The Firm’s recognised expertise in particular practice areas together with its sector-led approach, market-leading clients and the reputation of certain teams and lawyers fed into my decision to train with the Firm. Training at a Firm with industry leaders who are able to deliver client-orientated solutions to varied legal challenges involving multi-jurisdictional aspects was appealing for me.
As a legacy-Olswang trainee, I found the prospect of a smaller trainee intake appealing as it would provide opportunity to carry greater responsibility. This notion holds true at CMS. Despite an increased trainee intake, CMS trainees are still provided with ample responsibility as many matters involve smaller core teams. I have partner and client contact as well as opportunity to engage with complex issues. These opportunities only increase with greater experience as a trainee.
In the Corporate department I was exposed to transactions varying from a newly incorporated company seeking investment to a sale by a listed company. I assisted the team which advised a Munich-based technology and media company on its acquisition of several household UK magazine titles. I helped with document organisation and producing first drafts. As a litigation trainee, I have assisted with trial preparations on a case involving the contractual interpretation of an SPA and understanding the factual matrix between the parties.