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Committed to supporting businesses in an ever-changing landscape

As legal advisers and business partners, we are continually adapting how we do business to help our clients find new ways to succeed at a time when the Scottish economy is facing significant challenges.  We focus on ways to mitigate risk and harness innovation to ensure your organisation can make the most of 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 500 people here, we are serious about Scotland.

We have an exceptionally strong focus on businesses in Scotland that include start-ups, government bodies, manufacturers and investors.  We also work with some of the largest organisations 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 5000+ lawyers in over 40 countries cities can be mobilised quickly to create the best team for every situation.

Committed to building a more sustainable world

At CMS we are committed to building a more sustainable, prosperous future for all.  In 2018 we became one of the first law firms to commit to set Science Based Targets. We have a dedicated programme of initiatives in place to reduce our emissions 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, across the full Scope 1, 2 and 3. This includes our offices in Scotland which are powered by 100% renewable energy. We are committed to being Net Zero by 2050 at the latest and are in the process of setting a long-term Science-based Target.

ESG factors have moved from being a niche concern to a strategic board level priority across all sectors and jurisdictions. We’re working with our clients - from multinationals to start ups – to help support their commitments in this rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape. 

Committed to our people and communities

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.  

Our commitment to Responsible Business lies at the heart of the firm and our purpose is to inspire, impact and support our clients, people, industry sectors and communities.  We design and deliver a wide range of activities to ensure there is something for everyone to get involved in.  Just some of our activities in Scotland include:

Guiding all our work are the UN Global Goals and our commitment to the UN Global Compact.

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

We are proud of our 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, Hospitality & Tourism and Transport.

Please contact one of our specialists below at any time:

Further information can be viewed in our CMS Scotland brochure.

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Strategic Secondment Unit: Flexible secondment resource
Anticipating our clients' current and future needs is at the heart of our approach at CMS Scotland.  The legal landscape is constantly changing, and we acknowledge the growing demand from our clients for adaptable secondment resources. That's where our Strategic Secondment Unit, or SSU, comes into play. Our team of lawyers, with expertise spanning various sectors and experience levels, is well-equipped to meet this demand across our Scottish clients.
Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable tourism is vital for our economy, having been identified in the Scottish Government’s Scotland's Economic Strategy (2015) as a growth sector where the country can build on existing comparative advantage as well as increase productivity.
Supporting Scotland's ecosystem


ESG Power Hour: Discover the trends for 2024
We cordially invite you to the webinar "ESG Power Hour: Discover the Trends for 2024" on Thursday 14 December 2023, from 08:30 to 09:30 AM, live via GoTo Webinar.
COP28: how the law can unite, act and deliver the UN SDGs
The law, and the work of lawyers, should enable countries, communities and companies to deliver the changes needed to achieve the UN SDGs and the Paris Agreement. As COP28 urges us to unite, act and...
Roundtable: urbanisation and transport
Join the CMS Infrastructure and Projects team in person at CMS Dubai for a breakfast roundtable discussion.Our conversation will be driven by the announcements and negotiations at COP28, and will be an...
Global Stocktake: Energy Security, Net Zero and Sustainability
CMS will host a high level discussion on the challenges of energy security, net zero and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.  Agenda Special Address | Edward Hobart CMG, British Ambassador to the United Arab Emir­ates­Key­note...
Roundtable: enabling reduced carbon emissions
Join the CMS energy team in person at CMS Dubai for a breakfast roundtable discussion. Our conversation will be driven by the announcements and negotiations at COP28, and will be an opportunity to discuss...
Navigating the changes: An overview of updated Energy National Policy Statements
The National Policy Statements were originally designated in 2011. Further to consultation on proposed drafts earlier in the year, revised updates to the Energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) were...
Collective redundancies and possible criminal liability: Supreme Court...
Recent news reports have highlighted that the number of corporate insolvencies has continued to rise during 2022 and 2023, with the retail sector being particularly affected. Many companies are struggling...
Supreme Court clarifies position on uncontroverted evidence - TUI Ltd v...
The Supreme Court has now clarified the position in relation to uncontroverted evidence.After nine years, TUI Ltd v Griffiths [2023] UKSC 48 has reached a conclusion which most practitioners were expecting...
Update on the Smarter Regulation initiative in the energy context
Alongside the Autumn Statement and the Connections Action Plan and Transmission Acceleration Action Plan (on which we commented in a recent separate article), the Department of Business and Trade (the...
Woodlands Data Centre Refusal: key observations
On 30 October 2023, the Secretary of State (“SoS”) on a recovered appeal refused to grant planning permission for a ‘hyperscale’ data centre within the Buckinghamshire Green Belt on the outskirts...
Court of Appeal revisits its decision on mandatory ADR - Mr Churchill v...
In a much-anticipated judgment, the Court of Appeal has returned to the question of mandatory non-court-based dispute resolution (or ADR, as most people still call it), which was previously considered...
Newcomer Injunctions: new Supreme Court decision
This recent decision gives comfort to a number of companies and other entities, particularly in the Energy sector, who have obtained similar injunctions: Wolverhampton City Council and others v London...