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UK Guide

Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas — UK-wide

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Offers clients an impressive depth of market experience in oil and gas matters, with complementary expertise in power work. Operates across upstream, midstream and downstream issues. Also well equipped to handle energy disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are all very commercial and don't get stuck in procedure. They are very commercial and able to take a pragmatic view."

"They turn things around very quickly. It's a tremendous speed; they couldn't do it any faster!" 

Work highlights Acted for North Petroleum International on the unitisation of the NWG and NZB oil and gas fields in Egypt.

Advised the noteholders and administrators of oil and gas E&P company Afren on the ways in which to maximise value from the group's remaining businesses.

Notable practitioners  

John LaMaster is an expert in oil and gas transactions and has particular experience in corporate deals and project development work. Clients think of him as someone who "is extremely knowledgeable and gives excellent advice in a highly efficient manner." He handles matters in a wide range of locations, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Justin Williams handles contentious work across a wide range of international energy issues. His expertise includes both traditional and renewable sources of energy, including nuclear power and LNG. He has extensive experience of litigation and arbitration.

Marc Hammerson's "wealth of deal experience is helpful" to his clients and he attracts praise for his extensive work on energy matters in Africa. "When I have an oil and gas question, he's my first port of call," says one source, continuing: "If you need him on a call at silly o'clock in the morning, he will make himself available and that's just fantastically valuable." 

Caroline-Lucy Moran has a corporate energy focus, regularly advising on joint ventures and M&A work. "She has a very good attitude and a very good understanding of a complex subject matter," according to one client.

Significant clients ExxonMobil, LUKOIL, Renova, SDX Energy, Palestine Power Generation Company.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly impressive energy and natural resources team with experienced practitioners covering power, renewables and both upstream and midstream oil and gas matters. Possesses stellar expertise in corporate issues as well as project construction and operation. Able to draw on a powerful global network of specialists to offer some of the best service in the market to a broad spectrum of clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They remain one of the pre-eminent firms in renewables. They are very talented and very bright."

"They are available at all hours of the day and they've got the ability to turn things around very quickly."

"They are a terrific firm and they are willing to drop everything to be there for you when you need them."

"The team and the individuals are very strong. Their experience in the UK nuclear industry is unrivalled."

Work highlights Advised Dragon Oil on an offer received from shareholder Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) for the client's issued and to be issued share capital not already owned by ENOC.

Continued to advise Murphy Oil on the sale of its UK subsidiary, Murco Petroleum, and other assets to Puma Energy, a downstream oil and gas group owned by Cochan Holdings, Trafigura and Sonangol.

Assisted Infrastructure UK with its role in the proposed development of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Advised Fennovoima Oy on various agreements relating to the turnkey construction and supply of fuel for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear plant in Finland.

Hired by Fred Olsen to advise on the £246 million sale of 433 MW of onshore wind farms to The Renewables Group.

Represented the Macquarie and 3i consortium in the purchase of offshore transmission assets for West of Duddon Sands Wind Farm.

Notable practitioners  

John Geraghty assists with a range of international energy matters, including corporate transactions and project development. He is known and respected by fellow practitioners and regularly works on the team's complex and high-value matters.  

Gareth Price is highly rated for his expertise in both power and renewables work, particularly in recent nuclear matters. Sources state that he "is well versed in the industry and has the resources and experience to deliver what clients need."

Sheila Connell "gets into all the aspects of a transaction, is very thorough and always makes good points," according to one source, whilst another notes: "She is technically a very strong lawyer."  She has a wide range of low-carbon project expertise, including in relation to onshore and offshore wind.

Mark Walker is an accomplished power expert with experience in thermal power projects, among other matters. He is well regarded for his international expertise and highlighted by clients for being "a truly trusted adviser and the guy you always want to go to."

Mark Levy is held in high regard by market commentators, who note: "He has deep expertise in gas price reviews and does energy disputes more broadly as well." He regularly undertakes arbitration work.  

Dominic Morris "is approachable and one of those lawyers who you can talk things through with very easily," according to one client, who adds: "You get candid, quick advice and he has a commercial mind." He regularly advises energy clients on corporate transactions.

Co-head of energy Jeremy Parr brings a depth of corporate experience to his energy work. His expertise includes joint venture and takeover transactions.

Andrew Castle's energy experience includes upstream oil and gas work, as well as petrochemical matters. He regularly works on transactions in a number of overseas jurisdictions, including those in Africa, Asia and America.  

Significant clients DONG Energy, Hitachi, Shell, Eni, Mubadala.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 86 other qualified lawyers  
- Office location: London

What the team is known for One of the go-to teams for a wide array of energy and natural resources matters. Regularly represents energy companies and lenders in domestic and international financing issues. Also frequently involved in transactional, development and regulatory work across the power, renewables and oil and gas markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are on the ball and they make sure the deal takes place. You feel very well represented with them on your side."

"They are able to call on deep industry experience in energy and finance. They are extremely proactive and extremely available to discuss either a specific transaction or general ideas."

"They meet the scope and the timetable of the deal and help to get it done. They provide a high level of quality and great standards of work."

"They are proactive in helping us solve problems without being reactive. They're a firm I would work with any time." 

"They are top notch. They can handle a complex issue and compressed timetable."

Work highlights Engaged by Tilbury Green Power to advise on various aspects of the financing, development and operation of a 40 MW biomass plant.

Advised Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions on the £106 million refinancing of Low Carbon's UK solar park portfolio. 

Advised ENGIE, Mitsubishi and NYK on their joint venture for the purpose of supplying LNG as shipping fuel.

Assisted Rockhopper Exploration with its proposed acquisition of a series of production and exploration interests in Egypt from Beach Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill is known for his extensive knowledge, with one client noting: "He is an expert in oil and gas." He handles a range of corporate and development work and has particular experience dealing with matters in the Middle East.

Timothy Reid is an experienced disputes lawyer described by one client as "a guy you can go to when you need to win a fight." He has experience of various methods of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Antony Skinner is picked out by sources for his pragmatic approach. He advises on a range of power and renewables projects, including thermal, solar, wind and biomass developments.

Huw Thomas regularly advises on a range of financing transactions in the oil and gas industry, including project and acquisition financing. He has recently handled reserve-based loan transactions and various other financings for upstream oil and gas assets.

David Wadham is "a true power expert in the City" according to commentators, who note that he is "very constructive to work with." He has experience with both traditional and non-traditional power sources, including nuclear projects. 

Significant clients BP, JX Nippon, RBS, Centrica, Tullow Oil.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Part of a hugely respected global network of oil and gas experts. Frequently involved in high-profile corporate and project development issues, as well as financing elements. Represents some of the biggest global clients in the market in various overseas jurisdictions, often advising on upstream matters.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good place in the market and do a broad range of work for energy company clients."

