Oil & Gas

United Kingdom

The oil and gas industry is a challenging and exciting sector which has far reaching effects on the world we live in.

The top tier CMS Oil & Gas Team is the largest UK-based team dedicated to this industry, providing advice to clients all around the world, guiding them through all the problems and pitfalls they face. We advise on all aspects of the industry; upstream, downstream, LNG, platforms, pipelines, FPSOs, shipping and transportation, gas storage, supply chain management, decommissioning, M&A and financing included.

Acting for five of the seven ‘super major’ oil and gas companies, a host of ‘majors’, NOCs, and ‘independents’, as well as contractors and financial institutions, our Oil & Gas Team is widely recognised as a market leader.

CMS advises clients on oil and gas M&A transactions across the world. We act on deals that encompass all of the major purchase and divestment structures in the oil and gas marketplace, ranging from smaller-scale farm outs to high value, multi-jurisdictional corporate and asset transactions.

The CMS team has deep experience in advising on global oil and gas projects and supply chain management. Our lawyers have advised on projects ranging from FPSO developments, trans-national crude oil and gas pipelines and major LNG infrastructure developments to onshore gas processing plants.

CMS has considerable experience of advising clients on LNG and other gas monetisation projects worldwide, offering specialist legal expertise from wellhead to burner tip.

CMS is highly experienced in drafting and negotiating oil, gas, LNG and LPG sale and purchase agreements.

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"This is a first-class international upstream and M&A practice together with market-leading UK Continental Shelf upstream knowledge."

Legal 500, 2020

Clients say that the oil and gas team members 'understand the industry extremely well and know what it takes to deliver an efficient, effective and value-added service to clients'.

Legal 500, 2018

"They understand our business well and the constraints. Their industry knowledge is second to none."

Chambers 2018

'true industry leaders in their field.'

Legal 500, 2017
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24 April 2020
Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity Up­date April 2020
Oil & Gas Au­thor­ity Up­date April 2020 from CMS. Find out more.
September 2019
An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law 2019
Wel­come to the 2019 edi­tion of the CMS An­nu­al Re­view of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law, fea­tur­ing com­ment­ary and ana­lys­is on the latest de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish oil and gas law. Down­load the full re­view here.
2 October 2018
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas Law 2018
9 October 2017
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas Law 2017
19 October 2016
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas Law
1 September 2016
Pet­ro­leum Re­view: Oil and gas dis­putes
Ted Rhodes and Phil­lip Ash­ley look at the rise of oil and gas dis­putes in Lat­in Amer­ica.
30/06/2016
CMS scoops En­ergy Team of the Year at The Law­yer Awards
CMS scoops En­ergy Team of the Year at The Law­yer Awards in Lon­don
1 October 2015
CMS An­nu­al Re­view of De­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas Law 2015
2014-2015 has been an in­ter­est­ing peri­od of de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish law which have a dir­ect im­pact on the oil and gas in­dustry. This year, the CMS oil & gas team has been ad­vising on a range of high-pro­file trans­ac­tions and dis­putes, arising in the con­tex
01/07/2015
Get­ting the Deal Through: Oil Reg­u­la­tion in the UK
03/09/2014
An In­ter­na­tion­al Is­sue: 'Loss of Profit­s' and 'Con­sequen­tial Loss'
19/06/2014
Oil and Gas M&A: A Prac­tic­al Hand­book