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Rich experience, practical advice and industry knowledge is essential to the effective management, mitigation and resolution of the wide range of problems which can arise for energy investments, projects and transactions.

We work with downstream, upstream and commodity companies at every stage of the supply chain to mitigate risk, develop commercially effective strategies and resolve disputes across a range of industries, including in the natural resources, nuclear, renewables and power sectors, and involving counterparties both commercial and governmental.

The issues with which we assist our clients extend to construction disputes, LNG price reviews, taxation, insurance, insolvency, disclosure and reporting obligations, ESG and climate change, human rights, health and safety, cybersecurity, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance.

We advise and represent clients on complex, high-value cross-border disputes arising under all types of contracts, including joint venture agreements, production sharing agreements, drilling contracts, and long-term sales and transportation agreements, as well as on investment treaty disputes and regulatory investigations, and whether in litigation, international arbitration, mediation or expert determination.

Recent Experience

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

A MULTINATIONAL OIL & GAS COMPANY

Advising a multinational oil & gas company in climate change litigation pending in California

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

BP

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

Chevron

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

A US ENERGY MAJOR

Representing a US energy major in relation to an equity redetermination of the participating interests in a Nigerian oil field involving ad hoc arbitration proceedings and litigation before the Nigerian courts

Accolades

Houses top-tier litigation practices across London, Asia and Australia, as well as a leading Africa-wide presence. Also has impressive offices throughout Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The firm offers stellar capabilities handling disputes [in the energy sector]
CHAMBERS GLOBAL: GLOBAL-WIDE DISPUTE RESOLUTION 2021
Diverse energy practice with a notable reputation for its work in power and oil and gas, as well as significant expertise in renewables work
CHAMBERS UK: ENERGY DISPUTES 2021
Commands a stellar reputation for energy disputes work
CHAMBERS UK: ENERGY DISPUTES 2021
The team… has an impressive contentious offering
LEGAL 500 UK: OIL AND GAS
Standout arbitration capability coupled with an unrivalled breadth of regional coverage... Especially noted for its handling of investment treaty, energy and resources and construction disputes
CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC: ASIA-PACIFIC WIDE ARBITRATION
LOW OIL PRICE - HIGH DISPUTES RISK: THE SCOPE FOR DISPUTES IN A WORLD OF LOW OIL PRICES
Low oil price - high disputes risk: The scope for disputes in a world of low oil prices

Oil prices have recently reached historic lows. Oil companies are faced with a number of potential legal issues as low oil prices impact their trading and operational agreements. In this briefing we consider some of the key issues triggered by the current low oil price environment.

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