"It's an excellent service - very responsive, timely delivery and they dedicate sufficient time and quality of personnel to the jobs."  

Notable practitioners  

Hamish McArdle has "the ability to pick up on things very quickly," according to clients who describe him as "a highly qualified expert who takes a wide range of issues into consideration when providing legal opinion." He has significant experience in oil and gas matters, including LNG, upstream and midstream issues.

The "really commercial" Rubin Weston regularly advises on the financing of projects in fast developing markets including Russia and Eastern Europe. He has a wide range of energy experience and has particular expertise in oil and gas matters. "He is always trying to understand what drives us and what constraints and peculiarities we have," says a client.  

Mark Rowley is described as a "very good commercial lawyer" as well as "incredibly experienced." His experience includes advising on a range of contractual oil and gas matters, including LNG issues.  

Paul Exley regularly handles M&A energy work. Sources describe him as "a very experienced oil and gas lawyer who can provide a lot of value to clients." He is experienced in dealing with both upstream and downstream issues.  

Robin Mizrahi has extensive experience of power projects and regularly works on developments in emerging markets. He is also equipped to advise on oil and gas matters. 

Significant clients Agip KCO, Azerbaijan Gas Supply, Gazprom Global LNG, KMG, Origin Energy.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Regularly handles international oil, gas and power matters, including nuclear projects. Offers expertise in financings and joint ventures, as well as M&A work. Recent experience of work in Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good mix of expertise and take a very sensible, pragmatic and commercial approach."

"They really understand us and how we want them to work." 

Work highlights Advised Tata Petrodyne on a farm-in of a 25% interest in two Tanzanian oil exploration licences.  

Engaged by Vitol to advise on the sale of Arawak Energy Russia to Russian upstream energy group BMM.

Handled the project financing and development of a 5,600 MW nuclear power plant in the UAE on behalf of Korea Electric Power. 

Notable practitioners  

Hugh Stewart is a key contact. 

Significant clients SOCAR, Sonangol, Alliance Oil, URENCO, ENGIE.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 30 partners
- 100 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Offers a depth of oil and gas expertise and is frequently involved in development and financing matters. Experienced in both upstream and downstream work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone I deal with is quick to respond. They are keen on clarity and they don't complicate things."

"A very cohesive team that works very well across practice groups."  

Work highlights Advised Halite Energy Group on various planning, development and finance matters relating to its underground gas storage facility in Lancashire.

Notable practitioners  

Head of finance Adam Dann has a range of experience in oil and gas work. He handles numerous corporate and commercial issues, including M&A, joint ventures and financings. Sources say: "He knows the industry inside-out, understands the commercial drivers for a business and gives advice that is consistent with that. Because of his experience, he goes for simple solutions that are entirely effective."  

Significant clients Amber Infrastructure, Hellenic Petroleum, Premier Oil, Odfjell Drilling, Gent Fairhead.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: London, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol 

What the team is known for Respected practice with extensive expertise in a variety of low-carbon energy developments, including solar, wind and waste-to-energy matters. Also offers oil and gas expertise and is well versed in North Sea operations. Frequently represents developers of new energy projects.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They produce excellent work. They display flexibility, adaptability and are very easy to work with."

Work highlights Assisted Vitol E&P with a series of acquisitions, including the purchase of Azonto Petroleum's 35% share in Vioco Petroleum.

Advised ScottishPower Generation on the development of a 1,800 MW combined cycle gas turbine power station.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Hughes has extensive experience dealing with the overlap between real estate and energy work and has handled a wide range of major energy infrastructure projects. Sources say he is "very strong on offshore wind" and "he definitely knows his subject matter."  

Paul Stockley is described by market commentators as a "very detailed, very experienced and pragmatic" lawyer. He is head of the firm's oil and gas team and has significant experience with upstream issues.  

Significant clients BG Group, Eni, Petrofac, Centrica, Ofgem.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for London office of a renowned energy practice with an ever growing presence in the UK oil and gas market. Experienced in handling a wide array of financial and transactional issue for clients ranging from major energy companies to financial institutions. Global reach extends to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It’s a very strong team which focuses on client service. The partner model and oil and gas focus are very helpful. We are not dealing with generalists but people who are sharp on all aspects of oil and gas legal matters. It is very important on a complex, multi-jurisdictional deal to have that breadth of experience."

"You get day-to-day partner support and real contribution and committed effort on their part. They're a committed, commercially minded and pragmatic team that really immerse themselves in the client’s way of thinking."

Work highlights Engaged by Ophir Energy to advise on the development of the Fortuna floating LNG project.

Involved in the development of the Miran and Bina Bawl gas project in Iraq on behalf of Genel Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Jason Fox is "certainly one of the best in finance for oil and gas transactions," according to market sources. He has a wealth of experience in upstream oil matters, particularly finance transactions such as reserve-based loans. One source states: "He has very strong client relationships and is a very good technical lawyer." 

Ben James is "developing a good reputation” in the oil and gas sector. He is frequently involved in advising exploration and production companies across a range of transactional and financial issues, as well as development matters. One market commentator describes him as "constructive, pragmatic and commercial in his approach."   

Significant clients BG Group, ConocoPhillips, Apache, Sonatrach, Impact Oil & Gas.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 45 partners
- 110 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Go-to practice for financing, corporate and disputes work. Offers expertise in the full range of oil and gas, power and renewables matters to a wide range of high-profile energy clients across the world. Able to draw on an impressive international network of offices to provide an enviable level of service on complex matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's very good - they provide a quality service. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."

"They've got some very talented people who are quite focused and good at seeing the wood for the trees and marshalling arguments."

"I have always been pleased by the level of service. We always have an answer to our questions in a timely manner and we always have practical advice, not just on the legal side but for the particularities of the case.”  

Work highlights Engaged by Actis to advise on the reorganisation of the ownership structure of Globeleq Africa.

Advised a group of 16 commercial lenders and other development finance institutions on the financing of the Azura-Edo IPP, a 450 MW open cycle gas turbine power station.

Advised RWE Innogy and Galloper Wind Farm on various aspects of a 336 MW offshore wind farm. 

Handled the sale of Statoil's interest in the Shah Deniz field to PETRONAS for USD2.25 billion.

Advised Salamander Energy on its share sale and purchase agreement with SONA Petroleum, for the disposal of a working interest in oil assets located in the Gulf of Thailand.  

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Connick has extensive experience of domestic and overseas renewable and power projects, particularly those in Africa. He advises on a host of transactional matters, including joint venture agreements and commercial contracts.

