• City Law Firms
  • Bristol, London

Training Contract

  • Places: 12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 24

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 760



  • 020 3060 6000
  • Tower Bridge House
    St Katharine's Way
    E1W 1AA


If you're looking for a predictable career in a traditional firm then please stop reading now. At RPC you'll get a whole lot more.

Of course, clients expect their lawyers to understand the law. But what they really want is advice from smart people who get the commercial context and can spot the business implications. On this measure, it's hard to find better than RPC; the UK's leading client satisfaction report regularly recognises us for the quality of our commercial advice, and has ranked us top overall out of all law firms twice in the last four years.

Combining this commercial outlook with some of the leading lawyers in their fields and great clients, we offer a depth of knowledge and creative approach to problem solving that few firms can rival. It's no surprise, then, that we're regularly praised in the leading directories for the quality of our training programmes.

Headquartered in a state of the art site in the City of London, we also have offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Our culture of excellence, development and open access is driven by our open plan working environment where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners is an everyday reality. It brings out the best in our people and ensures that the service we offer our clients is second to none. 

If you want to join us in challenging convention, we offer two-week summer schemes and training contracts on a full–time contract for two years.

We're intent on rewriting the rules. If you have courage and a pioneering spirit, we'd love to hear from you.

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. 

Vacation Scheme

Vacation scheme programme / 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.

Areas of practice:

Banking & finance • commercial litigation • corporate • corporate insurance • competition • construction & projects • corporate finance • dispute resolution • employment • energy / transport / infrastructure • insolvency • insurance & reinsurance • intellectual property • IT • media • personal injury • professional negligence • pensions & benefits • real estate • regulatory • tax • technology • outsourcing

Salary & Benefits

Funding (London)

Bursaries 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 request that all our trainees complete their LPC and GDL at BPP law school.

Benefits (London)

We offer a competitive and creative full package of benefits to all employees at RPC called "Pick 'n' Mix".

RPC's benefits offer choice and flexibility to employees, complementing our forward-thinking culture and our approach to rewarding everyone who works here.

From health, wellbeing and family-based rewards, to firm discounts and wealth-related benefits, our package covers almost everything. 


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.

Recruitment process

Recruitment usually takes place in the September, two years before the training contract begins. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our assessment days during which they will meet our existing trainees and partners.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 83.4%

Vacation Scheme Score: 89.8%

Winner - Best Training - Vacation Scheme 

Runner up - Best Opportunities for Skills Development - Vacation Scheme

Finalist - Best Social Media


For more information and to apply please visit our website.