Solicitor Apprenticeship - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

78 Cannon Street, London, EC4N 6AF
£16,000.00 - £20,000.00 annually
06 Mar 2019
06 Mar 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
We have recently launched our Level 7, degree level Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme at CMS. We're recruiting school and college leavers as solicitor apprentices to join our offices either in London, Bristol or Manchester. On completion of this exciting six-year programme you'll become a fully qualified solicitor (so in the same time it takes to do a law degree, legal practice course (LPC) and training contract if you were following the traditional path, yet with no student debt!)

With one day off per week to study, you'll be immersed in a legal team from the outset, providing the best possible start to your legal career at CMS. We'll ease you into the role starting with a wide range of legal administrative tasks while you find your feet, including:
  • Attending client meetings and taking notes
  • Managing data/records including opening, progressing and closing legal files
  • Collating bundles for court
  • Understanding and utilising basic financial data

As you progress, you'll take on responsibility for tasks such as carrying out legal research, preparing sensitive documents for a transaction or drafting letters to our clients. Once you have learned the basics, you will experience different areas of the firm and increase your level of responsibility, becoming an integral part of our legal team. You can expect to quickly become instrumental in enabling solicitors to deal with their legal matters in a timely and efficient way, ensuring we provide excellent client service.

You'll gain exposure to a wide range of sectors whilst rotating through our departments. Currently, we're top in the market for our clients in the following sectors: Consumer Products, Energy, Financial Services, Infrastructure and Project Finance, Hotels & Leisure, Life Sciences and Healthcare, Real Estate and Technology, Media and Telecommunications. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a secondment to another office or to a client near to completing your apprenticeship.

You'll be assigned to a University of Law campus close to your office location (London, Bristol or Manchester). This will enable you to take part in practical and academic activities and make full use of the library and research facilities. Dedicating one day a week to your studies, you'll benefit from a blended style of learning including work-based, supervised, and independent study, plus 'live' tutor sessions to aid your legal understanding and build essential academic and professional skills. You'll receive regular visits by your skills coach in order to review your progress.

By completing University of Law assessments, you'll have the opportunity to gain an LLB while preparing for the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Parts 1 and 2.

Salary is £20,000 per annum (London); £16,000 per annum (Bristol and Manchester).

You can also look forward to generous benefits such as:
  • 25 days' flexible annual leave
  • Pension scheme
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Private medical insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Income protection insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Membership fees to professional organisations
  • Restaurant facilities
  • Study assistance

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

We are seeking self-starters who are eager to progress their career - those that wish to receive the highest quality training and development, taking on increased levels of responsibility at a pace that suits them.

Personal qualities

Academic credentials are important here at CMS, but so too are the personal qualities we look for in the junior talent joining us, including:
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Professional communication
  • Drive for achievement
  • Creative thinking
  • Leading self and others
  • Future-facing lawyer
  • Relationship building and commercial awareness

Desired qualifications

To gain access to the programme, you will need:

GCSEs - Grades 4 and above are essential (A-C under the old scoring system) with at least a 6 (B grade) in maths and English.

A-levels (or equivalent) - Grades ABB or on track to receive these grades, although we will take extenuating circumstances into account. BTEC Level 3 equivalents DDM.

Future prospects

By the start of year 5 of your apprenticeship, you can expect to be on the same salary as a first-year trainee solicitor who entered CMS via the traditional university route. Regardless of entry route, we are committed to ensuring that all of our newly qualified solicitors will have had the same access to the exceptionally high quality training and development opportunities at the firm and we hope that they remain for the long term.

The many benefits of completing a Solicitor Apprenticeship mean it's a real, genuine alternative to the traditional method of qualifying as a solicitor. Those often cited include:
  • Earn while you learn, with no student debt
  • Job security and long-term prospects through a six-year commitment to CMS
  • Networking and building relationships to give you an early head start in your career
  • Challenging, rigorous and rewarding programme, both personally and professionally

Things to consider

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").

CMS is a Disability Confident Employer and signed up to the government scheme at the 'Committed' level.

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