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  • 95 vacancies
  • 175 trainees
  • 1100 partners
  • 8000 staff

About CMS

CMS is a future facing, global law firm well equipped to help clients confront challenges and seize opportunities with confidence.

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

More info

Online application via The process will include an online application, critical thinking test, video interview and assessment day. Application dates are available on our website.

Applications to

Early Talent Acquisition

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With more than 70 offices in 40+ countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep local market understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability see what’s coming and to shape it. In a world of ever-accelerating change where technology is increasingly important in the deployment of global strategies, our clear, business-focused advice helps clients of every size to face the future with confidence. 

We’re immersed in your world. Your interests and priorities are at the heart of what we do. Our lawyers are genuine experts in their fields, with a grasp of detail that’s second to none. Our next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. It means we can anticipate the likely challenges, accelerate our pace and create the space to develop innovative solutions. We’re diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture in which every one of our people, can maximise their potential and thrive.

CMS Academy

The main route to securing a training contract with us is through our award-winning CMS Academy programme. This is your chance to take part in a programme that represents one of the largest investments any law firm makes in nurturing its next generation of talent.

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.

Your journey starts with an open day, where you’ll meet fellow participants and find out how best to prepare for the CMS Academy programme taking place in the summer.

Programme content

Your first week focuses on learning the business of law. You will experience a series of engaging and collaborative activities designed to enhance your development and prepare you for a career in law. These include:

An immersive simulation exercise

- Client dialogue

- Networking with lawyers at all levels

- Wellbeing sessions

- Strengths profiling

- An innovation focused project

This is followed by a two-week internship in the CMS office you applied for. 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.

The main route to a training contract at CMS is by successfully completing the CMS Academy programme. Prior to starting a two-year training contract, trainees complete a comprehensive induction programme.

Our training contracts feature four six-month seats or secondments nationally, internationally or client based. You’ll have the opportunity to work across different practice groups covering at least three distinct areas of law.

Currently we are working closely with the University of Law for our first pre-trainees to start the SQE rather than the LPC from September 2022. 

Sponsorship may be available for your GDL and LPC/SQE for England and Wales qualifying trainees and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland.

  • Corporate tax
  • FIRA
  • Corporate transactions
  • Real estate transactions
  • Disputes
  • Planning
  • Technology & media
  • IP
  • Competition
  • Innovation
  • Lupl
  • Power oil & gas
  • Environment
  • Construction
  • ICE disputes
  • Projects
  • Insurance & reinsurance; Litigation & arbitration
  • Employment
  • Finance
  • Financial services
  • Pensions
  • Financial services disputes
  • Corporate & leveraged finance
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Energy infrastructure project asset finance
  • RE finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Cannon Place, 78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AF
Phone: 020 7367 3000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 100
Minimum qualification: No minimim grade requirements
Start salary: Bristol: £38,500, Edinburgh/Glasgow: £25,500, London: £44,500, Manchester/Sheffield: £28,500
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £679,300,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £465,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,000 (2014)
Retention rate: 82% (2012)
Partner diversity:
  • 74.8% male (2012)
  • 25.2% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 42.6% male (2012)
  • 57.4% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Charities
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dubai
  • Rio de Janiero
  • Aberdeen
  • Bristol
  • Dubai
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • London
  • Sheffield
  • A4ID
  • Disability Law Service
  • Islington Law Centre
  • LawWorks
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • The Manuel Bravo Project
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • Bright Network
  • Career Ready
  • Connectr
  • DiversCity
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • MyKindaFuture
  • MyPlus Consulting
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Business Partnership
  • Sutton Trust