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The trainee experience
Trainee contracts at Cripps are far broader than most training schemes. This diversity will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career. Because you’ll develop a better understanding of the law outside your specialism, you’ll be better equipped to help clients on a wide range of problems.
We’ll expect you to express your opinions and be yourself throughout your contract. If you’re enthusiastic and tenacious, you’ll have endless opportunities to develop your career and make a difference from day one.
Before you join
We’ll stay in touch in the two years between you accepting your training contract and your start date. This will help you to feel comfortable when you join.
We’ll introduce you to a buddy, usually a trainee who started the year before you, so they can offer advice and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also put you in touch with the other trainees starting at the same time as you. This means you’ll have a network of contacts from the beginning.
In the summer before your contract begins, you’ll visit our offices and meet the other trainees in person. You’ll learn about things like accommodation, what Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill are like, and find out more about the Cripps culture.
The weekend before your contract starts, the current trainees will organise a get-together meal for the new group. You’ll also come to our lively ‘end of quarter’ drinks. These are either held in-house or at a nearby venue. Everyone is invited so it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and have fun.
You will spend the first three weeks of your training contract taking part in an induction process with the other new trainees, this provides a great opportunity for you to get to know everyone.
In addition to the standard introductory talks on different practice areas, IT training, Compliance training and so on, there will be a three day team event which puts the theory of team and business development skills into practice.
The PSC Advocacy and Communication Skills and Financial and Business Skills modules are included in the three week induction and are taught on an in-house basis by specialist tutors supplied by BPP. The feedback that we have had regarding the trainee induction programme has been very positive.
Trainees usually start in September. You’ll experience four different seats over the course of your contract. These will be based both in our Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill offices.
We’ll be in touch before your contract starts to give you a choice in which seats you take, we want this to be your training contract. We’ll do our best to arrange seats in these particular areas but it depends on the availability of supervisors and how busy each department is.
Although you might already know which area you’d like to specialise in, you’ll work for both commercial and private clients to keep your options open. Many trainees change their mind after experiencing something new.
You’ll be able to work on ‘live files’ and have direct contact with clients and other professionals from the word go. Most trainees find this both empowering and rewarding. You won’t be ‘spoon-fed’ but we’ll give you all the support you need and review your progress on a regular basis.
Training and career development is all-important at Cripps. If there’s anything we can help you with just ask. We encourage you to push us as much as we push you.
You’ll be invited to attend a wide range of training activities. There will be seminars and workshops led by internal or external speakers, IT training sessions, plus skill-boosting training to improve things like time management, negotiation, client care, communication and presentation skills.
The majority of your training, however, will be ‘on the job’ with your supervisor’s help. You’ll be given a checklist for each seat to make sure you cover the necessary ground. You’ll also have monthly meetings with your supervisor to assess progress.
At the end of each seat your supervisor, our Managing Partner, and the Recruitment Advisor will appraise your performance and give you friendly, honest feedback.
We prefer our trainees to study BPP’s Legal Practice Course (LPC). Unless you have already completed this elsewhere, we ask that you study the LPC at one of the BPP’s campuses.
If there is no BPP campus near you, or you have already committed elsewhere, please get in touch. We may be able to arrange an exemption.
Please be aware that the “City” LPC, which focuses on large public companies, is unsuitable for graduates joining Cripps. We prefer courses with a “commercial” focus that concentrate on small and medium sized enterprises.
Although we ask to be consulted before you select your LPC options, we never specify which ones you should take. Instead we’d like you to choose subjects that interest you and help with your training.
As one of our trainees, you’ll be able to claim discounted fees.
We have special financial arrangements with the BPP for the GDL, LPC and PSC studies. We also have a funding scheme for LPC students: half bursary and half interest-free loan. Unfortunately, we don’t offer funding for the GDL.
Professional skills course (PSC)
We’ll ask you to attend the PSC’s ‘fast-track’ programme at the BPP. You’ll take the core modules ‘advocacy and communication skills’, ‘client care and professional standards’, plus ‘financial and business skills’. You’ll take the electives, which you’ll choose with our help, once these core modules have been completed.
Start your career on the right foot
If you embrace our culture and work hard, your time as a trainee at Cripps will be fun, fulfilling and rewarding. Many of our trainees stay with us throughout their career. They enjoy the challenging work, our positive work-life balance, and building friendships with like-minded happy and successful people.