Two weeks in the life of a Vacation Scheme Student

29 November, 2019

Earlier in the summer, Cripps Pemberton Greenish played host to 6 vacation scheme students. They all spent 2 weeks in the firm. Their time here included 3 ‘mini-seats’ in various teams around the firm. Holly Milne caught up with the students to gain an insight into their time with us.

What did you get up to during the vacation scheme?

Lucy: During the vacation scheme I sat in 3 ‘mini-seats’: Employment, Private Wealth and Commercial Real Estate. During each seat I sat on a pod, usually made up of my trainee buddy, an associate and a senior associate. I was given work on real client matters and truly felt like I was a part of each team.

In Employment I drafted letters and worked on a redundancy matter, helped prepare for a preliminary hearing and wrote a blog on unlawful deductions from staff wages. When I was in Private Wealth, I worked on Lasting Powers of Attorney, an Advance Decision and Wills, and drafted a letter of concern to the Office of the Public Guardian. Finally in Commercial Real Estate, I carried out searches on the Land Registry site, completed forms on the surrender of a lease and researched development issues.

Hugo: I spent time in Corporate, Commercial Real Estate and Private Wealth. I managed to get involved with a lot of different tasks in the departments that I worked in. For example: compiling documents for due diligence in corporate, preparing letting packs in Commercial Real Estate, and undertaking some research into the effect of the GDPR on holding clients’ passwords to digital assets in Private Wealth.

Sophia: During the vacation scheme, I was fortunate to sit with the teams of Private Wealth, Employment and Property Dispute Resolution. From drafting an employment contract for a footballer to providing summaries of large bundles and researching niche legal concepts, I was able to gain a valuable insight into the diverse work of Cripps Pemberton Greenish. We also had to give presentations which, although daunting, were wonderful to create and hear too!

What would be your top tips for the vacation scheme?

Rhys:  I would thoroughly recommend researching the firm and the type of work that it conducts prior to starting the scheme. This will allow you to ‘hit the ground running’ in your seats and get the most out of your tasks. Also, make sure to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity that arises. Only through engaging with all areas of the firm will you truly get to grips with the incredible culture. This includes talking to anyone you encounter, even the partners!

Joe: My tip for future vacation schemers would be to just be yourself from the start as at Cripps Pemberton Greenish this is massively encouraged. Everyone at the firm wants you to do well, and there really is good opportunity to showcase what you can do and improve the skills you are less sure on. And sample the Sky Lounge at lunchtimes!

Lucy: Ask as many questions as possible! Try to go the extra mile to make a good impression before applying for the training contract and get to know the people who may be interviewing you.

What was your favourite part of the Vacation Scheme?

Charlotte: I most enjoyed the sociable and friendly culture of Cripps Pemberton Greenish. As well as completing work during each mini-seat, I had the opportunity to play netball for Cripps Pemberton Greenish in the Tunbridge Wells league, enabling me to meet other lawyers that I wouldn’t have been able to meet otherwise! I also did a floor walk with my supervisor to collect money for the firm’s annual charity, further socialising with other lawyers in the team. Overall, Cripps Pemberton Greenish is an incredibly warm and welcoming firm, further supported by the fact that you can be making a coffee one minute then be having a chat with a partner the next!

Hugo: I really enjoyed meeting my fellow vacation schemers, we all got on really well and had a good laugh. It was also great to have the opportunity to meet so many of the people who work at Cripps Pemberton Greenish. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and showed a genuine interest in helping me gain experience. 

Sophia: My favourite part was meeting such wonderful people that were so welcoming. Engaging with helpful trainers, associates and partners made my time with the firm insightful and enjoyable.

Joe: I have enjoyed very much my experience at Cripps Pemberton Greenish. I have found my mentors in all three seats very welcoming and patient.  I would say that my favourite part of the scheme was the exposure I got to real work. All my mentors gave me work that was challenging but manageable and I felt that I left each seat with a good working understanding of the sector.

Lucy: My favourite part of the vacation scheme was getting an insight into each of the practice areas, and seeing the challenges in each department. Everyone was incredibly friendly and approachable and having a deeper insight into the firm has been very beneficial for the training contract application. I also really enjoyed getting to know the current trainees and also the people I was on the vac scheme with and hearing about their different routes into law.

 

If you are interested in taking part in a Vacation Scheme with us, applications for our July 2020 scheme will open on the 1st of December 2019 and close at midnight on the 30th of April 2020. More information can be found here.