Ropes & Gray LLP - True Picture

Ropes & Gray LLP

60 Ludgate Hill,

  • Partners 30
  • Associates 88
  • Total trainees 15
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices 10
  • Contacts 
  • Graduate recruiter: Katherine McAteer, [email protected], 020 3201 1607 Training partner: Rohan Massey, [email protected]
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 5-7
  • Applications pa: 567
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum A levels: AAB
  • Vacation scheme places pa: 16
  • Dates and deadlines 
  • Training contract applications open: 1 February 2018
  • Training contract deadline, 2020 start: 31 July 2018
  • Vacation scheme applications open: 26 October 2017
  • Vacation scheme 2018 deadline: 31 January 2018
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £44,000
  • Second-year salary: £48,000
  • Post-qualification salary: £115,000
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes
  • GDL fees: Yes
  • Maintenance grant pa: £8,000
  • International and regional 
  • Overseas seats: Hong Kong office
  • Client secondments: These are available on hoc basis at the client’s request

Firm profile

Ropes & Gray is one of the world’s premier law firms, and supports clients on their most critical business needs. The firm’s 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.

Since opening the office in January 2010, we have assembled a fully integrated international team of lawyers – from 27 countries and speaking more than 40 languages – that provides clients with a full service of transatlantic law capabilities coupled with an in-depth understanding of the markets in the UK, Europe and Asia. The team additionally has strong and long-standing relationships with leading local firms across the EMEA region.

Main areas of work

The London office has a strong private equity team specialising in all aspects of private equity transactions including leveraged buyouts and IPOs. We also have a large finance team which specialises in leveraged finance, direct lending, fund financing and high yield transactions.

We have fully established teams specialising in special situations, including both restructuring and equity, a real estate team advising investors and lenders on structuring and executing complex domestic and international transactions, and a leading private investment funds team.

Other key practice areas include antitrust/competition, dispute resolution, financial crime, intellectual property, investment management, privacy and data security and tax.

Training opportunites

The training contract in London is comprised of four six-month seats. We recommend that trainees complete a seat in both our private equity and finance practice groups. We also offer an international seat in our Hong Kong office.

Trainees who join us receive the best training available. This is reflected in the standard of both the in-house ‘Trainee Training Programme’ and the practical training overseen by a supervisor. The small number of trainees we take on means we’re genuinely able to offer early responsibility and challenging work. This is balanced by an open door policy ensuring trainees have the support to build a successful career.

Vacation scheme

We have up to eight places on our two-week paid scheme and we accept applications from all candidates (except first-year undergraduates) whatever degree discipline you are studying or have studied. The scheme is a really valuable opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to be a trainee at the firm, and to understand the firm’s culture and expertise. Your will also learn about how law firms work as a business, and how we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.

During the two-week scheme you will complete client work at trainee level, and be mentored and supported by your supervisor and trainee ‘buddy’. You can expect to attend workshops, training sessions and visits to barristers’ chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice. You will also have the opportunity to interact with our employees at social networking events. You will be paid £350 per week.

Other benefits

25 days holiday, dental insurance, emergency GP service, life assurance, private medical insurance, pension scheme, season ticket loan, wellbeing allowance, and wellness screening.

University law careers fairs 2017

This autumn we will be attending the Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Oxford and UCL law fairs. We will also be running events at each of these Universities.