CMS appoints Duncan Weston as global development head

CMS has announced outgoing UK managing partner Duncan Weston will be stepping into a new role as executive partner for global development.

Weston has worked as the managing partner of CMS’s UK operations, CMS Cameron McKenna, for the last eight years. It was announced this morning (1 February) that Weston is stepping down from the role and will be replaced by oil and gas corporate partner Stephen Millar.

In his role as executive partner for global development Weston will have responsibility for CMS’ firmwide strategy and will work closely with its executive committee.

The job will see him take charge of areas such as international expansion. CMS is currently formed of 10 firms headquartered in Europe with the umbrella organisation, a European Economic Interest Group, coordinating operations from Germany.

Almost four years ago CMS said it was looking at delivering a transatlantic merger with a US firm before the end of 2013, but failed to find a suitable partner.

During Weston’s time at the helm CMS Cameron McKena has opened offices in Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey and the Middle East. Weston also oversaw the merger between CMS Cameron McKenna and legacy firm Dundas & Wilson, which went live in May 2014.