Audley Sheppard QC is the firm’s co-head of international arbitration and is well respected for his expertise in energy and related matters. Market sources describe him as "a prominent practitioner" with "really good judgement."

Russell Wells heads the global energy and resources group and is known to be "the kind of guy who wants to get a deal done and is pleasant to work with." He has "a great reputation" and operates across both oil and gas and power in a corporate and commercial context.  

Alex Panayides is "outstanding," according to clients who value his "understanding of the issues and willingness to give you more than just the legal view." He specialises in oil and gas and construction disputes. 

Significant clients African Infrastructure Investment Management, BG Group, EDF, ENGIE, Sinopec.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Capable offering across the board in energy work, including disputes. Particularly respected for work in oil and gas in emerging markets, focusing on Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Specialises in corporate and compliance regime issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team is very good - responsive, thorough and a pleasure to work with."

"A very good firm on the midstream, downstream and shipping sides."

Work highlights Advised QBE and AIG on the defence of an insurance claim brought by Noreco relating to fatigue failures on the Siri Platform in the North Sea. 

Notable practitioners  

David Bennet is a key contact.

Significant clients Apache, Glencore, Chevron, Fortum, Sasol.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 122 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Powerhouse energy practice with an impressive breadth of experience in corporate oil and gas matters. Also fields an enviable power practice with regulatory expertise and a number of renewables experts, often handling offshore wind and carbon capture and storage matters. Offers further strength in high-profile disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I cannot speak highly enough of the team, who are able to deal with a constant stream of legal and commercial complexities in varied transactions."

"They are an exceptional firm in terms of the type of resources they provide. They provide a team of lawyers, dedicated to their client with multiple skills, and a dedicated relationship partner to make sure the client is satisfied and ensure the service is exceptional. You get that sense of team spirit and if you need someone specialist they provide a suitable lawyer."

"They are fast, pragmatic and understand the dynamics of projects. They can balance the multiple interests at hand."

"The team is excellent. They have good leadership and strength in depth."

"They stand out. They have a breadth of work that means they are giving an overall package."  

Work highlights Advised Ping Petroleum and Hibiscus Petroleum on their purchase of the Anasuria cluster from Shell and Esso.

Engaged by Repsol to carry out an overview and standardisation of its upstream C&P contracts.

Assisted German utility provider RWE with the sale of Lynemouth Power.

Advised SENER on various market rules and business practice models as part of major changes in the Mexican electricity industry.

Involved in the purchase and development of the Dorenell wind farm on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables.

Assisted Repsol with the sale of its offshore wind portfolio to a Chinese state-owned corporation. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm’s power and regulated industries group, Robert Lane is a power expert and is considered "the name in the regulatory industry." Sources note: "He basically wrote most of the industry codes in the UK." He has advised on matters all over the world, including Saudi Arabia and parts of Africa.   

Bob Palmer attracts praise from a series of clients for his "excellent advice, availability and responsiveness." He regularly handles oil and gas project and transactional issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, among other jurisdictions. Sources say he has the ability to "grasp the legal and commercial complexities and then clearly articulate the issue and provide strong, decisive and clear advice."

Penelope Warne is "steeped in oil and gas work," according to market commentators. She is head of energy as well as senior partner and chair of the firm’s UK board. 

Munir Hassan specialises in power and renewables work and heads the firm’s clean energy department. He handles project and transactional work, inspiring extensive praise from clients: "He has various talents. He has the gravitas and commands respect among his colleagues. He listens well and is very attentive."

Significant clients BP, ScottishPower, Statkraft, Belltown Power, Rosneft.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 30 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Offers impressive strength and enviable depth of resources to clients across a wide range of energy issues, including power, renewables and oil and gas projects. Tackles regulatory work as well as project development, financing, corporate and disputes work. Boasts the ability to handle matters in numerous jurisdictions across the globe.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are of a very high standard. They did even more than we would expect them to do and they took a personal interest in the work which was very much appreciated."

"They understood our needs very quickly and then they fought hard for us on the things that mattered to us."

"The whole firm is close to us and adapts to our expectations."  

"They are very knowledgeable in the renewables space in the UK and throughout continental Europe. They are able to identify everything and get us through it very quickly and efficiently."

"They go the extra mile and have made an extra effort to get to know our business. They understand the business and our goals." 

Work highlights Engaged by MIREM, Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, to provide guidance on a large-scale LNG project.

Advised Enbridge International on its acquisition of a 24.9% stake in the Rampion wind farm project.

Provided ongoing legal assistance to Lightsource Renewable Energy in relation to its solar portfolio, including advising on corporate, planning, real estate and finance issues.

Instructed by Lloyds Viridis to advise on the acquisition finance for Green Frog’s purchase of diesel and gas-fired reciprocating engines and generator sets.

Assisted the South African Department of Energy with the preparation of a Gas Utilisation Master Plan report to analyse the potential for development of the gas industry. 

Notable practitioners  

Liz Tout heads the firm's disputes team and brings a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration expertise to her practice. She focuses on energy disputes, as well as construction and engineering matters. Sources describe her as "a very good litigator who is sensible and pragmatic."

Charles Wood is "an exceptionally good lawyer" who handles power and oil and gas issues and has particular experience of African energy matters. 

The "fantastic" Danielle Beggs heads the oil and gas team at Dentons. Sources highlight the "breadth and depth of her knowledge," as well as her ability to connect with clients. She has particular knowledge of energy matters in Africa.

Significant clients Total, PETRONAS, L1 Energy, National Grid, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 40 partners
- 100 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Cardiff  

What the team is known for Notable work in emerging markets, including the Middle East and Africa. Offers a range of experience in alternative energy work as well as traditional oil and gas and power issues. Expertise includes project development, disputes and corporate matters. Represents a wide array of clients, including a number of utility companies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good and very responsive. They have a good bench of senior associates."

"They provided very valuable insight and excellent industry knowledge. We really appreciated the open and friendly communication and it was a real pleasure to work with them."

"The team is cohesive, responsive and pragmatic." 

Work highlights Advised a large number of investors and developers, including SunEdison and ENGIE, on a series of solar and onshore wind projects in Egypt.

Engaged by FMC Technologies to advise on its tie-up with Technip in order to focus on subsea field development. 

Instructed by RWE to provide guidance on a CMA market investigation into potential competition issues.

Involved in the legal aspects of a project to establish the first Ugandan oil refinery on behalf of the government of Uganda.

Notable practitioners  

Michelle Davies heads the clean energy team and is well regarded for her expertise in renewable energy projects and regulatory work. She represents a broad range of clients, including developers, governments and investors. Sources call her a "standout in terms of how attuned she is to what's happening in the sector."  

