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Graduate recruitment

Training at a top London law firm

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.

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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.

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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.

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Graduate recruitment FAQs

Thinking of applying for graduate recruitment programme? Here you can find the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

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

Hebe Robinson guides us through a typical day as a trainee in dispute resolution at Russell-Cooke. 
Hebe Robinson, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, dispute resolution team.
Hebe Robinson
3 min Read


Getting ‘real’ as a trainee in real estate law

First-seat trainee Sophie Ridley discusses her first few weeks in the real estate team at Russell-Cooke, reflecting on her initial apprehensions...
Sophie Ridley, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, real estate, planning and construction team.
Sophie Ridley
2 min Read


From philosophy undergrad to search and rescue responder—my unique journey into a legal career

First-seat trainee Nina Stevens reflects on her unconventional journey into law and the impactful world of private client work at Russell-Cooke...
Nina Stevens, trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, private client team.
Nina Stevens
2 min Read
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By numbers

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.

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“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”
Ellie Miles, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, personal injury and medical negligence team.
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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.