More about our trainee experience
Training contracts at Cripps Pemberton Greenish are far broader than most trainee programmes. This diversity will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career because you’ll be better equipped to help clients on a wide range of problems.
You will be supported through your training contract by a culture which encourages you to –
- care about your work, clients and those around you
- use your imagination
- enjoy the experience
- be ambitious in your desire to achieve successful outcomes.
We prefer our trainees to study BPP’s Legal Practice Course (LPC). Unless you have already completed this elsewhere, we ask that you study the LPC at one of the BPP’s campuses.
If there is no BPP campus near you, or you have already committed elsewhere, please get in touch. We may be able to arrange an exemption.
Please be aware that the “City” LPC, which focuses on large public companies, is unsuitable for graduates joining Cripps Pemberton Greenish. We prefer courses with a “commercial” focus that concentrate on small and medium sized enterprises.
Although we ask to be consulted before you select your LPC options, we never specify which ones you should take. Instead we’d like you to choose subjects that interest you and help with your training.
Professional skills course (PSC)
We’ll ask you to attend the PSC’s ‘fast-track’ programme at the BPP. You’ll take the core modules ‘advocacy and communication skills’, ‘client care and professional standards’, plus ‘financial and business skills’. You’ll take the electives, which you’ll choose with our help, once these core modules have been completed.
Cripps Pemberton Greenish will pay 100% of your course costs if you study the BPP’s Legal Practice Course (LPC). Unfortunately, we cannot offer funding for the GDL.
You will be given a competitive salary and benefits package, including an uplift in salary while undertaking your London based seat as well as the associated travel costs between our Kent and London offices.
Before you join
We’ll stay in touch in the two years between you accepting your training contract and your start date. This will help you to feel comfortable when you join.
We’ll introduce you to a buddy, usually a trainee who started the year before you, so they can offer advice and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also put you in touch with the other trainees starting at the same time as you. This means you’ll have a network of contacts from the beginning.
In the summer before your contract begins, a Hello Day will be organised, you’ll visit our offices and meet the other trainees in person. You’ll learn about things like what Tunbridge Wells and London are like, and find out more about the Cripps Pemberton Greenish culture.
The weekend before your contract starts, the current trainees will organise a get-together meal for the new group. You’ll also be invited to our lively ‘end of quarter’ drinks. These are either held in-house or at a nearby venue. Everyone in the firm is invited so it’s a great opportunity to meet new people in a casual environment.
You will spend the first two weeks of your training contract taking part in an induction process with the other new trainees, this provides a great opportunity for you to get to know everyone.
Trainees usually start in September. You’ll experience four different seats over the course of your contract. These will be based in our Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill and our London office and there are a number of seats to choose from across real estate, corporate and private client. We’ll be in touch before your contract starts to give you a choice in which seats you take and will do our best to arrange seats in your preferred areas.
From the off, you’ll be working on ‘live files’ and have direct contact with clients and other professionals. We’ll give you all the support you need, review your progress on a regular basis while also empowering you to use your initiative.
You’ll be invited to attend a wide range of training activities. There will be seminars and workshops led by internal or external speakers, IT training sessions, plus skill-boosting training to improve things like time management, negotiation, client care, communication and presentation skills.
The majority of your training, however, will be ‘on the job’ with your supervisor’s help. You’ll be given a checklist for each seat to make sure you cover the necessary ground. You’ll also have monthly meetings with your supervisor to assess progress.
At the end of each seat your supervisor, our Managing Partner, and a member of the HR team will appraise your performance and give you constructive, honest feedback.
Start your career on the right foot
If you embrace our culture and work hard, your time as a trainee at Cripps Pemberton Greenish will be fun, fulfilling and rewarding. They enjoy the challenging work, our positive work-life balance, and building friendships with like-minded happy and successful people.
If you’re prepared to work hard and embrace our client-centric culture, Cripps Pemberton Greenish is the ideal place to launch your career. You’ll get first-class training, work across the business, and have the opportunity to make a difference from day one.