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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'.

Legal 500, 2017

They are reliable and client-friendly and understand the value of being able to reach out to someone you know, for small issues, on a regular basis.

Chambers UK, 2016

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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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    2 October 2018
    CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and...
    16/11/2018
    Fin­ance reg­u­lat­ors con­sult on cli­mate change risks
    On 15 Oc­to­ber 2018, the Pruden­tial Reg­u­la­tion Au­thor­ity (“PRA”) and the Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) each began con­sulta­tions on cli­mate change risks and the lat­ter also on the green­ing of fin­ance.
    27 July 2018
    CMS ad­vises cred­it­ors to Green In­vest­ment Group on...
    15/11/2018
    Di­ary dates: emis­sions char­ging on Lon­don’s roads
    Those in­volved with road trans­port (goods, util­it­ies, con­struc­tion and ser­vices, or per­son­al travel) in Lon­don will be in­ter­ested in forth­com­ing dates for emis­sions char­ging. The first ap­plic­able date is in roughly 6 months’ time, from 8th April 2019.
    27 July 2018
    43 CMS Part­ners named in first year of Leg­al 500 Hall...
    13/11/2018
    Pro­gress, but still much to do: An up­date on the Smart Sys­tems and...
    On 16 Oc­to­ber 2018, the gov­ern­ment De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) and Ofgem re­leased a pro­gress up­date (the “Up­date”) in re­la­tion to their Ju­ly 2017 joint pa­per Up­grad­ing Our En­ergy Sys­tem: Smart Sys­tems and Flex­ib­il­ity Plan.
    4 May 2018
    CMS ad­vises Main­stream on high-level dis­pos­al of £2bn...
    08/11/2018
    The OGA’s Stat­utory No­tice on Meet­ings
    On 7 Novem­ber 2018, the OGA up­dated its Meet­ings Stat­utory No­tice, amend­ing the list of meet­ings that fall with­in the no­ti­fic­a­tion re­quire­ments in Part 2, Chapter 4 of the En­ergy Act 2016 (the “Act”).
    25 April 2018
    De­liv­er­ing first-class ex­pert­ise to the wa­ter sec­tor
    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.
    24 April 2018
    High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Wa­ter
    En­ergy
    30/10/2018
    Cap­it­al al­low­ances and Budget 2018
    In his Budget speech on 29 Oc­to­ber the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, Philip Ham­mond, an­nounced sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the UK’s cap­it­al al­low­ance re­gime.   Briefly, these changes were: The in­tro­duc­tion of a new Struc­tures and Build­ings Al­low­ance giv­ing tax.