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  • 101 George Street
  • Edinburgh
  • City of Edinburgh
  • UK
  • EH2 3ES
  • Managing Partner Duncan Weston
  • Senior Partner Penelope Warne
  • UK Number of partners 212
  • Associates 337
  • Other fee-earners 165
  • International Number of partners 72
  • Associates 250
  • Other fee-earners 85

THE FIRM: CMS provides clients with specialist, business focused advice in law and tax matters. With over 2,900 legal professionals across the world working in sector-based teams and trained in project management, CMS’ focus is on clients and fulfilling their objectives. In a competitive legal market, CMS stands apart through its deep commitment to understanding clients’ business and the sectors and countries in which it operates. From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and long-term partnership to keep each client ahead whatever its chosen markets.

CMS places great emphasis on client service, with clients benefiting from an extensive range of tailored services, delivered through 58 offices in 32 countries across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

Combination: On 1 May 2014, CMS combined with Dundas & Wilson, providing clients with deeper expertise in the three key financial centres of London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and in its energy capital, Aberdeen. Sector Group Focus: The firm’s sector approach provides clients with an industry-specific service and deep sector expertise. Working alongside its traditional practice group structure, sector groups enable the firm to develop a comprehensive understanding of its clients’ businesses and markets and to constantly deliver sound and commercially relevant advice from any of its offices. Client Focus: Our proposition to clients is centred on providing high quality advice from lawyers that are sector experts, pragmatic in the delivery of their advice and able to project manage to ensure all client matters are delivered on time and to budget.

CMS numbers global companies such as Telefonica, BP, RWE, United Technologies, Takeda and Diageo among its clients. CMS acts for the majority of the DAX 30, for a large number of the FT European 500 and for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK: CMS offers a wide range of expertise through seventeen practice area and sector groups, providing advice on local, national and international issues. These expert groups are firmly established across Europe. Main areas of practice include: banking and finance; commercial; competition and EU; consumer products; corporate; dispute resolution; employment and pensions; energy; hotels and leisure; infrastructure and project finance; insurance and funds; intellectual property; life sciences; private equity; real estate and construction; tax; technology, media and telecoms.

CMS offices (and associated offices): Aberdeen, Algiers, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Istanbul, Kyiv, Leipzig, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Muscat City, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sarajevo, Seville, Shanghai, Sofia, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tirana, Utrecht, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb and Zurich.

  • Advertising & Marketing Susan Barty
  • Asset Management Ash Saluja
  • Banking & Finance Will Meredith
  • Banking & Finance (CEE) Paul Stallebrass
  • Commercial (CEE) Iain Batty
  • Construction & Development Mark Heighton
  • Consumer Products Louise Wallace
  • Corporate Finance/IPOs Sean Watson
  • Corporate Tax Richard Croker
  • Dispute Resolution Guy Pendell
  • Employment Anthony Fincham
  • Energy & Projects (CEE) Andrzej Blach
  • Energy & Utilities Penelope Warne
  • Environment Paul Sheridan
  • EU/ Competition Susan Hankey
  • Financial Institutions & Services Stephen Tester
  • Financial Services Regulation Simon Morris
  • Health & Safety Jan Burgess
  • Hotels & Leisure Thomas Page
  • Infrastructure & Project Finance Andrew Ivison
  • Insolvency Duncan Aldred
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Ed Foss
  • IP Tom Scourfield
  • Life Sciences Sandra Rafferty
  • M&A Andrew Sheach M&A (CEE) Helen Rodwell
  • Media Complaints Tim Hardy
  • Pensions Nigel Moore
  • Planning Chris Williams
  • Product Liability Shuna Mason
  • Project Finance Andrew Ivison
  • Real Estate Mark Heighton
  • Real Estate (CEE) Gabor Czike
  • Real Estate Disputes Danielle Drummond-Brassington
  • TMT Chris Watson
  • Transport Jonathan Beckitt
  • Venture Capital/Private Equity James Grimwood
  • Water Robert Lane


  • Mitre House,
  • 160 Aldersgate Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1A 4DD
  • Tel (020) 3673000
  • Fax (020) 7367 2000
  • DX 135316 BARBICAN 2
  • Email : info@cms-cmck.com
  • Website : www.cms-cmck.com

Energy & Natural Resources - Scotland

What the team is known for Well regarded in the market for its ability to advise on a wide range of areas including regulation, transactions, development and financing in the gas, electricity and renewable energy sectors. Oil and gas expertise, advising energy companies and national governments in relation to the North Sea.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very proactive and very quick in reverting to us, and they are knowledgeable about the issues we raise with them."

"It is the mixture of the quality of the work itself and also the service in terms of responsiveness."

"The experience and thinking on their feet and the dedication are what I really like."

What's new? On 1 May 2014, Dundas & Wilson became part of CMS.

Work highlights Acted for EnQuest on its USD180 million purchase of North Sea acreage and related infrastructure from Centrica.

Advised the joint venture company on the development of a 1,000 MW offshore wind project in the outer Firth of Tay region.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Millar is an experienced oil and gas partner in the firm's Aberdeen office. Recent highlights include acting for BP in its purchase of Moroccan offshore assets. Clients say: "He is an outstanding oil and gas and M&A lawyer. He is extremely proactive and customer service-oriented; we get a very fast and highly consistent quality of service from him."

Judith Aldersey-Williams is an Aberdeen-based partner who advises clients on commercial and competition matters in the oil and gas sector. She advised a group of multinational oil companies in relation to a programme to fund and develop well-capping equipment to be used in the event of an offshore well blowout. Client sources value her "very heavy engagement with the industry" and add that "she has a bigger-picture view and a strategic approach that is very valuable." 

Donald Cumming advises on corporate and regulatory issues in the power, renewable energy and water sectors. Sources describe him as a "seasoned campaigner" and note his track record of representing major utilities in the sector.

Norman Wisely is a transactional oil and gas partner in the firm's Aberdeen office. Recent mandates have included advising BP on farm-outs in the North Sea. Well-placed sources in the sector rate his abilities very highly and say that "he knows the industry backward."

Significant clients ConocoPhillips, Premier Oil, SSE, Gamesa Energy UK, National Grid.