RPC

The Legal Cheek View

RPC is in a good place right now, with revenue up at record levels after another decent year. Morale is high, with the firm one of the most consistently strong performers in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey.

The approachability of RPC’s partners is a particular strength. No doubt some of this is to do with the rising profits of recent years, but the open plan office set up must also get some credit. Reports one insider: “The open plan office and mixed pods means you sit with anyone from paralegals to partners (including the managing partner) and questions are positively encouraged.”

There is a nice vibe among RPC’s trainees too, who are so nice that they are said to proof read each other’s NQ applications. An uncensored trainee Twitter account – @LifeInALawFirm – which all of RPC’s rookies are encouraged to tweet from gives an admirably honest account of life at the firm.

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Deadlines

London Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 15
Latest trainee retention rate 67%
Offices 4
Countries 3
Minimum A-level requirement 'High'
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

RPC asks for 'three high A-levels' and does not specify any exact grading.

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A*
Work/life balance
A
Perks
A
Office
A
Canteen
A
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
C

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:46am
Average leave time 6:57pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £37,000
Second year trainee salary £40,000
Newly qualified salary Merit-based
Profit per equity partner £403,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 51%
UK female partners 16%
UK BME associates 4%
UK BME partners 4%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words