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The energy sector, a key driver of the global economy, is affected by and affects global geopolitics, economics and regulation. You require advisors who not only understand your industry but also work on cutting edge issues with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors.

Our team works globally within every part of the energy sector, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity in all its forms, including generation, networks, wholesale and retail markets, and nuclear and renewables, including solar and other green energy and clean tech. Over the last 25 years, our experts have helped shape the sector by creating the legal frameworks upon which many of your markets are based.

Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, or contractor, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary team has helped shape the legal framework for the oil and gas industry in many jurisdictions and was among the first to advise on industry-shaping reforms such as the historic energy sector restructuring in Mexico. We also work on M&A, projects and financings in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors across the globe. This collective experience means we can pre-empt and provide answers to the commercial, risk and regulatory issues you face in the energy sector.

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'superb range and depth of expertise, which inspires confidence that one is working with an industry-leading team'.

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    Clean & Alternative Energy

    CMS is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy, a continually evolving and cutting edge industry. The high number of projects and transactions on which we advise gives us a role as both advisers to the sector and in shaping the future direction of the industry. 

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    Energy Disputes

    International energy companies operate in complex and challenging environments. Investments in the energy sector are often high-value, high-risk transactions involving projects that rely on cutting edge technology. When disputes occur, energy companies expect their lawyers to be true specialists that understand the industry. The CMS Energy Disputes Team focuses entirely on advising and representing clients in the energy sector.

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    Planning

    We are one of the largest planning energy & infrastructure consenting teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

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    Oil & Gas

    The oil and gas industry is a challenging and exciting sector which has far reaching effects on the world we live in. The top tier CMS Oil & Gas Team is the largest UK based team dedicated to this industry, providing advice to clients all round the world, guiding them through all the problems and pitfalls they face. We advise on all aspects of the industry.

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    Power Projects

    In the power sector, CMS advises on high value projects, financings, disputes and transactions internationally, as well as service the daily needs of the industry.

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    Water

    We have worked on water projects around the world and bring our core experience of commercial and regulatory frameworks operating across regulated industries. We have advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions within the utilities sector.

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    Law-Now: En­ergy
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    Radivoje Petrikić
    31/08/2016
    E-guide on En­ergy Stor­age
    14/05/2018
    En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings: the fi­nal cut (for now)
    In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
    03/06/2015
    Does your com­pany com­ply with the EU en­ergy ef­fi­ciency...
    14/05/2018
    En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings and Brexit: the fi­nal cut (for now)
    In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.
    Helen Johnson
    18/10/2013
    CMS Min­ing group
    13/04/2018
    The Acon­cagua Bay – “al­ways ac­cess­ible”
    On 26 March 2018 the Com­mer­cial Court ruled, in an ex­tremely suc­cinct de­cision, that a war­ranty in a voy­age charter­party that a berth is “al­ways ac­cess­ible” en­com­passes both entry to and exit from the berth.
    01/01/2013
    De­liv­er­ing En­ergy Ex­pert­ise
    13/03/2018
    Oil & Gas: JOAs, budget over­runs and op­er­at­or pen­sion de­fi­cits
    In Mara­thon Oil UK LLC v Cent­rica Re­sources Lim­ited, TAQA Bratani Lim­ited and TAQA Bratani LNS Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 322 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court con­sidered wheth­er an op­er­at­or was en­titled to charge joint ven­ture par­ti­cipants for pen­sion fund short­falls.
    12/03/2018
    The next re­boot for en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings
    The con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors are to be boos­ted by a re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Pro­vi­sions are also in­cluded to seek to un­lock fin­ance for en­ergy ef­fi­cient renov­a­tion of ex­ist­ing build­ing stock.
    11/01/2018
    Bare­con 2017 - Ringing in the Changes
    BIMCO re­cently pub­lished an up­dated ver­sion of their widely-used BARE­CON 2001. Whilst it largely fol­lows the same format, BARE­CON 2017 takes ac­count of a num­ber of leg­al and com­mer­cial changes and has been de­scribed by BIMCO as “a new lean­er ver­sion” which.
    19/12/2017
    Oil & Gas Ship­ping: a Venezuelan de­ten­tion
    In ST Ship­ping and Trans­port PTE Ltd v Space Ship­ping Ltd [2017] EWHC 2808 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court re­jec­ted an ar­bit­ra­tion ap­peal that sought to ar­gue that the ac­tions of the Venezuelan courts, in openly not fol­low­ing Venezuelan law, broke the chain of.
    14/12/2017
    Oil & Gas: Off-spec de­liv­er­ies – up­hold­ing the con­trac­tu­al mech­an­ism
    In Trafigura Be­heer BV v Ren­brandt Ltd (2017) EWHC 3100 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court provided some winter com­fort to pur­chasers and sellers that are seek­ing to rely on con­clus­ive evid­ence clauses as to qual­ity.
    30/10/2017
    ECJ Rules on when a com­pany owned by a con­tract­ing au­thor­ity is gov­erned...
    IN­TRO­DUC­TION A re­cent rul­ing of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has con­firmed that a wholly owned sub­si­di­ary of a con­tract­ing au­thor­ity can it­self be re­garded as a ‘body gov­erned by pub­lic law’ and there­fore sub­ject to the pro­cure­ment rules, even where.
    28/03/2017
    On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
    Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
    20/03/2017
    Due di­li­gence and pro­por­tion­al­ity un­der scru­tiny in latest IC­SID li­ab­il­ity...
    Sum­mary In a de­cision dated 21 Feb­ru­ary 2017, a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (“IC­SID”), the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Am­pal-Amer­ic­an Is­rael Corp.
    10/02/2017
    In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
    On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
    02/02/2017
    Gov­ern­ment con­sults on pen­al­ties for non-com­pli­ance with EU ship emis­sions...
    On 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) will be sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried.
    09/12/2016
    Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
    In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.