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2016

"There are the usual perks of gym subsidies, private health care and three-year check-ups. You also get expenses for food and taxis after 9.00 pm and on weekends. All overseas secondment expenses like travel are paid for. You also get a 'relocation day' provided."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a very good pension and provides a gym subsidy. It also helps with moving expenses when it comes to secondments."
First year trainee, London
"Qualifying leave. You get up to six weeks off when you qualify."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"The relocation costs for secondments are all covered."
First year trainee, Rio de Janeiro / London
"Every fee earner gets a tablet computer. The accommodation and moving expenses are paid for on overseas secondments and there's a good number of free language lessons."
First year trainee, London
"We have a lot of social events with a good deal of free drinks and free food to take advantage of."
First year trainee, Glasgow
"When you're on secondment, they pay for your belongings to be relocated. You also get a free return flight home during secondment. Office-based perks are more limited. There's fruit once a week, Nespresso coffees after 8.00 pm and a sweets drawer in all client rooms that often gets raided when staying late."
Second year trainee, London
"There's a good pension plan, a subsidised gym and dental care, which are nice bonuses."
First year trainee, London
"I think the best perks for the Scottish trainees is the opportunity to do a secondment to a foreign office or client. You are given an uplift in salary and you are also provided with a flat. The 50% gym subsidy is also pretty good!"
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2015

"The best perk at the firm is the events: the firm often has a variety of events on, and you are able to get involved in many different sector events, which is great for networking and getting to know other colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"Perks at CMS include how taxis are provided after 9:00pm, the amazing new office in Cannon Street and the all expenses paid sports tours each year."
First year trainee, London
"There are so many graduate recruitment events which are a perk - such as food and drinks. There is a free flat available for use if you go on secondment outside of London, as many people do."
First year trainee, London
"The guaranteed secondments for trainees are a real perk."
Second year trainee, London
"The CMS World Cup is a fantastic all expenses paid weekend football tournament held annually - somewhere in Europe - playing against all the European offices - and is the best perk there could be."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"Perks of working at CMS are various: a gym subsidy, lunch subsidy for trainees, a pension, moving expenses when relocated to different office, free taxis when working after 9:00pm, free train tickets for travel between offices, free accommodation while on secondment, Diploma in Legal Practice fees are paid and on rare occasion tickets to SSE Hydro events are offered to staff."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
"There are free drinks in the office every month, and a drinks trolley for celebrations such as completion of a deal, or for more personal events such as engagements or promotions. There are good staff benefits, including a gym subsidy."
First year trainee, Edinburgh

2014

"Season loan train tickets, trip to Serbia to play in a CMS football tournament and taxis home when working late."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Lunch money - London benefits from a subsidised canteen, and in Scotland, we get a daily allowance on top of our wages towards our lunch."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Tickets to the theatre as a gift from the partner in one of the departments to the team, drinks trolley, many meals out, taxis if you work late."
Second year trainee, London
"50% gym subsidy salary uplift if required to move from Glasgow to Edinburgh office or vice versa."
Second year trainee, Glasgow
"Secondment - everything is paid for including accommodation and bills. Also late working taxis and meals are free (this is only in big departments like corporate - if you find yourself in a smaller team working late on smaller files you will find yourself expected to stump up for these things. This is quite a rubbish element of the culture, as if you can't recharge to the client, the firm wont normally pay, which I think they should when you are giving up your evenings without any overtime!)"
Second year trainee, london
"Sporting opportunities, taxis, pensions, secondments, free dinners, on-site physio service, medical insurance."
First year trainee, London
"Football tour - free trip somewhere in Europe paid by the firm with free bar etc after the tournament."
First year trainee, London
"Paying for your accommodation when you go on secondment, whether it is abroad or in London or Bristol. In addition, you get moving expenses."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Every few months there will be a trainee social which is funded. Moving/travelling expenses are also extremely fair!"
First year trainee, Glasgow

2013

"Company car on secondment in Aberdeen."
Second year trainee, London
"Once you have qualified you can buy an extra five days' holiday a year to supplement your holiday allowance."
First year trainee, London
"I think the pension is really good. If you contribute 5% of your salary, the firm will contribute a further 8%."
First year trainee, London
"If you go abroad on secondment during your training contract your accommodation will be paid for, for six months."
Second year trainee, London
"Champagne trolley. Payday sweets. Lots of swanky events to attend when partners can't!"
First year trainee, Bucharest
"Free lunch during the first two weeks of induction, free dinners if you stay late, free taxis."
First year trainee, London
"Taxis and dinner if you work late. Client drinks if you do a client secondment."
Second year trainee, London
"If you go abroad on secondment you get your flights, accommodation, expenses, shipping costs and sometimes a hardship allowance on top of your salary. You also get gym subsidy, taxi expenses, pension and health insurance."
First year trainee, London
"Generally we get provided with a lot of free drinks. And when training a ridiculous amount of cake and sweets."
First year trainee, London
"The firm encourages trainees (and associates) to take secondments in other offices, with clients or in different jurisdictions. This commitment to personal growth as well as professional growth really makes them stand out. Gym and lunch subsidies are a welcome bonus."
First year trainee, Edinburgh
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