Trainee Blog


A Trainee's Christmas List: What to ask for from a Training Contract

6 Dec, 2019
Christmas will soon be upon us and, with this in mind, I have come up with a ‘wish list’ prospective trainee solicitors might have in mind when looking for a training contract...
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Two weeks in the life of a Vacation Scheme Student

29 Nov, 2019
Earlier in the summer, Cripps Pemberton Greenish played host to 6 vacation scheme students. They all spent 2 weeks in the firm. Their time here included 3 ‘mini-seats’ in...
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From Teacher to Trainee Solicitor: A Career Change

25 Nov, 2019
Prior to starting law school, I was an English teacher in a secondary school as part of the Teach First programme. Teach First is a two year leadership development programme. The...
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Turning down university for an apprenticeship

19 Nov, 2019
This week the trainee solicitor blog team caught up with Rosie Harvey, second year paralegal apprentice, who explains why she chose an apprenticeship over university. Nursery...
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The Importance Of Keeping An Open Mind

8 Nov, 2019
The majority of lawyers decide to pursue a career in law very early on in their education. A-levels are carefully chosen in order to study law at university. Shortly into the...
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A day in the life of a Trainee in the Corporate Department….

29 Oct, 2019
My day starts around 8.30 when I catch up on emails and check with fee earners for any updates on matters which I am assisting with.  My first piece of work for the day is to...
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Thank you, next

5 Sep, 2019
  I am sure many of you are relieved to get through the latest round of training contract applications. It is not an easy time of year and while some of you may be in the...
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Work: Wellness: WELLbeing

8 Jul, 2019
  Today, it would not take much to convince most of us that work, work, work, work, work, work is bad for our wellbeing. Balancing the demands of our personal, professional...
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Money for Nothing or a Waste of Time? How will the Government’s Waste Proposals impact Food and Drink Business?

20 Jun, 2019
This week the trainee solicitor blog team caught up with commercial dispute solicitor Tom Bourne. In his article, Tom looks at the government’s “Our Waste, Our Resources, A...
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A day in the life of an employment seat trainee...

3 May, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
This week, the trainee solicitor blog team caught up with Kelly Arnold.  Kelly is a final seat trainee in the Employment team. 8.30am:  I’m working in our London Cannon Green...
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“It’s not what you know it’s who you know"... The fine art of networking

4 Apr, 2019
Networking, love it or hate it, it really is an essential skill to have as a trainee solicitor. In this article, I will share my top tips for effective networking as a trainee or...
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Don't pull the ladder up behind you

15 Mar, 2019
Training contracts are like gold dust. Many scramble for these ever so prized jewels, but so few find them. Like a bird landing on a live wire, it was a huge shock to my system...
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A day in the life of a commercial real estate trainee

1 Mar, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
8:30am – Getting to the office A gentle walk up the hill from my flat in town gets me to our offices in ten minutes.  It’s the end of February and I am walking to work in...
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A day in the life of a residential conveyancing trainee

22 Feb, 2019
0830: Good morning, Resi I arrive at the Tunbridge Wells office. While making a coffee, I consider the day ahead. Although I prepare a “to-do” list each morning, a day in Resi...
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Construction is much more than you think

18 Feb, 2019
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  The construction industry is facing many hurdles. The most obvious one is Brexit, but to avoid putting people to sleep, I won’t touch on the subject in this blog. However, I...
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Training Contract Applications

4 Feb, 2019
Now that the training contract and vacation scheme application period is in full swing, we decided to gather together top tips from our current and future trainee cohort about the...
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A day in the life of a commercial trainee

22 Jan, 2019
This week, the trainee solicitor blog team caught up with Victoria Redman.  Victoria is a second year trainee in our commercial team. Read on to find out more about her day. ...
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Success and succession – shaping your family business

21 Dec, 2018
In this week's edition of the trainee blog, second year trainee Tom Bushell discusses family business structures and the difficulties that can arise when members wish to retire...
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My Legal Journey – from undergraduate degree to training contract

23 Nov, 2018
Many of us decide from a young age that we want to study law, whether it is to help people, or perhaps you like the idea of formulating and winning arguments or even because...
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The Case for Pro Bono

16 Nov, 2018
There’s a good chance that when you decided that you might like to be a lawyer, you did so because you liked the idea of helping people. Perhaps your interest in the law was...
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