The transition from paralegal to trainee

25 October, 2017

In this week’s trainee solicitor blog, we caught up with Juanne Jambaz. Juanne  was a paralegal at Cripps Pemberton Greenish prior to starting her training contract. Read on to find out more about her experience of transitioning between roles.

I was a paralegal at Cripps Pemberton Greenish for two years before leaving to travel the world. I started my training contract in September 2017.


What has changed from paralegal to trainee?

The main difference is the work; I used to work in the development property team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish which involves a lot of work for house builders who have land to develop. It was a very interesting area of law as it is so relevant at the moment with housing supply being a big talking point in the industry. Prior to this I also worked in residential property, so again focusing on the residential aspect of property but from a consumers’ point of view.

Since starting my training contract, my first seat has been with the investment property team. This is hugely different to the work that I have done before as the  team focuses mainly on transactional commercial property work.  This includes work for clients in both the private and public sectors and dealing for example with a variety of different properties including shopping centres. . 


How did you decide your seat choices?

Having been in property for roughly four years, it is an area of law that I am passionate about. Nevertheless, on choosing seats I felt a balance between property and other areas that I had not explored yet was key.

I have chosen to do investment property, corporate, property dispute resolution and commercial dispute resolution. The reason for the mix is to really try to gain a breadth of experience across both real estate and corporate. By combining the transactional work of corporate, I felt the litigious nature of commercial dispute resolution would complement it well; I used the same reasoning for investment property and property dispute resolution too.


What was it like starting your training contract?

Although I had worked at Cripps Pemberton Greenish for a couple of years, I did have a 4-and-a-half month break to travel, so coming back was slightly daunting. Had I forgotten everything? Had everyone forgotten me? However, from day one I wondered what I had been worrying about. Two of the main reasons for working at Cripps Pemberton Greenish are the people and the fact that you get the support you need as and when you need it. This hadn’t changed in the short time I had been away, and as a result it took me two hours to walk around chatting to everyone I had missed whilst I was away!