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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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"They're efficient and provide easy to use solutions and advice. They are modern, up to date with legal trends and very aware of their customers' needs."

Chambers 2019

'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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    18/04/2019
    CMS ex­pands Scot­tish en­ergy of­fer­ing with new part­ner...
    02 May 19
    De­vel­op­ing your ca­reer through the in­flu­ence of net­work­ing
    18/04/2019
    BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
    In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
    1 February 2019
    CMS ad­vises SSE on £635m dis­pos­al of stake in two wind...
    21 May 19
    Re­new­ables Break­fast Sem­in­ar: Off­shore Wind in Emer­ging...
    18/04/2019
    Mod­el­ling En­vir­on­ment in awards of Cent­ral Gov­ern­ment Con­tracts
    The Cab­in­et Of­fice and the De­part­ment for Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a new eval­u­ation mod­el for in­cor­por­at­ing so­cial value, in­clud­ing en­vir­on­ment con­sid­er­a­tions, in­to awards of cent­ral gov­ern­ment con­tracts.
    1 February 2019
    CMS ad­vises in re­la­tion to the sale of a 50% stake...
    16/04/2019
    The new EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign in­vest­ment is now in force
    On 10 April 2019, the EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) came in­to force, al­low­ing the European Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States un­til 11 Oc­to­ber 2020 to put in place mech­an­isms and re­sources to com­ply.
    30 January 2019
    The zero-sub­sidy re­new­ables op­por­tun­ity
    10/04/2019
    In­junc­tions against per­sons un­known: Get­ting it right
    Sum­mary The High Court had gran­ted in­junc­tions to In­eos Up­stream and oth­ers against per­sons un­known, who were thought to be likely to (but had not yet) be­come pro­test­ers at the claimants’ sites, which were used for frack­ing.
    25 January 2019
    CMS ad­vises seni­or lenders on Ver­us Pet­ro­leum’s RBL...
    08/04/2019
    New ULEZ emis­sions char­ging op­er­a­tion­al today
    Today the Ul­tra Low Emis­sions Zone (ULEZ) in Lon­don be­comes op­er­a­tion­al. ULEZ res­ults in new charges be­ing pay­able by drivers of vehicles in Cent­ral Lon­don which do not com­ply with spe­cified emis­sion stand­ards.