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21000457 Requisition #

Excellent opportunity for an ambitious Competition Associate to join one of the largest Competition teams in Europe at a future facing, international law firm.

About CMS

CMS is a Future Facing firm. With 75 offices in 43 countries and 4,800+ lawyers worldwide, we combine deep sector understanding with a global overview, giving us the ability not only to see what's coming, but to shape it.

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. Our bold approach to a changing future ensures that we nurture our employees and recruit top talent.

About the Role

Our Competition and Trade team handles a broad range of high-quality work including EU and UK 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, state aid and CMA consumer enforcement issues.

The team is currently expanding and we are looking for a motivated, ambitious associate to be based in our London office.  We are looking for a candidate with a passion for competition and regulatory law, and with an interest in working closely with our highly rated Technology, Media, Life sciences and Energy teams where we are seeing a continued increase in competition-related instructions.
The Competition and Trade team consists of 4 partners and a team of 13 other fee-earners (and two trainees) based largely in London, but also in Edinburgh and Brussels. It is part of a wider Competition Group across CMS consisting of more than 225 competition lawyers worldwide. This is therefore an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further their career in a dynamic and internationally-focused competition team, with a balanced practice across transactional, contentious and advisory work.

Associates are encouraged to take on high levels of responsibility and client contact is encouraged. From day one your role will include business development activities within the team and across the firm’s sector groups. The team undertakes a significant amount of cross-border work, cooperating on a daily basis with our international offices and the role will include travel. We are committed to investing in our team and we provide comprehensive training to develop knowledge and skills. 

About You

The ideal candidate will:
• likely have between 0-4 PQE
• have a solid background and experience/training in UK and EU competition law, a willingness to learn public procurement, state aid and/or trade law and a general desire for a balanced practice across the different areas of transactional, contentious and advisory work
• be a lateral thinker and have the ability to think on their feet
• have excellent communication and drafting skills – the ability to communicate succinctly is a must
• 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 to secure the role

Equal Opportunities

At CMS, a next-generation mindset is woven into all we do. We're diverse, supportive and inclusive, embracing our corporate social responsibility and creating a culture of sustainability in which every one of our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

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

Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions. For information regarding our competitive range of benefits please visit our Rewards & Benefits page on our website.

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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