From apprentice to property lawyer – training for the future

PM Passport training programme

The new PMPL training programme

We’re really excited to announce our new in-house training programme – the PM Passport.

The ‘PM Passport’ is an innovative scheme that means everyone can progress their careers. Even entry-level apprentices have the opportunity to start on the path to becoming senior property lawyers. This requires extensive knowledge of property law, practice and procedure.

Trainees have their own PM Passport to carry with them throughout their career, with certificates for every level they pass.

Managing director Harvey Harding comments: “It’s so important that our team can see a clear path for progression and that they know where their career can take them. The programme is flexible so they simply choose to go as far as they want. And it really benefits our clients too. The training means their property lawyer will always be up to speed with the latest developments and new legislation.”

Stars of the future

The scheme is designed to identify potential ‘stars’ and train them in every aspect of the conveyancing process. Sarah Thackray joined the firm in 2014 and has already moved from an apprentice role to become a trainee property lawyer.

She comments: “After two years learning the ropes as a conveyancing assistant, I’m now starting my training as a property lawyer. I will hopefully have my own caseload soon so it’s a really exciting opportunity to further my career.”

Training manager Samantha Gabbitass has devised the programme and will be delivering the training. She says: “Five trainee property lawyers are starting their journey today, and we have more waiting to go. I know they’re going to achieve great things and I’m proud to be helping to make this happen.”


Photo of the first trainee property lawyers (from L to R): Joanne Darwin, Harvey Harding (MD), Sarah Thackray, Wendy Welburn, Samantha Gabbitass (training manager), Erin Catchpole, Kate Wilson.


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