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The AllAboutLaw perspective on RPC

RPC (Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) is a firm for those who aren’t interested in sticking to the status quo. It’s a firm that values personality as much as professionalism, “character, over conformity, the unique over the uniform and ambition over apathy.” Such a stance is incredibly refreshing for aspiring lawyers who are interested in finding a firm that will fit their vibrant personalities.

With a slogan of “strikingly real,” diversity and inclusion is paramount at this firm. Offices are open-plan and non-hierarchical, so trainees can sit next to a partner. Even those doing vacation schemes get the chance to meet clients. One trainee appreciated that the firm is “not a big machine, and you’re not just a cog in that machine, you're an individual.” 

Diversity-wise, the firm recruits blindly and has a variety of ‘work streams’ for different disabilities, ethnic groups, faiths, and sexual orientations. There is even a network dedicated to allies. Pro bono is central to RPC, and employees have provided young entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds with legal advice. Other projects include working to stop financial crime and corruption. 

While the firm works in sectors such as real estate and finance, trainees can get involved in client secondments and pro bono work. If you are interested in international work, you will be working with one of the founders of the TerraLex network. This network gives the firm access to lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions, allowing you to become familiar with the international legal world. If you fancy working abroad, you can even do a secondment in Hong Kong or Singapore.

What the firm says

At RPC, you can be you. In an environment that’s real. Strikingly real.

Our vision is to be our clients' first choice law firm, guiding them through opportunities and challenges. It isn’t just about black letter law; it’s about building open relationships with our clients to help them get the most out of our business.

For us, success comes from building real-life relationships. Trusted relationships with our clients as much as our people. And it comes from thinking creatively to achieve the best commercial solutions. We thrive in an environment that’s collaborative and forward-thinking, where you’re free to express your personality. An environment that allows you to make the most of your strengths. This is our commitment to you.

Our lawyers are market leaders. Our clients are often household names. And together we achieve award-winning results. Results that have seen RPC regularly voted amongst the best for commercial advice across our sectors of specialism. 

Our business is built on mutual respect and trust. That’s where you come in. From day one, you’ll collaborate with our Partners; you'll have contact with clients; and you'll be given real responsibility. As a Trainee, you could be assisting with large-scale global disputes, or offering business-critical commercial advice. 

But you won't be left to fend for yourself, you’ll receive first-rate training. You'll be able to develop your skills and you'll be encouraged to use your creativity to solve complex problems. We're agile and flexible, and that's reflected in our approach to our Trainees. You can choose to spend time in a wide variety of practice areas supporting a range of dynamic sectors. And not just in London, with training contracts, placements and secondments on offer in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore, too, we're truly international.

We also offer alternative routes into law. No matter what stage you are in your life, our apprenticeship scheme will help build the foundations of your career with the training and support you’ll need to excel. 

Our award-winning Summer schemes are as much about you experiencing life with us, as us experiencing working with you. Over two weeks you'll get real exposure to real work in a real-life environment. Fully integrated into our teams, you'll get to know the people from the get-go. If you're just after a snapshot of life in our law firm, we also offer Insight days where you can shadow, network, and experience our culture first hand.  

So, if you’re a creative thinker who wants a career in an international firm that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.



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Academic requirements

The recruitment process is important to us. We only recruit Trainees who share our values to help grow our ambitious firm. 

Although proven academic ability is important (we require a 2.1 degree or above, not necessarily in law) we value personality, diversity, flexibility, commitment, energy, collaboration and commerciality just as highly. 

If you're applying for a training contract in the UK, you’ll need a 2:1 degree awarded or predicted, or the equivalent qualifications. Mitigating circumstances will be considered when reviewing an application.

Recruitment process

Recruitment for Bristol and London training contracts usually takes place in April and August respectively. If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to one of our assessment days during which you'll meet our existing Trainees, Associates and Partners. If successful following the assessment day, your training contract will start two years later. Our assessment days can be run virtually.

So, if you’re a creative thinker who wants a career that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.

Recruitment for our summer schemes usually takes place in January and February. If you’re shortlisted, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment days, during which you’ll meet our existing Trainees, Associates and Partners. If successful following the summer scheme, your training contract will start two years later. Our assessment days can be run virtually.