Stephen Millar appointed managing partner at CMS

Law firm CMS has appointed Aberdeen-based oil and gas lawyer Stephen Millar as its new managing partner.

Stephen Millar, new managing partner at law firm CMS

The University of Dundee graduate, who has been with the firm since 2003, joined its board in 2013 as practice group manager for energy, projects and construction.

Following CMS’s merger with Dundas & Wilson, which completed in 2014, Millar also became co-executive partner for Scotland.

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He has acted on a range of North Sea deals, including ConocoPhillips’ sale of a gas field stake to Scottish Gas owner Centrica, and BP’s sale of upstream assets in the US, Canada and Egypt to Apache.

Millar will begin his four-year term at the start of May. Until then, London-based Duncan Weston will continue as managing partner.

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“CMS is full of potential, is in good shape and poised for greater things,” Millar said.

“I am honoured to have been elected as our managing partner. Maintaining momentum for growth will be my priority – both in the UK and internationally. I am excited by the prospect.”

CMS senior partner, chair of the board and head of energy Penelope Warne added: “Stephen’s global experience as an oil and gas lawyer and from establishing a number of our international offices, together with his background both in London and Scotland, means he will bring a great deal of valuable insights, knowledge and energy to the role.”