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Dispute Resolution lawyers

At CMS, we have thought more about Your World. You do not want to litigate, and neither do we. You want to avoid disputes and when they do arise, have the right team to resolve them.

Unlike most major law firms, you will not find a traditional litigation department at CMS. What you will find is a large team of specialist lawyers who share a refreshing approach to disputes. Structured according to the industries our clients work in, we bring our deep sector expertise to your dispute ensuring you will always receive advice in the context of your own market. 

Where your dispute cannot be resolved in any other way, we have the expertise and resources to ensure your dispute is pursued through litigation and arbitration, including, where necessary, appeals and challenges to the highest courts and tribunals.

Consistently ranked in the Global Arbitration Review ‘GAR30’ of the world’s busiest international arbitration practices and as one of The Lawyer’s Top 50 Global Litigation firms, you will have a team experienced in all forms of dispute resolution.

We advise clients on international arbitration (both commercial and investor-state), litigation (either of the underlying dispute or in support of arbitral proceedings), expert determination, adjudication and mediation.

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Valerie Allan
Valerie Allan
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Valerie Allan is a partner in our Disputes Team. Based in Aberdeen as part of our Oil & Gas Team for over 15 years, Valerie specialises in commercial dispute resolution.  Valerie is dual qualified in...
Marc Armstrong
Marc Armstrong
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Marc is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Edinburgh with over 16 years’ experience and a focus on Real Estate Disputes in Scotland. Marc works with clients in relation to a variety of disputes...
Phillip Ashley
Phillip Ashley
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Phillip Ashley is a partner who "specialises in contentious matters relating to the oil and gas and power sectors" and has advised on "matters relating to oil and gas investments in every continent except...
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...
Mark Atkinson
Mark Atkinson
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Mark Atkinson is a partner in CMS’ Pensions team. He acts for trustees and companies in relation to occupational pension schemes providing day to day advice along with leading on some of the most structural...
Richard Bamforth
Richard Bamforth
Part­ner
Head of Arbitration Group
United Kingdom, London
Richard specialises in international commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on cross border disputes in the media, banking, finance, insolvency...
Marcus Barclay
Marcus Barclay
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Marcus is a real estate litigator focusing on strategic advice and commercial outcomes.  Marcus headed up Olswang's Real Estate Litigation team for 25 years and has dealt with all types of contentious...
Susan Barty
Susan Barty
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Susan Barty is a core member of the Consumer Products team at CMS UK. Susan advises clients on their relationships with suppliers, distributors and consumers. She has also in-depth experience of disputes...
Pieter Bekker
Peter Bekker
Part­ner
Head of Investment Arbitration Task Force
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Professor Peter Bekker is a partner in the International Arbitration and Energy teams and Head of the CMS Investment Arbitration Task Force. A US qualified lawyer, he practises at the crossroads of international...
Adrian Bell
Adrian Bell
Part­ner
Co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy Disputes Group | Joint Managing Director for Asia and the Middle East
United Kingdom, London
Adrian is a Partner and co-head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Energy (ICE) Disputes Group and is a qualified solicitor advocate.He advises on dispute avoidance and all types of dispute resolution...