CMS Returner Programme

Location: Manchester

Start date: February 2019

Programme: 6-month paid returnship

Part of the Law Returners Programme

CMS is delighted to be part of this returner programme funded by the UK Government and in partnership with the Law Society, with the aim of supporting those who have taken a career break back into the work. As part of the programme you will have a supported route back into private practice, the opportunity to join workshops including personal professional brand, networking, interview skills and legal know-how updates.  In addition, you will participate in the Career Returners Coaching support workshops from Women Returners, benefit from a wider peer support group and have the guidance of a mentor for the duration of the programme.

About CMS

CMS is an international law firm 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 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. A future-facing law firm CMS is well equipped to help their clients face the future with confidence. They are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And they recruit, value and nurture top talent.

The firm has already earned a reputation as a major player in the North West market, particularly in the real estate sector. Earlier this year, the firm won the prestigious Law Firm of the Year in the NW Insider Property Awards.

Since 2015, CMS’ Manchester office has been going from strength to strength as the firm continues to support its clients’ growth targets across the North. Over the last six months, the team has acted on a number of high profile projects, including its advice to Hong Kong-based developer Far East Consortium International on one of Manchester’s most ambitious housing-led regeneration projects – the Northern Gateway – which is expected to generate more than £1bn of investment over the next decade.

About You

CMS is looking for qualified lawyers who have had a minimum of 12 months’ gap in their professional legal career and who are looking to return to private practice.

Are you a specialist in one of their key specialist areas in Manchester? These include the following:

How to apply:

If your skills and experience fit with what CMS is looking for, then please apply online here

Closing date for applications has been extended to 2 December at 11.59pm

If you have any queries relating specifically to CMS, please contact Natalie Koenig, Recruitment Manager –

With any queries relating to the overall programme, please email

Only direct applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.

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 their 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 view the diversity pages on their website.