Associate / Senior Associate

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
27 Feb 2018
09 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE

Our busy and dynamic team is looking for an Associate (NQ – 5yrs PQE) in our Sheffield office to deal predominantly with defending clinical and dental negligence claims.

The team currently deals with defending clinical and dental negligence claims and professional disciplinary cases (generally before the General Medical Council) and representation at inquests for members of the UK’s leading medical and dental defence organisations, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) and Dental Defence Union (DDU). The team operates from CMS offices in London, Manchester and Sheffield. 

The team also works for other medical and professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession for matters where they are not covered by a medical defence organisation. We defend claims involving medical devices. We also get involved in other aspects of CMS's work where there is a medical or medical regulatory aspect, including for private health care providers in a rapidly expanding area of the health market for legal services, for example assisting in "Safeguarding" and Serious Untoward Incident inquiries. 

The team has a strong reputation for excellence in dealing with high value, high profile, sensitive and complex matters. 

We are part of a wider CMS Practice group, Litigation, Arbitration, Insurance and Employment and within the CMS Sector team covering Life Sciences & Healthcare.

About the role

  • predominantly the investigation and defence of professional negligence claims against doctors and dentists; 

  • the investigation and defence of professional disciplinary cases against doctors; 

  • preparation for the representation of doctors at inquests; 

  • dealing extensively with doctors, the MDU’s claims and advisory team, counsel, medical and other experts, statutory bodies such as the GMC and other parties representatives; 

  • providing efficient professional support for and working closely with other team members; 

  • developing professional relationships with clients; 

  • supporting the wider team in developing our business and raising the profile of CMS. 

About you

  • we are a strong, cohesive and supportive team so you must have the ability to work well within this environment; 

  • exceptional communication skills for both internal and external relationships (telephone, email and face to face). You must have the maturity, sensitivity and inter personal skills to work with professionals facing difficult and sometimes career threatening issues; 

  • strong organisational skills; 

  • excellent time management skills/ability to prioritise conflicting deadlines; 

  • the ability to manage your own matters; 

  • excellent drafting skills and the ability to translate legal theory into practical advice; 

  • overall you need to be positive, enthusiastic, hard-working, able to work under pressure and with sensible and sound judgement. 

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 or contact Phoebe Napier, Recruitment 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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