Associate - Competition

London (Central), London (Greater)
26 Feb 2018
09 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Competition & EU
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE

The CMS Competition team has more than 150 competition lawyers, making it one of the largest competition teams within Europe.

About the role

The Competition and Trade team at CMS is looking for an Associate with ideally 1-3 years PQE, to be based in London.

The Competition and Trade team handles a range of merger work, competition investigations, competition litigation, behavioural advice and a broad range of regulatory and trade work.  The team also advises extensively on public procurement matters and state aid.

The team is busy, the work is high quality and associates are encouraged to take on high levels of responsibility and client contact, and be actively involved in business development activities within the team and across the firm’s sector groups. We are looking for motivated, ambitious candidates who have a passion for competition law and who are wanting to be part of a supportive and inclusive culture.

The Competition and Trade team consists of 4 partners and a team of 11 other fee-earners and trainees across the UK and Brussels. It is part of a wider Competition Group across CMS consisting of more than 150 competition lawyers worldwide. This is therefore an excellent opportunity for someone looking to further their career in a dynamic and internationally-focused team.

About you

The ideal candidate for the above position will:

  • have in the region of 1-3PQE
  • have a solid background and experience in UK and EU competition law, and a willingness to learn public procurement, state aid and trade law
  • have excellent communication and drafting skills – the ability to communicate succinctly is a must
  • have strong commercial acumen
  • be self-motivated and a team player
  • 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 organisation 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 39 countries from 70 office worldwide. 

On 1 May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang came together to create a new future-facing firm, one that 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. Alternatively, contact Claire Keen, Recruitment Advisor, with any queries.

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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