Why train with Russell-Cooke?
Many of the outstanding lawyers you’ll meet here trained with Russell-Cooke
At Russell-Cooke you will get an unrivalled breadth of work; every trainee is recruited in the hope they will be a future partner; you will be a wheel not just a cog; you’ll get lots of client contact, training and support.
Explore your legal career journey with Russell-Cooke
Discover our training contract and vacation scheme
Discover the pathways to your legal career with Russell-Cooke through our dynamic training contract and immersive vacation scheme experiences.
Our training contract
It is our aim that your training will have a lasting influence over your legal career. Our training contract will ensure you gain practical experience of widely differing types of legal practice. Find out more and how to apply via our training contract page.
Our vacation scheme
The vacation scheme at Russell-Cooke is a great way to experience what it's really like to work at a leading law firm.
We believe that our vacation scheme offers the right balance of support and autonomy, and really demonstrates what life is like as a Russell-Cooke trainee. Find out more and how to apply via our vacation scheme page.
Blogs from Russell-Cooke trainees
Read the latest blogs written by our trainees on life at Russell-Cooke
A day in the life of a litigation trainee
Getting ‘real’ as a trainee in real estate law
From philosophy undergrad to search and rescue responder—my unique journey into a legal career
Our graduate recruitment insights
With a total staff of 342, Russell-Cooke brings together a diverse and collaborative community to support your growth. For our 2026 intake, we're excited to offer 10 training contract vacancies, each representing a chance to embark on a transformative journey with us. Our current first-year trainee salary is £46k increasing to £48.5k for second year trainees.
10Training contracts vacancies for 2026
342Total number of staff
£46kFirst year trainee base starting salary (as at 2023)
£48.5kSecond year trainee salary (as at 2023)
“I had a lot of involvement from the beginning of a client’s sale of a commercial property, and felt a real sense of achievement when the sale completed”
Get in touch
If you have any questions that have not been answered on the site, or if you want a confidential chat about whether Russell-Cooke might be right for you, do get in touch.