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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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13 July 2020
Re­bound & Re­mod­el: Fu­ture of Work series
As or­gan­isa­tions look to­wards re­cov­ery and ad­apt­ing to the new land­scape they are faced with lots of un­cer­tainty and chal­lenges.  One cer­tainty is that changes to the work­place and work­force are in­ev­it­able.  How do or­gan­isa­tions re­shape and strive to emer
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.
13 July 2020
De­vel­op­ing a European Hy­dro­gen Eco­nomy – a Roadmap
On the 8th Ju­ly 2020 the European Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished their much awaited Hy­dro­gen Strategy for a Cli­mate-Neut­ral Europe (the “Strategy”). Fol­low­ing on the heels of a num­ber...
07 July 2020
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27 May 2020
CMS Guide to con­sequen­tial loss clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor
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11 June 2020
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In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the launch of #CMS­Build­ing­Bet­ter­Fu­tures Hub, a re­source aimed at sup­port­ing young people in sec­ond­ary school edu­ca­tion in light of chal­lenges brought about by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic.
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.
13 July 2020
FTT con­siders scope of UK tax charge on be­ne­fits re­lat­ing to oil fields
In the re­cent case of Roy­al Bank of Canada v HM Rev­en­ue & Cus­toms [2020] UKFTT 0267 (TC), the First Tier Tribunal con­sidered wheth­er UK cor­por­a­tion tax could be charged on pay­ments made un­der a sale and...
28 May 2020
Class Ac­tions Law Re­view, Fourth Edi­tion 2020: Scot­land
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.
13 July 2020
Gambling Com­mis­sion con­sults on on­line slots game design and re­verse with­draw­als
On 9 Ju­ly 2020, the Gambling Com­mis­sion an­nounced that it is con­sult­ing on changes to the reg­u­la­tion of on­line slot games design. This fol­lows the Com­mis­sion’s in­dustry chal­lenge re­port, which it pub­lished...