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Scotland

Award winning legal services in Scotland

As Scotland’s Law Firm of the Year 2019, CMS advises national and international businesses to consolidate or expand, reinforce their defenses and seek new opportunities.  

Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow based lawyers are firmly embedded in their local markets and have the resources and infrastructure of a global organisation behind them.  With over 400 people here, we are serious about Scotland.

We have an exceptionally strong focus on national businesses that include start-ups, government bodies, manufacturers and investors.  We also work with some of the largest conglomerates operating around the globe.  Clients often tell us that our genuine ability to assemble the right teams, wherever they are located, sets us apart from other firms.  The expertise of over 4800 lawyers spread across 75 cities can be mobilised quickly to create the best team for every situation.

And we are clear that our business is a people business. We have a culture of authenticity and inclusivity, encouraging everyone to be 100% themselves.

CMS Scotland is a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and has consistent top tier rankings in our key specialisms such as Corporate/Commercial/M&A, Banking & Finance, Real Estate, IP/IT, Telecoms, Energy/Power/Oil & Gas, Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Infrastructure/Projects, Public Sector, Education and Transport.

Proud to support our local communities in Scotland

Commitment to Corporate Responsibility sits at the heart of CMS.  We have an award-winning programme that makes a real impact.  We focus on five areas and are 100% committed to the UN Sustainable Development goals.  Just some of our activities in Scotland include:

  • All three offices are powered 100% by renewable energy
  • Sponsoring and participating in PRIDE in Glasgow and Aberdeen
  • the first law firm to become an Ally firm to the Glass Charter
  • working with the Scottish Ethnic Minorities Lawyers’ Association

Find out how CMS in Scotland can help your business by contacting us now

The following people are available 24/7 to direct your query to the best person, or contact one of our office managing partners:

To Find out more about how we can help your business in Scotland,please feel free to visit us, contact one of our contacts detailed above or just give us a call.

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28 May 2020
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, Fourth Edi­tion 2020: Scot­land
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.
19 June 2020
Risk Es­sen­tials: Repu­ta­tion Man­age­ment in Scot­land We­bin­ar
While build­ing a good repu­ta­tion is of­ten a long-term pro­cess, ac­quir­ing a bad repu­ta­tion can hap­pen in an in­stant.  In the words of War­ren Buf­fett, “it takes 20 years to build a repu­ta­tion and five minutes to ru­in it”.  When crisis strikes, how can you w
04 June 2020
State aid: Gen­er­al Court con­firms European Com­mis­sion de­cision on Sardini­an...
On 13 May 2020, the Gen­er­al Court con­firmed a de­cision of the European Com­mis­sion of 29 Ju­ly 2016 de­clar­ing par­tially in­com­pat­ible an aid scheme of the Re­gion of Sardin­ia in fa­vour of the low-cost air­lines...
14 May 2020
Plan­ning for the “new nor­mal” post lock­down
As lock­down meas­ures are eased in Eng­land, em­ploy­ers have a great deal to con­sider when mak­ing de­cisions about how their busi­ness will op­er­ate. Read our check­list to identi­fy the key em­ploy­ment law is­sues.
27 May 2020
CMS Guide to Con­sequen­tial Loss Clauses in the En­ergy Sec­tor
03 June 2020
New reg­u­la­tion paves way for GDPR-size fines for con­sumer law breaches
New con­sumer reg­u­la­tions come in­to force in the UK on 2 June 2020, im­ple­ment­ing changes re­quired by one of the fi­nal EU Reg­u­la­tions ad­op­ted pri­or to the UK’s de­par­ture from the EU, and pav­ing the way...
8 April 2020
Cli­ent In­sight - un­der­stand­ing what our cli­ents value
As a busi­ness CMS is driv­en by our cli­ents. Un­der­stand­ing what our cli­ents think about us, and how they feel about the mar­kets and sec­tors they op­er­ate is vi­tal for us to bet­ter serve and sup­port them now, and in the long term. Read more here.
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 Im­pact on Con­struc­tion In­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
03 June 2020
COV­ID-19 – UKIPO re­views and ex­tends peri­od of ‘in­ter­rup­ted days’
The UKIPO has re­viewed and again ex­ten­ded the so-called peri­od of ‘in­ter­rup­ted days’ which star­ted on 24 March 2020 to at least 22 June 2020. An ‘in­ter­rup­ted day’ is defined as “a day in which...
23 March 2020
Fo­cus is on mak­ing suc­cess­ful tour­ism sus­tain­able
Ro­land Smith writes an art­icle "Fo­cus is on mak­ing suc­cess­ful tour­ism sus­tain­able" for The Her­ald news­pa­per. Read here
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 Im­pact on Lease Agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.