Top ten global firm CMS has appointed 49 new partners worldwide in a record promotion round, including 21 in London. Sixteen of the 21 UK appointments are women, among a 47% female cohort globally.

CMS was greatly enlarged through its three-way megamerger with Nabarro and Olswang on 1 May 2017. The firm reported a pre-tax profit of £159.9m for the year ended April 2018, 89% up on the previous 12 months.

Commenting on the promotions, spread across 23 countries, senior partner of CMS UK Penelope Warne said: ‘It is great to see such a strong representation of women in this year’s partner promotions. We strive to build an inclusive and progressive culture, underpinned by policies, training and support, that empowers our people to rise through the ranks.’

Penelope Warne

Penelope Warne

The new UK partners are:

Paula Kidd Energy - Oil & Gas Aberdeen

Carol Nisbet Real Estate Aberdeen

Robert Jones Insurance – Contentious Bristol

Mark McMurray Planning Glasgow

Jenny Walker Infrastructure & Projects Edinburgh

Lauren Alder Tax London

Gordon Anton Corporate/M&A London

Lindsey Barrett Real Estate London

Johanna Clarke Pensions London

Anna Cope Employment London

Caitlin Heard Intellectual Property London

Josie Hearnden Real Estate Finance London

Tom Jameson Corporate/M&A London

Eleanor Murray Real Estate Disputes London

Jenny Nanalal Financial Services & Products - London

Risk Transactions

Thomas Siggers Banking & Finance – London

Corporate and leveraged finance

Anna Soilleux-Mills Technology & Media London

Pippa Tasker Financial Services & Products - London


Alaina Wadsworth Insurance – Contentious London

Tanya Francis Real Estate Manchester

Rebecca Roffe Planning Sheffield