RPC

The Legal Cheek View

The firm that acted for the claimants in the landmark case of Pyrrho Investments v MWB Property, which saw the use of artificial intelligence-derived ‘predictive coding’ in document review approved by the English courts for the first time, is one of the most bold and experimental in the City.

Where else do trainees get to tweet from a completely uncensored collective Twitter account – @LifeInALawFirm – that is as likely to feature jokey posts about late night bundling as on-message graduate recruitment tweets?

The internal set-up can feel more tech company than law firm at times. 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.” It’s no coincidence that RPC has one of the highest scores for partner approachability in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2017-18.

A push towards agile working that has seen laptops introduced across the firm adds to the progressive vibe. As do trainee secondments to glamour clients such as Google.

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Key Info

Training contracts 12
Latest trainee retention rate 82%
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

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 9:01am
Average leave time 7:03pm
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 £334,000
GDL grant £7,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 54%
UK female partners 16%
UK BME associates 6%
UK BME partners 4%

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words