One of our strengths is knowing how to pull together the right team.
To support our lawyers in providing the very best, industry focused legal services, we rely on a variety of specialist business services professionals to advise, guide and support the work we provide for our clients.
Our senior management team, which includes a number of non-lawyer professionals, is supported by experts in all the usual business support disciplines:
Alongside these, we also have a team of specialist professional support lawyers, paralegals and, by no means least, our secretarial team, who are all equally integral to our success.
Some of our support functions are outsourced, but excluding those we have over 400 people working in our business support departments.
Like our lawyers, many of our specialists belong to a department for organisational purposes, but are dedicated to specific practice groups or sector groups. Working closely with the legal teams, often our specialists, such as HR, Finance and Marketing experts, sit alongside the groups they support.
We work collaboratively across our international network. This not only means that our clients receive an integrated, seamless service despite cross-jurisdictional complications, but also that we can offer our people exciting opportunities to work internationally and to undertake overseas transfers and secondments, which are not just limited to lawyers.
At CMS we support our people to achieve their full potential and to progress in their roles and develop their careers as quickly as possible. We provide opportunities for promotion and for you to explore roles or assignments in other business services as they arise.
CMS has provided invaluable support to me over the years, encouraging me to explore a career in Marketing and sponsoring me to gain the required qualifications from when I first joined the firm as a legal secretary - 25 years ago! My marketing career began as a Marketing Assistant and I’m now Head of Marketing Operations. I still face new and exciting challenges, different people to work with, and fresh initiatives that keep the role varied and interesting.
Nicky Jeffery, Head of Marketing Operations
We think our approach to Learning & Development is different:
We offer all kinds of training and development to support you in the specifics of your role at every stage of your career.
If you wish to gain a professional qualification, we provide a study assistance programme, paying for all course fees and allowing you time off to study and to take exams.
All our secretaries are offered a comprehensive programme of training that covers:
Additional one-off courses are available, depending on your individual learning and development needs.
We also offer a study assistance programme if you wish to study for your ILEX qualification or take the advanced Microsoft Office Specialist programme.