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Infrastructure & Projects

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 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

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

Legal 500, 2022

"The firm 'goes the extra mile to make sure you understand what you're doing as far as contracts are concerned'."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"They've got a good team at senior and junior levels. They're all commercial and quick to turn things around."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"What makes this practice unique is their awareness of the wider project's environment and their ability to problem-spot issues behind the limited scope of their engagement using wider market experience."

Legal 500, 2020

"It is a given that the team knows their stuff and can provide insightful advice, at the extreme edges of what is supposed to happen on infrastructure projects. What sets them apart is the fact that it is always fun to work with them, no matter how grim the circumstances."

Legal 500, 2020

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Infrastructure Funds
There is a growing demand from institutional and other investors for opportunities to invest in infrastructure assets. Specialist infrastructure-focus
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Infrastructure M&A
Global interest in infrastructure investments is growing, thanks to the generally stable nature of the asset class, new opportunities through disposal
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Primary Markets
As traditional sources of capital for public sector infrastructure projects become more constrained, the public and private sector are seeking out dif
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Secondary Markets
Our PFI/PPP Secondary Markets Infrastructure Team advises buyers and sellers, including sponsors and specialised infrastructure and pension funds, on
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Im­port­ant an­nounce­ment on the clad­ding crisis
Sum­mary The Gov­ern­ment has giv­en res­id­en­tial prop­erty de­velopers a dead­line of early March 2022 to agree a fully fun­ded plan of ac­tion to fix the clad­ding crisis in Eng­land. Fail­ure to do so may lead...
01/02/2022
Dis­crim­in­a­tion
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25/01/2022
IR35 A re­cap of the re­gime changes and man­aging the chal­lenges in prac­tice
In this we­bin­ar, Eileen MacMa­hon and Laura Rankin will provide an over­view of the off payroll work­ing rules (IR35) that were re­formed last April and take a look at the prac­tic­al is­sues fa­cing con­struc­tion...
18/01/2022
TUPE
TUPE is de­signed to pro­tect em­ploy­ees when the busi­ness they work for or the con­tract they work on is trans­ferred.  Know­ledge of TUPE is par­tic­u­larly im­port­ant in the con­struc­tion sec­tor in the con­text...
11/01/2022
Key Leg­al Is­sues for Con­tract­ors in 2022
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06/01/2022
Pub­lic pro­cure­ment – new thresholds for 2022
The pub­lic pro­cure­ment thresholds have changed for the United King­dom (Eng­land and Wales, North­ern Ire­land and Scot­land), ef­fect­ive from 1 Janu­ary 2022.  These changes are com­mu­nic­ated in Pro­cure­ment...
23/12/2021
Post-Brexit pro­cure­ment re­forms to take shape in 2022
Earli­er this month, the Cab­in­et Of­fice pub­lished its plans for trans­form­ing pub­lic pro­cure­ment rules post-Brexit. The plans in­volve in­tro­du­cing le­gis­la­tion next year to be ad­op­ted and im­ple­men­ted though...
13/12/2021
Car­bon mar­kets and COP26
After six years of ne­go­ti­ation, COP26 re­solved one of the out­stand­ing is­sues of the Par­is Rule­book when it reached a con­sensus on a glob­al car­bon mar­ket mech­an­ism.Art­icle 6 of the Par­is Agree­ment set...
30/11/2021
The im­pact of COP26 on the en­ergy sec­tor
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29/11/2021
A role for coal?
The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact is the first COP de­cision to men­tion coal. This has been widely viewed as a real achieve­ment. Even cam­paign­ers who slam the word­ing of the pact tend to see the in­clu­sion of coal...
29/11/2021
Green­house gas re­movals: new tech­no­lo­gies and new mar­kets
“Keep 1.5 de­grees alive” was a com­mon slo­gan at COP26. The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact which con­cluded the con­fer­ence re­af­firmed the goal, set in the Par­is Agree­ment, to “pur­sue ef­forts to lim­it the tem­per­at­ure...
29/11/2021
Fin­an­cing COP 26 out­comes
It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, ac­cord­ing to Mark Car­ney. The UN Spe­cial En­voy for Cli­mate Ac­tion and Fin­ance was in­tro­du­cing the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero (Gfanz): over 450 banks, as­set man­agers...