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CMS Cameron McKenna LLP MyLocker firm

Overview

Vacancies: 60
Trainees: 160
Partners: 120
Staff: 5000
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 60
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: London - £37,500; Bristol - £32,000; Scotland - £22,500

Remember to cite LawCareers.Net on your application form if you apply to CMS Cameron McKenna LLP.

Application details and method of selection

Please apply online by 31 July 2014. Non-law students should apply at any time during their final year. Law students should apply after their penultimate-year results.


Firm description and career prospects

CMS Cameron McKenna forms part of a leading network of firms known as CMS. At CMS, we have 54 offices across 29 countries, with the most extensive footprint in Europe of any other firm.

We advise on a wide range of commercial transactions and issues, and have the expertise to understand clients' needs and concerns, no matter what field they operate in. To ensure we continue to deliver an outstanding level of service, we've launched one of the legal sector's most comprehensive client feedback programmes - a move which has won us a number of prestigious awards.

We use this feedback to tailor our approach to helping clients. This has seen us adopt a sector approach that allows us to deliver industry-specific service and deep sector expertise. Working alongside our traditional practice group structure, industry focus groups enable us to build teams taking an industry, rather than a purely legal, perspective - something that we know our clients value highly.

To find out what it is like to work at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.


Sponsorship

From the moment you're offered a training contract with us, you can expect support, opportunity, responsibility and variety. We'll sponsor you while you study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and/or the Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as cover your fees and provide you with a generous grant.

To find out more and apply, click here.


Work placements

You can learn a lot about a law firm from brochures, websites and on-campus representatives. But nothing comes close to experiencing it first-hand. That's what our vacation schemes are for.

You'll spend time in two different practice areas, take part in workshops and attend eye-opening presentations. There'll be work to do too. Typically, you'll get involved in research, draft letters and research notes, and go to client meetings. There's also the chance to build valuable relationships at social events. Plus you'll have your own supervisor and buddy. If you like us and we're impressed by you, it could well be the start of something great. We offer training contracts to many of our vacation schemers.

We run vacation schemes in our London offices during the spring and summer and in our Bristol, Aberdeen and Edinburgh offices over the summer.

We recommend that you apply as a second-year law student or final-year non-law student in London and Bristol and a penultimate-year law student in Scotland, although we regularly have career changers and graduates on our schemes too.


Training contract programme

We offer two-year training contracts in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. During this time you'll undertake four seats across our broad range of practice areas, such as energy, intellectual property, corporate or EU competition.  Alongside this, you're guaranteed to spend a seat outside of your "home" office - an exciting prospect. You might be seconded to one of our top clients based in London or Europe, or spend time in one of our international offices including Rio de Janeiro, Prague or Moscow.

You'll find that a training contract with us offers a great range of responsibility and interesting work. You'll enjoy plenty of access to senior partners, as well as the autonomy and support you need to really grow and develop your talent.


Type of practice

Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial


Work areas


Offices

London, Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh


Probono initiatives

A4ID, Disability Law Service, LawWorks, PILnet (public interest law), The Manuel Bravo Project, The National Pro Bono Centre, The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau


Diversity access schemes

AccessProfessions, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, PRIME, Pure Potential

Insights

Turnover: £227,600,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Profit per partner: £465,000 (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Starting salary: £37,500 Compare on LC.N Insights
Retention rate: 82% (2012) Compare on LC.N Insights
Partner diversity:
  • 74.8% male (2012)
  • 25.2% female
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Lawyer diversity:
  • 42.6% male (2012)
  • 57.4% female
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Has client secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes Compare on LC.N Insights
Overseas secondments:
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Kiev
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Prague
  • Sofia
  • Warsaw

News

You can read more news about CMS Cameron McKenna LLP here.


20/06/2014

CMS scheme offers bursary to first generation uni hopefuls

CMS Cameron McKenna is running an essay competition for final year school students who are keen on law and would be in the first generation of their family to attend university.

Full story »

22/05/2014

LawCareers.Net Awards honour best in the business

On 22 May 2014 the LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards celebrated their 11th year with over 200 recruiters, partners, trainees and other friends joining the LawCareers.Net team for a glamorous presentation at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Full story »

15/05/2014

LC.N Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Today we are pleased to bring you details of the firms and individuals who are nominated for the 11th annual LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.

Full story »

17/02/2014

Firms reveal retention rates for trainees qualifying in Spring 2014

Several firms have revealed how many of their Spring 2014 qualifiers will be staying on as newly qualified solicitors.

Full story »

24/01/2014

Ten law firms rank in Stonewall’s top 100 workplace equality index

In a gradual but consistent improvement, 10 law firms now appear in this year’s workplace equality index, which is annually compiled by the gay rights charity, Stonewall.

Full story »

14/01/2014

Dundas & Wilson partners leave in advance of CMS merger

The proposed merger between Dundas & Wilson and CMS Cameron McKenna has caused upheaval at the Scottish firm, with a number of key partners leaving in advance of the change.

Full story »

18/11/2013

The University of Law announces new chancellor designate as Fiona Woolf CBE

Fiona Woolf CBE, the corporate lawyer recently appointed as the new lord mayor of the City of London, has been announced as The University of Law chancellor.

Full story »

01/11/2013

15 firms open training contract and vacation scheme applications through Apply4Law

A Rugby Union team's worth of firms – that's 15 for those averse to heads jammed in armpits – have opened applications for training contracts, vacation schemes and the odd open day through Apply4Law.

Full story »

22/10/2013

Pupil barrister and trainee solicitor launch pro bono programme for law students

A pupil barrister and a trainee solicitor have launched a scheme that will accredit law students to provide advice at law centres

Full story »

17/10/2013

ULaw launches LLB scholarship with Sunday Times and 15 law firms

The University of Law has teamed up with The Sunday Times and 15 leading law firms to offer the chance to win one of 12 £6,000 LLB scholarships and over 20 work experience placements.

Full story »

Burning question

10/12/2013

Crossing boundaries

What do cross-border transactions involve exactly?

Read answer »

03/12/2013

The future of data protection

What will be the impact of the new proposed data protection regulation?

Read answer »

26/11/2013

The Hinkley C Project: FiT CfD in action

To what extent will the agreement concerning the Hinkley nuclear power project inform the implementation of reforms to the electricity market?

Read answer »

18/11/2013

Breaking the deadlock

How can W&I insurance make transactions easier and more secure?

Read answer »

14/05/2013

Keeping the lights on

What is being done about the problems regarding electricity supply/demand in the United Kingdom?

Read answer »

23/04/2013

Whose oil is it anyway?

What will an independent Scotland mean for the future of the UK North Sea oil industry?

Read answer »

Featured Lawyers

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

Aaron Fairhirst

University of Manchester
Partner

Never underestimate how important it is to find a firm that employs people that you are going to get on with on a personal level. This worked for me and is why I have been here for over 10 years.

Meet the Lawyer

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

  • Lee Donovan

An exciting secondment to CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office preceded Lee Donovan’s qualification into the firm’s energy department. Read on for more on this truly international firm and its highly regarded approach to training.

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Brochure

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

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Billed as the leading European legal practice, CMS Cameron McKenna prides itself on a culture of client focus and support.

Meet the Recruiter

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

  • Jess Heading

Formerly a commercial lawyer herself, the Beyoncé-loving Jess Heading knows just what it takes to be successful at a top firm like CMS. Read on for her expert advice.

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