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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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