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As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisers who can help you successfully handle complex infrastructure and project financing transactions. Whether you are involved in public works programmes or private sector financing in the areas of transport, health, education, waste, energy, defence, IT/telecoms, leisure, custodial and justice, ports, rail, roads or water, you will get the legal advice you need from us.

Our secondary market lawyers have helped shape the PPP projects sector, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. If you are facing a potential dispute, we can also support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action.

We have delivered deals with a combined value of more than GBP 16bn in the UK alone, advising on public private partnerships, construction and services, infrastructure investment, development and corporate finance. 

"The CMS team are experts in their respective fields. They break down complex matters and provide commercial support and solutions in a client-friendly manner."

Chambers, 2024

"CMS provides good coordination and support during long processes."

Chambers, 2024

"The transaction involved a wide variety of very complex legal and structural considerations, which the CMS team handled very well."

Chambers, 2024

"The partners at CMS have very strong sector knowledge and provide extensive practical advice to complement the legal analysis."

Chambers, 2024

"The firm offered great client service and commercial awareness."

Chambers, 2024

"The team has excellent experience in dealing with complex and sophisticated matters in a professional and timely manner and delivers to client's expectations."

Chambers, 2024

"The team offer direct legal advice when sought, which any new client would benefit from."

Legal 500, 2024

"The CMS team is exceptional, with a thorough sector understanding. They take the time to improve their knowledge by visiting sites and appreciating the nuance of each individual project."

Legal 500, 2024

"CMS always provide a very collaborative approach to commercial matters, ensuring areas of contention were resolved to our satisfaction."

Legal 500, 2022

"Paul Smith is an excellent partner and communicator. His experience as a chartered surveyor gives him a depth of knowledge in the sector others could only dream of. His proactive and pragmatic approach mean projects constantly move forward, no matter which side of the table he is sat."

Legal 500, 2024

"There is a sense of partnership when working on complex projects that is greatly appreciated, and deadlines are always met."

Legal 500, 2024

"The practice is led by an intelligent and resourceful partner (Fraser Askham) but works together well as a team. It is clear that the strength of the team is that they enjoy working together, even under onerous deadlines."

Legal 500, 2024

"CMS are always exceptionally professional and give that little extra when required."

Legal 500, 2024

"Personnel are open to discussion to explore alternative views and respond quickly to requests for information and clarification as to requirements."

Legal 500, 2024

"Large inclusive team that collaborated well with each other and the wider team."

Legal 500, 2024

"CMS understands the oil and gas and energy markets very well. They always provide pragmatic, commercially astute advice in all matters."

Chambers, 2023

"CMS are excellent at understanding and advising on complicated and sophisticated matters."

Chambers, 2023

"This is my go to team for projects of both a complex and simple nature across different infrastructure sectors. The advice and assistance through all stages of projects, initiation to close, is first class."

Legal 500, 2024

"CMS draws specialist teams in with ease."

Chambers, 2023

"I can always rely on CMS to provide timely responses and regular updates on progress."

Chambers, 2023

"We always receive a good, reliable and personable service from CMS."

Chambers, 2023

"The team has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal and commercial framework."

Chambers, 2023

"CMS consistently demonstrates their ability to tackle difficult issues with due consideration to all stakeholders."

Chambers, 2023

"They're approachable people who can break down complex situations into manageable issues."

Chambers, 2023

"CMS provides a high-quality, full and dedicated service with a deep understanding of most legal disciplines and jurisdictions."

Chambers, 2023

"I always receive a reliable and personable service from CMS."

Chambers, 2023

"The team provides a commercial and cost effective solution to complex legal negotiations."

Legal 500, 2023

"A great team with a broad base of experience to draw upon."

Legal 500, 2023

"Provided strong leadership during the commercial stages, supportive approaches to help address client concerns, and a dedicated resource to ensure key program challenges were met. All of this have ensured a robust, well-challenged and documented commercial conclusion, ensuring that our interests always came first."

Legal 500, 2023

"Over the past 15 years or so this practice has undertaken a number of major transport projects including the Edinburgh Tram."

Legal 500, 2023

"This is a really strong, solid team."

Legal 500, 2023

"They have good strength in depth. Paul Smith and Jon Dames are both very good partners but they also have a bunch of very able associates as well and that is not my experience at every firm."

Legal 500, 2023

"A team with depth, experience, professional knowledge and a very approachable style."

Legal 500, 2023

"Experienced and knowledgeable across the sector – they keep up with what is going on."

Legal 500, 2023

"The CMS team have depth and strength across a key number of sectors and specialisms that can be relied upon to deliver in circumstances that are often challenging. Without doubt my go to organisation when looking at new and challenging projects."

Legal 500, 2022

"The CMS team has a can-do attitude, providing a balanced and considered opinion to get deals agreed."

Legal 500, 2022

"The team as a whole is friendly, efficient and made up of good lawyers. They are an excellent choice for complex construction matters."

Legal 500, 2022

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