Trainee Blog


Starting a training contract remotely - top tips

24 Mar, 2021
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
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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Will the office ever be the same again?

5 Oct, 2020
On 22 September 2020 Boris Johnson ‘once again [asked] office workers to work from home if they can’ and so again we see many people returning to their home offices for the...
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Dealing with Uncertainty

29 Sep, 2020
Everybody has been knocked off balance by recent events. We have had to confront an unprecedented situation, adjust to new ways of working and find solutions to problems we’ve...
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Training during the Covid era – is it remotely possible?

10 Sep, 2020
When the first three week lockdown was announced in March, it was hard to imagine that many of us would still be working remotely six months later. As a trainee solicitor, being...
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Legal apprenticeships: off-the-job training

3 Mar, 2020
This week the trainee solicitor blog caught up with Kiran Kajendran, paralegal apprentice, to find out about the BPP study day. I am a second year paralegal apprentice and it is a...
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Cripps Pemberton Greenish – the Best of Both Worlds

12 Feb, 2020
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
In December 2018, Cripps and Pemberton Greenish successfully merged, creating a major mid-market practice. First year trainees Rachel Phillips (who applied to legacy firm Cripps...
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5 misconceptions about being a Trainee Solicitor

6 Feb, 2020
You may feel apprehensive ahead of starting (or choosing to apply for) a training contract; it’s easy to listen to rumours about what the trainee experience is like and let them...
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Top tips on applying for a training contract

31 Jan, 2020
Training contract applications can be daunting so here are my five top tips to help with the application process: Work out what you want The first stage is to work out what you...
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