The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Founded in 1775, central London law firm Pemberton Greenish has a heritage spanning over two centuries. The firm specialises in corporate and real estate and also has a high-quality international private wealth practice. Clients include private individuals, entrepreneurial and family business and charitable foundations.
The star performers
Commercial property: general; Property litigation; Residential property.
Pemberton Greenish advises landlords and tenants on all aspects of enfranchisement work. The firm covers a wide variety of issues spanning possession claims, boundary disputes, dilapidation claims, forfeiture proceedings, rent reviews and lease variations, as well as injunctions, contractual disputes and property-related negligence claims. Recent highlights include advising the Eyre Estate on its £26m purchase of two distribution units in the course of development in Devon and Dagenham.
Birchall Properties; Eyre Estate; Helical; Native Land; Peak Worldwide. Notably, the firm has the largest client base of major London estates.
Trainees applied to Pemberton Greenish based on its 'strong commercial property and private wealth departments', and the firm is 'respected as a specialist' in these practice areas. Trainees laud the 'quality of the clientele' and the 'varied and interesting work' available. Work highlights have included 'assisting senior solicitors in a complex residential enfranchisement case', 'preparing summaries of documents for a high-profile client' and 'running and completing a property financing deal in a curtailed timeframe just before Christmas'. Trainees are also encouraged to 'build strong client relationships', and one respondent enjoyed 'taking a client meeting on my own in my third month at the firm'. One criticism is that there is 'no clear structure regarding the qualification process which leads to uncertainty about whether trainees will be kept on and how decisions are made'. There are also some complaints that 'firm-wide events are not always well attended', but trainees do report some great experiences outside of the office. For instance, one respondent recounted with pride 'taking a wicket at the Oval during Surrey Cricket Club's annual sponsors' cricket tournament'. One recruit writes that partners 'always take the time to explain everything and give constructive feedback, which is highly beneficial for my training'. Such a positive attitude helps contribute to the 'friendly atmosphere' at Pemberton Greenish. Other plus points include 'the location' near Sloane Square and the 'decent work/life balance'. To take on 'interesting and challenging work' at a firm with an excellent reputation in real estate and private wealth, add Pemberton Greenish to your shortlist.
A day in the life of...
Grant Duranti first-year trainee, Pemberton Greenish LLP
Departments to date: Corporate, residential real estate
9.15am: I arrive at the office, make a coffee and take a look at the emails which have come in overnight. I have received a few queries on a block of apartments we are selling to which I am able to respond, copying in a partner. I also add a document to our data room; having recently prepared the documents to be provided to the potential buyers, I am also responsible for keeping the data room up to date.
9.30am: I receive a call from a partner asking me to join him and two solicitors in a meeting. I am briefed on a new instruction and told that I will need to fly to Jersey by myself next month for a signing meeting. I make a note to check my passport is in date!
10.30am: I head out of the office to a First-tier Tribunal hearing. My supervising solicitor will not be attending; instead, I will be taking detailed notes and reporting to her afterwards. Trainees at Pemberton Greenish are afforded a high level of responsibility, which is excellent for my development.
12.00pm: I arrive back from the hearing, discuss the outcome with my supervising solicitor and write up my attendance note.
1.00pm: I head down to the 'drop-in lunch'. Once a quarter, an external chef comes in to cook lunch for the whole firm, which is arranged by the fundraising and events committee on which trainees sit. This is a great opportunity to see people at the firm you may not work with day-to-day.
2.00pm: I have a meeting with a partner from our Private Wealth department. He explains that I will be dealing with the property aspects of an estate planning matter on which he is currently advising, and afterwards I draft a transfer deed and declaration of trust. He sends them on to the client for signature.
2.30pm: I attend a meeting with my supervisor and a client who will shortly be selling numerous flats in central London off-plan. We are taken to the model apartment which will be shown to the potential buyers, and we run through the possible enquiries their solicitors may make. As well as enabling us to gather the information so that we can manage the sales efficiently, this also provides a valuable opportunity to meet a client face-to-face with whom I will be working closely over the coming weeks.
3.30pm: I arrive back in the office and check my emails. I have been asked to register a number of leases which have recently completed, and so I submit the appropriate Land Registry forms. I make a diary note to check the progress two weeks from now.
4.15pm: We have recently been instructed on a major enfranchisement matter, so I prepare a schedule of the title numbers involved and draft a questionnaire to be sent to each tenant. I check my drafting with a partner before sending it to the client.
4.45pm: The sale of an apartment on which I have been working has recently completed, and our client has incurred a stamp duty land tax liability. I draft the return and send it to our client for approval, as well as checking that we have sufficient funds in our client account to make the payment.
5.30pm: We have been instructed to ascertain the ownership of a piece of unregistered land which abuts our client's property. I take a look through the historic deeds to deduce the title, and draft a memo with my advice.
6.30pm: I swap my suit for my sports gear. I run home once a week, as well as boxing and playing football. As I burst through on goal, the sound of the office is replaced by 30,000 screaming fans… in my head, at least.
About the firm
Address:45 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2AQ
Telephone: 020 7591 3333
Fax:020 7591 3300
Senior partner : Kerry Glanville
CEO : Robert Graham-Campbell
Who we are: We are a central London law firm with over 200 years' experience specialising in the property, private wealth and SME sectors. We provide our clients with 'big firm' expertise, but with an individual approach and personal service which only specialist firms can provide.
What we do: Our core practice areas are real estate, private wealth and corporate. Our clients include domestic and international private individuals, real estate and entrepreneurial businesses, and charitable foundations and trusts.
What we are looking for: We look for candidates who are bright and able to think commercially and practically. We want a team player and someone who will actively contribute to the firm's social activities. We are also looking for candidates with a genuine interest in the firm's practice areas who are looking to develop their careers at the firm.
What you'll do:Trainees will rotate through five seats during a two-year period: residential real estate, commercial real estate, private wealth, corporate and real estate disputes. Trainees will handle 'real work' with early responsibility and will receive legal and skills-based training, and ongoing support and feedback.
Perks: 25 days' holiday, pension scheme, season ticket loan.
Sponsorship:Details upon application.
Facts and figures
Training contracts available for 2020: 2
First year: £32,750 (September 2018)
Second year: £33,250
Total partners: 16
How: Online only.
When to Apply:By 30 June 2018 for 2020 contracts.