As London’s preeminent private capital law firm, we act for sophisticated private capital investors and providers, covering all their needs, as well as advising some of the world’s biggest public companies on their most challenging issues. We value individualism, we work well as a team and, above all, we combine professionalism with personality—our clients enjoy working with us and value the emotional intelligence we bring to our work.”

Jane Rogers, London Office Managing Partner

Why Choose Us

Launched in 2010, Ropes & Gray London is one of the largest offices in the Ropes & Gray network, and the hub of the firm’s EMEA network.

We are part of a world-leading US-based global law firm, which makes us a little bit different:

It means we have the stature and resources of a major international law firm combined with the pace, inclusivity and career progression of a specialist firm. Our clients like to work with us. We are, of course, always professional, but we are personal and personable.

As a group, we’re international, diverse and professional. With around 30 partners, 150 fee earners and an annual trainee intake of 12, everybody in the office knows everyone else. That means that every hire we make is an important investment for the firm, because each team member has a distinct role to play in delivering excellent service to our clients. 

Internationally, Ropes & Gray is best known as the preeminent law firm for private capital clients. But we do more than just transactional PE work; in fact, we also advise some of the world’s biggest businesses on their most challenging issues.

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Ropes & Gray in Europe

Ropes & Gray in Europe

The London office is the hub of our European operation. Our lawyers come from more than 15 different countries and have more than 29 languages between them. We work across borders seamlessly, have the experience and skills to advise clients anywhere in the world, and regularly advise our clients on cross-border European matters. We know the markets and understand the political, cultural and economic environments our clients operate in to best get the deal done. So, while we are based in London, we’re equally at home in legal markets across Europe and Asia.

We also have a network of relationship law firms across the EMEA region, allowing us to draw on the expertise of local counsel when working on cross-border deals. Our preferred law firm strategy means that we work only with firms that can provide our client base the highest level of commitment, service and quality, with experience and expertise in our clients’ areas of business. We have invested significant resources in building, monitoring and maintaining the quality of our European preferred law firm network.

London Awards & Rankings

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Transatlantic Finance Team of the Year
Legal Week
2020
The Times Best Law Firms
1
Highest % of female equity partners
Law.com
2
UK A-List 2020
Measuring diversity, pro bono, revenue
Law.com
UK Recruiting DEI

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment is one of our most important missions. Through the work of our London Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, we are working to build cultural awareness and cultural competence by enhancing programming that focuses on understanding bias, discrimination and racism, and on building allyship. We have several local employee networks, including a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion group, a Women’s Forum for lawyers, a Women’s Network for business support professionals and a Parent’s Network.

We’ve partnered with diversity recruitment expert Rare and use their Contextual Recruitment System in our trainee recruitment process. The system enables us to further understand the context in which applicants’ experiences have been gained, and to identify outperformers that others may miss.

We partner with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) London, which introduces us to talented students from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to thrive as trainees at our firm.

We are also proud to be a Corporate Sponsor of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN).

We have a high level of female representation across all levels and practice groups, with women making up 37% of partners and 51% of associates.

Our London office has strong female leadership, which is a testament to the value the firm places on recognizing talent and promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment.”

Libby Todd, London Office Women's Forum Co-Leader

Social Responsibility

For all at Ropes & Gray, pro bono and community work is an integral part of life at the firm. You can be involved from the moment you join, helping a broad range of clients, sometimes as part of an international team and sometimes helping a small community-based organisation. You will use your professional training and wider skills to make a difference in our communities. From 2019–2021, the London office completed more than 16,000 hours of pro bono service. Some of our partnerships and community initiatives include:

  • Investigating a potential miscarriage of justice/wrongful conviction with The Centre for Criminal Appeals.
  • Partnering with Kids in Need of Defense UK to help undocumented minors obtain citizenship or leave to remain in the United Kingdom and assisting claimants under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.


  • Advising The Nature Conservancy and The Caribbean Biodiversity with corporate governance and financing of their environmental programming.
  • Working on rule of law programming in Sub-Saharan Africa with Lawyers Without Borders. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in developing the programmes and their delivery in country.


  • Staffing a family law clinic for victims of domestic violence and a clinic for sustainable tech businesses with Imperial College Innovation Hub, and assisting a number of small charities with general corporate, real estate and tax advice through the TrustLaw clearinghouse.
  • Supporting charity partners The Felix Project and Lambeth & Southwark Mind by way of financial contributions, fundraising, in-person volunteering, business and administrative support and pro bono work.
  • Taking part in other charity fundraising events throughout the year, such as poppy sales for The Royal British Legion, Tour de Law for Breast Cancer Awareness and Prostate Cancer, and the London Legal Walk for London Legal Support Trust, among others.
  • Working toward a greener future by undertaking carbon emission reduction initiatives, such as saving energy, reducing food, water and general waste, and using office equipment repurposing programmes, as well as providing education to staff in relation to green steps to be taken at home.
We are proud to offer a programme in which all our London lawyers and business support professionals can play a role, making a valuable contribution to local need and global challenges.”
Felicity Kirk, International Pro Bono Lead

Sustainability

With 12 offices in cities around the globe, we are mindful of our environmental footprint. As the firm continues to grow, we look for ways to apply sustainable practices and promote green initiatives.

  • We recycle all paper, aluminum, plastic and glass where available—and several offices participate in composting.
  • Sophisticated HVAC controls, motion sensor light switches and efficient lighting keep energy usage down, while specially designed faucets minimise water consumption.
  • We purchase Energy Star-rated computers and office equipment, and printers are configured to print double-sided by default.
  • Ten of our 12 offices are in areas that are easily served by public transportation.
  • 83 percent of our real estate portfolio is powered by 100 percent renewable electricity.

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