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Bristol training contract

We have four training contract opportunities per intake in our growing Bristol office. The majority of trainee seats are based in our Insurance teams, and there may also be the opportunity to spend six months in one of our Commercial teams such as IP & Technology. If you’re a creative thinker who wants a career that values personality as much as professionalism, we want to hear from you.

As a trainee, we believe you’ll deliver your best if you’re free to be you. And that means being able to ask questions openly, being supported to develop your strengths, and having the right opportunities to grow.

Our physical offices are non-hierarchical and open plan. This means from day one you’ll be sitting close to a partner.  In our virtual office, we use video call technology to ensure support is available and to maintain our non-hierarchical culture. Whether you’re handling complex insurance claims, resolving large-scale global disputes, or providing commercial advice and transactional support, your opinions will be listened to and respected.

We believe personal growth comes from being challenged. You’ll be given real responsibility throughout your time with us, but you’ll never be left to fend for yourself. You’ll have award-winning training and a supportive network of people around to help you.

We also believe you’ll grow if you’re free to explore. At least six months will be spent in four different areas, so you can discover where you fit in the best. You may have the opportunity to be seconded to our Singapore office or one of our clients as an in-house lawyer.

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The application process

We run an anonymous recruitment process at RPC. 

Recruitment for Bristol training contracts usually takes place in April. If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to one of our assessment days during which we’ll get to know each other.

There are a variety of exercises designed to help us see if you’re the right fit for RPC and, while they might be hard work, they’re also a lot of fun. You’ll meet some of our partners, lawyers and trainees and get a real feel for our unique culture.

If you're successful following the assessment day, your training contract will start two years later.

Our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to all.  If you have a disability or long-term condition (for example dyslexia, anxiety, autism, a mobility condition or hearing loss) and need us to make any reasonable adjustments, changes or do anything differently during the recruitment process, please let your recruitment contact know.  Guidance on how to access our offices is provided here.

At RPC, we ask colleagues to "dress for their day" using their professional judgement to dress appropriately.  We embrace hair worn in all styles as well as religious and cultural dress.  If you have any questions about dress and/or hair styles at any stage of the recruitment process please do ask your recruitment contact.


The Selection Process

Who can apply?

The recruitment process is very important to us. We only recruit trainees who share our values in order to help grow our unique firm.

Although proven academic ability is important (we require a 2.1 degree or above, not necessarily in law) we value personality, energy, creative thinking, business sense, loyalty and diversity just as highly.

* Please note that we will consider the impact of COVID-19 when reviewing all exams and assessments completed from 2020-2022.  Please provide us with any relevant details in the mitigating circumstances box on the application form.

When should I apply?

  • Applications open on 2 October 2023
  • Our 2026 Bristol training contract deadline is 25 March 2024 
  • Law students should apply in their penultimate and/or final year. Non-law students should apply in their final year
  • Graduates can apply at any time

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Still got questions?

If we haven't covered it below then please get in contact with the recruitment team on 020 3060 6000 or by emailing us at


Information about the SRA Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) & funding

We remain committed to providing first-rate training and support from the moment you receive a training contract offer from us.  

All RPC future trainees will need to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) prior to commencing their training contract. SQE 1 tests functioning legal knowledge and SQE 2 assesses the legal written and oral skills of a solicitor. If you would like to find out more about the SQE please visit the SRA's website.

Future RPC Trainees will complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (only if you are a non-law graduate) and the Masters in Legal Practice at the University of Law.  Bursaries are available for course fees, the SQE examinations as well as maintenance grants up to £10,000. Both SQE 1 and 2 will be completed before you start your training contract.  We are still accepting applications from candidates who have successfully completed the LPC (which currently means that you may be exempt from completing SQE 1).

Please speak to a member of the early talent team if you have any questions.

What is the benefits package?

Our competitive annual salary starts at £38,000 and rises to £40,000 in your second year. Your salary post-qualification will be £56,000. Along with this, you’ll be offered a creative full package of benefits.

We’re all unique. And that’s why RPC’s benefits package is too. We respect we’re all real people with passions, families and lives away from our desks. So we offer you the chance to tailor your benefits, offering choice and flexibility to everyone who works here. 
Our benefits package covers almost everything, from wellness festivals and social events, to extra annual leave, and family and wealth-related rewards.

What will happen when I arrive?

The first few weeks will be taken up with our Trainee New Starter Programme which has been designed to introduce you to RPC. You’ll meet the partners, the current trainees and our trainee development team.

How much responsibility will I have?

This will be very much up to you! You won’t be left to make cups of tea but, depending on your ability, you’ll be given real responsibility from day one. We like to give our trainees a challenge, but you’ll never be asked to take on more than you’re confident with. Your supervisors (and yes, you'll have two for each seat) will decide exactly how much you should take on at each stage of your training.

How will I know how I’m progressing?

We’re proud of our open and honest culture. So you’ll have regular, informal feedback from your supervisors. We'll also give you formal reviews every three months which will provide you, and us, with an opportunity to assess how you’re getting on and areas where we can help you progress further.

Will I have to work long hours?

We don’t expect anyone to work long hours for the sake of it. But, when there’s a lot of work to be done and deadlines are looming, we’ll naturally want everybody to put in the hours and pull together.

Do you do any international work?

Yes, 30% of our work is international in nature. We have offices in London, Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore and are founding members of the TerraLex network of law firms which gives us ready access to lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions. We also have international secondment opportunities to Hong Kong and Singapore.

What is the firm's dress code?

We ask that everyone exercises their judgement to "dress for their day". This may mean dressing in more traditional business wear for a particular event whilst being free to dress more casually for a day which involves internal meetings or meetings with clients who you know are comfortable with a more casual dress code.  

Will RPC provide visa sponsorship if I'm offered a training contract?

RPC will provide sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa for candidates who require this in order to work in the UK.

Please speak to the Early Talent team if you have any questions.