Lau, Horton & Wise LLP in Association with CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP

The Legal Cheek View

In Hong Kong, CMS provides both local and international legal advice to support clients doing business in the Asia Pacific region.

The firm has over 40 lawyers and nine partners across two offices in Hong Kong (Central and Quarry Bay). The office in Central will be your home during the training contract. Located on 8/F of the Nexxus Building (which is a maze!) the office is open plan with partners and some associates having their own rooms. There are a selection of restaurants and fancy private members clubs hidden away on the lower floors of the building.

In Hong Kong, the firm offers a full spectrum of services, including disputes, commercial, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate. There are some niche practices on offer too, such as ship finance and maritime insurance. The recent hiring of Conor Warde and his shipping practice from rival Mayer Brown has also provided a big boost to the firm’s asset finance practice.

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Every year the firm recruits two trainees from 24 interns on the summer vacation scheme. The scheme runs for over three weeks and eight interns take part per week. Interns gain experience working in the firm’s core areas of practice including corporate, finance, disputes, commercial and intellectual property. Those lucky to be kept on then rotate through four six-month seats during the two-year training contract, with one of those seats typically being a secondment to the London CMS office. The firm has a reverse secondment arrangement for one Hong Kong trainee to go to the UK on secondment and vice versa. It also has various other collaborations and associations across the Asia Pacific region. Follow its exploits on LinkedIn.

The perks are standard and include health insurance, life insurance, a dental plan and a rental reimbursement scheme. Beyond this, we hear there’s free coffee and snacks in the office pantry.


Training Contract 2026

To commence in 2026
Applications close 31/07/2024


First year trainee salary Undisclosed
Second year trainee salary Undisclosed
Newly qualified salary Undisclosed
PCLL grant Undisclosed


Annual leave 25 days plus Hong Kong public holidays

General Info

Training contracts 2
Latest trainee retention rate Undisclosed
Offices 80+
Countries 50+
Minimum language requirement English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Minimum degree requirement Hong Kong Law Degree or Juris Doctor


HK female partners 10%