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Legal Operations Trainee

Business Services
21000637 Requisition #

Join a forward-thinking programme that allows you to be part of market leading conversations and opportunities for change.  


About CMS

CMS is a future facing firm. With 79 offices in 45 countries and 5,000+ 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 Team and Opportunity


CMS has a future facing team of passionate legal operations professionals who are at the forefront of driving change.  The team are involved in a broad range of projects and solutions to meet the needs of our lawyers and clients through data, technology, project management, change management and process improvement.  


We are proud to be launching our Legal Operations Graduate Programme, which we believe will be pivotal to continuing to build a dynamic and driven team. No two days are the same in the legal operations function, and this comprehensive programme is aimed to helping you understand and navigate the legal environment, and requirements of the role.


The training programme is designed to take place over two years and will help you develop robust skills across a number of disciplines, such as project management, finance, knowledge, innovation and many more. You will gain the opportunity to work with some of the world’s best lawyers and market leading professional services individuals.


The programme aims to act as a catalyst in supporting you to understand the drivers, requirements, and
benefits of the legal operations function. It has been designed by a consortium of operational professionals and subject matter experts from each area to provide a comprehensive induction into the following key areas:

•    Legal Project Management
•    Business Intelligence & Pricing
•    Legal Innovation
•    Legal Technology
•    Knowledge Management

In conjunction with your training, you will be exposed to on-the-job learning and opportunities to gain practical experience across these key areas. We will provide mentoring opportunities and you will have access to several learning and development courses to help further your development. You will be part of a strategic and supportive team who are passionate about delivering results.

About You


Due to the nature of the role, we are looking for passionate, hard-working and committed individuals.  We understand that technical and personal skills are important to building a successful team and delivering results.  


You will have a degree of any discipline (preferably legal, business, management disciplines), and be able to demonstrate the following skills and attributes; 


•    Ability to demonstrate commercial awareness
•    Basic understanding of project management
•    Basic financial acumen
•    Awareness of the importance of data in business
•    Awareness of the market, technologies, and basic law firm dynamics
•    Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Comfortable with ‘unknowns’ and agile working environments
•    Strong ability to build credible relationships at all levels
•    Ability to follow instructions and work collaboratively
•    Willingness to accept responsibility and demonstrate initiative
•    Strong attention to detail
•    Be a self-starter and demonstrate a solution orientated mind-set
•    Willingness to share ideas and contribute in a personable manner
•    Strong MS Office skills (Excel, Word and PPT)


How to apply


Please apply online or contact a member of the Talent Acquisition team if you have any questions.   For more information on this programme please also visit the CMS UK LinkedIn pages. 



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