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Rob Wilson


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Rob Wilson is a partner and Solicitor Advocate at CMS in the firm’s ICE Disputes Group (Infrastructure, Construction and Energy). He has led the Energy Disputes team at the firm since 2013. 

Rob is dual qualified (Scotland and England & Wales). His practice covers dispute avoidance, litigation (both in England and Scotland), international arbitration (in particular, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LMAA) and mediation (acting both as mediator (he is CEDR Accredited) and in representing clients). Much of Rob’s work is of an international nature. He has advised clients around the world including the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, CIS Countries, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. 

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"He is thorough in his preparation and tenacious in negotiations. He is very comprehensive and built us a bulletproof defence."

Chambers UK, 2015

"Excellent London and Edinburgh-based energy disputes head Rob Wilson handles cross-border work, including international arbitration."

Legal 500, 2015

"Always very articulate, professional and courteous, very quick to understand what we need and excellent at clearly explaining our legal position and options."

Chambers UK, 2014

"personal and experienced and has good technical abilities."

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • An oil company in litigation in the High Court, London in relation to the compensation for an FPSO operating in the North Sea and issues relating to the moorings and its demobilisation.
  • An oil company in North Africa in relation to an ICC arbitration and issues arising under a Libyan law contract for engineering, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning and start-up of an FSO vessel. 
  • An operator and it’s JV partners in an LCIA arbitration in relation to claims and counterclaims in excess of US$ 200 million arising under an EPC contract in relation to a logistics support base in Iraq.
  • A global engineering and technology services company in relation to claims in excess of US$140 million arising from the installation, maintenance and operation of combined cycle gas turbines in a power station in the Middle East.  
  • A windfarm owner in relation to claims arising from the inadequate maintenance of the wind turbines by the O&M contractor.
  • An operator and it’s JV partners in the Middle East in an LCIA arbitration in relation to claims in excess of US$ 500 million arising out of a project to improve production from an existing oilfield in Iraq.
  • An oil company in North Africa in relation to the impact of rehabilitation proceedings in South Korea on the contractor and on the transfer of ownership in a vessel
  • The energy trading affiliate of a major international oil company in relation to a 14 party, UNCITRAL Rules arbitration seated in Stockholm and a dispute over the operation of an oil transportation agreement.
  • An oil & gas services company in the TCC in London in relation to claims and counterclaims of approx. £5 million arising from a contract to design, fabricate and construct process packages for installation onto an FPSO.
  • An oil company in North Africa in relation to a potential ICC arbitration and claims and counterclaims of approx. US100 million arising from a construction contract relating to a gas recovery module.
  • An oil company in North Africa with regards to the lifting of a provisional seizure order granted by a court in Korea in relation to an FSO being constructed in a shipyard in Korea.
  •     An oil and gas services company in Kenya in relation to the treatment of waste arising from a drill cuttings and waste management contract.
  • An oil company in Brazil in relation to ongoing arbitration involving assets in Angola.
  • An international drilling contractor in relation to arbitration in the LCIA in relation to taxation issues in Angola.
  • A major offshore services company on contractual issues arising from the drilling of an onshore well and the drilling of side-tracks in the north of Scotland.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Law Society
  • Member, Law Society of Scotland
  • Writer to Her Majesty's Signet
  • ICC Commission on Arbitration: Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958
  • Committee Member of Civil Justice Committees, Law Society of Scotland
  • Member, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Solicitors of the City of London
  • Member, the Arbitration Court Users Group in Scotland
  • Ambassador, the Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator 
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  • 2019 – CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • 2018 – SRA Higher Rights (Civil Advocacy)
    2002 - ADR Group Accredited Mediator 2002
  • 2001 - UK Oil and Gas Law Course, University of Dundee, Dundee
  • 1999 - Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
  • 1999 - Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test
