Training Contract


Training Contract - Overview

We want you to be the very best lawyer you can be, so we have created a ‘best in class’ trainee programme that provides you with the perfect platform from which you can go on to develop your career within the firm. The training involves:

  • A four-seat rotation giving you exposure to a number of legal disciplines. You will have a lot of guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, you will meet with your training principal to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet your goals. We work hard to match your seat preferences with the needs of the business.
  • Highly trained and dedicated supervisors to provide you with on-the-job training and feedback, together with objective mentoring and advice.
  • Professional Skills Core Courses (PSC), which are completed before your first day in the office together with 24 hours of PSC electives to be completed throughout the duration of the two year training contract.
  • A comprehensive training programme consists of in-house courses, specialist seminars and workshops. You will also complete a litigation training programme which is completed in the second year of your training contract.
  • A structured performance review system which ensures you receive feedback on your performance every three months to recognise achievements and identify any areas of development.

Seat Rotations

You will work through a four-seat rotation giving you exposure to number of legal disciplines. We expect that you will spend time in corporate and finance, our two largest practice groups in London.

You will have a lot of guidance and input into your seat allocations. Before each seat change, you will meet with your training principal to discuss your future ambitions and which seat options best meet those goals. We work hard to match your seat preferences with the needs of the business.

Seats are available in the following practice areas:

  • Finance

    Our finance practice is recognised for its innovative approach to complex financings. Ropes & Gray is one of the few firms with a genuinely cross-border finance practice in London that can support clients on all their financial needs across the capital structure, including European leveraged finance facilities, US Term Loan B and high yield bonds. The firm’s London team was named Transatlantic Finance Team of the Year at the Legal Week Transatlantic Awards 2019 for the advice it provided long-time client Altice USA on the structuring, financing, corporate and securities laws aspects of the combination of two of its businesses - Suddenlink (Cequel) and Optimum (Cablevision) - under a single credit silo..

    Read more information about our global finance practice

  • Private Equity

    We are recognised as one of the world’s leading private equity practices. The global team provides its large and mid-cap sponsor clients with unsurpassed support through all stages of the transaction life cycle. The 200-strong practice is seamlessly integrated with the firm’s finance, tax, funds and government enforcement teams – making Ropes & Gray one of only a few premier one-stop private equity law firms in the world.

    Read more information about our global private equity practice

  • Real Estate 

    Ropes & Gray has a leading international real estate practice advising investors and lenders on structuring and executing complex domestic and international transactions. Our real estate lawyers have a particular focus on investment in equity and debt positions at any point in the capital structure, uniquely combined with conventional bottom up asset level expertise. They advise sophisticated investors, lenders and sponsors on a broad range of direct and indirect transactions across the risk spectrum from core to opportunistic. The team advises across all types of real estate assets, businesses and debt instruments, across multiple geographies and at each stage of the transaction lifecycle.

    Read more information about our global real estate practice

  • Tax 

    The London tax practice works closely with colleagues across the firm to provide strategic tax advice to sophisticated clients. The focus of the practice is on private equity, fund formation, finance, real estate, special situations and tax disputes. In an environment where tax rules - both in the UK and globally - are changing at a fast pace, the team’s extensive experience, involvement in industry groups and focus on clients’ objectives allows them to maximise opportunities and reduce risk for their clients.

    Read more information about our global tax practice

  • Financial Crime

    We have a leading global financial crime team which advises corporate and individual clients on the full range of cross-border and international risk issues, including corruption, money laundering, sanctions, export controls and other financial risks. The team focuses on both reactive investigations and resolutions with authorities, as well as working with clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate risks and ensure compliance.

  • Asset Management

    A pioneer at the inception of the private investment funds industry, Ropes & Gray today has one of the largest and most sophisticated practices in the world, advising on the full range of private fund strategies. The size, scope and integration of the firm’s sponsor and investor practices provide the team with unequalled insight into market terms and developments globally.

    Read more information about our global asset management practice

  • Competition / Antitrust

    Our antitrust team in London advises sophisticated clients on a wide range of issues, ranging from merger control matters to complex multi-jurisdictional cartel or abuse of dominance investigations and follow-on damages actions.

    Read more information about our global antitrust practice

  • Privacy & Cybersecurity

    Combining a sophisticated understanding of the latest legal developments with cutting edge technical expertise, we offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance to clients on the ownership enforcement and commercialisation of intellectual property assets.

    Read more information about our global privacy & cybersecurity practice

  • International secondment
    The international secondment is to our Hong Kong office working in the finance practice group. Please read our case study to gain an insight into the experience our trainees have during this secondment.

Secondments – Case Study

Hong Kong

Please read Eamon Gallagher’s account of his secondment to give you some insight into his Ropes & Gray Hong Kong secondment…

“My decision to apply for the Hong Kong secondment was an easy one. I had three challenging and rewarding seats under my belt in the London office and I was ready for a new experience to finish off my training contract.

My home for the secondment was in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. A hipster neighborhood peppered with art galleries, antique shops, cocktail bars, restaurants and coffee shops. The Ropes & Gray office is situated in the heart of the Central district, with incredible views to be found on the 44th floor of One Exchange Square. I worked in the finance team, enjoying the flexibility of getting involved with leveraged finance, special situations and real estate finance transactions. Similar to the London office, I was made to feel very welcome with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the office.

There is a vibrant trainee social scene in Hong Kong, with all the major London law firms sending trainees out here at the same time. You’ll soon find yourself making friends and sharing stories on countless rooftop bars, reveling in the chaos of Lan Kwai Fong and sipping cold Tsingtaos at Club 7-Eleven. When the city heat gets too much, days at the beach and junk boat trips are the way to go.

Hong Kong is a bustling, energetic and exciting place to be. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend six months living here. I couldn’t recommend it more for a trainee seeking an international secondment.”

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