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The biggest medium and long-term issue of our time is how to meet our energy needs in a way that sustains the future of the planet, while also sustaining the sector which is so essential to society. Our deep understanding of the Energy sector and its transition to decarbonisation helps bring insight on climate change issues and transformation to clients across all sectors.

With over 450 lawyers, we provide crucial advice to governments and businesses as they engage with the challenge of climate change and shape their responses to it. 

Since the 1980s we have led the way in designing and implementing modern energy markets around the world. We have also helped to guide the renewables sector at every stage of its development.


Many of our clients require specialist legal advisers attuned to global geopolitics, economics and regulation. We help them navigate increasingly interlinked issues such as technological disruption, electrification of transport, smart cities and urbanisation, social concerns and political agendas. 

It is vital that every element of the energy and climate change puzzle is considered. Whether we are advising on climate change strategy or new technology, oil & gas exploration or energy efficiency, project finance or M&A, energy disputes or regulation, we always look at the big picture.

Highlights of the Energy & Climate Change practice track record

05/08/2020
En­ergy & Cli­mate Change prac­tice
The biggest me­di­um and long-term is­sue of our time is how to meet our en­ergy needs in a way that sus­tains the fu­ture of the plan­et, while also sus­tain­ing the sec­tor which is so es­sen­tial to so­ci­ety. Our...
05/08/2020
Why CMS for ESG leg­al ad­vice?
Why CMS? In short, be­cause we have the right ex­per­i­ence, the right ap­proach and the right am­bi­tion. Se­cur­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture for our cli­ents The firm’s in­ter­na­tion­al scope, sec­tor­al fo­cus and...
01/09/2022
ESG Hub
ESG factors have moved from be­ing a niche con­cern to a stra­tegic board level pri­or­ity across all sec­tors and jur­is­dic­tions. Wheth­er a busi­ness is a fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tion, an en­ergy com­pany, or a tech start-up – all com­pan­ies with a fu­ture must now fo­cus on ESG as a busi­ness im­per­at­ive. 

