With 74 offices in over 42 countries, CMS is a truly global law firm. In 2017, CMS UK, Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP combined in what was the largest ever merger in the UK legal industry. The new combined firm, CMS, is now the 6th largest in the UK by revenue and the 6th largest globally by headcount.
CMS is a future-facing law firm combining top quality sector expertise with international scale and a strategy to become a progressive technology-driven firm. The firm focuses on delivering rewarding futures for its clients, its communities and its people. The culture at CMS is open, honest and approachable and it values innovation, collaboration and inclusivity. And there is great momentum; employing more than 4,500 fee earners worldwide and with a total staff of 7,500, it creates exceptional relationships with clients and staff. This means it is looking for lawyers who possess excellent personal skills alongside a deep understanding of the business of law. In return, CMS offers world-class training and development opportunities, genuine recognition and inspiring work. Across its six core sectors of Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Real Estate; Technology, Media and Communications, CMS has some of the most creative legal minds. Its lawyers are immersed in the clients’ worlds, are genuine experts in their fields and are knowledgeable about business issues faced daily by organisations.
CMS trainee solicitors embark on a two-year training contract in London, Bristol, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
Upon starting a training contract, trainees complete a comprehensive induction programme. During the training contract, trainees undertake four six-month seats across various practice areas. There may be an opportunity to be seconded to one of the firm’s clients or to a UK or international office.
The CMS Academy is currently the main route to securing a Training Contract.
Internships & Placements
The CMS Academy is CMS’s next generation vacation scheme. It starts with a one week ‘business of law’ training programme in London. This includes panel discussions with clients, case studies, work simulation exercises and client visits amongst other things! It is an intense but fully rewarding week where students will experience first-hand the commitment from the firm to make them the best lawyer for the future. The second part of the programme includes a two-week internship within one of their UK offices and participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor. We also offer a First Steps programme, providing an introduction to commercial law and what it is like to work in a global law firm. This one-week programme offers an introduction to CMS, skills sessions and an opportunity to shadow our fee earners. A case study and social events will both enhance your technical skills, interpersonal skills and networking skills. Participants gain real experience in a commercial environment and develop skills needed to succeed as a trainee solicitor at a future-facing law firm. Eligibility criteria for both programmes can be found on our website: www.graduates.cms-cmno.com.
Further information to follow.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
£43,000 (London), £38,000 (Bristol), £25,000 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow), £27,000 (Sheffield)
£48,000 (London), £40,000 (Bristol), £28,000 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow), £30,000 (Sheffield)
£70,000 (London), £50,000 (Bristol), £40,000 (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow), £41,000 (Sheffield) Benefits include Childcare vouchers, Dental, 50% subsidy of gym fees, interest-free season ticket loan (for travel), pension, Private Medical Insurance, cycle scheme. The firm offers 25 days holiday per year and there is a Holiday Purchase Scheme (5 days). The firm also offers Critical Illness Cover, Eye Care and Life Assurance.
We have a range of graduate opportunities which are open to law and non-law students and students who are currently at university or who have already graduated. Eligibility for our graduate opportunities will vary depending on your year of study; therefore, please visit our website for further details.
The CMS Academy is the main route to securing a training contract with CMS.
Our minimum criteria requires candidates to have an ABB at A Level (or equivalent) and be on track to achieve/have achieved a 2:1 at degree level (or equivalent).
How To Apply
Online application via graduates.cms-cmno.com. The process will include an online application, online tests and video interview. Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day.
Applications are likely to open in October 2018 and close in early January 2019. Please follow us on social media for further details. We recruit on a rolling basis, early applications are advisable.