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Member Company of the Month: CMS May 31, 2019

Since joining the Digital Leadership Forum, CMS has always been a key supporter of DLF- from speaking on various topics that range from drone technology, to data privacy- to hosting DLF’s first set of AI Breakfasts in mid-2018. To learn a bit more about CMS, here are some of the ways in which they have been supporting innovation and progress across 2019.

"CMS has consistently shown their commitment toward ensuring that women in leadership is encouraged within the organisation."

Leading the way with diversity

CMS has consistently shown their commitment toward ensuring that women in leadership is encouraged within the organisation. On 26th April, the firm made the largest round of senior leadership promotions in their history- elevating 49 individuals to partner, with 21 of them occurring in the UK alone. Of that figure- 76% appointed in the UK were women, representing the firms’ commitment to encouraging the next generation of female lawyers to pursue leadership roles. This news came within days of CMS also being recognised (for the fourth year running) as a times top 50 employer for women in 2019.  

Speaking on the promotions and the ongoing recognition by Times - Penelope Warne, Senior Partner in the UK explained, “As a firm, we continue to engage and share best practice with the wider community on important diversity and inclusion issues to bring about real change and help shift perspectives in our communities and throughout society.”.


A commitment to the ever-changing scope of knowledge

It is commonly understood that in order to remain relevant during the fourth industrial revolution, organisations and individuals alike are required to remain engaged in a continuous state of learning. One of the ways in which CMS is supporting this globally is via their ‘Insight’ platform- an open-access knowledge centre, containing frequent publications on all the most important spheres of work and life in the 21st Century- including AI, Fintech, GDPR, Risk and Brexit, and also holds different contextual publications for different nations. The information under each published subtopic is available both in a summarized form on the website, but also as full PDF reports for those that would prefer to delve deeper into each subtopic.

"It is commonly understood that in order to remain relevant during the fourth industrial revolution, organisations and individuals alike are required to remain engaged in a continuous state of learning."

Building a better future

CMS has also shown a longstanding commitment to the ethical engagement with the rapidly developing technology that is shaping the modern world. In mid April, they held the no. 1 spot in Inspiratia’s legal adviser rankings for renewables (by transaction value)- advising for approximately £3 billion across the sector. This is further supported by publications released over the last few months which explore the positive societal impacts using AI technology in the energy and water spheres, giving more power to the consumer.

Furthermore, CMS UK has also begun hosting AI Ethics roundtable dinners which explore regulation, compliance, ethical implications and societal impact etc. of artificial intelligence, and how business can best promote and adopt the ethical use of AI in a way that does not stifle innovation and growth. Full in depth reports of these discussions are available for the public to see on the Insight AI portal.

We are always glad to have CMS’s specialist knowledge and expertise within the Digital Leadership Forum, and look forward to welcoming their highly knowledgeable team to our sessions over the months and years to come.


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