Home / People / Charlie Denham
Portrait of Charlie Denham

Charlie Denham

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
6 Queens Road
AB15 4ZT
United Kingdom
Languages English

Charlie is a Senior Associate in the Energy & Climate Change Team. He specialises in upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions, projects and supply chain matters. He is experienced in acting for a broad range of oil and gas companies (international, private equity funded and independent), international oilfield services contractors and equipment manufacturers. 

Charlie also advises clients on carbon capture, utilisation and storage and hydrogen joint ventures and projects, reflecting his oil and gas clients diversification as part of the energy transition. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

more less

Relevant experience

  • BP on the disposal of exploration interests in the UKCS. 
  • ConocoPhillips on the completion of the sale of their UK oil and gas exploration and production business to Chrysaor.
  • An international oil and gas company on the intra-group transfer of interests in two UKCS oilfields. 
  • Various oil and gas supply chain clients on drafting supply chain contracts; bid reviews and negotiations. 
  • An energy sector management consultant in relation to the development of a carbon capture, utilisation and storage and hydrogen project in the UK. 
more less


2014 – LPC / LLM, University of Law, London

2012 – GDL, BPP Law School, London

2010 – LL.B, University of Aberdeen 

more less


En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
En­ergy Trans­ition: Evol­u­tion or Re­volu­tion?
The en­ergy trans­ition is upon us – Greta Thun­berg and Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion con­tin­ue to gen­er­ate more head­lines than Green­peace and, in Europe at least, there is sig­ni­fic­ant so­ci­et­al pres­sure to move...