Trainee Days – Development (January 2016)

12 February, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish


The Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day team caught up with trainee Tom Pimenta this week:

Tom’s Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day

8.45am: I arrive at work and plan out my tasks for the day. Living in Tunbridge Wells means that my “commute” is an easy 15 minute walk!

9.00am: I work on a final proof reading of a report on title for my supervisor. I liaise with a partner on the terms of the option agreement and a secretary agrees to collect and save all relevant annexures to the report.

10am: I meet with a partner and associate to reassess the progress of another file. We are looking to buy a plot with a conditional contract based on the seller getting planning permission. I am asked to oversee the searches for the site and conduct an initial review of these when they come back. This is an excellent learning opportunity to see the kinds of issues that will affect a major developer when purchasing a large plot.

10.45am: I review the official copies for the site. This involves looking on the official copy of register of title and then reviewing the relevant transfers or deeds mentioned in the various registers in the official copy.

I notice an issue with the ownership of a particular road as it does not appear in the title documents. I conduct a map search and realise that it is still privately owned.

After questioning this with my supervisor, he confirms that we will need to establish who owns this road and who is liable to maintain and repair it. One of the issues with purchasing a large plot in an area where similar plots have been sold in the past and the parcels of land divided up is that it can become unclear how the parcels are divided from the original older deeds. 

1pm: I have lunch with some of the other trainees. Tunbridge Wells has a wide range of restaurants so you are never short of options at lunch or after work.

In my first few weeks at Cripps Pemberton Greenish I was taken out a number of times by my team, the trainees in the year above at the firm and even had a “meet the supervisors” in-house lunch. The in-house Christmas lunch was a particularly brilliant experience!

2pm: I return from lunch and see an email from a chancel repair liability indemnity insurance provider providing one of our clients with a quote. I draft a “demands and needs statement” on the policy and send the client a guidance note on what the insurance will cover.

3pm: The partner that I worked with on the report on title earlier confirms the option agreement has been agreed and so I liaise with the secretary and send off the report on title.

3.45pm: An associate in the team asks me to draft a boundary agreement following a boundary dispute that was referred to us from the Property Dispute Resolution team. I use a precedent that a colleague has drafted on a similar matter as well as the guidance provided by our in-house knowledge database.

5pm: I am given a task by a partner to proof read a s.106 Town and Country Planning Act agreement in line with the agreed changes to determine whether the other side have made the amendments we suggested or added any extra terms.

5.45pm: I prepare a list of tasks to do tomorrow and note what is likely to come in in the next few days.

6.00pm: I leave the office for a Cripps Pemberton Greenish football match. We normally play against local firms and this week we are playing Warners. I normally leave work between 6-7pm.

More about Tom

Name: Tom Pimenta

Current Seat: Development

Location: Tunbridge Wells

Previous Seats: N/A – this is my first seat

Studied: Law LLB at University of Southampton and LPC at University of Law

Outside of work, I can usually be found… playing football twice a week, going to the gym or catching up with friends and family

Favourite Film: Pulp Fiction / The Dark Knight Rises