Heather Rimmer used legal work experience to decide this was the career for her and she is now a second seat trainee at RPC
What attracted you to a career in law and RPC?
During my various work experiences, I was given tasks involving analysis of documents and assessing how best they could be used to support the client's argument. Being able to utilise skills I developed throughout my education was important, and I felt a career in law was where I could achieve this.
RPC has the wonderful balance of feeling like a smaller firm while undertaking high quality city work with esteemed clients. The well-being focused, inclusive culture thrives from the friendly and welcoming people RPC employs. Coming from a regional background myself, RPC allows me to experience the best of both worlds: a good work-life balance coupled with excellent training, culminating in a strong start to my career.
What did the induction process involve?
Our thorough induction process included practical training, such as how to use the computer systems, technical briefings on the different areas of the firm and meeting key people. We also completed the first part of the professional skills course. It was beneficial to do this early to maximise the amount of time on the floors as the training contract progresses.
Tell us about your training contract...
During my first, non-contentious seat I was involved in a number of large transactions within the insurance industry. On one deal, I worked as part of a team with only a partner and senior associate. I was given a lot of responsibility to run certain aspects of the deal such as a complicated disclosure process. I also carried out regulatory advice work for businesses within the insurance market. I got an insight into the projects our clients are launching and the future of the insurance market.
In contrast, during my second, litigation seat I have had a lot of court time. In the last four months I have attended hearings, a trial and a number of mediations. I have responsibility for overseeing the preparation for hearings and ensuring court deadlines are met by the internal teams. In addition, the mediations have been a good learning experience as I have attended with different fee earners. Working with different colleagues has developed my adaptability and has also helped me to learn new and alternative ways of working.
What makes RPC an exciting prospect for trainees?
RPC is an innovative and sociable place to work. There is constant adaption to ways in which clients are working and new developments within the specific practice sectors. Additionally, there is a great work-life balance and a friendly and inclusive culture, which is encouraged across the firm.