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Cripps has won a commendable three Lex 100 Winner medals this year, one of which is for their vacation scheme. A current trainee remembers it as being ‘excellent’ and commented that ‘the supervisors were really hands-on’. Cripps’ location in Kent appealed to trainees who wanted ‘good-quality work outside London’, and recruits admire that the firm ‘holds its own as a City-type firm with City-level work and top-tier clients but has a good work/life balance’. The training is ‘rewarding’ with trainees ‘given the tools to succeed’, some of which include having ‘a lot of client contact’, ‘involvement in all levels of work’, and good levels of ‘responsibility’. There are even ‘additional training sessions’ on topics such as ‘How to Network’, however, one respondent felt having these sessions is ‘unnecessary and means we spend less time learning how to do the legal work; the non-legal skills come with experience rather than formal training’. Trainee salary was mentioned as a displeasing aspect of the firm – some say it is ‘low’: ‘living costs in Tunbridge Wells are high’, and with ‘increasing hours’ recruits believe they should be better compensated. Also concerning was the ‘uncertainty’ regarding availability of post qualification jobs. Worst moments included ‘scanning for hours’, having to complete the ‘finance professional skills course’ and ‘making avoidable mistakes’, but these pale into insignificance when mentioned alongside highlights such as ‘running a client meeting by myself’ and ‘receiving positive feedback for a particularly hard-to-impress partner’; ‘doing your job well doesn’t go unrecognised at Cripps’. If you want to train somewhere where the ‘work is varied, of a good standard and colleagues are easy to approach’, apply to Cripps.