Associate - Technology
About the role The team advises on a broad range of commercial matters across a number of technology sectors. We focus on work of the highest quality and our clients range from large blue chip organisations to smaller commercial entities working with cutting edge technologies. On the IP side you will be advising a wide range of clients on commercial agreements relating to the development, protection and exploitation of IP. We advise a number of leading universities and research institutions across the UK, in addition to working with entrepreneurial businesses on high profile collaborative projects involving IP, complex licensing and technology transfer agreements. A number of our IP lawyers work closely with clients in the life sciences sector, including advising on pharmaceutical products, medical devices, personalised/ stratified medicine projects and eHealth/ digital health technologies, and you will have the opportunity to develop a specialism in this area if that is of interest. Other clients include innovative companies working in sectors such as food and drink, consumer products, media, energy, and oil & gas. On the IT and Telecoms side, the work will involve significant projects and high value transactions such as outsourcing, system development and software contracts for blue chip clients. We advise a wide range of clients from those in the financial and public sectors to innovative technology companies who supply solutions to customers around the world. We are actively involved in new and developing areas such as Fintech, blockchain, robotics and artificial intelligence. If you are interested in IT projects, CMS will provide you with exposure to some of the most significant projects in the UK. The team also advises a variety of technology clients who process significant amounts of personal data on compliance with privacy laws, including the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation. We are actively involved in a variety of GDPR compliance projects. We have a close knit, friendly team comprising 15 lawyers (including 3 partners) based across our two offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. We work closely with our colleagues in London so there will be opportunities to get involved in London based projects if that is of interest. We encourage our team to attend a variety of training, business development and integration events across the UK and also with our European colleagues. Opportunities include attendance at the CMS Academy, CMS World Cup Event or the annual Technology Team conference, all held at a destination in Europe. You will be responsible for: A broad range of commercial, IT, IP, Telecoms and data protection matters Drafting and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts Developing close professional relationships with clients and delivering excellent client service Providing efficient professional support for partners and senior fee-earners Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising profile of the firm Involvement in marketing events About you The successful candidate will have c.2-4 PQE. Strong general commercial expertise is essential, with a good working knowledge of IP and IT matters. Telecoms experience strongly preferred. You will have excellent analytical and drafting skills, along with a commercial approach and good interpersonal skills. You will be able to work autonomously on lower value transactions (with support as appropriate), and assist partners and senior fee-earners on more complex, higher value deals and transactions. There will be a high degree of client contact, and so experience and confidence in dealing directly with clients is essential. Degree/Scots law (or equivalent). About us 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 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. 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 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"). For further information about CMS' diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website. How to apply If you are interested, please apply online. If you have any queries, please contact Claire Keen, Recruitment Advisor. 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.