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Junior planning lawyer sought by leading practice of international law firm.  


About the team
Working as part of this leading European Real Estate team, which spans multiple jurisdictions, you will experience the fullest possible range of real estate transactions advising all types of investors, developers, financers and occupiers in relation to a variety of projects. Known for its client focused approach and its thought leadership, at CMS you will be working with colleagues in planning and the real estate sector with a wide range of specialisms who are leaders in their field.



About the role


Based in either Sheffield or Manchester, you will be part of a growing and dynamic team.  You will be exposed to a diverse work-type and have a good degree of responsibility, providing an excellent opportunity for development and transactional experience. 
The role will involve supporting partners and senior associates in the Planning practice in connection with major real estate transactions, infrastructure projects, compulsory purchase and compensation matters, planning applications and appeals, EIA, highways matters and judicial review. Working alongside the larger Real Estate team, regularly dealing with multi-million pounds transactions and significant projects acting for some of the largest investors (ranging from institutional investors to private equity and overseas investors) as well as developers and infrastructure companies.



About you


 The ideal candidate will;

  • Be a qualified solicitor with 0-2 PQE
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in, and enthusiasm for, development planning, infrastructure planning and regeneration
  • Have gained good experience in a recognized real estate or energy / infrastructure practice
  • Have trained in the City and are be looking to move north or have trained in a leading regional firm and be seeking career progression
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have a strong academic background
  • Demonstrate the ambition to succeed and commitment to business development and client relationship management
  • Be commercially orientated with good business acumen and a commitment to innovation
  • Have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Be well-organised with strong administration and time management skills and the ability and drive to meet demanding deadlines


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

At CMS we welcome receiving direct candidate applications so, if you are interested, please apply online.

We strive to attract the best talent, providing an exceptional candidate experience, so our dedicated recruitment team will be able to support you through the process and deal with any queries.

On occasions, we do partner with a select number of trusted recruitment agencies. In this instance, only applications submitted via our recruitment portal upon instruction will be accepted.

If you have any queries about a vacancy or your application, please contact Claire Keen, Recruitment Advisor.

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