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Scotland

Award winning legal services in Scotland

As Scotland’s Law Firm of the Year 2019, CMS advises national and international businesses to consolidate or expand, reinforce their defenses and seek new opportunities.  

Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow based lawyers are firmly embedded in their local markets and have the resources and infrastructure of a global organisation behind them.  With over 400 people here, we are serious about Scotland.

We have an exceptionally strong focus on national businesses that include start-ups, government bodies, manufacturers and investors.  We also work with some of the largest conglomerates operating around the globe.  Clients often tell us that our genuine ability to assemble the right teams, wherever they are located, sets us apart from other firms.  The expertise of over 4800 lawyers spread across 75 cities can be mobilised quickly to create the best team for every situation.

And we are clear that our business is a people business. We have a culture of authenticity and inclusivity, encouraging everyone to be 100% themselves.

CMS Scotland is a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and has consistent top tier rankings 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.

Proud to support our local communities in Scotland

Commitment to Corporate Responsibility sits at the heart of CMS.  We have an award-winning programme that makes a real impact.  We focus on five areas and are 100% committed to the UN Sustainable Development goals.  Just some of our activities in Scotland include:

  • All three offices are powered 100% by renewable energy
  • Sponsoring and participating in PRIDE in Glasgow and Aberdeen
  • the first law firm to become an Ally firm to the Glass Charter
  • working with the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers’ Association

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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26 October 2020
CMS boosts Pen­sions prac­tice with key ap­point­ment in Scot­land
CMS is de­lighted to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of pen­sions part­ner Jae Fas­sam, bring­ing the total part­ner count across its UK pen­sions law prac­tice to 18.
27 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
05 November 2020
Em­ploy­ment we­bin­ar: Pre­par­ing for IR35 (again) and oth­er up­com­ing em­ploy­ment...
In the first sec­tion of our we­bin­ar we will high­light some of the key em­ploy­ment law re­forms and oth­er de­vel­op­ments which are on the ho­ri­zon, fo­cus­sing par­tic­u­larly on the Em­ploy­ment Bill. As a res­ult of Brexit and Cov­id-19, spe­cif­ic im­ple­ment­a­tion dates
28 October 2020
New EPO Guidelines ex­pec­ted re­gard­ing amend­ing a de­scrip­tion: what’s all...
Sum­mary The EPO re­quire­ment to amend the de­scrip­tion to con­form with al­lowed claims is chan­ging sig­ni­fic­antly. Ex­am­iners have already been giv­en in­tern­al guid­ance and re­vi­sions to the EPO Guidelines...
14 October 2020
Me­di­um, High or Very High – What are the chances that the new Job Sup­port...
On 24 Septem­ber 2020, the Chan­cel­lor, Rishi Sunak, an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of his new Job Sup­port Scheme with ef­fect from 1 Novem­ber. See our brief­ing here.
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on con­struc­tion in­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
10 November 2020
Risk Es­sen­tials: Fu­ture Fa­cing Com­mer­cial Con­tracts
In this we­bin­ar, we will take a look at some sig­ni­fic­ant trends and is­sues fa­cing com­mer­cial con­tract parties in the post-COV­ID world.
27 October 2020
COV­ID-19: Ex­ten­sion of the slot al­loc­a­tion waiver in fa­vour of air­lines...
The COV­ID-19 out­break has had a con­sid­er­able im­pact on the avi­ation sec­tor and has led to a sharp drop in air traffic world­wide since the be­gin­ning of 2020 as a res­ult of re­strict­ive meas­ures taken by...
12 October 2020
CMS Scot­land - work­ing with you, here and glob­ally
Find out how CMS in Scot­land can help you by read­ing our true sec­tor ex­perts bro­chure.
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on lease agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.
11 November 2020
We­bin­ar: CMS Real Es­tate Thought Lead­er­ship Re­port – Re­set
There is no doubt that ‘En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial, Gov­ernance’ (ESG) has been at the fore­front of every­one’s agen­das in re­cent years. With real es­tate be­ing the biggest con­sumer of en­ergy, the in­dustry has seen a con­sid­er­able shift in com­pan­ies' policies and
27 October 2020
Busy times in fintech: an out­line of re­cent reg­u­lat­ory de­vel­op­ments
Over the last three weeks, fin­an­cial ser­vices reg­u­lat­ors across the globe have been busy pub­lish­ing a range of ini­ti­at­ives which will im­pact on the FinTech in­dustry world-wide. The com­mon theme across...