Oil and gas

Oil and gas projects are complex and often raise a number of legal and commercial challenges to the participants involved. Our lawyers can help you with those challenges.

We are helping to lead the way to a greener future with our work in the renewable energy sector however, during this energy transition fossil fuels will continue to play an important role in the provision of energy whilst the oil and gas industry undergoes a significant decarbonisation transition to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Natural gas heats our homes and businesses and is a fuel for electricity generation. Oil is heavily used in the transport industry. The oil and gas industry continues to play a role in the security of energy supply to the UK. We have decades of experience in assisting and advising clients involved in upstream, midstream and downstream operations in blocks and fields on the UK continental shelf and are familiar with the complex contracts, JV agreements and regulation affecting such operations.

Our lawyers

Our specialist lawyers have developed a deep understanding of the fundamentals of oil and gas projects, providing advice and assistance on upstream, midstream and downstream operations on the UKCS.

Our experience

We have years of experience of successfully advising domestic and international clients on their legal and commercial needs, including:

  • A supermajor on a $1 billion claim brought by a Russian state owned company concerning the design of a $22 billion production facility.
  • A major importer of processed gas on the terms of a long-term gas sales agreement.
  • An international corporation in the construction of a $40 million terminal facility in the Caribbean.
  • A major company in relation to legal duties under the Energy Act 2011 and MER Strategy.
  • A JV of companies in respect of operator claims arising out of JOA agreements.
  • A multi-million pound claims against a contractor and subcontractor arising out of decommissioning and well-abandonment works. 
  • A client in disputes concerning the importation of LNG into the UK.
  • A multinational oil company following a vessel collision with an offshore drilling rig. 
  • Defending injunctive proceedings brought against an oil company by an LNG company. 
  • An international company on its tax liabilities following the acquisition of a company with interests in three gas fields, for $486.4 million.  
  • A client concerning the design, fabrication and delivery of the world's largest FPSO vessel.

Our clients

We provide advice to domestic and international clients concerning a variety of issues under agreements relating to the exploration, production, processing, transportation and operation of oil and gas facilities. Our clients include:

  • Oil majors and independent companies who own and/or operate assets.
  • Shippers and terminal operators.
  • EPC contractors involved in the design and construction of assets.
  • Subcontractors and equipment suppliers.

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