Trainee Blog


A solicitor apprenticeship – an insider’s view

30 Sep, 2021
I am a solicitor apprentice currently sitting with our residential conveyancing team based in our Tunbridge Wells office.  Alongside that, I am studying for my law degree through...
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Trainee Blog Post – “How to Prepare for Training Contract Interviews”

14 Sep, 2021
It is never too early to start preparing for training contract interviews. You might say that the preparation starts from the moment you decide that a career in law is the one for...
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Getting Down to Business: Life as a Commercial Trainee

27 Aug, 2021
Time flies. As the end of my stint in the Commercial seat rapidly approaches, now seems like a good moment to reflect upon what the team is like, what I have learnt and offer some...
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Starting your training contract: what to expect from your first few weeks

30 Jul, 2021
Before starting my training contract, I had no idea what to expect from my first few weeks and I think had I known, I would have been less nervous.  So, with the hope of putting...
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A day in the life of a trainee solicitor in Private Wealth

25 Jun, 2021
7:30 am Covid Test Due to Covid 19, trainees are working remotely three days per week, with two days per week in the office. Today is one of my days in the office. Before leaving...
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The trainee survival guide

15 Jun, 2021
Starting your training contract is an exciting moment in a young lawyer’s life. It is a time to reflect with satisfaction on a fantastic accomplishment and look forward to the...
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How to Research a Law Firm

28 May, 2021
Completing application forms for law firms can be overwhelming and it can be tempting to just have a quick look at a law firm’s website and crack on with filling in the form...
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Starting a training contract remotely - top tips

24 Mar, 2021
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
If you have just started your training contract, you will be eager to get into the office. However, this may not be possible currently and even as lockdown restrictions are lifted...
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How to deal with an emotionally charged seat

18 Mar, 2021
As part of every training contract, a trainee solicitor must gain experience in a contentious area of law. Contentious legal work relates to an adversarial process, where there is...
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What to do when things don't go to plan

9 Mar, 2021
Sometimes we could use a setback to realise that nothing in this world is guaranteed and should therefore not be taken for granted. But some events feel so much more than a...
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National Careers Week: Q&A

5 Mar, 2021
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
As National Careers Week draws to a close two of our Paralegal Apprentices, Megan and Elena, took the opportunity to talk to Salim Somjee, an Equity Partner, and Fiona Chamberlain...
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A career in law, where do I begin?

5 Mar, 2021
There are now so many routes into the legal profession; by securing a training contract or pupillage after university, working as a paralegal, completing CILEX to become a...
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The legal profession - fact or fiction

1 Mar, 2021
To celebrate National Careers Week the second year paralegal apprentices have put together a series of blog posts. Mia Hardiman begins the week with this blog post which sets out...
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Job application forms – top tips from a paralegal apprentice!

2 Feb, 2021
Our Paralegal Apprenticeship Scheme recruitment window is now open and so I have collated my top 5 tips for completing application forms. It is important that your application...
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Virtual networking for junior lawyers

14 Jan, 2021
Building contacts within the legal profession is an important part of networking for junior lawyers. However, attending events, talks and mingling face-to-face with legal experts...
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From the classroom to the office – what I have learned so far

16 Dec, 2020
Kick-starting my legal career at the age of eighteen was undoubtedly the most exciting and challenging thing I had ever done. As well as abandoning an unconditional university...
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How technology can assist with supervision of junior lawyers

1 Dec, 2020
Along with many young lawyers, I have been working from home since March this year. As a paralegal apprentice a large part of my learning is ‘on the job’ and being required to...
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Are you thriving or surviving? A trainee's top tips

12 Nov, 2020
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
One nervous morning in the first week of my training contract, a partner strolled up to my desk and cheerily asked, “So… Are you thriving or surviving?” This question has...
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Embracing change in a training contract

29 Oct, 2020
While this year has involved more change than most, the ability to embrace change and to be flexible is a skill that trainees have always required during their training contract...
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Time management - top tips from a legal apprentice

12 Oct, 2020
This week the trainee solicitor blog caught up with Charlie Spendley, paralegal apprentice, who tells us her top time management tips. Time management is something that many of us...
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