  • 1993 - Enrolled as a Solicitor and Notary Public in Scotland
  • 1991 - Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow University, Glasgow
  • 1990 - LLB (Hons), Glasgow University, Glasgow
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In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in Scot­land
Ar­bit­ra­tion in Scot­land can be traced back to the 12th cen­tury - how­ever, des­pite an ex­tens­ive his­tory, Scot­land did not have a clear and co­di­fied ar­bit­ra­tion re­gime un­til the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ar­bit­ra­tion...
Oil and Gas Dis­putes Sur­vey: 2021-22
We are de­lighted to present this year’s CMS Oil and Gas Dis­putes Sur­vey. Once again, we have reached out to a wide cross sec­tion of seni­or leg­al man­agers and seni­or in-house coun­sel rep­res­ent­ing key play­ers to get their views on the main drivers of dis­putes and dis­pute man­age­ment with­in the glob­al oil and gas in­dustry. As part of our in-depth sur­vey, we have also fo­cused on what leg­al ex­perts are do­ing to man­age the risk of con­flicts arising with­in their op­er­a­tions and to mit­ig­ate the pro­spect of dis­putes. The sur­vey rep­res­ents the views of over 50 in­dustry pro­fes­sion­als cov­er­ing all corners of the globe: Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pa­cific, Africa, Lat­in Amer­ica, and North Amer­ica. We are grate­ful for their valu­able in­sights in­to how and where dis­putes arise and how they are man­aged in dif­fer­ent mar­kets across the in­dustry. Giv­en the mul­tiple in­ter­na­tion­al re­gions covered by our re­port, with their dif­fer­ent re­gimes and dif­fer­ing pri­or­it­ies and is­sues, it’s not sur­pris­ing to see a broad range of views be­ing con­veyed by the sur­vey par­ti­cipants. There are how­ever some com­mon areas of con­cern that re­spond­ents in all re­gions have high­lighted in terms of the im­pact they have on trig­ger­ing in­dustry dis­putes. These in­clude the po­ten­tial for sup­ply chain is­sues to lead to a dis­pute, a con­cern which will only have been heightened by Rus­sia’s in­va­sion of Ukraine.
Post-pan­dem­ic de­vel­op­ment of Scot­tish civil justice con­tin­ues down di­git­al...
Over the last two years, we have writ­ten a num­ber of up­dates on ac­tu­al and pro­posed changes to how civil lit­ig­a­tion is con­duc­ted in the Scot­tish courts. Some of these changes have been promp­ted by the...
ICCA 2022
The ICCA 2022 Con­gress, the largest ar­bit­ra­tion con­fer­ence in the world will take place in Ed­in­burgh on 18-21 Septem­ber 2022. CMS Scot­land is de­lighted to sup­port the con­fer­ence as plat­in­um spon­sors. 
CMS In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - 2022 Sum­mer Edi­tion
Wel­come to the sum­mer edi­tion of the In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi-an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion that high­lights, ex­plores and ana­lyses the latest trends in the glob­al dis­pute-res­ol­u­tion sec­tor.Al­though the...
CJEU gives pre­ced­ence to Span­ish court judg­ment over Eng­lish Com­mer­cial...
On 20 June 2022, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (“CJEU”) de­livered a “pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing”[1] that an Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court judg­ment[2] en­for­cing an ar­bit­ral award (the “Eng­lish...
ICCA 2022
The ICCA 2022 Con­gress, the largest ar­bit­ra­tion con­fer­ence in the world will take place in Ed­in­burgh on 18-21 Septem­ber 2022. CMS Scot­land is de­lighted to sup­port the con­fer­ence as plat­in­um spon­sors...
The Com­mer­cial Court takes a pro-ar­bit­ra­tion ap­proach to res ju­dicata and...
In Uni­on of In­dia v Re­li­ance In­dus­tries Ltd [2022] EWHC 1407 (Comm), Sir Ross Cran­ston (sit­ting as a High Court judge in the Com­mer­cial Court) found that an ar­bit­ral tribunal can pre­clude sub­mis­sions...
Genu­ine am­bi­gu­ity only: when are post-con­tract act­ings rel­ev­ant to in­ter­pret­a­tion?
Sum­mary The Court of Ses­sion has re­af­firmed the well-es­tab­lished prin­ciple that a court will not, gen­er­ally, look to post-con­tract act­ings as an aid to con­struc­tion of a con­tract. In Scot­tish Min­is­ters...
Scot­land’s dir­ec­tion of travel re­mains to­wards di­git­al civil justice: but...
Last year, the Scot­tish Civil Justice Coun­cil (SCJC) launched a con­sulta­tion on pro­posed new rules which would res­ult in vir­tu­al hear­ings be­com­ing the de­fault ap­proach of the Scot­tish courts for the ma­jor­ity...
New FID­IC Green Book Re­leased: a rival to the First Edi­tion Red and Yel­low...
FID­IC has re­cently pub­lished the second edi­tion of its Short Form of Con­tract, the “Green Book”, as an up­date to the 1999 edi­tion. This re­lease is im­port­ant not only in terms of the re­vised or new...
Pan­dem­ic prompts pro­pos­als to per­man­ently shift civil justice in Scot­land...
A con­sulta­tion has been launched by the Scot­tish Civil Justice Coun­cil (SCJC) on pro­posed new rules which would res­ult in vir­tu­al hear­ings be­com­ing the de­fault ap­proach of the Scot­tish courts for the...