Indraj Mangat specialises in project finance work and has extensive experience in renewable energy matters. Clients appreciate his ability to get things done "without the fuss" and operate "with good humour in transactions." He has represented both sponsors and infrastructure funds.

Significant clients Statkraft, CNNC, Shell, EDF, Toshiba Westinghouse.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 29 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly respected presence in the corporate energy market with particular experience in oil and gas and power issues. Well versed in advising on large-scale financings and both upstream and midstream M&A. Respected in the UK nuclear sector and experienced in handling a range of energy disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a strong oil and gas corporate practice. They are professional and have a very strong corporate practice which really comes through in their energy sector work."

"They give great client service, good value for money and full billing transparency."

Work highlights Engaged by BG Group to advise on a recommended cash and share offer made by Shell which values BG Group at approximately £47 billion.

Advised a consortium led by RT Global Resources on a successful bid for the design, development and operation of a Ugandan greenfield crude oil refinery.

Involved in the financing of a greenfield LNG to power project in Malta on behalf of several lenders, including the Bank of Valetta.

Instructed by Scottish Southern Energy to defend against an appeal brought to the CMA regarding Ofgem’s electricity price control decisions.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Pugh has taken on a role as joint managing partner of the firm. He maintains a strong position in the oil and gas market and is widely respected for his experience in energy disputes. He has acted extensively in both litigation and arbitration. One source says: "He's a standout person. If I had a multibillion-pound problem, he's one of the people I would consider."

Tim Pick "has a reputation for being collaborative, understanding the full picture and moving issues forward in a non-confrontational way" according to market sources. He specialises in project development and finance and has a depth of experience in both oil and gas and power issues. He heads the energy, transportation and infrastructure team in London.

Paul Bowden has extensive planning, environmental and regulatory experience which augments his extensive nuclear energy experience. He sits as a board member of the World Nuclear Association and chairs the International Nuclear Law Association's Nuclear New Build Working Group. 

Significant clients Petrofac, BP, Arclight Capital Partners, Urenco, ENGIE.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 50 partners
- 100 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for One of the foremost UK energy practices with a top reputation for its work in power and oil and gas, as well as significant expertise in renewables work. Commands a stellar reputation for newbuild nuclear work. Also well regarded for water and energy disputes work, including international arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have found them to be excellent. They are very thorough and very well prepared. They are very timely in their turnaround and management of the process."

"They have played an absolutely key role in developing novel approaches to difficult problems, negotiating and turning the outcomes into clear and precise legal agreements."

"I think they've been the best possible firm I could have been working with - the partners, on all of the aspects, are international experts and extremely strong. The depth of the bench is extremely strong as well, they do an absolutely outstanding job."

"The firm is commercial, practical and knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Acted for E.ON on the sale of its UK and Norwegian E&P subsidiaries to Premier Oil.

Defended a group of oil clients, including BP and JX Nippon, against a Commercial Court claim relating to a long-term gas sales agreement held by ScottishPower.

Advised EDF and its subsidiary, NNB Generation Company, on the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, including contractual negotiations and agreements with the UK government.

Advised the sponsor of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project on various contractual matters.

Instructed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to advise on the UK government's prospective sell-down of its stake in the UK Green Investment Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Paula Hodges QC heads the firm’s global arbitration practice. She is "absolutely first class" according to market sources, who go on to say: "She's a phenomenal advocate - so well prepared, a really hard worker and passionate about her clients' cases. She will go the extra mile ten times over."

Mark Newbery "knows everything about the power sector," according to sources who highlight his experience in electricity regulation. This expertise sits alongside a broader power practice including experience in transactional work in both established and emerging markets. 

The "ferociously intelligent" Julia Pyke is a highly respected power lawyer with expertise in large infrastructure and projects work. She has recently been involved in landmark projects such as Hinkley Point C and the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. Commentators say: "She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the UK nuclear sector and has an enormously innovative and creative approach to dealing with new and complex issues."  

Anna Howell is co-head of the firm's global energy group. She specialises in cross-border transactions in the energy sphere and has an emphasis on oil and gas matters. She has significant international experience having worked in the firm's Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong offices.

Craig Tevendale specialises in disputes work and has particular expertise in international energy arbitrations. He has complementary experience in the leisure, construction and engineering sectors, and is frequently engaged by multinational clients, including major oil companies.  

James Baily is highly praised by clients for his deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry, and earns further acclaim for his work in commercial energy disputes. He is known to be "a good tactician" among market sources.  

The "exceptionally talented" Stephen Murray "has solutions for some of the most complicated issues," according to market commentators. He specialises in oil and gas transactional issues and has represented a range of high-profile clients. 

Steven Dalton is an accomplished corporate lawyer with significant experience of oil and gas issues. He is frequently engaged in acquisitions, disposals and project development. 

Significant clients Chevron, BNP Paribas, Antin Infrastructure Partners, The Carlyle Group, Lundin Petroleum.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
Office location: London 

What the team is known for Substantial international oil and gas practice with additional strengths in traditional and low-carbon power work. Represents clients in project financing, development and transactional issues, as well as licensing and regulatory matters. Well versed in upstream oil and gas project development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm has high standards of efficiency, competence and integrity."

"They are very responsive and dependable." 

Work highlights Assisted Alstom with the sale of its power and grid businesses to GE and the corresponding purchase of GE’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions business.

Acted on the Swansea tidal lagoon power project on behalf of Infracapital, a major investor.

Advised Claims Validation Services and Oil & Gas UK on the implementation of a solution to the regulatory changes introduced by new EU gas network codes.

Engaged as project counsel to the Shah Deniz Consortium to advise on the Shah Deniz 2 gas project. 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Tyler is a highly experienced oil and gas practitioner. He handles a range of matters, including financings, acquisitions, and restructurings, and has extensive experience advising clients on regulatory matters.  

Significant clients BP, Total, SOCAR, EDF, Kuwait Petroleum.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected oil and gas team based in London as part of an extensive international network. Well versed in a range of corporate and commercial matters, as well as project development. Capable of handling large-scale LNG projects in both Europe and Africa. Also has an experienced oil and gas disputes team. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"It's their responsiveness as well as their business acumen that is very well suited for our business needs."

"They bring a commercial perspective to all of their legal advice which is very important. They bring years and years of experience to their energy expertise. There's quite a stable of energy experts."  

Work highlights Handled various aspects of Ghana National Petroleum's evaluation and implementation of the Tema LNG project.

Advised Anadarko on its Mozambique LNG export project. The team worked on shareholder agreements, upstream agreements, construction contracts and a range of other matters. 

