Home / People / Rob Wilson
Picture of Rob Wilson

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 Head of the firm’s Energy Disputes Practice. He has been advising on disputes since 1994 and has worked with the energy sector since 1998.

Rob is dual qualified (Scotland and England & Wales) and experienced in litigation (both in England and Scotland), international arbitration (including UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC and LMAA) as well as mediation both as mediator and in representing clients. He is also often engaged by clients with regard to the avoidance of disputes before proceedings are commenced. Much of Rob’s work is of an international nature and in particular he is known for advising on construction/engineering issues arising out of EPC contracts.

Rob’s team is an extension to the firm’s transactional oil and gas, power and renewables team. This allows for a seamless flow in the advice required by energy clients. In recent years the team has advised on a wide range of energy disputes including JOA disputes, LNG and natural gas price reviews, transportation and processing disputes, termination issues, pipeline disputes, FPSO and rig disputes, insolvency issues, EPC disputes involving variation orders, consequential loss and force majeure claims, investment treaty claims, defects claims in relation to power stations and wind farms, judicial review proceedings in relation to renewables projects and regulatory breaches in the power sector.

more less

"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

  • A trading affiliate of a major international oil company in relation to a 14 party, UNCITRAL Rules arbitration relating to the operation of an oil transportation agreement.
  • An operator in the Middle East in relation to an LCIA arbitration and claims of approx. USD 450m arising from a construction contract relating to an oilfield development project.
  • A major oil & gas services company in relation to litigation in the TCC in London arising from a contract to design, fabricate and construct process packages for installation onto an FPSO.
  • A major offshore services company in relation to litigation arising from the drilling of an onshore well and the drilling of side-tracks.
  • An international drilling contractor in relation to an LCIA arbitration in relation to taxation issues in Angola.
  • An oil company in relation to issues arising from the drilling of a dry well offshore Namibia.
  • An EPC contractor in relation to litigation in the TCC and later the Court of Appeal on claims and counterclaims arising from the fabrication and construction of the topsides of an FPSO.
  • A major utility in relation to allegations of miss-selling and breaches of the Standard Licence Conditions.
  • A windfarm owner in relation to issues arising from an O&M Agreement and associated claims including those relating to the availability warranty.
  • A power generating equipment supplier in relation to issues arising from the supply of turbines to a power plant in the Middle East. 
more less


  • 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
more less


  • Member, Law Society
  • Member, Law Society of Scotland
  • 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 and Remuneration Committees, Law Society of Scotland
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
more less


Show only
6 January 2020
A new Age of En­light­en­ment in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion?
A new Age of En­light­en­ment in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion? An ICCA 2020 Con­gress pub­lic­a­tion from CMS. Find out more.
02 June 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion
This CMS Ex­pert Guide con­tains an over­view of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion prac­tice and chapters on the law and prac­tice of ar­bit­ra­tion in the jur­is­dic­tions covered.
09 April 2020
Oil & Gas: Risk of crim­in­al of­fence for sale of hy­dro­car­bons in breach...
In In­teg­ral Pet­ro­leum SA v Pet­rogat FZE and San Trade GMBH and (1) Mr Klaus Sonnen­berg, (2) Ms Mah­dieh San­c­houli, (3) Mr Hos­sein­ali San­c­houli and (4) Mr Kanybek Beis­en­ov [2020] EWHC 558 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial...
26 November 2019
In­nov­a­tion and Tech­no­logy in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion: what lies ahead?
27 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
05 September 2019
Oil & Gas: Un­wit­ting ‘on-de­mand’ bond by guar­ant­or
In Ru­bicon Vant­age In­ter­na­tion­al PTE Ltd v Krisen­ergy Ltd [2019] EWHC 2012 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that the spe­cif­ic word­ing of a ‘char­ter­er guar­an­tee’ res­ul­ted in as­pects of it be­ing...
13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
29 November 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to in­ter­im meas­ures
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on in­ter­im meas­ures? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
14 August 2019
When is a Scot­tish ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision “ob­vi­ously wrong”? 
Sum­mary The Court of Ses­sion in Ed­in­burgh has re­fused leave to ap­peal in re­la­tion to an ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision. Leave was sought on grounds that the ar­bit­rat­or’s de­cision was “ob­vi­ously wrong”,...
Prop­erty In­sur­ance Cap­ab­il­ity
Our In­sur­ance and Re­in­sur­ance Group is a re­cog­nised mar­ket lead­er and is con­sist­ently ranked among the UK’s top leg­al in­sur­ance prac­tices in the lead­ing leg­al dir­ect­or­ies. Our many lead­ing in­di­vidu­als and spe­cial­ists reg­u­larly handle large, com­plex cases
02 August 2019
Oil & Gas, Com­mod­ity / Goods Sales and In­fra­struc­ture: Guar­an­tees - the...
The Com­mer­cial Court re­cently re-em­phas­ised in Longulf Trad­ing (UK) Ltd v Niyazi Onen Gida SAN AS & An­or [2019] EWHC 1573 (Comm) the im­port­ance of prop­erly com­ply­ing with the terms of a guar­an­tee when...
07 February 2019
Gassled in the Su­preme Court: un­res­tric­ted re­turns – a hu­man right for...
The Su­preme Court of Nor­way has up­held the valid­ity of re­duced tar­iffs for the trans­port­a­tion of gas and con­firmed the state’s wide dis­cre­tion in ex­er­cising its reg­u­lat­ory au­thor­ity. The Court’s de­cision...