Energy & Natural Resources

Energy and natural resources is a core area of practice at Quadrant Chambers.

Having long been recognised for our expertise in matters relating to the international trade and carriage of hydrocarbons, chambers’ practice has diversified to encompass every aspect of this rapidly-growing field.  Today members are involved in some of the largest and most complex energy disputes proceeding in Court and (more frequently) international arbitration.

Whilst the majority of our instructions in these areas are in confidential arbitrations, members have also appeared in a number of the more important reported decisions in recent years, such as Petromec Inc v Petrobras [2007] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 629 (concerning the upgrade of P-36 platform, then the largest production platform in the world), Seadrill Management Services Ltd v OAO Gazprom [2010] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 543 (one of the largest drilling contract and oil field exploration cases to come to the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in recent years), and Taurus Petroleum Ltd v State Oil Marketing Company of the Ministry of Oil, Republic of Iraq [2018] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 29 (Supreme Court decision on enforcement against state-owned oil company via third party debt orders over letters of credit).

A number of members are recommended for Energy & Natural Resources work in the leading independent directories, including individual tier 1 rankings in Chambers & Partners; silk and junior rankings in Legal 500.  Chambers is also ranked as a leading set for Energy work by the Legal 500. In recent years members have received nominations and awards from the directories for their work in this area (e.g. Lionel Persey Q.C. named Legal 500 ‘Silk of the Year in Energy & Projects’ in 2014, and nominated as Construction and Energy Silk of the Year in 2018). Chambers boasts the author of the leading work on marine offshore contracts (Simon Rainey QC ‘The Law of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts’ (4th Edn, 2018)), as well as numerous members who speak and lecture regularly to industry events (C5, Bimco, etc.).  Chambers’ Energy Steering Committee hosts an annual conference themed around topical issues in energy litigation, which typically draws a full house.

Members practising in these areas typically adopt a hands-on approach, combining considerable technical and industry knowledge with traditional legal and forensic skills.   Our members receive instructions solely as well as in teams typically led by our more senior members.  They are comfortable working closely with experts from a wide-range of disciplines: including process engineers, structural engineers, architects/designers, project management and planning specialists, delay analysts, chemists, quantity surveyors, forensic accountants, overseas lawyers and many more.  Our barristers are frequently instructed from the early stages and throughout the dispute resolution process, advising clients on strategic decisions along the way, collating and preparing evidence, and working together with clients and experts to ensure the case is set on the right course and prepared correctly for trial or final hearing.

Our members have experience across the full spectrum of issues which can arise in this field, including for example:

  • Drilling and exploration projects
  • Energy generation and exploitation rights
  • Off and onshore construction and engineering disputes
  • Refinery and pipeline disputes
  • Rig/FPSO conversion projects
  • Maintenance and refurbishment disputes
  • Topside equipment and process technology upgrades
  • EPC Contracts
  • Joint venture disputes
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Renewable and sustainable energy
  • Cutting-edge technology: e.g. windfarms, LNG plants, gas-to-liquid technology
  • Environmental issues, spillages, pollution incidents
  • Carriage and disposal of nuclear waste
  • Specialised forms for the chartering of FPSOs and offshore equipment
  • Knock-for-knock and mutual indemnity regimes
  • Specialised contracts/warranties relating to LNG (boil-off, regasification)
  • Sale and purchase disputes in the energy sector
  • Heavylift disputes
  • International sale and carriage of hydrocarbons
  • Related finance, insurance and reinsurance disputes
  • Related jurisdiction and applicable law
  • Related assertions of Sovereign Immunity by parastatals active in these fields

... "simply an excellent set, with a number of strong energy practitioners" ...

(Legal 500 , 2020)

... "very strong in commercial energy disputes" ...

(Legal 500, 2019)

... "a collection of highly regarded and sought after specialist barristers" ...

(Chambers UK, 2017)

"‘a number of top performers in the energy sphere"

(Legal 500, 2016)