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Associate / Senior Associate - Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes - 4+PQE

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19000396 Requisition #
Excellent opportunity for a mid-level Associate to join our leading Infrastructure, Construction & Energy Disputes Team and be part of a future facing, global law firm.  This is a ‘One North’ opportunity, giving the incoming Associate the choice to work in either the Sheffield or the Manchester office.


About the role

The sizeable and expanding Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Team at CMS is instructed on high profile, high value domestic and international matters, which has led to it being ranked in the top tier by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and being ranked in the Global Arbitration Review ‘GAR30’ of the world’s busiest international arbitration practices. 
We have a recognised expertise in high value and complex international arbitration and litigation in the construction and energy sectors. As trusted advisors to numerous international companies, and with parts of the team based in Madrid, Dubai and Singapore, our ICE Disputes offering is truly global.
Our expertise includes infrastructure, engineering, utilities, waste, transport, energy, renewables, healthcare and private developments.   We act for clients at all levels and entry points in the construction sector, including major institutional investors, public sector, contractors, insurers and all tiers of PPP contracts.
As part of the team, you will be:
• supporting partners within the ICE Disputes team by providing a first class professional service;
• working with junior and senior members of the ICE Disputes team across Sheffield and Manchester;
• working closely with CMS’s top ranked Projects, Energy and Real Estate groups, acting on major projects across the UK and internationally;
• acting for clients at all levels and entry points in these sectors – including contractors, developers, new market entrants, investors and all parts of the supply chain;
• working on construction and engineering disputes in adjudication, arbitration and litigation;
• actively involved in the team’s business development initiatives.
We understand the importance of creating an environment that allows our lawyers to grow and develop within the business. In addition to providing a diverse range of high quality work, we invest in training our team and pride ourselves on having a collegiate ethos. We also support our lawyers to develop their own profiles.  Our team members are regularly asked to speak at construction conferences and to write for construction journals. This is indicative of their recognition by others in the market for expertise within this area.  In this way we attract and retain the best people in the industry.


About you

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and driven candidate to quickly gain experience and take on responsibility. The role will involve working closely with a variety of partners, associates and trainees in the ICE Disputes team and a wide range of other colleagues from across the firm.
The ideal candidate will:
- have solid experience in contentious construction disputes work;
- have experience of acting in adjudications, court and arbitrations;
- be skilled in project management and up to speed with law tech and what it can offer;
- be hard working, enjoy a challenge and be happy to work as part of the team to meet deadlines;
- be well-organised and proactive;
- have excellent attention to detail;
- have good written and oral communication skills; and
- be willing to attend business development events and take the initiative in business development.


About us

CMS were delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards.

CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.

Ranked as the world’s 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.

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 Holly Woodhouse, Talent Acquisition Advisor, for more information.

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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