"I joined the CMS Technology team in October 2014 after moving to the UK from Australia, where I worked as a lawyer in Sydney. The attraction to CMS for me was a strong global presence with high calibre clients and work in line with the Magic Circle firms, but combining that with a friendly, down-to-earth team environment and offering work-life balance.
As an associate in the Technology team, I work largely on advising clients on outsourcing arrangements and related issues including data protection, licensing and subcontractor arrangements. Since joining CMS, I have been heavily supporting HP Enterprise Services UK Limited (HPE). The highlight of my time here has been acting for HPE in the negotiation and signing of a 10 year, multi-billion dollar IT outsourcing arrangement for a global investment bank, a deal that I then went on to be the in-house legal account support through a nine month secondment with HPE’s London office. The experience has given me invaluable exposure to a vast array of subject matter experts within HPE including commercial, financial and technology leads and the opportunity to work a major deal through the negotiation stage and into live operation. Being a global deal, I am also regularly in contact with legal counsel across the globe from Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe to discuss jurisdictional specific issues related to banking, outsourcing, security and data protection.
At CMS and through my secondment, I have been encouraged and have taken up individual ownership and responsibility for my work which I have found rewarding. One of the most satisfying things of my time at CMS has been the knowledge I have gathered on different forms of technology, working through what they do and how they work with various technology experts and converting that into contractual language.
What is important to me in a workplace is a sense of belonging and having colleagues who you relate to more than just on a 9-to-5 basis. I found the transition from Australia to the UK easy and hassle free. The Technology team has a fun, young culture and we regularly organise events outside of the office. Anyone who is willing to put their hand up to contribute to the workload and team culture, and get involved in anything that is thrown at them will find their time at CMS rewarding and enjoyable."
Jen Bradley, (Joined October 2014)