aren’t always aligned, so navigating through those and coming up with solutions that satisfy both clients is really rewarding. I think the highlight here was definitely assisting with a large trial and attending a mediation.
My second seat has me working in the Commercial and Banking Litigation department. The department is RPC's biggest by size and is a great team to be a part of. In just three months I've had the opportunities to attend mediations, assisting with freezing injunctions, go to various hearings to name a few examples. It's a really diverse team with so many opportunities for learning and development.
I'm really excited to see what the rest of the training contract holds and feel fortunate that I get to develop my skills as a future qualified lawyer at RPC.