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Energy Disputes

Deep understanding of the complexities and implications of global trends

Global instability, regulatory changes, tighter environmental requirements, and financial pressures can lead to a range of problems for energy projects and transactions.

Rich experience, practical advice and industry knowledge is essential when claims reach dispute stage.

We work with downstream, upstream and commodity companies along every stage of the supply chain to mitigate risk and stay competitive in the market.

We analyse, advise, and develop strategy with real-sector expertise to resolve a diverse range of disputes in the mining, oil and gas, and powers sectors.

Wherever your project is based our global team can advise on complex, high-value cross-border litigation, international arbitration, mediation and expert determination. We assist our clients to avoid and resolve all types of energy disputes arising under all types of contract, including joint venture agreements, insolvency issues confronting industry participants, disclosure and reporting obligations, tenement disputes, human rights, insurance, issues, environment, health and safety, taxation issues, pipelines, long-term sales and transportation agreements, energy trading, LNG price reviews, sanctions and bribery and anti-corruption.

We work with clients to managing, mitigate and resolve energy disputes while ensuring your best commercial outcome.

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Recent Experience

Ausgrid, Endeavour & Essential Energy

Representing the 3 government owned electricity distribution business in NSW in an appeal to the Australian Competition Tribunal of pricing and revenue cap determinations by the Australian Energy Regulator (a division of the Australian Competition & Consumer commission). Estimated value A$3.6 billion

Santos offshore Pty Ltd and Santos (BOL) Pty Ltd

Advising in relation to ongoing dispute with Quadrant Energy (formerly Apache Energy) in relation to several joint ventures which together produce about one third of Western Australia's domestic gas supply

An oil major

Advising on parallel proceedings brought in the German & Swiss courts in relation to the discovery of substantial oil fields in Kazakhstan.  The claims for sums in excess of US$3 billion


Advising on contentious issues in contract and in tort, and in multiple jurisdictions and fora including the UK inquest proceedings, arising from the terrorist incident at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria between 16-19 January 2013


Advising on its successful defence of Total's claim that Chevron should pay up to 48% of the third party liabilities arising out of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Storage Terminal. Claims were brought by some 4,000 claimants (businesses and individuals) for damage suffered during the explosion, which was the largest post-war explosion in Europe. The total value of the claims exceeded £1 billion

The Kingdom of Spain

Advising in two separate proceedings commenced by 14 investment funds (this number may increase) based on alleged violations of the protections in the Energy Charter Treaty accorded to foreign investors. One of the arbitrations is brought under the UNCITRAL Rules and the other is brought at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The first case is currently at the liability stage and the second has terminated with a final award rejecting all of the claimants' claims


Diverse Knowledge, in-depth experience