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Penelope Warne, Senior Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna. Photographed for BIZ LIFE. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL JONES 2014 07815 853503 info@danieljonesphotography.co.uk www.danieljonesphotography.co.uk

Penelope Warne

Senior Partner & Chairman of the UK Board, CMS

Jurisdiction: UK

Specialism at work

Oil and gas


Favourite hobby

Interior & garden design


Best piece of advice

Always have a plan B


50 word overview

Penelope Warne is Chair and Senior Partner of CMS UK. She is also Head of Energy.

Penelope, an oil and gas specialist, joined the firm in 1993 to set up the Aberdeen office and has a strong growth track record. In 25 years, she has transformed CMS’ practice in Scotland from one person in Aberdeen to the market leading practice in Scotland following the combination with Dundas & Wilson in 2014. As the Energy practice group leader, she opened offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Brazil, Mexico and Dubai. Her practice spans the globe advising clients in the oil and gas industry in the North Sea, the US, Norway, Brazil, EMEA and Russia.

Penelope is at the cutting edge of oil industry issues, she is active in thought leadership and trains oil industry lawyers in her role as an Honorary Fellow and Trustee of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University. She is also a member of the Foundation Board at IMD, the highly acclaimed international business school based in Lausanne, Switzerland. CMS runs its Partner Induction Programme in conjunction with IMD and also runs a scholarship programme for associates to secure places on IMD’s Building on Talent programme.

Penelope is ranked as a Leading Energy Expert in both Chambers and Legal 500. She was also ranked in “The Sunday Times Britain’s 500 Most Influential” in 2015 and also in 2016 as one of only 20 in the law category. She was awarded ‘Best in Energy, Natural Resources and Mining’ at Euromoney’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards in 2012 and 2013, and has been recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100.

Penelope works globally with governments, energy industry specialists and academics and is a member of the Oxford University Vice Chancellor’s Circle.

Penelope is a great supporter of Diversity & Inclusion and is proud to lead the fundraising in the firm.