Notable practitioners  

Garry Pegg is managing partner of the London office. He handles both the corporate and commercial aspects of energy matters, including M&A, joint ventures and project finance. He has particular experience in oil and gas and electricity matters. He is seen by the market as "a very hands-on, very dynamic and hard-working lawyer who knows the oil and gas business very well."  

Nina Howell impresses clients with her "extremely good understanding of the concepts" and her ability to "put them into plain language." She specialises in infrastructure and project finance work and has a wealth of experience in LNG matters. Sources say: "She's a joy to work with and a very good lawyer."

Significant clients Chevron, Angola LNG, eCORP International, Reliance Industries, Surestream Petroleum.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Handles a range of corporate and commercial issues for clients across the world in the power and oil and gas spheres. Offers oil and gas expertise across the full life cycle of a project, from exploration to post-production and regulatory matters. Capable of handling disputes relating to a broad range of energy issues, including LNG and power. 

Work highlights Advised Kuwait National Petroleum on the financing of its clean fuels project.

Engaged by Bomin Lindle LNG to advise on a joint venture project with SGD Logistika to form Blue Gas, a transporter of LNG.

Advised Morgan Stanley, acting as deal manager and arranger, on a tender offer for the purchase notes issued by Hrvatska Elektroprivreda, a Croatian power company.

Advised a subsidiary of ExxonMobil on the proposed development of a 540 MW natural gas-fired power plant.  

Notable practitioners  

Simon Tysoe is "a class act" according to market commentators. He deals with a range of corporate oil and gas matters, including M&A, project development and finance. He has particular experience in cross-border transactions, including African and Latin American deals.  

John Balsdon is well regarded by sources for his work in project finance. He specialises in oil and gas work and his expertise includes structured trade finance and reserve-based lending.

Significant clients Prostar Capital, CNIM, EQUATE Petrochemical, Helios Investment Partners, Nigerian National Petroleum.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 90 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Draws on an extensive global network of energy lawyers to offer a stellar service to clients in power, renewables, water and oil and gas matters. Offers expertise across a range of areas, including project finance, development, corporate issues and disputes. Also well respected for providing regulatory advice on a range of market reform and government incentives.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have significant depth and a breadth of clients. On the oil and gas projects side, they're up there and we see them on larger transactions."

"It's a very, very strong team. They are at the top of their game."

"The service at Linklaters is outstanding. They are incredibly professional and incredibly dedicated. They provide great commercial advice at the drop of a hat and they have a really deep team. They are all very enthusiastic, very energetic and very responsive. They know their sector inside out and if you choose them you're going to get a well-structured, sensible deal."

"They are very good across the jurisdictions. You get the same standard of work wherever you're dealing with them. They are seamless and collegiate."

"They are very client-friendly. They take a real interest in your business. They make you feel important and their breadth of knowledge is really good."

Work highlights Advised the Area 4 Partners on the development and project financing of a floating LNG project in Mozambique.

Dealt with the legal aspects of a USD5.7 billion acquisition of the entire share capital of RWE Dea at a private auction on behalf of LetterOne.

Represented a number of lenders from Europe and Japan in the financing of the 336 MW Galloper offshore wind farm project.

Acted for a sponsor, Dudgeon Offshore Wind, on the project financing for a 420 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of North Norfolk.

Worked on the funding of the 27.7 MWe Cramlington biomass heat and power plant on behalf of the sponsors. 

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Weiniger QC is an expert in energy disputes and regularly deals with international arbitrations. He is well versed in financial matters and market sources highlight his pragmatism and arbitration experience. 

Jeremy Gewirtz heads the London projects, energy and infrastructure team. He is a highly respected and "well-known name" in the transactional power sector. He represents a broad range of clients in financings, including sponsors, lenders, investors and governmental organisations. 

John Pickett has a wealth of expertise in energy work, particularly in power and renewables matters. He regularly undertakes project financing and M&A transactions, as well as advising on regulatory issues. Sources say: "He's an extremely intellectual man who loves the subject. He's extremely passionate and he knows both the law and the energy world. He is very commercially astute."

Richard Coar is "all over the detail" and "commands the room well," according to commentators. He offers advice on both traditional power and renewables work to sponsors, funders and governments. He works on a range of matters, including financing, development, regulatory and M&A issues.

Fiona Hobbs specialises in oil and gas and has experience across a broad range of work in the project development, M&A and finance spheres. She co-heads the oil and gas team and has represented a range of well-known companies, both domestic and international.

Julian Davies is "probably the most respected person in the water market," according to one source. Commentators speak of his enthusiasm for his work which covers a range of structured financings relating to utilities. He frequently acts on behalf of banks.  

Mark Nuttall "demonstrates strong commercial skills" according to one impressed commentator. He advises on a host of complex matters, including in relation to utilities infrastructure and finance. "He's one of the strongest black-letter lawyers I have come across. He's technically excellent and brings people along with him," says a source. 

Significant clients Thames Water, Ophir Energy, Eni, Gazprom, National Grid.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 1 counsel
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Well-known name in the world of project financing with significant experience dealing with large-scale projects in the power and oil and gas sectors, including the nuclear industry. Frequently involved in upstream and downstream oil and gas development. Go-to firm for bank consortiums and other lenders. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team was most responsive and prompt. Their services were consistently outstanding."

"We have benefited enormously from the depth and breadth of their experience. They have been truly excellent at issue-spotting for us and being able to help us understand what the objections are."

"A very well-organised and responsive team capable of handling multi-sponsor projects given their outstanding experience. They are always proactively willing to find solutions for their clients."

"They are able to create value to clients as their advice and recommendations can avoid costly mistakes and deliver long-term sustainable value." 

Work highlights Advised several lenders on the USD5.2 billion financing of the PetroRabigh project.

Represented the lenders in the restructuring of the Damietta LNG project in Egypt.  

Acted for the lead arrangers on the financing package for the acquisition of Fortum Distribution, the company that operates and owns Fortum’s electricity distribution business in Sweden.

Instructed by a series of banks to advise on the expansion of Barka 1 IWPP in Oman.

Notable practitioners  

Matthew Hagopian provides clients with "a great understanding of the LNG industry fundamentals, exceptional knowledge of financial and corporate aspects of LNG projects and outstanding contributions in commercial negotiations." He is both US and UK-qualified and has a range of oil and gas project finance experience alongside that in relation to LNG work. 

Clive Ransome specialises in major infrastructure and project financing across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive experience in oil and gas financings with a cross-border element.

John Dewar concentrates his practice on project finance and development across a range of areas, including power and oil and gas. He frequently represents clients in multi-sourced financings, including those involving Islamic institutions. 

