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The energy sector, a key driver of the global economy, is affected by and affects global geopolitics, economics and regulation. You require advisors who not only understand your industry but also work on cutting edge issues with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors.

Our team works globally within every part of the energy sector, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity in all its forms, including generation, networks, wholesale and retail markets, and nuclear and renewables, including solar and other green energy and clean tech. Over the last 25 years, our experts have helped shape the sector by creating the legal frameworks upon which many of your markets are based.

Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, or contractor, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary team has helped shape the legal framework for the oil and gas industry in many jurisdictions and was among the first to advise on industry-shaping reforms such as the historic energy sector restructuring in Mexico. We also work on M&A, projects and financings in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors across the globe. This collective experience means we can pre-empt and provide answers to the commercial, risk and regulatory issues you face in the energy sector.

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They are reliable and client-friendly and understand the value of being able to reach out to someone you know, for small issues, on a regular basis.

Chambers UK, 2016

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    Clean & Alternative Energy

    CMS is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy, a continually evolving and cutting edge industry. The high number of projects and transactions on which we advise gives us a role as both advisers to the sector and in shaping the future direction of the industry. 

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    Energy Disputes

    International energy companies operate in complex and challenging environments. Investments in the energy sector are often high-value, high-risk transactions involving projects that rely on cutting edge technology. When disputes occur, energy companies expect their lawyers to be true specialists that understand the industry. The CMS Energy Disputes Team focuses entirely on advising and representing clients in the energy sector.

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    We are one of the largest planning energy & infrastructure consenting teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

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    Oil & Gas

    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 round the world, guiding them through all the problems and pitfalls they face. We advise on all aspects of the industry.

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    Power Projects

    In the power sector, CMS advises on high value projects, financings, disputes and transactions internationally, as well as service the daily needs of the industry.

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    Law-Now: En­ergy
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    Andrew Shaw
    21 September 2017
    Solv­ing the pro­cure­ment puzzle
    18 Oct 17
    Spot­light Series: Oil and gas in Nor­way: where does...
    The Up­dated In­fra­struc­ture Code of Prac­tice
    In a ma­ture basin such as the UKCS, most new de­vel­op­ments re­quire ac­cess to third party in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to reach the shore.  The MER UK Strategy ex­pects that such ac­cess will be avail­able in a timely man­ner, on fair and reas­on­able terms.
    21 September 2017
    CMS Oil & Gas Con­tract Auto­ma­tion Portal
    Over­com­ing 'Lower for Longer'
    Re­new­ables sub­sidies plum­met in the UK
    The second round of Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”) al­loc­a­tions were an­nounced by the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) this morn­ing, Monday 11 Septem­ber 2017 (“AR2”), for Ad­vanced Con­ver­sion Tech­no­logy (“ACT”), ded­ic­ated bio­mass.
    11 September 2017
    Get­ting the deal through - Oil Reg­u­la­tion 2017
    Oil and Gas: UK Pet­ro­leum Li­cences – Con­tract or Reg­u­la­tion?
    Sum­mary   In R. (Ben­jamin Dean) v The Sec­ret­ary of State for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy [2017] EWHC 1998 (Ad­min) the Ad­min­is­trat­ive Court con­sidered an ap­plic­a­tion by ju­di­cial re­view to quash a Deed of Vari­ation, which ex­ten­ded the “Ini­tial Term”.
    28 June 2017
    CMS crowned En­ergy Team of the Year at The Law­yer Awards...
    The new Welsh land­fill dis­pos­als tax
    The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is gear­ing up to in­tro­duce its own land­fill dis­pos­al tax (“LDT”) in 2018. This is part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment's ‘To­wards Zero Waste’ strategy, which aims to make Wales a high re­cyc­ling na­tion by 2025 and a zero waste to land­fill na­tion.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    Ofgem launch Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view on re­sid­ual net­work char­ging
    On Fri­day 4 Au­gust, Ofgem launched the Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view (“TCR”) Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view (“SCR”), which will set out how it in­tends to al­ter ar­range­ments for re­sid­ual charges for elec­tri­city net­works, along­side oth­er mat­ters.
    1 March 2017
    CMS ad­vises Low Car­bon on its joint ven­ture with VPI...
    OGA pub­lishes guid­ance on the de­vel­op­ment and use of Area Plans
    The com­ing in­to force of the MER UK Strategy (the “Strategy”) on 18 March 2016 brought with it the pos­sib­il­ity of “OGA Plans” (para­graphs 23 to 25 of the Strategy). OGA has the op­tion of de­ploy­ing these plans in or­der to set out its view on how any of the ob­lig­a­tions.
    Christopher Hallam
    22 February 2017
    Fu­ture of en­ergy: the bal­ance of power
    Fail­ure to de­liv­er: Is nom­in­a­tion of ves­sel a con­di­tion pre­ced­ent...
    In Vit­ol S. A. v Beta Renow­able Group S. A. [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court con­sidered wheth­er a seller was re­lieved of its ob­lig­a­tions to de­liv­er bio­fuels when the buy­er did not nom­in­ate a ves­sel.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
    En­ergy Li­cence Modi­fic­a­tion Ap­peals: Pro­posed Change to Third Party...
    On 24 Ju­ly 2017, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (the “CMA”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on new rules of pro­ced­ure (and re­lated guid­ance) to be ap­plied in li­cence modi­fic­a­tion ap­peals un­der the Gas Act 1986, the Elec­tri­city Act 1989, the Elec­tri­city (North­ern.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda