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Mitchell Abbott


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Mitchell is a Disputes Associate in CMS’ Edinburgh office focused on disputes in the infrastructure, construction and energy sectors. 

Mitchell has experience in the full spectrum of dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and mediation. He works closely with clients in providing strategic advice prior to disputes arising, and advising when disputes have become formalised in contentious proceedings. Mitchell’s experience includes high value LCIA and ad hoc arbitration, and high value litigation in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. 

Mitchell is a keen advocate of using litigation technology to ensure that disputes are conducted efficiently. He also assists to run the CMS Scholarship scheme, which aims to increase diversity in the legal profession by offering financial assistance to students that meet certain financial eligibility criteria. 

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland. 

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Relevant experience

  • A UK construction company defending a circa £200m GBP arbitration brought following the termination of a contract for the construction of an energy from waste plant.
  • A global energy company defending a circa $170 million USD LCIA arbitration brought by a subcontractor in relation to variations, delays and ultimate termination of a contract for the construction of facilities to support the redevelopment of an oil field.
  • A UK university in parallel and arbitration and court actions concerning defective works.
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  • 2017 – LLM, The London School of Economics, London.
  • 2016 – Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
  • 2015 – LLB, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
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