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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 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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The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Hy­dro­gen Ac­tion Plan
Hy­dro­gen Ac­tion Plan The plan (pub­lished on 12 Decem­ber 2022) was cre­ated in light of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s vis­ion for Scot­land to be­come a lead­ing hy­dro­gen na­tion. Re­cog­nising the op­por­tun­ity open...
En­ergy Bill 2022 - Key pro­pos­als for the off­shore oil & gas in­dustry
The En­ergy Bill 2022 (the “Bill”) was in­tro­duced on 6 Ju­ly 2022. The Bill cov­ers car­bon cap­ture and stor­age, hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion, reg­u­lat­ory re­form, and emer­ging low car­bon tech­no­lo­gies – the de­tails...
North Sea Trans­ition Au­thor­ity – Reg­u­lat­ory Up­date
In the year and a half since the NSTA Strategy was pub­lished, fo­cus­sing the oil & gas in­dustry’s at­ten­tion firmly on its role in work­ing to­wards ‘net zero’, there have been nu­mer­ous ex­amples of...
Launch of the UK’s first ever car­bon stor­age li­cens­ing round 
A key plank in the North Sea Trans­ition Deal and the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to reach its Net Zero tar­get is the de­vel­op­ment at pace of Car­bon Cap­ture and Stor­age (CCS) Pro­jects, in which the oil & gas in­dustry...
Cli­mate-friendly fu­ture strategy: In­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vises SWM and...
Spir­it En­ergy, the gas pro­duc­tion com­pany in which Stadtwerke München GmbH (SWM) and Bay­erngas GmbH jointly hold 31 per­cent and the UK-based Cent­rica holds 69 per­cent, has signed an agree­ment to sell...
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
High Court de­cision raises sig­ni­fic­ant is­sues over the in­ter­pret­a­tion of...
The re­cent de­cision in Apache UK In­vest­ment Lim­ited v Esso Ex­plor­a­tion and Pro­duc­tion UK Lim­ited [2021] EWHC 1283 (Comm) shows how dif­fi­culties can arise when com­plex stand­ard agree­ments are amended for...
Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity Up­date Feb­ru­ary 2021
The OGA has now been the oil & gas in­dustry’s reg­u­lat­or for over 5 years. It con­tin­ues to de­vel­op both the scope and fo­cus of its form­al and in­form­al en­gage­ment with the in­dustry to en­sure that all...
OGA makes of­fer of awards for the UK's 31st Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round
The UK’s Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity ("OGA") has offered for award 37 li­cence areas cov­er­ing 141 blocks or part blocks to 30 com­pan­ies in the 31st Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round for the United King­dom Con­tin­ent­al...
BEIS is­sues draft guid­ance on as­sess­ing fin­an­cial cap­ab­il­ity of oil and...
BEIS-OPRED, the part of BEIS re­spons­ible for reg­u­la­tion of de­com­mis­sion­ing of off­shore oil and gas in­stall­a­tions and pipelines, is­sued new guidelines in May last year on de­com­mis­sion­ing – see our Law-Now...