Deciding where to begin your legal career can be daunting. There are many factors to consider - the type of law you’re interested in practising, each firm’s clients, people, culture and the professional development opportunities different firms offer.
We’ve created these pages to help you understand the kind of firm we are and what you can expect as a trainee in our London office. Hear from some of our trainees about the varied and challenging client work they do, our global reach, our supportive and collaborative culture, our un-paralleled pro-bono offering and our career development opportunities for trainees.
We both hugely enjoy the exciting, fast moving and inclusive culture at Ropes & Gray’s London office as well as the experience of building something new. Once you’ve had chance to read through these pages, we hope you’ll consider joining us as we continue to grow and develop our business.
Ruchit Patel & Rohan Massey
Trainee Recruitment and Development Partners
Why Ropes & Gray?
Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s preeminent law firms. Client by client, we have built a reputation for high-quality work, a pragmatic approach, and impeccable standards of service and ethics. We count many of the world’s most respected companies and institutions as long-term clients, and serve organisations at all stages of development, as well as investors and individuals. Clients trust us with their most important matters because they know we understand their businesses and deliver the results they need.
Throughout these pages you will find out more about our office culture and hear from the trainees themselves what it’s like to work here and why you Ropes & Gray is great place to start your legal career.
Our London office - an integral part of Ropes & Gray’s global offering - has been developed to meet the needs of the firm’s sophisticated fund and investor client base, alongside corporate clients across a range of industries including life sciences, healthcare, financial services, asset management and TMT. Our office features an international team of lawyers – from 15 countries and speaking more than 32 languages – that provides our clients with a full service of transatlantic law capabilities coupled with an in-depth understanding of the market in the UK, Europe and Asia. Our team additionally has strong and long-standing relationships with leading local firms across the EMEA region.
We are renowned for our supportive and collaborative culture and we are committed to attracting, developing, and retaining diverse teams filled with talented professionals who are motivated about the practice of law. Helping you reach your full potential is a key part of our culture of excellence.
Click the Trainee’s name to find out more about the culture in the London office:
The culture of the firm is very friendly and everyone in the office is approachable and willing to help if you have a problem. It is a cliché but there really is no face time culture and if you have no work to do you are not expected to be in the office late. I also feel that I have a more significant role in deals than my counterparts at other firms and am trusted to progress matters.
The culture at Ropes & Gray is very positive, with everyone willing to help when you need support. Because the office in London is relatively young there’s a lack of bureaucracy and hierarchy compared to other firms, which contributes to a collegiate atmosphere with everyone’s contribution valued.
The firm’s commitment to diversity and the fact that the London office is so diverse with people from different parts of the world make the firm and the office a fascinating place to work.
Due to our relatively new presence in London the firm has a dynamic, diverse and cosmopolitan feel. The firm projects this culture, not only through the events, activities and training sessions it hosts, but also through each individual’s day-to-day attitude. At Ropes & Gray you’ll often find yourself surrounded by friends, not colleagues.
I have found the culture to be very progressive, open and inclusive. Alongside delivering expert legal advice, the firm has an equally-valued commitment to public service through its wide-ranging pro bono initiatives. The firm takes an active role in looking after employees with initiatives like yoga on the roof terrace, mindfulness sessions and various well-being programmes.