Oil & Gas disputes are just better. What other industry sends a crawler down a two kilometre deep hole to blow itself up and thus cut the drill pipe?
We understand the technical nuances pertinent to the oil and gas sector, from operational structures and specialist contracts, to the unique and technical issues that form a daily part of operations. We also understand and enjoy the pragmatism of the sector: many times the parties in a dispute will have an eye to the future where they expect or hope to work further with each other.
That understanding informs an approach of ensuring clarity from the outset for our clients as to process, cost, strength of claim and the inevitable risk factors in any dispute – but also the better opportunities to seek early resolution and minimise the strain on any inter-party relationship that could continue. That said: we will tell you who should win, and if you want us to go to war, then we go to war…
The team is led by Euan Palmer, with more than 15 years of experience advising clients in the sector. We act for international companies on both sides of Operator/Contractor disputes arising out of drilling operations, and also Operator/Non-operator disputes arising out of transportation and asset sharing agreements, farm-ins, joint ventures, and other inter-operator agreements.