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Quadrant Chambers Annual Energy Disputes Event 2018: Oil & Gas Sunset? Energy Disputes Post Peak Oil


Our Annual Energy Disputes Seminar, was held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 with the generous co-operation of Clyde & Co. 

Our panel of specialist energy dispute lawyers, industry in-house legal counsel and barristers provided insight into areas such as 'force majeure questions in a mature basin', 'offshore decommissioning' and bribery issues facing the sector. We also heard from in-house counsel on the challenges they are facing and what the future holds. 

Speakers included Annabel Dearing, in-house counsel at BB Energy, David Leckie, Partner at Clyde & Co, Simon Rainey QC and James M Turner QC from Quadrant Chambers. Nigel Cooper QC chaired the event. 

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Chaired by Nigel Cooper QC

‘When Things Fall Apart’… Force Majeure Questions in a Mature Basin – Simon Rainey QC, Quadrant Chambers

Simon Rainey QC considers the potentially tricky issues arising with the operation of typical O&G models of Force Majeure provision against the background of ageing infrastructure, illustrated by the recent Forties Pipeline System shutdown by Ineos, and the lessons taught in Scottish Power v BP Exploration [2016] EWCA Civ 1043 and other recent cases.

“Offshore Decommissioning – The Prospect for Disputes” – James M Turner QC, Quadrant Chambers

Bribery Act 2010 update - David Leckie, Partner, Clyde & Co

  • Recent cases and trends
  • Deferred prosecution agreements
  • Internal investigations and privilege
  • Global issues

Challenges, Opportunities and a look at the Future for In-House Counsel – Annabel Dearing, In-house Counsel, BB Energy

Annabel will look at a number of topical issues facing in-house counsel. She gives the inside track on disruptors, legal apps, the stealthy rise of AI as well as the current challenges in-house legal functions are facing and what the future could hold for them.  She will also draw on a wealth of experience to give us her views on how to work successfully with an external counsel team.