A day in the life of a first year commercial property trainee

23 November, 2016

The trainees caught up with Lydia Dent this week to hear more about a day in the life of a trainee in the Cripps Pemberton Greenish commercial property team. Read on to find out more …

Lydia’s Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day

8.45am: I arrive at the office with coffee in hand. I read through my to-do list and check my emails before prioritising tasks.

9.00am: I quickly catch-up with my supervisor to discuss our schedules and priorities for the day ahead.

9:10am: I review a deed of variation for an agreement for lease received from the landlord’s solicitor. I amend it as I think appropriate and report back to my supervisor.

10:00am: Trainees are encouraged to complete a business development project alongside their normal work. My project is on MarcAlliance and Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s international focus. This morning I’m meeting with a partner in Corporate, who specialises in advising international groups operating in the UK and around the world, to discuss how I can help to prepare for the upcoming MarcAlliance annual conference.

11:00am: Today is a dress down and “bun run” day so I join the other trainees to walk around the firm collecting donations for dress down and selling cakes (homemade by the trainees!) to raise money for our charity of the year, the Alzheimer’s Society.

11:30pm: A solicitor in my team has received instructions for a new matter to amend a title restriction on dealing with land that is currently subject to a lease. I am asked to take responsibility for the matter, under supervision. I begin by considering the initial instructions and conducting preliminary research to understand what will be required. Next, I email the client to introduce myself and request an undertaking from the tenant’s solicitor for our fees. 

1:00pm: A few of the trainees meet up for lunch. As Cripps Pemberton Greenish is located in the centre of Tunbridge Wells there are plenty of local cafés for us to visit.

2:00pm: I have been assisting a partner with a deed of rectification for a lease. Today we receive the executed documents back from our client so I call the tenant’s solicitor to complete the deed before updating the client.

3:00pm: My supervisor is working on the sale of land where the title contains a very unusual entry regarding glebe easements. I conduct research into these easements, and prepare an email to report back to the client, explaining a relatively complicated issue concisely and using plain English. One of the skills that new trainees have to learn quickly is striking a balance between going into too much legal detail on the one hand and over-simplifying on the other.

4:30pm: My supervisor receives Heads of Terms for a new lease including provisions for the tenant to develop a new building on the leased land. I review the heads of terms before discussing with my supervisor.

5:00pm: I accompanied an Associate on a site visit earlier this week. We are acting for a major charity on the sale of part of land for development.  Visiting the site with the client gave us an opportunity to better understand and discuss matters such as access and protecting the client’s interest in the retained land. To follow up, I review the draft transfer and contract.

 5:45: I prepare my to-do list for tomorrow before leaving the office in time to attend a 6:30pm spin class at the gym.

Lydia’s profile

Name: Lydia Dent

Current Seat: Commercial Property (Tunbridge Wells)

Previous Seats: This is my first seat

Studied: Psychology BSc at the University of Birmingham, GDL at Kaplan Law School, London, LPC at the University of Law, London Bloomsbury

Outside of work, I can usually be found… in the gym, baking or spending time with friends