Significant clients Barclays Bank, CIMB, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Dexia.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 54 partners
- 82 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Continues to advise on a host of complex power, renewables and oil and gas matters. Regularly undertakes transactional work, including M&A and financings, in the oil and gas sector. Also assists with wind and solar projects, as well as thermal, biomass and tidal energy developments. Operates on an international basis with particular strength in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team works very well together. They are very responsive and, regardless of what is happening, we feel like a priority to them."

"You feel like you are getting that partner input on a day-to-day basis and they understand our business and shape documentation to make sure it works for us from a practical perspective as well as a legal one."

"It's a very capable team with a breadth of experience across the relevant streams."

"They do exceptional work. They have vast experience in doing transactions in multiple jurisdictions so bring a lot of that experience and knowledge."

Work highlights Advised nogaholding, the business and investment arm of Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority, on the development of the Bahrain LNG terminal project.

Engaged by the IFC to advise on a series of matters including a USD300 million debt financing to China Gas Holdings.

Provided ongoing assistance to Marubeni concerning a series of IPP projects, including recent involvement in the Ibri and Sohar 3,200 MW IPPs in Oman.

Assisted Toyota Tsusho with the financing of a combined cycle power plant in Kuwait.

Acted for investment manager AMP Capital on a £37 million mezzanine loan to refinance a series of UK solar power projects.

Advised a group of lenders, including Deutsche Bank, on the finance for a 40 MW biomass energy project.  

Notable practitioners  

Richard Metcalf is a prominent power and oil and gas lawyer with significant experience in transactional energy work. He has particular expertise in African deals, including recent involvement in the development of a Botswana coal-fired IPP.

Neil Miller is an experienced litigator and arbitrator and is the leader of the London energy disputes team. He advises on a range of onshore and offshore oil and gas matters, representing a diverse roster of clients which includes major oil companies.

Nick Prowse "really knows his stuff in relation to LNG," say sources. He represents a range of oil and gas companies as well as governments and lenders. He regularly advises on transactional issues across the globe, including in Africa, the Caribbean, the USA, Europe and the Middle East.

Robert Marsh has extensive experience in project finance and energy work and regularly represents banks. He has expertise in a range of renewable energy sources, including wind, solar and biomass.  

Significant clients BP, Eni, ENGIE, ExxonMobil, The Renewables Infrastructure Group.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Sizeable team that is well established in the UK energy space. Well versed in both conventional and non-conventional energy sources, including offshore wind, onshore solar and nuclear. Acts for a range of clients, including developers, financial institutions and contractors, on high-end projects .

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There is a readiness to engage and see what value they can add to us. You feel they have your back. There is a collegiate, collaborative approach to how they work."

"They understand the needs of the client and provide good-quality advice. Together the team delivers excellent service and advice."

"It's a very good team and a strong performer in the sector." 

Work highlights Advised Falkland Oil and Gas on its recommended all-share merger with Rockhopper Exploration.

Involved in the development and financing of Blue Energy's 108 MW Beinneun onshore wind project.

Engaged by the BioEnergy Infrastructure Group to deal with its investment to fund construction of a 21.5 MWe waste-wood biomass plant.

Advised Stag Energy and Watt Power on their proposals for four gas-fired power station projects across Britain. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul McGoldrick has extensive in-house oil and gas experience, having worked for Marathon Oil, ARCO and ExxonMobil. "He knows the UK industry inside-out and he's good with clients," say market sources. He handles a range of transactional and operational matters, including joint venture issues, both domestically and abroad. 

Paul Rice provides "a good focus and understanding of what the client needs," according to one commentator who continues: "He thinks outside the box." He regularly advises on power development projects and has specialist expertise in both domestic and international nuclear matters.   

Significant clients BP, Centrica, Sellafield, DONG Energy, Ithaca Energy.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Provides a valuable service in relation to corporate, commercial, project financing and disputes work across the full range of power and oil and gas matters, including nuclear issues. Equipped to handle cross-border matters, including developments in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A firm who values their relationships and are dedicated to good client service."

"The firm you want to represent you when dealing with challenging structures and negotiations. They are not just executional lawyers, they get the energy industry expertise - they have a strong practice all round from project financing to M&A."

Work highlights Advised a series of banks on the development and financing of the 2,520 MW and 136.5 MIGD Facility D IWPP in Qatar. 

Acted as issuer counsel for ENCE Energía y Celulosa on the issue of EUR250 million of senior notes and its entry into a EUR90 million credit facility.

Instructed to advise on Bahrain Petroleum Company's modernisation of the Bahrain Refinery.

Advised Golar LNG on the drafting and negotiation of a term sheet and other documentation in connection with the development of the Fortuna LNG project.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say that Nicholas Buckworth "knows his markets well" and note his project finance and development expertise. He is well respected in both power and oil and gas matters and frequently represents sponsors, lenders and financial institutions domestically and internationally.  

John Inglis is highly regarded for his expertise in the financing and development of energy projects. He has particular experience in cross-border matters. Market commentators describe him as "technically excellent but also great fun to work with."   

Significant clients ENGIE, AREVA, ACWA Power, Barclays, Credit Suisse.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Global corporate practice with a strong track record in the oil and gas market. Expertise includes M&A, project finance and restructuring, as well as energy disputes. Represents a range of high-profile clients around the world. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Skadden is an exceptional law firm, a one-stop shop for almost any legal matter in any country on earth."

"The team is always ready to lead urgent matters and solve them in a short time period."  

Work highlights Advised LetterOne Holdings on several matters, including the USD5.8 billion acquisition of the oil and gas unit of RWE.

Advised the Republic of South Sudan on its negotiations with oil companies that hold interests in the Republic, as well as on a claim filed by Sudapet relating to whether or not oil field interests held by Sudapet constitute state property that passed to South Sudan on its independence. 

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely fantastic" Karyl Nairn QC has extensive litigation and arbitration experience. She acts for both corporations and governments. "She is incredibly dynamic. She is very good at seeing the key points that matter and at energising the team," enthuses one source.   

David Kavanagh is a respected disputes practitioner with significant experience in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Sources say: "He is very impressive. He is very strong and very good on high-level strategy. Obviously he knows the law of arbitration inside-out and he conveys authority and knowledge."

Significant clients The Vitol Group, Helios Investment Partners, InterGen, NextEra Energy, The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Comprehensive energy practice focusing on corporate and financing work. Expertise includes power, renewables and oil and gas matters. Represents large corporate entities, financial institutions and governments. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Stacey is considered to be "very balanced, thoughtful, conscientious, very persistent and generally good" by peers. He has extensive experience in power work and a recent emphasis on nuclear and offshore wind. 

