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Paula Kidd


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

Paula is a partner in the Oil and Gas Department.

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.

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"Paula is excellent. She's well-informed and gives comprehensive advice."

Chambers, 2024

"She's an excellent lawyer. She's knowledgeable and could do this work any day of the week."

Chambers, 2024

"Paula is pleasant to work with, gets into the weeds and is a very serious player to engage with."

Chambers, 2024

"Paula will always go the extra mile. She's also very diligent and thoughtful in her advice.

Chambers, 2023

"She is very pragmatic to deal with and really knows her stuff. She's a star of the future."

Chambers, 2023

"She's very approachable and delivers pragmatic and incisive advice."

Legal 500, 2020

"pragmatic, professional and approachable."

Chambers, 2019

'responsive and diligent'

Legal 500, 2018


  • 2008 – Dip.L.P., University of Aberdeen
  • 2007 – LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen 
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