Oil and gas

Our oil and gas disputes lawyers have acted in some of the most complex disputes of recent years and are keenly aware of the contractual, economic and technical issues affecting the oil and gas industry. We represent a broad mix of oil and gas companies including independents, IOCs, and NOCs in connection with disputes relating to production sharing contracts (PSCs), joint operating agreements (JOAs), farm-in and farm-out agreements, oilfield service contracts, international investment treaty claims and international border disputes and unitisation agreements.

Our experience includes:

  • Acting on behalf of an energy company in an US$100 million ICC dispute against a state entity concerning the purported withdrawal from an onshore field in East Africa.
  • Acting in a major LCIA arbitration (with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$750 million) concerning the management of two deep offshore oil blocks in West Africa.
  • Representing a Southeast Asian energy company in claims worth US$24 million against joint venture partners for payment of expenses due under a farm-in agreement.
  • Representing the claimant in an arbitration concerning a high profile scandal involving futures trading in the oil reserves of an African state.
  • Representing a major oil and gas producer in a JOA dispute concerning the rights of use, construction and engineering of a subsea gas pipeline.
  • Representing the Southeast Asian employer/owner of on- and offshore pipeline in proceedings worth US$250 million concerning tariff payments due under gas transportation agreements.
  • Acting in an LCIA arbitration for the defendants in Integral Petrolum S.A. v San Trade GmbH and Petrogat FZE. The claimants were Swiss and the defendants from Germany and Dubai. It involved an alleged theft of cargo on the Turkmenistan railways. There are three separate judgments in the English court that were related to the arbitration (a judgment discharging an s.44 injunction made in support the arbitration, committal proceedings arising from alleged breaches of the injunction and a jurisdiction challenge against those proceedings).

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates, we have extensive global experience – both representing and sitting as arbitrators – in arbitrations at the world’s leading institutions including the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC and DIFC-LCIA.

Angola

Angola

Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in a LCIA arbitration in relation to whether demobilisation could be undertaken during the term of the contract, and if so, what demobilisation fees and early termination fees were applicable.

Nigeria

Nigeria

Advising Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on defending the enforcement of a US$400 million plus Nigerian arbitral award in England. The ground-breaking 14-year dispute with projects company, IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd, concluded following referral to the Supreme Court. This is a leading case in England and indeed worldwide on the enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards. 

Representing a Nigerian member of a consortium which holds an Oil Production Licence over a Nigerian oil block on a multi-jurisdictional claim for around US$50 million brought by a Chinese finance provider seeking to recover funds.

Acting for a West African sovereign state in English High Court proceedings to challenge a US$8.6 billion arbitration award concerning the supply of gas.

Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in connection with a debt recovery claim under a settlement agreement under which the respondents were jointly and severally liable to repay the monies owed in respect of the purchase of gas oil delivered to Nigeria.

India

India

Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

Singapore

Singapore

Representing a listed Singapore company in proceedings arising out of a confidentiality agreement concerning an oil and gas concession granted by a Southeast Asian state.

Caribbean

Caribbean

Acting for the investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) claim against a Caribbean State concerning the redevelopment of an offshore oil field.   

Brazil

Brazil

Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

Mexico

Mexico

Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in an AAA arbitration in relation to whether the increased costs associated with new tax legislation were for contractor's or employer's account.

Venezuela

Venezuela

Successfully discharging a $12 billion freezing order in England on behalf of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, in connection with ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, with related proceedings in several jurisdictions including New York. Acting for PDVSA on a series of high-value disputes concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells.

Switerzerland

Switerzerland

Acting for a Geneva-based oil trader in LCIA arbitration proceedings in successfully defending claims by an oil major in relation to the alleged non-delivery of a shipment of base oils on grounds of force majeure.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to act in CIArb’s intervention as an interested party in the appeal brought by the oilfield services giant, Halliburton, in the UK Supreme Court, following a highly controversial Court of Appeal decision holding that, although the arbitrator should have made disclosure at the time of his appointments, it cannot be concluded that there was a real possibility of bias.

Oman

Oman

Advising an Omani company (as claimant) in respect of a debt claim arising from a contract for the sale of fuel oil.

