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CMS gets first female senior partner

Penelope Warne to be the only one among the top-20 global law firms

3 February 2014

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Oil and gas lawyer Penelope Warne today becomes the first female senior partner at CMS.

She is also the only female senior partner among the top 20 global and UK law firms.

CMS will become the world's tenth-largest law firm on completion of its merger with Dundas & Wilson on 1 May 2014.

"I have two key priorities," said Warne. "The first is to ensure our clients get really exceptional legal services. The second is to promote a dynamic and supportive culture so that the careers of our lawyers and all our employees can thrive."

Head of the firm's energy practice group, Warne joined CMS in 1993 to set up the Aberdeen office and is dual qualified in English and Scottish law. She now chairs the firm's board.

Commented managing partner Duncan Weston: "Our energy practice has given us two inspirational female partners, Fiona Woolf, who is now the Lord Mayor of London, and Penelope Warne, our new senior partner.

"Both Penelope and Fiona are trailblazers who have achieved exceptional things for our firm and for the wider legal and energy industries."

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