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Associate - Competition - 0-4 PQE

Experienced Lawyers
18000135 Requisition #
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Want to be part of a highly skilled competition team servicing top clients with a truly international platform? Read on.

About the role

Markets are changing at an ever increasing pace and strategic competition law advice and risk management are critical for many corporates.

Our Competition and Trade team handles a very broad range of work including mergers, competition investigations, competition litigation, behavioural advice and a wide range of regulatory and trade work. The team also advises extensively on public procurement matters and state aid.

The team is buzzing and the work is high quality. Associates are encouraged to take on high levels of responsibility and client contact is encouraged. From day 1 your role will include business development activities within the team and across the firm’s sector groups. We are looking for motivated, ambitious candidates who have a passion for competition and regulatory law and who are wanting to be part of a supportive and inclusive culture. We are committed to investing in our team and we provide comprehensive training to develop knowledge and skills.

The Competition and Trade team consists of 4 partners and a team of 11 other fee-earners and trainees across the UK and Brussels. It is part of a wider Competition Group across CMS consisting of more than 150 competition lawyers worldwide. This is therefore an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further their career in a dynamic and internationally-focused team.

About you

The ideal candidate will:
• have 0-4PQE
• have a solid background and experience in UK and EU competition law, and a willingness to learn public procurement, state aid and trade law
• have excellent communication and drafting skills – the ability to communicate succinctly is a must
• be a lateral thinker and have the ability to think on their feet
• have strong commercial acumen and and be able to provide clients with focused strategic advice
• be a collaborative and supportive team player
• seek opportunity and lead by example
• be abreast of market trends
• recognise the importance of service delivery
• have a positive attitude and drive will secure the role

About us

CMS is an international law firm with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. 

A future facing law firm CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.  We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”).

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here.to view the diversity pages on our website.

How to apply

If you are interested, please apply online.  If you have any queries, please contact Claire Keen,  Recruitment Advisor.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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