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Cripps Pemberton Greenish

  • 10 vacancies
  • 20 trainees
  • 71 partners
  • 429 staff

About Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Expertise and experience are not enough – how we work matters. Our lawyers care more, imagine better, enjoy their work and consistently achieve for clients.

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More info

To be considered for our trainee solicitor programme, please complete our application form and (optional) equal opportunities form.

These forms are available on our website here.

Please send your completed application form, and equal opportunities form to [email protected].

The deadline for applications is midnight on 8 July 2022. Applications after this time will not be considered.

Approximately 30% of applicants are interviewed.

We operate a two-stage interview process, with a psychometric test at first stage and written assignment at second stage. 

We’re looking for people who share our sense of purpose to help others, have a genuine interest in our firm, relevant work experience, and good commercial and business awareness.

Applications to

Ms Annabel Goh

Method of application

Employer application form

Method of assessment

  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

We are a full-service, top 100 UK law firm but expertise and experience are not enough – how we work matters. Our lawyers care more, imagine better, enjoy their work and consistently over-achieve for clients.

We provide a fully integrated offering for high net worth individuals and families, national and international privately-owned businesses and non-profit organisations. We have one of the UK’s largest private client teams helping individuals and families to maximise their assets, making their lives easier by taking the burden out of managing their personal affairs. Our multi-award-winning corporate team supports many of the UK’s most exciting businesses from innovative start-ups to global brands, fulfilling all the legal service needs a business has during its life cycle. We have one of the largest commercial real estate teams in the UK covering every aspect of the property life cycle, working with private and institutional owners/investors, developers, lenders, private equity, landed estates and major occupiers.

We invest heavily in our trainee solicitor programme with the ambition that our trainees will stay with the firm upon qualification and contribute to the continued success of the business. Indeed many of our current partners started their careers as trainees with the firm.

The firm

Cripps Pemberton Greenish is one of the country’s leading legal practices serving corporate, real estate and private clients. With more than 430 people across our offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, we focus on delivering an exceptional service to our clients. We build, equip and continuously strengthen our teams, investing in the best talent and technology.

By making ‘how we do it’ as important as ‘what we do’ Cripps has built a unique culture. We genuinely care about our clients, our work, our people and the world around us. We don’t believe in hierarchies, empowering everyone to express opinions and imagine new ways to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. Whether advising a real estate investor, a fast-growing business or a private individual, our approach is the same – making our client’s objectives our own and ensuring their experience is as enjoyable as possible.

Principal areas of work

Businesses and organisations: Our award-winning corporate team supports many of the UK’s most exciting businesses from innovative start-ups to global brands. Dedicated teams advise on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, corporate finance, corporate tax, employment and HR services, commercial contracts, and commercial dispute resolution. Typical clients range from entrepreneurial businesses to international companies who need a personal, flexible service coupled with astute commercial advice. In 2021, the team won 'Corporate Law Firm of the Year' at the South East Dealmakers Awards and was praised for its ‘proactive, flexible approach’ in the Legal 500.

Business owners: Our unusual combination of private client and commercial capabilities are of considerable advantage to business owners whose personal and business needs overlap. We take a holistic view of each client’s overall situation and advise on corporate entities and structures, personal and family ownership of business assets, and disposals and transfers, linking these with the structuring of personal tax, wealth management and inheritance affairs.

Individuals and families: Our private client team is one of the largest in the country. We help people to maximise their assets and makes their lives easier by taking the burden out of managing their personal affairs, in particular on complex trust and tax issues. Working nationally and internationally, we also help clients with all types of estate, property and inheritance issues. Cripps Pemberton Greenish is a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme. In 2021, eprivateclient recognised us as one of the UK’s top family law firms.

Real estate: With one of the UK’s largest commercial real estate teams, we advise on every aspect of the property life cycle from raising investment funds, planning a commercial or residential development, to managing a property portfolio. We work for some of the country’s largest property owners, developers and investors, as well as advising on the property needs of medium-sized and smaller entrepreneurial businesses and investors. Clients also benefit from a large property dispute resolution team, which advises on all types of contentious property issues.

Sector focus: Multi-disciplined teams combine industry knowledge and understanding to deliver advice and solutions to businesses in a range of industries. These include real estate investors and developers; advertising, technology and media businesses; retailers; central and local government; pharmacists, dentists and care providers; food and drink businesses; hospitality and leisure clients; professional practices, financial institutions and investors; and, charities.

Recruitment: We recruit like-minded people into all parts of the firm. Our lawyers are either home-grown through the firm’s comprehensive training scheme or join from other high-quality, city, national and regional firms and are complemented by high-quality business support professionals.

Expertise and experience are not enough, how we work matters. We look for lawyers who will care more, imagine better, enjoy their work and consistently achieve for clients.

All our people appreciate the interactive, positive and non-hierarchical working culture in which everyone is valued.

We offer a four-seat training contract providing genuine hands-on experience. Levels of responsibility are high with many trainees managing their own files under supervision.

Seats are mainly based in our Tunbridge Wells office although most trainees will get the chance to have a London seat too. There are a number of seats to choose from across real estate, corporate and private client. We do our best to arrange seats in a trainee’s preferred areas, however, this cannot always be guaranteed.

We offer a comprehensive induction programme and support is provided regularly through structured reviews and on-the-job coaching.

Trainees will also be invited to take part in our 'Future Lawyers Programme', a programme of events designed to equip our trainees with the skills needed to become well rounded and successful lawyers. This includes sessions on topics relevant to ‘modern lawyers’ such as design thinking and innovation.

Trainees also receive first class technical training from our team of professional support lawyers.

The trainee cohort joining the firm in September 2024 will be the first cohort to follow our SQE programme which we have put together in conjunction with BPP University. The full cost of the course will be covered as long as the candidate attends the BPP programme offered. Full details on the website.

Diversity, equality and inclusion are more than simply words. Every person is, by definition, unique; we recognise people’s individual needs and do everything in our power to fulfil their aspirations.

We have active programmes around encouraging and nurturing diversity and inclusion, and have had a longstanding track record on ensuring equality.

We treat everyone we work alongside with dignity and respect and our policies on harassment, paternity and paternity leave, help uphold the importance of equality and inclusion in our culture.

The diversity of our team makes us more capable, responsive and, above all, human. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer – our diversity enables us to better serve our clients and to create better solutions for them.

We are fully committed to fostering a truly diverse business that reflects the community and society we inhabit. To underline this commitment, we have signed the Law Society’s Charter on Diversity, which promotes diversity and equality across the entire legal profession.

You can read our equality, diversity and inclusivity policy here and our anti-slavery policy on our website.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish will pay 100% of your course costs if you study the BPP’s Legal Practice Course (cohort joining in September 2023) and 100% of our designated SQE preparation course (cohort joining September 2024).

Where needed we will also pay 100% of the course costs of a law conversion course delivered by a training provider we designate.

Details our SQE preparation course and law conversion course will be available shortly.

  • Private wealth
  • Residential property transactions
  • Commercial real estate
  • Residential estates
  • Corporate commercial
  • Corporate transactional
  • Corporate dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Specialist dispute resolution
  • Property dispute resolution
  • Family
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Number 22, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8AS
Phone: 01892 515121
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree in law or another subject and a first-time pass on the LPC
Start salary: £28,000 (with a London allowance for London seats)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £39,014,590 (2020)
Profit per partner: £254,016 (2020)
Training contract applications: 187 (2021)
Retention rate: 56% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 58.6% male (2021)
  • 41.4% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 30.4% male (2021)
  • 69.6% female
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • London
  • Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • StreetLaw