Associate/Snr Associate - Competition
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 the role
The team is currently expanding, following our market recognition as Legal Business Awards Competition Team of the Year 2020, 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, in particular, with an interest in working closely with our highly rated Technology, Media, Life Sciences, Energy, Consumer Products / Retail and/or Financial Services teams where we are seeing a continued increase in competition-related instructions.
Our Competition and Trade team handles a broad range of high-quality work including UK, EU and international merger control, 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, utility regulation, foreign direct investment and CMA consumer enforcement issues.
The Competition and Trade team consists of 5 partners and a team of 12 other fee-earners based in London and Scotland. 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 team.
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.
The ideal candidate will:
* have 3-6 years PQE
* 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
* be a lateral thinker and have the ability to think on their feet
* 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
CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.
Ranked as the world's 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.
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. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.
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"). Click here to see our Equal Opportunities statement.
All job applicants will be treated fairly and judged solely on their merits. If you have a disability which is likely to affect you adversely within the application process, please let us know (as soon as you feel comfortable to do so) so that we can consider whether we can make any adjustments to the process that will allow you to be considered fairly for the role.
How to apply
If you are interested please apply online or contact Holly Woodjhouse, Talent Acquisition 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.