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25/01/2023
CMS Green Globe | New coun­try ad­ded!
Stay in­formed about the latest sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims trends and de­vel­op­ments CMS Green Globe is an in­ter­act­ive plat­form that al­lows busi­nesses and cli­ents to stay aware and duly in­formed about all the main rap­idly chan­ging trends and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims across the world.Here you will find in­form­a­tion on reg­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ments you need to know when ad­vert­ising and mar­ket­ing your busi­ness or product by us­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims as well as our key ex­perts to sup­port you in nav­ig­at­ing the world of such claims.CMS Green Globe helps you to avoid gre­en­wash­ing your con­sumer in your jur­is­dic­tion as well as across the globe. Dis­cov­er CMS Green Globe Best ex­plored on desktop
07/12/2022
CMS UK signs up to the BPF Net Zero Pledge
CMS UK is pleased to an­nounce that it is join­ing the BPF Net Zero Pledge, an ini­ti­at­ive led by the Brit­ish Prop­erty Fed­er­a­tion (BPF), aim­ing to help its mem­bers to be net neut­ral by 2050 and ac­cel­er­ate...
25/10/2022
CMS ad­vises SSE Re­new­ables on ac­quis­i­tion of 49.9MW wind farm
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised lead­ing re­new­able en­ergy de­veloper and op­er­at­or, SSE Re­new­ables (SSE), on the ac­quis­i­tion of the Aber­arder wind farm pro­ject in Strath­nairn near In­verness, Scot­land.The...
13/09/2022
A Look at the En­gine for ESG: Fin­ance
Between sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked loans and, more re­cently, green bonds, the fin­ance world has been one of the early ad­op­ters and pro­moters of the ESG move­ment. We spoke with CMS Part­ners Ana Rad­nev, Cristina...
06/09/2022
Band­width: En­abling change
06/07/2022
Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate: The fu­ture of the world's towns and cit­ies
A rad­ic­al re­think for glob­al prop­erty – and where we live, work and play As the real es­tate world emerges from the pan­dem­ic it is clear that all around us the urb­an land­scape is chan­ging. Many prop­er­ties are ob­sol­ete but also have ex­cit­ing fu­tures with new uses. Our town centres and cit­ies are un­der­go­ing fun­da­ment­al change – which all adds up to a world fo­cused on Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate.Now in its tenth year, our Real Es­tate Thought Lead­er­ship series has covered top­ics such as the rise of in­ter­na­tion­al in­vest­ment in the UK, the growth of tech, the fu­ture of the of­fice, the rap­id rise of in­dus­tri­al & lo­gist­ics and the ar­rival of build-to-rent as a ma­jor as­set class.This year, with the Gov­ern­ment hav­ing pub­lished its Lev­el­ling Up & Re­gen­er­a­tion Bill, we fo­cus on the fu­ture of towns and cit­ies not only in the UK but in a series of key glob­al in­vest­ment hubs: Ger­many, France, the Neth­er­lands, Spain, Singa­pore and the United Ar­ab Emir­ates.After two years of lock­downs, work­ing, shop­ping and so­cial­ising at home, a de­bate is ra­ging about the fu­ture of town and city centres. Will they re­cov­er? How will they look in ten years? Will urb­an­isa­tion go in­to re­verse? And what does this mean for the real es­tate world?In `Re­pur­pos­ing Real Es­tate’ we provide the first an­swers hav­ing polled more than 300 lead­ing in­dustry pro­fes­sion­als and al­most 15,000 glob­al con­sumers.The res­ults are fas­cin­at­ing: al­most a third of real es­tate is ear­marked for con­ver­sion – with re­tail and of­fices to hous­ing the most pop­u­lar choices. Con­sumers want more green and open space, hav­ing spent too long con­fined to their own homes.But the good news is that in­vestors, hav­ing come through the pan­dem­ic, are still con­fid­ent in real es­tate as an as­set class. The big changes will be in what prop­erty they in­vest in, mean­ing the places we live, work and play in may be very dif­fer­ent in the years to come.
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
12/05/2022
Plastics and pack­aging: more change ahead
The per­vas­ive nature of plastics has at­trac­ted sig­nificant con­sumer, me­dia and le­gis­lat­ive in­terest over re­cent years. Present ne­go­ti­ations at UN level sup­ple­ment more loc­al de­vel­op­ments on pack­aging...
01/03/2022
It’s time we got on the right track with self-driv­ing’ cars
Any­one who has spent hours on long mo­tor­way jour­neys will re­spond to the idea of an Auto­mated Vehicle (AV) do­ing the work for you. In the real world, AVs have been de­veloped more with an eye on im­proved...
16/03/2022
Risk Es­sen­tials We­bin­ar
Cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity: post COP26 reg­u­la­tion and de­cision-mak­ing – the is­sues for busi­nessIn this we­bin­ar our En­vir­on­ment­al, Plan­ning and Dis­putes teams re­flect on the out­comes of COP26 and oth­er...
03/02/2022
Re­ima­gin­ing In­dustry
CEE Leg­al Mat­ters spoke with CMS Part­ner and Head of En­vir­on­ment­al Law Prac­tice in Po­land and CEE Ag­nieszka Skoru­p­in­ska and CMS Turki­ye Man­aging Part­ner Done Yal­cin about the im­pacts of the EU Green Deal...
02/02/2022
Re­ima­gin­ing Di­git­al: An In­ter­view on Build­ing a Sus­tain­able Di­git­al In­fra­struc­ture
"And this in­creased aware­ness of the im­port­ance of the in­fra­struc­ture be­ing used is com­ple­men­ted by the pan­dem­ic draw­ing people’s at­ten­tion to cli­mate change as well, with Petra­nyi not­ing: “We all...