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Energy Disputes lawyers

International energy companies operate in a complex and challenging environment. Investments in the energy sector are often high-value, high-risk transactions involving projects that rely on cutting edge technology. In addition to the technical challenges in this heavily regulated industry, the progressive development of reserves and infrastructure around the globe, and the need for ongoing geographic diversification, have exposed energy companies to increased legal and political risk. In such an environment, despite best business practices, disputes may be unavoidable.

When disputes occur, energy companies expect their lawyers to be true specialists that understand the industry. The Energy Disputes Team focuses entirely on advising and representing clients in the energy sector. Their experience covers all forms of dispute resolution, including international arbitration (both commercial and investor-state), litigation (either of the underlying dispute or in support of arbitral proceedings), expert determination, adjudication and mediation.

CMS is consistently ranked in the Global Arbitration Review ‘GAR30’ of the world’s busiest international arbitration practices and ranked by Legal Week in 2015 in the top 10 litigation firms by revenue. The Energy Disputes Team has a recognised expertise and track record in high value and complex international arbitration and litigation in the energy sector.

As trusted advisers to numerous international energy companies, our energy disputes offering is truly global. We advise clients across the world, from the UK to South America to the Far East. We have significant recent experience in regions such as continental Europe, sub-Saharan Africa (for example, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Madagascar, Nigeria), North Africa (including Algeria, Egypt, Morroco, Tunisia), the Russian Federation, the Middle East (including extensive experience in Iraq) and Brazil.

Project Advisory and Risk Management

The team also offers a ‘Project Advisory and Risk Management’ service - offering advice on how to avoid disputes at every stage of the lifecycle for major energy projects. As the legal, contractual and regulatory environment in which major projects are delivered becomes ever more complex, proactive management of risk has become a critical part of delivery strategies. 

Our team provides flexible support to help you maximise opportunities and manage time, cost and quality risks that have the potential to impact the successful outcome of a project. This early intervention by our team minimises your risk of a costly dispute, protecting your reputation and your relationship with clients. 

Our services include analysis of documentation and procedures, producing proforma documents and communication strategies, delivery of teach-in workshops to project delivery and commercial teams, regular project surgeries and risk review workshops, telephone helpline providing real-time project advice and post completion reviews.

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Rob Wilson
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Rob Wilson is a partner and Head of the firm’s Energy Disputes Practice. He has been advising on disputes since 1994 and has worked with the energy sector since 1998.Rob is dual qualified (Scotland...
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Jeremie Witt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Jeremie is a partner in the Energy, Projects and Construction Team and is based in Australia. He has previously been a partner with CMS in our Dubai and our Singapore offices and has extensive experience...
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Alison Gow
Part­ner
Head of Real Estate Disputes, Scotland
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Alison Gow has over 20 years’ experience advising clients in the real estate sector in relation to both preventing and conducting litigation.  She is an accomplished litigator and strong negotiator;...
Robbie Leckie
Robbie Leckie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Robbie Leckie is a partner in CMS’s specialist Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Team, based in the London office. He advises on claims and disputes arising from major engineering and...
Steven Williams
Steven Williams
Part­ner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group
Lawyer
United Kingdom, London
Steven is a Partner and co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Group. He is an expert in construction dispute resolution and has led many high-profile cases.His experience...
Chris Gooding
Christopher Gooding
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
I can only explain the diversity of my practice by my 30-year career-long involvement in the Middle East and especially with its commercial connections with the Far East. Originally from an insurance...
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Colin Hutton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Colin Hutton has over 25 years' experience in dispute avoidance and resolution. He is dual qualified and advises on both English and Scots law matters, including litigations, arbitrations and mediations....
Alex Denslow
Alex Denslow
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Insurance Group
United Kingdom, London
Alex Denslow is Head of the CMS Insurance Group. In this position, he leads an international team of 100 specialist lawyers.He is a recommended partner in Chambers and Legal 500 for insurance / reinsurance...
Fraser Askham
Fraser Askham
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Fraser has 23 years of experience, which he uses to help clients resolve disputes and successfully deliver construction, engineering, energy and climate change, infrastructure and waste projects, within...
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Guy Pendell
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Guy Pendell is Head of Disputes, based in London.He has been a partner since 2005 and has around 18 years’ experience handling disputes for mainly corporate clients. He has been credited by the legal...