CMS announces five new Scotland-based partner promotions

Allan Wernham, Managing Director (Scotland) of CMS

52 new partners unveiled in firm’s largest-ever global promotions.

INTERNATIONAL law firm CMS has announced five new partner promotions in Scotland. Employment lawyer Catriona Aldridge joins fellow Edinburgh-based colleague Claire Wallis and Glasgow-based Mike McColl, both from the firm’s Real Estate team, in making the move to partner level. Two other Glasgow colleagues, construction law specialist Christopher Dickson and intellectual property expert Neeraj Thomas, have also been elevated to the role of partner.

The Scottish appointments are among 52 new partner promotions globally in 2021, spanning 22 cities across Europe, Latin America and Africa. The UK accounts for 44% of global promotions with a total of 23 new partners appointed.

This is CMS’s largest-ever round of global partner promotions since 2019 when 49 were promoted to partner worldwide. This year, women account for 43% of new partner promotions in the UK and 37% of new partners globally. 

Penelope Warne, The Senior Partner, CMS UK, comments: “The scale of this year’s partner promotions, which extend across a broad range of countries as well as practice and sector groups, is inspiring especially in these challenging Covid times. It is also an indication of the strength and confidence of our global business. We remain committed to providing opportunities for progression for all our people and these promotions reflect the firm’s diverse range of talent. I am delighted to welcome this year’s new partner cohort and would like to congratulate them all on this significant achievement.”

Allan Wernham, Managing Director (Scotland) of CMS, said: “We are delighted to announce five promotions to partner in Scotland this year. These promotions are thoroughly well-deserved and reflect our new partners’ talent, hard work and commitment to both our clients and colleagues.  The promotions further demonstrate the firm’s confidence and strong commitment to local growth here in Scotland.”

The full list of new partners is detailed below with Scottish promotions marked in bold:

United Kingdom

Catriona AldridgeEmploymentEdinburgh
Claire WallisReal EstateEdinburgh
Christopher DicksonConstructionGlasgow
Mike McCollReal EstateGlasgow
Neeraj ThomasIntellectual PropertyGlasgow
Neil LaceyReal Estate Liverpool
Amit TyagiInsurance & Reinsurance GroupLondon
Dalia Majumder-RussellPowerLondon
David WilkinsonReal EstateLondon
Elliot CowanCorporateLondon
Geoff TanInsurance & Reinsurance GroupLondon
Justin CoaleyCorporateLondon
Laura ClarkePensionsLondon
Michelle KirklandCorporate London
Patrick GrovesCorporateLondon
Rebecca PriggConstructionLondon
Rizwan RahmanCorporateLondon
Robin BielaReal Estate DisputesLondon
Scarlett WestInsurance & Reinsurance GroupLondon
Timea ScholeyRestructuring & InsolvencyLondon
Yvonne ScreeneInsurance & Reinsurance GroupLondon
Eleanor MerrettIntellectual PropertySheffield
Tim RiordanInsurance & Reinsurance GroupSheffield


Oliver WernerCompliance, Corporate/M&AVienna


Stéphanie HouxTaxBrussels


Ignacio ErrazquinCorporate/M&A, CompetitionSantiago de Chile
Stephan LührmannEnvironment – Dispute Resolution  Santiago de Chile


Alexandre BordenaveBanking & FinanceParis
Amélie RetureauTaxParis
Grégory DumontPrivate ClientsParis
Rosetta FerrèreBanking & FinanceParis
Thomas HainsCorporate/M&AParis


Dr Tom Christopher PröstlerDispute ResolutionBerlin
Dr Alexandra OttoEmployment & PensionsCologne
Kira FalterEmployment & PensionsCologne
Dr Maximilian HackerRestructuring & InsolvencyDüsseldorf
Amelie SchäferEmployment & PensionsStuttgart
Dr Dirk SchauerPrivate ClientsStuttgart
Dr Kai WallischCorporate/M&AStuttgart
Dr Maximilian KoschkerEmployment & PensionsStuttgart


Szabolcs SzendrőCompetitionBudapest


Nicolò d’EliaInsurance – LitigationMilan
Andrea ArcangeliBanking & FinanceRome
Beatrice FimianiTaxRome
Massimo F. DottoInsurance – LitigationRome


Alex MuchiraCorporate & CommercialNairobi


Giancarlo SchieveniniCorporate/M&A, InfrastructureMexico City


Carolina CuevaComplianceLima


Diogo Castanheira PereiraDispute ResolutionLisbon
João Leitão FigueiredoTMCLisbon

South Africa

Sihle BuloseCorporate/M&A, Private EquityJohannesburg


Sidonie MorvanReal EstateGeneva

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