Being a trainee in commercial property at Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Since my second seat in commercial property, specifically working for real estate investors, I have got a real buzz from being involved in the industry. It’s fast paced, you’re involved in high end transactions and I loved working on deals with a tangible asset that you could go out and see, and would be there forever. It was whilst walking around a historic building listening to the discussions about what it should be used for that I thought ‘this is what I want to do’. Even if you found land law a bit dry at university, the practical side of being a property lawyer is more like project management – although there will still be the odd sitting down with a map, pile of deeds and land registry documents to decipher who owns what piece of land!
Real estate accounts for 40% of the work that Cripps Pemberton Greenish do; the team is very well renowned and is currently shortlisted for the Estates Gazette Property Awards ‘Real Estate Legal Team of the Year’ (click here for more info). We are looking forward to Awards night in September!
During my seat, I was taken to meetings with some of our biggest clients and often invited to networking events. For example, I attended the ballet at the Royal Opera House, a planning conference at The Dorchester Hotel and the Lawyer Awards with a land searches operator.
Recently, I attended a ‘Women in Property’ event at Greenwich market where we were told about the renovation of the market and the surrounding area, from derelict streets, student flats and crumbling buildings to a thriving and upmarket area filled with boutiques, local tradesmen and new restaurants. It was very interesting to hear how the transformation was managed, including the frustrations of dealing with listed buildings, councillors and planners, offering rent incentives to local traders and converting unused retail space into residential flats. The impact buildings have on communities is so clear when you see how areas such as this have been transformed. As lawyers, you play a key role in this process and Cripps Pemberton Greenish advises on every stage of the process.
Another great opportunity at Cripps Pemberton Greenish is the chance to do a secondment at one of the UK’s largest real estate investors. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the industry from another angle, working alongside surveyors, in-house lawyers and investment managers.
My advice to any aspiring solicitor is to think really hard about what industry you want to be working in, and what assets you want to be dealing with. As a lawyer, you often do challenging work beyond the 9-5, so working in an industry you are genuinely interested in, whether banking, technology or property, is crucial to enjoying your job. And if you think the property industry might be the one for you, Cripps Pemberton Greenish is an excellent place to be.