Training Contract


Seat Rotation

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.

Meet the Trainees & Supervisors

You will be allocated a supervisor for each of your seats. Our supervisors are highly trained and are committed to providing you with on-the-job training and feedback, together with objective mentoring and advice. We also hold regular social events for you and your supervisor, which gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the office. Below is a selection of our current trainees and supervisors.


Harriet Slater, 3rd seat Trainee
“My supervisor has taken a real interest in my career progression, making sure that I have been exposed to different kinds of work in the department so I get the broadest experience possible.”


Michelle Liptakova, 2nd seat Trainee
“From my experience so far, I definitely feel that due to the small intake at Ropes & Gray, I have been given more responsibility than at other law firms and I have had a lot of direct client contact.”


Sam Kahan, 3rd seat Trainee
“My supervisors have always taken time to explain the background to tasks I am given.”


Alex Robb, Finance Counsel
“It is a pleasure to supervise our trainees and guide them as they adapt to the fast pace of transactional work, learn to advise, build rapport with and earn the trust of our clients and negotiate with their peers in other firms.”


Shona Ha, Private Equity Associate
“It is always rewarding to be part of the development of trainee solicitors who make a significant contribution to our team.”


Jess Ling, Special Situations Associate
“I see my role as a trainee supervisor as encouraging, supporting, and helping teach my trainee to be the very best lawyer that they can be.”



Seat Rotations

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 Finance Team of the Year at the Legal Business 2017 awards for its innovative advice on two ground-breaking financings and also won High Yield Deal of the Year at the IFLR Europe 2017 awards.

    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

  • Special Situations 

    The team advises sophisticated investors across a broad range of distressed special situations transactions and innovative credit opportunities, applying their expertise to help unlock value. Clients include special situation groups at top-tier financial institutions, the private debt arms of large-cap private equity funds and global credit opportunities and hedge funds.

    Read more information about our global special situations 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.

  • Private Investment Funds

    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 private investment funds practice

  • Disputes Resolution

    We offer our multinational clients dispute resolution services in a wide range of areas - including commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation – to help resolve their most sensitive matters and critical disputes.

  • 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

    We help our multinational clients navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding compliance, litigation and regulatory investigations stemming from global data protection and privacy legislation, security breaches and alleged data privacy violations.

    Read more information about our global privacy & cybersecurity practice

  • Intellectual Property

    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 intellectual property 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.


Hong Kong 

Please read Lorenza Prelz Oltramonti’s account of her secondment to give you some insight into her Ropes & Gray Hong Kong secondment…

"Having never been to Asia, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Hong Kong. So I packed the essentials: passport, a kilo of parmesan and a litre of Italian olive oil. Worst comes to worst, I thought, I’d have enough to survive on for a few months. If only I had known that Hong Kong is a place where you can find anything and everything you can think of!

Ropes & Gray’s office is on the 41st floor of a skyscraper in Hong Kong’s financial district and secondees are given an apartment 10 minutes from it, which also happens to be five minutes from the restaurant and cultural districts, coupled with the fact that Hong Kong gives you an energy you never thought you had, and you will find that it is truly the city that never sleeps.

The office is smaller than the London office so inevitably if a few deals hit at once, work hours can be long. The upside: on my first week, I was part of two closings and drafted documents that in London I could have only hoped to proofread – a legal opinion, security documents, even a small part of a facility agreement.

Working in one of Asia’s main financial hubs means that you can encounter completely different financial players, spanning from Mauritius to Japan to India and the PRC – which means that whilst the work is similar to what we do in London, the differences in markets, jurisdictions and the cultural set-up of clients makes for a completely new and different experience.

Associates know that I am here for only six months and encourage me to travel in my downtime. Given the location of the office I’ve been lucky enough to visit Taiwan, mainland China and Macau and I am about to fly to Vietnam for the holidays. I’m also hoping to be able to squeeze-in Burma and Japan before heading back in February 2016 on qualification.

While it’s easy to jump on a plane and be at the four corners of Asia in a few hours, the island itself is extraordinary. Beaches, hikes, pool parties on the 73rd floor of skyscrapers, cheap foot massages, weekend junks… whoever you are and whatever you like to do, Hong Kong will probably be the place to do it."

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