Manish Patel joins the Crane & Staples Partnership
It is our great pleasure to announce that as of 1st April 2022, Manish Patel will be a Partner at Crane & Staples LLP.
Manish joined the firm in 2018 and has been a true asset to the team ever since.
As a specialist in all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing, Manish is well-known in the local community and has a loyal and diverse network of clients and professional contacts. We have no doubt that they will all be delighted to see Manish take this huge step in his career.
Within the firm, Manish is a valued colleague and friend, acting as a mentor to junior members of staff. In his new role as Partner, Manish will be responsible for Training and Development at the firm. We are sure his current and former trainees will agree that his positivity, knowledge, and good humour makes him the perfect person to hold this additional responsibility.
As well as becoming a Partner, Manish has had many other notable professional achievements.
He has been a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer for the past two years.
In 2021, Manish won the New Business Champion Award at the British Conveyancing Awards and in 2019, he was a finalist at the Asian Legal Awards.
Everyone at Crane & Staples would like to congratulate Manish on his huge success. We look forward to seeing him thrive in his new role!
Q&A with Manish Patel
To mark Manish’s promotion and his new role as Training Partner, he has answered some questions posed to him by his colleagues.
Trainee Solicitor, Emma Curtis-Vegh, asks:
What has been the most valuable lesson you have learnt during your career thus far?
You never know as much as you think you do and you never stop learning.
If you could go back in time and give your pre-trainee self a single piece of advice, what would that be?
Being passionate about what you do and who you do things for is great but always be mindful of your surroundings – you are always a role model.
Is there anyone who has been a major source of inspiration for you and if so, how have they motivated you?
Mr Shah of Shah & Burke – my training principal and the person responsible for giving me my first job in a law firm as a paralegal. He was a disciplinarian, a fount of all knowledge, and a fantastic, fierce, well-rounded lawyer and philanthropist.
What advice would you give to others in achieving a healthy work/life balance?
Health is the real wealth but I need to take my own advice first before I preach to others!
If you were to compile a musical playlist representing your career journey, what song(s) would feature on the list?
Lose Yourself by Eminem, You’ll Never Walk Alone… and anything by Taylor Swift.
Senior Associate Solicitor, Sian Churchill, asks:
Most definitely getting through my first year after qualifying, where you are suddenly in the deep end and, to an extent, on your own, and still feeling like you know nothing. I found that year harder than my training contract.
I thought it was going to be like the movies and how Grisham portrays the profession. Plus I couldn’t see myself wearing a white coat working in a lab!
Who are your role-models?
My parents, for the decades of prejudice and adversity they faced, and how they got through it with hard work, resilience, and kindness.
Conveyancing Assistant, Amy Tapping, asks:
Why did you choose property/commercial law?
It was less harrowing and emotionally draining than criminal defence. which I did enjoy but I could not see longevity in practicing it.
Conveyancing Assistant, Freya Shailes, asks:
Have you practised any other areas of law?
I trained in general practice, so did property, family, wills and probate, litigation, and criminal law. I spent a year doing criminal defence before moving to property.
What are the most memorable moments of your career?
In a bad sense – a murder trial I was acting on in my first year of being qualified, which was emotionally draining. In a good sense – being told I was going to be made partner and realising that the years of hard work have paid off!
Congratulations Manish Patel!