At CMS, you'll have the opportunity to work on a truly global scale. We have 70+ offices spanning 40+ countries around the world. Learn from a prestigious, client-focused firm to launch your career.

We are experts in our fields – but we have an innate desire to discover smarter ways of working. Currently, we’re top in the market for our clients in the following sectors: Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Hotels & Leisure, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Real Estate and Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

We work with some of the world’s largest companies, advising clients in 40+ countries and across a variety of sectors.

  • Energy

    With more than 400 Energy specialists around the world, our Energy team has been a globally recognised leading practice for over 30 years. Our experience spans oil and gas, power and renewables, and we are thought leaders in all areas, highly connected with governments and leading academic institutions.

  • Financial Services

    With leading practices in the UK’s biggest financial services centres – London and Edinburgh – our team acts for corporates, financial institutions, investment funds and managers, pension trustees, insolvency practitioners and debt advisors. Whether it’s the opportunities provided by FinTech, the prospect of blockchain or Brexit, or the ever-changing regulatory landscape, the pace of change confronting the financial services sector is phenomenal.

  • Infrastructure and Project Finance

    Our Infrastructure and Project Finance team has over 300 lawyers, supporting clients across the world. We advise some of the biggest players in the sector across transport, health, education, waste, energy, defence, IT and telecoms, leisure, custodial and justice and water sub-sectors.

  • Life Sciences and Healthcare

    With over 300 Life Sciences specialists globally, we have the range of expertise to help companies from start-ups to global pharmaceuticals. Additionally, our Healthcare teams advise independent operators, investors, funders, advisors and the NHS, offering sector focused support.

  • Real Estate

    With more than 650 Real Estate lawyers globally (including the largest team in Europe), we have the resources to meet clients’ needs quickly and efficiently. Whether clients are investing, developing or seeking to manage their assets more effectively, we can provide the full spectrum of Real Estate services.

  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

    Over the last 30 years, our 300-strong Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyers have worked on industry-defining commercial arrangements and litigation in advertising, film, TV, digital and social media, games, music and publishing.

  • Consumer Products

    With more than 400 specialised lawyers, we advise clients across the FMCG, Retail, Fashion & Luxury and Household Goods sectors adapt to the new frontiers of their industries. From omni-channel to digital cash, social media, data privacy, new delivery systems and complex regulatory changes, our specialists sit at the coalface with enormous transitions changing our clients’ worlds.

  • Hotels & Leisure

    As Europe’s leading law firm in the hotel industry with more than 200 experts in 40 countries, we advise the biggest names in the sector on all aspects across the sector, from M&As, franchising and financings to development and construction leases and tax structuring.


Every one of our clients comes to us for the same reasons. Expertise? Yes. Results? Absolutely. But the fundamental strength that we have above all else is personality. We can communicate our ways of working with a personal approach, because our people have amazing characters. You define the way we work – not the other way around. It’s your ability to be yourself and connect with our clients on an exceptional level that justifies the trust they place in us.

As a trainee, you are the future of the firm – and we never forget it. Supported by a clear performance framework, you’ll explore a variety of practice areas across several offices, enabling you to learn from specialists, while sharing your ideas on how we can improve. No two days are ever the same at CMS.

We provide a positive experience, that’s vital to your career. Our own people will tell you about the down-to-earth and approachable natures of our partners. Even though we’re giving you the responsibility of reshaping our firm, we’ll stand by you and your decisions. Better yet, you’ll form some of the best relationships – bonded by what you’ve achieved by working together.

And when you perform brilliantly, you’re recognised, leading the way to a top legal career.

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