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Award winning legal services in Scotland

CMS Scotland is a market leading, award-winning law firm in Scotland, with a long history of being listed as a regional heavyweight in Chambers and Legal 500. CMS in Scotland have consistent top tier rankings in Scotland in our key specialisms such as Corporate/Commercial/M&A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, IP/IT, Telecoms, Energy/Power/Oil & Gas, Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Infrastructure/Projects, Public Sector, Education and Transport.

We have won numerous awards including Legal 500 Scotland Law Firm of the Year, Scottish Business Insider Legal Advisor of the Year as well as Real Estate Team of the Year– all testament to the quality of our people and our relationships with our clients.

Our market leading teams in the key sectors of the 21st Century economy bring a fresh and innovative approach to professional services. And in an era of uncertainty and disruption, we're committed to developing and evolving along with our clients, helping them succeed by adapting to change and seizing new opportunities.

CMS in Scotland - a proud heritage of providing legal services to Scottish clients

Our heritage is a combination between Dundas & Wilson and CMS to create a firm which, for over 250 years, has been working in partnership with businesses, from multi-nationals to start-ups, to meet their commercial objectives, deliver projects and close deals. With over 250 lawyers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, we have a team of true Scottish legal and industry specialists that's second to none, with great global experience as well as deep local know-how.

Find out how CMS in Scotland can help your business by contacting us now

The following people are available 24/7 to direct your query to the best person, or contact one of our office managing partners:

To Find out more about how we can help your business in Scotland,please feel free to visit us, contact one of our contacts detailed above or just give us a call.

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February 2018
CMS - Facts & Fig­ures
31/01/2019
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient...
Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion to in­stall Ex­haust Gas Clean­ing Sys­tems (EGC­Ss) oth­er­wise known.
22/11/2018
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
16/11/2018
Third-Party Fund­ing in in­ter­na­tion­al in­vest­ment ar­bit­ra­tion – en route...
Over the last couple of years, Third-Party Fund­ing (TPF) has be­come more and more com­mon with­in in­ter­na­tion­al in­vest­ment ar­bit­ra­tion. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tion­al Coun­cil for Com­mer­cial Ar­bit­ra­tion (ICCA) in 2015, 60 % or more of all.
30/10/2018
Car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.50% form­ally...
On 26 Oc­to­ber 2018, dur­ing its 73rd ses­sion on 22 - 26 Oc­to­ber, the Mar­ine En­vir­on­ment Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (‘MEPC73’) of the In­ter­na­tion­al Mari­time Or­gan­iz­a­tion (the ‘IMO’) form­ally ad­op­ted the car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.
23/10/2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds - AIFMD pre-mar­ket­ing pro­pos­als
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds up­date looks at the hot top­ic of funds mar­ket­ing and pro­pos­als for a pre-mar­ket­ing re­gime for al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment funds. This is an area we are of­ten asked to ad­vise on as vari­ous forms of “soft mar­ket­ing” activ­ity trig­ger reg­u­lat­ory.
17/10/2018
Chin­a's courts pass con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings on open-source li­cen­cing
In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.
27/09/2018
Na­tion­al gambling au­thor­it­ies is­sue a de­clar­a­tion in which they raise...
On 17 Septem­ber 2018, 17 gambling reg­u­lat­ors is­sued a de­clar­a­tion in which they raised their con­cerns re­lated to the blur­ring lines between gambling and gam­ing. The de­clar­a­tion iden­ti­fies four main areas of con­cern: skin bet­ting, loot boxes, so­cial casino gam­ing.
25/09/2018
In the Af­ter­math of Achmea – Does Vat­ten­fall En­sure the Fu­ture for...
On 6 March 2018, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) held in its Achmea rul­ing that dis­pute set­tle­ment pro­vi­sions provid­ing for ar­bit­ra­tion in in­tra-EU bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treat­ies (BITs) are in­com­pat­ible with EU law.
24/08/2018
Gov­ern­ment Is­sues Brexit Tech­nic­al No­tice for Life Sci­ences
On 23 Au­gust 2018, the UK Gov­ern­ment (the "Gov­ern­ment") is­sued the first wave of its tech­nic­al pa­pers de­signed to provide guid­ance to com­pan­ies to help pre­pare for a "No Deal" Brexit. In this scen­ario, there will be no "trans­ition peri­od" but rather the UK.
07/08/2018
The Singa­pore Me­di­ation Con­ven­tion: Plug­ging the gap in cross-bor­der...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. On 26 June 2018, the fi­nal drafts for a con­ven­tion on the en­force­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al set­tle­ment agree­ments res­ult­ing from me­di­ation and the cor­res­pond­ing.
27/07/2018
Oil and Gas - "Hanged on a Comma"? Punc­tu­ation in Fin­an­cing Agree­ments
Sum­mary In Vit­ol E&P Lim­ited v New Age (Afric­an Glob­al En­ergy) Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1580 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court was asked to con­sider the re­la­tion­ship between a cor­por­ate lend­ing fa­cil­ity and a re­serve based lend­ing fa­cil­ity.