Ropes & Gray

The Legal Cheek View

Boston headquartered Ropes & Gray has been expanding in the UK in recent years, and is now offering six training contracts annually in its London office. Like other American outfits, the firm’s pitch revolves around big money and high quality of work (in return for lots of responsibility and long hours).

A junior associate who has recently moved to Ropes & Gray from a silver circle firm provides an interesting insight into the contrast: “I have gone from ancillary docs and due diligence (DD) to first cuts of articles, Investment Agreements and SPAs (and still quite a bit of DD).”

The firm is still building its training infrastructure, with a reliance for now on its largely very approachable partners assisting trainees on the job. “I can walk into the office of any partner with any (law-related/client-related or market-related, obviously) question,” one tells us. Another reports: “People give me work and I do the work. I consider the fact that they don't ask me to re-do it as my feedback that I did it well.”

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Key Info

Training contracts 7
Latest trainee retention rate n/a
Offices 11
Countries 5
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2.1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A*
Peer support
B
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A*
Office
A*
Canteen
n/a
Social life
C

Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:55am
Average leave time 8:42pm
Annual target hours Undisclosed
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £44,000
Second year trainee salary £48,000
Newly qualified salary £115,000
Profit per equity partner £1,480,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £8,000

Diversity

UK female associates 55%
UK female partners 27%
UK BME associates 35%
UK BME partners 14%

Universities Current Trainees Attended