CMS

The Legal Cheek View

CMS is the product of the 1 May mega-merger between CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang. The combination brings together the scale and quality of CMS, the strength particularly in real estate of Nabarro and the media law cool of Olswang.

It’s a firm that is well worth considering – not least on account of its super-fancy new London head office and the very good odds of bagging an international secondment that the firm’s trainees and junior lawyers enjoy.

CMS's glass and steel palace at Cannon Street in the City is judged by one firm insider as “a modern architect’s wet dream”, and is rated in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey as one of the top eight places in which to go to work as a corporate lawyer. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that CMS has a host of other less glamorous UK offices where trainees are also stationed.

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Key Info

Training contracts 60
Latest trainee retention rate 76%
Offices 70
Countries 39
Minimum A-level requirement ABB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A
Office
A*
Canteen
A
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A*

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:08am
Average leave time 7:47pm
Annual target hours Undisclosed
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £40,000
Second year trainee salary £45,000
Newly qualified salary £67,500
Profit per equity partner Undisclosed
GDL grant £7,500
LPC grant £7,500

The figures above are for London. First year trainees in Bristol receive £32,000 and those in Scotland get £22,500. Newly qualified solicitors in Bristol are paid £47,500 and those in Scotland have a salary of £38,000. The GDL and LPC grant are £5,000 each outside of London,

Diversity

UK female associates 60%
UK female partners 29%
UK BME associates 4%
UK BME partners 2%

Universities Current Trainees Attended