Building Futures programme: a day with Berkeley’s trainees

15 February, 2017
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

On 1st February 2017, Cripps Pemberton Greenish welcomed two trainees from the Berkeley Trainee Scheme. The trainees are over half way through their scheme, which bears several similarities to the Cripps Pemberton Greenish training contract.

How does it work, exactly?

Instead of 6 month seats, trainees at Berkeley rotate on a one month basis, for a period of nine months. During this time they get to experience all the many and varied departments of the business from marketing and customer service, to commercial, technical, development and construction.  At the end of the nine-month period, the trainees will qualify into the department of their choice and will, over the next five years, undertake a part-time university course in order to obtain the requisite academic qualifications.

Berkeley provides a fantastic opportunity through this scheme to those who have just finished their A-levels wishing to pursue a career in the construction/development industry. As well as providing their trainees with the experience and knowledge from many facets of the business,  Berkeley provides them with an opportunity to gain a university education.

Our two trainees, Ben and Christie arrived at the new offices at 9:30am and were taken for a tour around our new building. They were delighted to see how construction plans for the building translated into a real life, working structure. 

On completion of the tour, Ben and Christies were assigned a mini project task (to be completed by the end of the day) which they could carry out in between the talks and meetings that were planned for them.

What did the day consist of?

At 11am, Ben and Christie attended an introductory talk by development associates Ian Hoare and Natalie Campany. The talk was a brilliant way to introduce them to what the Cripps Pemberton Greenish development team does, and they were fascinated by the amount of detail (and behind-the-scenes legal due diligence) that goes into the acquisition of a site.  During this talk, the two trainees were introduced to some of the key features to be alert to when purchasing a development site, including the issues that can arise in relation to visibility splays, boundary lines, and restrictive covenants.  This provided them with a useful background to the task that they would be tackling throughout the day.

Shortly before lunch, the trainees were taken to meet managing partner Gavin Tyler, to have a brief chat about what Cripps Pemberton Greenish does as a law firm, and how the new building has positively impacted on how Cripps Pemberton Greenish functions internally.

Lunch was next, and Ben and Christie were taken to the local Cripps Pemberton Greenish watering hole that is Sankeys! They were joined by first-year trainees Lorna Young and Isabelle Benedict, and discussed with them the differences and similarities between being a trainee at Berkeley and at Cripps Pemberton Greenish.

Throughout the rest of the afternoon, Ben and Christie worked on the task that had been set for them. This was aimed at giving them an insight into some of the issues that may arise on a potential development site, how to identify them early on and, most importantly, find workable solutions. Armed with the knowledge they had gained from their talk with Natalie and Ian earlier in the day, they set to work.

On completion, they informally presented their results to partner (and head of the development team) Jason Towell, who provided them with more insight on the project, and answered all their queries.  

Overall, Christie and Ben had a fantastic day, stating they had ‘learnt so much’ from just their short time they spent with us. They complimented us on the friendliness of our staff,  and were especially impressed with how the day went (and with the delicious burgers they ate at Sankeys, of course!). 

We look forward to inviting them to our CrippsFuture events soon, and wish them all the luck in the future!

What is CrippsFuture?

CrippsFuture was launched in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic Cripps Pemberton Greenish solicitors who wanted to organise marketing events for the those who were less senior in the firm.

CrippsFuture provides a marketing platform for junior professionals to network and build relationships with their contemporaries at client and referrer firms. These business relationships can then be nurtured and built upon as those involved reach more senior decision-making positions.

Please contact to find out more.