Hywel Davies maintains a broad practice across a range of corporate and commercial transactions. He is well respected for his oil and gas expertise and his experience includes M&A, private equity transactions and equity financings in the space.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Strong project finance group with experience advising on significant energy infrastructure projects. Regularly handles work in the oil and gas sphere on behalf of both operators and financial institutions. Highly experienced in cross-border pipeline matters, as well as LNG issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give good advice and have good relations with the firms on the other side."

Work highlights Instructed by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company to handle the closing of a refinancing facility of USD1.63 billion.

Advised Australia Pacific LNG on the project finance facility for the development of a coal seam gas to LNG project in Queensland.  

Notable practitioners  

Stewart Robertson is a key contact.

Significant clients APR Energy, BP, Caspian Pipeline Consortium, Castleton Commodities, Dolphin Lenders. 

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Powerhouse oil and gas practice with the ability to handle a range of complex corporate, regulatory and contentious matters. Assists an enviable roster of major international energy companies, as well as governments and banks. Draws on an extensive global network to offer a seamless international service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have excellent, pragmatic lawyers that are always on the ball and reachable."

"It's a top-notch service. It's extremely timely, extremely well informed and they are able to advise in a very commercial way. It's really useful to have that global reach and we are confident they would represent us well whoever the potential counterparty was."

Work highlights Engaged by the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq to advise on the creation of an oil pipeline between Iraq and Jordan. The finished project will provide Jordan with 150,000 barrels of oil per day.

Advised Africa Oil Corp on the farm out of 50% of its interest in several Kenyan and Ethiopian upstream oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Maersk Oil.

Notable practitioners  

Alexander Msimang is managing partner of the London office. He advises on a range of project and transactional oil and gas issues for a variety of clients, including developers, lenders and governmental bodies. "When he talks everyone is listening. He's a cool, calm, collected operator who I would rather have on my side of the fence," says one market commentator.

Significant clients SOCAR, Sinopec, Deutsche Bank, Essar Energy, DONG Energy.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 28 partners
- 1 counsel
- 86 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Established group with the capacity to handle a range of transactional and contentious matters in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Advises on an impressively broad range of power and oil and gas matters, with allied strengths in construction, banking and environmental issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They give a very good service and are always looking to achieve the right balance between good legal practice and the commercial requirements."

"I am very impressed with the team." 

Work highlights Advised sponsor Saudi Aramco on the development and financing of an USD8 billion expansion of the Rabigh petroleum refining and petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia.

Engaged by Brass LNG to handle the financing of an onshore liquefaction plant in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.

Advised the project company and sponsors of a proposed 1,000 MW DC power interconnector project between France and the UK.

Represented Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and Al Nowais Investments in relation to the development of a 2,640 MW coal-fired power generation plant in Ayoun Moussa, Egypt. 

Notable practitioners  

David Baker "is always contactable and offers excellent advice," says one source, continuing: "He is an excellent commercial lawyer." He handles both UK and international power and oil and gas work and has experience of the financing of LNG projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Philip Stopford focuses on project and transactional work. Market commentators say: "He's an outstanding project leader with in-depth knowledge and broad experience in the oil and gas sector." He has particular expertise in multi-sourced financings.  

Peter Finlay advises on a range of energy and infrastructure work. He has a wealth of experience in project financing and M&A work. Clients value his "can-do mindset" and "client-focused approach to problem solving."

Paul Griffin recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy. He is a well regarded oil and gas specialist, and has over 30 years' experience in the area. His practice covers both transactional and contentious work.

Significant clients Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Carbon Holdings, Star Capital, Nord Stream, ScottishPower.

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Bracewell (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jason Fox is "certainly one of the best in finance for oil and gas transactions," according to market sources. He has a wealth of experience in upstream oil matters, particularly finance transactions such as reserve-based loans. One source states: "He has very strong client relationships and is a very good technical lawyer." 

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Geraghty assists with a range of international energy matters, including corporate transactions and project development. He is known and respected by fellow practitioners and regularly works on the team's complex and high-value matters.  

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

From the Chambers UK guide

John LaMaster is an expert in oil and gas transactions and has particular experience in corporate deals and project development work. Clients think of him as someone who "is extremely knowledgeable and gives excellent advice in a highly efficient manner." He handles matters in a wide range of locations, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Vinson & Elkins RLLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alexander Msimang is managing partner of the London office. He advises on a range of project and transactional oil and gas issues for a variety of clients, including developers, lenders and governmental bodies. "When he talks everyone is listening. He's a cool, calm, collected operator who I would rather have on my side of the fence," says one market commentator.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Bob Palmer attracts praise from a series of clients for his "excellent advice, availability and responsiveness." He regularly handles oil and gas project and transactional issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, among other jurisdictions. Sources say he has the ability to "grasp the legal and commercial complexities and then clearly articulate the issue and provide strong, decisive and clear advice."

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Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill is known for his extensive knowledge, with one client noting: "He is an expert in oil and gas." He handles a range of corporate and development work and has particular experience dealing with matters in the Middle East.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Penelope Warne is "steeped in oil and gas work," according to market commentators. She is head of energy as well as senior partner and chair of the firm’s UK board. 

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Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Wood is "an exceptionally good lawyer" who handles power and oil and gas issues and has particular experience of African energy matters. 

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Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Danielle Beggs heads the oil and gas team at Dentons. Sources highlight the "breadth and depth of her knowledge," as well as her ability to connect with clients. She has particular knowledge of energy matters in Africa.

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of finance Adam Dann has a range of experience in oil and gas work. He handles numerous corporate and commercial issues, including M&A, joint ventures and financings. Sources say: "He knows the industry inside-out, understands the commercial drivers for a business and gives advice that is consistent with that. Because of his experience, he goes for simple solutions that are entirely effective."  

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Griffin recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy. He is a well regarded oil and gas specialist, and has over 30 years' experience in the area. His practice covers both transactional and contentious work.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Hagopian provides clients with "a great understanding of the LNG industry fundamentals, exceptional knowledge of financial and corporate aspects of LNG projects and outstanding contributions in commercial negotiations." He is both US and UK-qualified and has a range of oil and gas project finance experience alongside that in relation to LNG work. 

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Anna Howell is co-head of the firm's global energy group. She specialises in cross-border transactions in the energy sphere and has an emphasis on oil and gas matters. She has significant international experience having worked in the firm's Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong offices.

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Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul McGoldrick has extensive in-house oil and gas experience, having worked for Marathon Oil, ARCO and ExxonMobil. "He knows the UK industry inside-out and he's good with clients," say market sources. He handles a range of transactional and operational matters, including joint venture issues, both domestically and abroad. 