Yemen

Yemen

Representing the respondent/counter claimant in an arbitration concerning the engineering and construction of an LNG plant in Yemen.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Acting for the contractor on a series of disputes with the main employer and subcontractor relating to a gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi leading to a mediation and ICC arbitration.

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Advising a UAE oil trader in a US$4.5 million LCIA Arbitration regarding a dispute under a contract for the sale of MSFO and LSFO from refineries in Turkmenistan. Successfully procured the discharge of an emergency injunction obtained by the buyers, preventing our clients from dealing with cargo the subject of the dispute.

Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in two LCIA arbitrations and two ad hoc arbitrations (to be consolidated under one arbitration) worth approximately US$8,900,000. Each arbitration has been commenced under four separate contracts for the sale of Jet A1/Gasoil and the dispute concerns monies owed under the contracts.

  • Angola

    Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in a LCIA arbitration in relation to whether demobilisation could be undertaken during the term of the contract, and if so, what demobilisation fees and early termination fees were applicable.

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  • Brazil

    Advising on major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

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  • Caribbean

    Acting for the investor in a Bilateral Investment Treaty (ICSID) claim against a Caribbean State concerning the redevelopment of an offshore oil field.   

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  • India

    Advising the government of India in a US$4 billion energy arbitration.

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  • Mexico

    Representing a drilling contractor against an oil and gas company in an AAA arbitration in relation to whether the increased costs associated with new tax legislation were for contractor's or employer's account.

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  • Nigeria

    Advising Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on defending the enforcement of a US$400 million plus Nigerian arbitral award in England. The ground-breaking 14-year dispute with projects company, IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd, concluded following referral to the Supreme Court. This is a leading case in England and indeed worldwide on the enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards. 

    Representing a Nigerian member of a consortium which holds an Oil Production Licence over a Nigerian oil block on a multi-jurisdictional claim for around US$50 million brought by a Chinese finance provider seeking to recover funds.

    Acting for a West African sovereign state in English High Court proceedings to challenge a US$8.6 billion arbitration award concerning the supply of gas.

    Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in connection with a debt recovery claim under a settlement agreement under which the respondents were jointly and severally liable to repay the monies owed in respect of the purchase of gas oil delivered to Nigeria.

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  • Oman

    Advising an Omani company (as claimant) in respect of a debt claim arising from a contract for the sale of fuel oil.

    Close
  • Singapore

    Representing a listed Singapore company in proceedings arising out of a confidentiality agreement concerning an oil and gas concession granted by a Southeast Asian state.

    Close
  • Switerzerland

    Acting for a Geneva-based oil trader in LCIA arbitration proceedings in successfully defending claims by an oil major in relation to the alleged non-delivery of a shipment of base oils on grounds of force majeure.

    Close
  • United Arab Emirates

    Advising a UAE oil trader in a US$4.5 million LCIA Arbitration regarding a dispute under a contract for the sale of MSFO and LSFO from refineries in Turkmenistan. Successfully procured the discharge of an emergency injunction obtained by the buyers, preventing our clients from dealing with cargo the subject of the dispute.

    Representing an international energy and infrastructure company in two LCIA arbitrations and two ad hoc arbitrations (to be consolidated under one arbitration) worth approximately US$8,900,000. Each arbitration has been commenced under four separate contracts for the sale of Jet A1/Gasoil and the dispute concerns monies owed under the contracts.

    Close
  • United Kingdom

    Acting for the contractor on a series of disputes with the main employer and subcontractor relating to a gas processing plant in Abu Dhabi leading to a mediation and ICC arbitration.

    Close
  • United Kingdom

    Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to act in CIArb’s intervention as an interested party in the appeal brought by the oilfield services giant, Halliburton, in the UK Supreme Court, following a highly controversial Court of Appeal decision holding that, although the arbitrator should have made disclosure at the time of his appointments, it cannot be concluded that there was a real possibility of bias.

    Close
  • Venezuela

    Successfully discharging a $12 billion freezing order in England on behalf of PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil company, in connection with ICSID and ICC arbitrations brought by a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, with related proceedings in several jurisdictions including New York. Acting for PDVSA on a series of high-value disputes concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells.

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  • Yemen

    Representing the respondent/counter claimant in an arbitration concerning the engineering and construction of an LNG plant in Yemen.

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