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 a 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 29 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.
Ashleigh Morton – 3rd seat – Private Equity
Among the many things that Ropes & Gray has to offer, the people are what ultimately make it an enjoyable place to work. Partners and associates are supportive and easy to approach so I feel comfortable discussing any issues arising from a transaction with them.The trainee cohort is also very friendly and sociable.
Moose Sarfraz – 3rd Seat – Secondment to Hong Kong office
The culture of the firm is intrinsically linked to the firm’s relatively new presence in London and the practice of hiring friendly, approachable people, who are at the same time incredibly driven, independent and knowledgeable.
Maddie Cubbon – 3rd seat – Finance
It would be true to say that there is no one “Ropes” personality or stereotype. We are a diverse group, but have openness, drive and a passion for our work in common.
Kayla Fourie – 3rd seat – Antitrust
I was attracted by the smaller teams, the international lawyers and the dynamic atmosphere – collaboration is easier when there is less of a hierarchy and you are able to get to know people at the firm easily.