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CMS lawyers work across sectors and borders in more than 40 countries worldwide, delivering expert, pragmatic, business-focused advice and innovative, industry-shaping solutions that help you move forward with confidence.

We see ourselves as more than just legal advisers. We’re your business partners, here to resolve current issues, anticipate future challenges and innovate with you to meet them.

Recruitment process

First Steps Programme: First Steps is a one-week programme designed specifically for students that have just started university and are considering a career in law. If you want to know what life is really like at a future facing global law firm, First Steps offers a real insight in this.

The programme involves, work experience, skills sessions, trainee shadowing, and networking to build your knowledge and your contacts in equal measure. Successfully complete the week-long programme and you will be fast-tracked to an assessment day for our CMS Academy (vacation scheme).

CMS Academy Programme: The main route to securing a training contract with us is through our award-winning CMS Academy programme. Over our three-week programme, learn the business of law. Meet clients. Work on live projects. Network with lawyers. Debate the future alongside thought leaders. All of this on a summer vacation scheme that results in, on average, 90% of participants receiving a training contract offer from us. You will be assigned a supervisor, trainee buddy, and be exposed to practical work that provides real insight into life as a trainee with us.

Business Development & Marketing Graduate Programme: Discover all about the business of law. See how marketing and branding drive our firm’s success, and help our clients achieve their goals. This graduate recruitment programme is designed to expose ambitious new graduates to the creative, competitive and fast-moving worlds of business development and marketing. You’ll be part of a team that’s driving how we position our brand on the global stage. All while helping clients meet targets and supporting the firm to win new business. You’ll learn from some of the best business development teams in the sector – creating impactful marketing campaigns and learning how strategic clients and tenders are managed.

Culture and Values

For us, the future of law isn’t just about what we can do for our clients. It’s also about what we can do for our people. We’re committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, socially responsible and flexible environment in which every member of our team can thrive.

We like to get fully involved in the worlds our clients work in, rather than just watch from the side lines. It’s an approach that enables us to truly place their interests and priorities at the heart of everything we do.

Diversity statement

CMS place diversity and inclusion at the centre of our culture and at the heart of our business as it makes our firm a more rewarding place to work and a more sustainable business.

Future Facing Inclusion is our approach to building a culture of trust, respect and inclusion which embraces differences and encourages diversity of people, views and experiences, for the benefit of all.’ - Penelope Warne, The Senior Partner

As a global, future-facing law firm diversity and inclusion are not just aspirations for us, they are an imperative. We are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages authenticity and celebrates all our people and their unique backgrounds.

We are proud of the progress we have already made but diversity and inclusion is always going to be a journey and there will always be scope to get better.