Trainee Days – Corporate (April 2016)

13 April, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

This week’s blog post is by trainee Kate Gibbs, currently sitting within Cripps Pemberton Greenish’s Corporate team.


Kate Gibbs circle

My Cripps Pemberton Greenish in a Day

8:45: I arrive at work and catch up with my colleagues. I make a round of tea and check my to-do list. I note that I have training sessions booked at various intervals throughout the day so get on with some drafting that I have to do. The corporate team are currently very busy and have a few big deals on. I have been assisting my supervisor with one in particular which is the de-merger of a large company which wishes to split its two different business operations into separate companies. She has asked me to have a go at drafting some of the ancillary documents of the deal.

11.30: I finish drafting these and give them to my supervisor to check. I make another cup of tea and head to the training room for training on the structure and composition of Share Purchase Agreements. I find training sessions like this extremely useful and a great opportunity to ask in-depth questions about a certain topic. It is also a familiar learning style to be taught rather than ‘learning on the job’.

12:30: I finish off a few corporate social responsibility tasks which need doing such as contacting the coach company to transport Cripps Pemberton Greenish staff to and from the annual summer party which the second year trainees organise.

13:20: I head to Pret to get lunch with one of the other trainees. There are many places to get lunch in Tunbridge Wells, but despite this, we always end up in Pret. I dread to think the amount of money it makes from Cripps Pemberton Greenish employees!

14:00: I come back to my desk and continue with my to-do list.

15:20: I receive an email in from a colleague asking for my help. She has been asked by someone in our real estate team to compose a letter and necessary forms needed to resign the seller (our client) as sole director of a resident owned Management Company and appoint the new owners in his place, should they volunteer themselves to act as director. I prepare the first draft and Companies House form and send these back to her for checking.

16:10: I continue with my ‘to-do’ list. One of the jobs on the list is to prepare a shareholder’s agreement. I use a precedent to do this, along with our email of instructions from the client. This is a large and relatively complex bit of work and it takes a while to get my head around the provisions which need to be included or omitted. I have a quick look and save the documents to start drafting properly tomorrow.

16:30: I go to the training room again for a training session on insolvency. This is given by the team in CDR and is aimed at the corporate team. It is very useful to have the issues highlighted and to be made aware of the things which we can do in corporate to protect our clients as much as possible.

18:20: After the training I decide to call it a day. I write an updated ‘to-do’ list and head home for the evening.


Kate’s Profile

Name: Kate Gibbs

Current Seat: Corporate (Fifth Seat)

Previous Seats: Investment, Advisory, Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Law

Studies: International Relations (BSc) at the University of Southampton, GDL and LPC at the University of Law, Bloomsbury.

Outside of work, I can usually be found… in a boat or spending time with friends.

Favourite Film: Lord of War.