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King & Spalding International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Garry Pegg is managing partner of the London office. He handles both the corporate and commercial aspects of energy matters, including M&A, joint ventures and project finance. He has particular experience in oil and gas and electricity matters. He is seen by the market as "a very hands-on, very dynamic and hard-working lawyer who knows the oil and gas business very well."  

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Pick "has a reputation for being collaborative, understanding the full picture and moving issues forward in a non-confrontational way" according to market sources. He specialises in project development and finance and has a depth of experience in both oil and gas and power issues. He heads the energy, transportation and infrastructure team in London.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Ransome specialises in major infrastructure and project financing across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has extensive experience in oil and gas financings with a cross-border element.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Roberts is a respected name in the oil and gas arena and regarded as "extremely knowledgeable in the industry" by sources. He is experienced in both upstream and midstream issues and handles LNG project development and a wide range of commercial matters. 

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Tyler is a highly experienced oil and gas practitioner. He handles a range of matters, including financings, acquisitions, and restructurings, and has extensive experience advising clients on regulatory matters.  

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Russell Wells heads the global energy and resources group and is known to be "the kind of guy who wants to get a deal done and is pleasant to work with." He has "a great reputation" and operates across both oil and gas and power in a corporate and commercial context.  

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Baker "is always contactable and offers excellent advice," says one source, continuing: "He is an excellent commercial lawyer." He handles both UK and international power and oil and gas work and has experience of the financing of LNG projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. 

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Nicholas Buckworth "knows his markets well" and note his project finance and development expertise. He is well respected in both power and oil and gas matters and frequently represents sponsors, lenders and financial institutions domestically and internationally.  

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Hamill of Mayer Brown International LLP is valued by market commentators for his willingness to "take the time and understand clients' businesses and issues." One source says: "He's very thorough and always shows you the positives and negatives of any situation in a very efficient manner." His practice centres around joint ventures, M&A and corporate finance.  

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

From the Chambers UK guide

Marc Hammerson's "wealth of deal experience is helpful" to his clients and he attracts praise for his extensive work on energy matters in Africa. "When I have an oil and gas question, he's my first port of call," says one source, continuing: "If you need him on a call at silly o'clock in the morning, he will make himself available and that's just fantastically valuable." 

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Fiona Hobbs specialises in oil and gas and has experience across a broad range of work in the project development, M&A and finance spheres. She co-heads the oil and gas team and has represented a range of well-known companies, both domestic and international.

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Hamish McArdle has "the ability to pick up on things very quickly," according to clients who describe him as "a highly qualified expert who takes a wide range of issues into consideration when providing legal opinion." He has significant experience in oil and gas matters, including LNG, upstream and midstream issues.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dominic Morris "is approachable and one of those lawyers who you can talk things through with very easily," according to one client, who adds: "You get candid, quick advice and he has a commercial mind." He regularly advises energy clients on corporate transactions.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

The "exceptionally talented" Stephen Murray "has solutions for some of the most complicated issues," according to market commentators. He specialises in oil and gas transactional issues and has represented a range of high-profile clients. 

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Co-head of energy Jeremy Parr brings a depth of corporate experience to his energy work. His expertise includes joint venture and takeover transactions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Prowse "really knows his stuff in relation to LNG," say sources. He represents a range of oil and gas companies as well as governments and lenders. He regularly advises on transactional issues across the globe, including in Africa, the Caribbean, the USA, Europe and the Middle East.

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Rowley is described as a "very good commercial lawyer" as well as "incredibly experienced." His experience includes advising on a range of contractual oil and gas matters, including LNG issues.  

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Bond Dickinson

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Stockley is described by market commentators as a "very detailed, very experienced and pragmatic" lawyer. He is head of the firm's oil and gas team and has significant experience with upstream issues.  

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Stopford focuses on project and transactional work. Market commentators say: "He's an outstanding project leader with in-depth knowledge and broad experience in the oil and gas sector." He has particular expertise in multi-sourced financings.  

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Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

Huw Thomas regularly advises on a range of financing transactions in the oil and gas industry, including project and acquisition financing. He has recently handled reserve-based loan transactions and various other financings for upstream oil and gas assets.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Tysoe is "a class act" according to market commentators. He deals with a range of corporate oil and gas matters, including M&A, project development and finance. He has particular experience in cross-border transactions, including African and Latin American deals.  

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "really commercial" Rubin Weston regularly advises on the financing of projects in fast developing markets including Russia and Eastern Europe. He has a wide range of energy experience and has particular expertise in oil and gas matters. "He is always trying to understand what drives us and what constraints and peculiarities we have," says a client.  

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

John Balsdon is well regarded by sources for his work in project finance. He specialises in oil and gas work and his expertise includes structured trade finance and reserve-based lending.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Castle's energy experience includes upstream oil and gas work, as well as petrochemical matters. He regularly works on transactions in a number of overseas jurisdictions, including those in Africa, Asia and America.  

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Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers UK guide

John Conlin is an oil and gas practitioner with a focus on upstream M&A, development projects and joint ventures. Market sources know him to be "a well-regarded oil and gas lawyer and a good upstream lawyer."   

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Dalton is an accomplished corporate lawyer with significant experience of oil and gas issues. He is frequently engaged in acquisitions, disposals and project development. 

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Hywel Davies maintains a broad practice across a range of corporate and commercial transactions. He is well respected for his oil and gas expertise and his experience includes M&A, private equity transactions and equity financings in the space.  

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Baker Botts UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Exley regularly handles M&A energy work. Sources describe him as "a very experienced oil and gas lawyer who can provide a lot of value to clients." He is experienced in dealing with both upstream and downstream issues.  

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Finlay advises on a range of energy and infrastructure work. He has a wealth of experience in project financing and M&A work. Clients value his "can-do mindset" and "client-focused approach to problem solving."

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E&A Law Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Ana Stanic, founder of E&A Law Limited, is described by market sources as "very analytical, a good negotiator, hard-working and effective." She is experienced in oil and gas issues in the UK, across Europe and in many other overseas jurisdictions. 

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Up and Coming

Bracewell (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ben James is "developing a good reputation” in the oil and gas sector. He is frequently involved in advising exploration and production companies across a range of transactional and financial issues, as well as development matters. One market commentator describes him as "constructive, pragmatic and commercial in his approach."   

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Associates to watch

King & Spalding International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nina Howell impresses clients with her "extremely good understanding of the concepts" and her ability to "put them into plain language." She specialises in infrastructure and project finance work and has a wealth of experience in LNG matters. Sources say: "She's a joy to work with and a very good lawyer."

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Associates to watch

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline-Lucy Moran has a corporate energy focus, regularly advising on joint ventures and M&A work. "She has a very good attitude and a very good understanding of a complex subject matter," according to one client.

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