Trainee Blog


“It’s not what you know it’s who you know"... The fine art of networking

4 Apr, 2019
Networking, love it or hate it, it really is an essential skill to have as a trainee solicitor. In this article, I will share my top tips for effective networking as a trainee or...
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Don't pull the ladder up behind you

15 Mar, 2019
Training contracts are like gold dust. Many scramble for these ever so prized jewels, but so few find them. Like a bird landing on a live wire, it was a huge shock to my system...
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A day in the life of a commercial real estate trainee

1 Mar, 2019
8:30am – Getting to the office A gentle walk up the hill from my flat in town gets me to our offices in ten minutes.  It’s the end of February and I am walking to work in...
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A day in the life of a residential conveyancing trainee

22 Feb, 2019
0830: Good morning, Resi I arrive at the Tunbridge Wells office. While making a coffee, I consider the day ahead. Although I prepare a “to-do” list each morning, a day in Resi...
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Construction is much more than you think

18 Feb, 2019
  The construction industry is facing many hurdles. The most obvious one is Brexit, but to avoid putting people to sleep, I won’t touch on the subject in this blog. However, I...
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Training Contract Applications

4 Feb, 2019
Now that the training contract and vacation scheme application period is in full swing, we decided to gather together top tips from our current and future trainee cohort about the...
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A day in the life of a commercial trainee

22 Jan, 2019
This week, the trainee solicitor blog team caught up with Victoria Redman.  Victoria is a second year trainee in our commercial team. Read on to find out more about her day. ...
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Success and succession – shaping your family business

21 Dec, 2018
In this week's edition of the trainee blog, second year trainee Tom Bushell discusses family business structures and the difficulties that can arise when members wish to retire...
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Surviving your first few months…

12 Dec, 2018
The first few months of a training contract can be the most challenging. Nevertheless, it's worth keeping in mind that you are not the first and nor will you be the last to face...
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My Legal Journey – from undergraduate degree to training contract

23 Nov, 2018
Many of us decide from a young age that we want to study law, whether it is to help people, or perhaps you like the idea of formulating and winning arguments or even because...
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The Case for Pro Bono

16 Nov, 2018
There’s a good chance that when you decided that you might like to be a lawyer, you did so because you liked the idea of helping people. Perhaps your interest in the law was...
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Preparing for Qualification

8 Nov, 2018
Juanne Jambaz is a second year trainee currently in her final seat with the Property Disputes team. Juanne is preparing to qualify at the end of March, as she has recently had her...
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“Ignore the family court at your peril – it means what it says”

2 Nov, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee solicitor caught up with Benjamin Carter in the family department. In his article, Ben explains a recent judgement which reinforces the consequences of...
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Imposters, Professional Pressures and Perseverance

22 Oct, 2018
When I secured a training contract at Cripps, I was most excited by the prospect of working for a firm that is constantly evolving, while fostering a truly inclusive work culture...
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E-signatures – the way forward in M&A transactions?

12 Oct, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee solicitor blog caught up with Erin Willock in the corporate team.   In her article, Erin provides insight into e-signatures, the Law Commission’s...
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Finding it difficult to plan for later life? You’re not alone…

5 Oct, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee solicitor blog caught up with Hannah Baker in the private client team.   In her article, Hannah provides insight into planning for retirement. ...
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‘No-Deal’ Brexit: what might happen for family law cases?

28 Sep, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee solicitor blog caught up with Helen Fisher and Claire Tollefson  in the family team.  In their article, Helen and Claire explore the potential impact...
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A message to a future trainee

17 Sep, 2018
by: Cripps
It feels like yesterday I was on my way to the office on the first day of my training contract, eager to meet my fellow trainees and new colleagues. I am now in my department of...
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A day in the life of a private client trainee

7 Sep, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee blog team caught up with Tom Bushell. Tom is currently completing his second seat with the non-contentious private client practice at Cripps. 08:45 I...
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The Perils of Partnership Law

31 Aug, 2018
This week the Cripps trainee solicitor blog caught up with Tom Bourne, a senior associate in the commercial disputes team. Tom advises individuals and businesses in a wide range of...
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