Oil & gas sector specialists with a global presence
Our global oil & gas group consists of a core team of multi disciplined lawyers with a 100% focus on the oil & gas industry. They have a thorough understanding of the industry, its drivers and the issues our clients encounter.
Due to the pioneering nature of the industry, our oil & gas clients often work in frontier markets, dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions and disputes.
They require legal advisors who are not only skilled with a deep understanding of the industry, but have a commercial approach and pragmatic mindset that can assist clients to achieve their goals cost effectively and with a minimum of risk.
The group specialises in all areas of contentious and non-contentious disciplines in oil & gas exploration and production (E&P), upstream and downstream projects and their related infrastructure.
It is supported by a wider group of lawyers with extensive experience in the oil & gas sector across corporate, commercial, finance, projects, disputes and international arbitration. This includes specialised areas such as employment, HSE, regulatory and compliance, insurance, trading and derivatives.
We understand how the unique business relationship between operators and contractors is shaped by the complexity and variety of the global oilfield services industry.
We advise oilfield service companies, both onshore and offshore, on all aspects of their business, including drafting bespoke contracts, and advice on contractual terms, acquiring and disposing of businesses and related joint venture and financing arrangements. We also have a wealth of experience advising on matters such as real estate purchase, sale, leasing or sub-letting of operational and corporate bases and headquarters, international and local employment issues and regulatory compliance and investigations. We have successfully acted on some of the landmark cases in the sector and are widely acknowledged as industry leaders, particularly in the area of disputes.
With the increasing pressures on operating oil & gas fields, such as governmental regulations, in frontier markets and in ever more challenging environments, we understand how crucial it is to have support that is multi-disciplined, reliable and grounded in industry experience.Understanding the complexity and variety of the business relationships between operators and contractors as well as the detailed contractual arrangements is vital. It also requires a detailed understanding of the legal regimes governing operations at sea. Recent events such as the Macondo incident highlight the necessity for well written contracts, and, when things go wrong, litigators who truly understand the oil & gas industry and the operating environment.