Strategic, specialist legal advice for the oil and gas industry in the UKCS, and beyond.
The oil and gas practice provides a seamless legal service for the oil industry, principally in the UKCS but also internationally.
The team advises upstream companies on a range of issues including exploration (contracting and regulatory matters); development (including acquisition, divestment and farm-in arrangements); operational matters (such as transportation and joint operations); and decommissioning (including security arrangements, contracting and regulatory matters).
In addition, Laura and Uisdean can advise on a wide range of construction and contracting issues for the service sector. Drawing on support from colleagues across Ledingham Chalmers, the team can also provide support in respect of general corporate issues, employment queries, dispute resolution and property-related matters.
Between them, Uisdean and Laura boast 30 years’ experience in working on UKCS matters. Uisdean has a further 17 years international experience living in the USA, Venezuela and Brazil. Since returning to Scotland in 2003, Uisdean has advised clients based in Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Some of the recent experience of Uisdean and Laura includes -
Both Uisdean and Laura are well known oil and gas practitioners and noted commentators. They both frequently present to the industry in respect of key transactional topics (farm-in arrangements, transportation and decommissioning) as well as more regulatory and commercial topics (MER, collaboration and general contracting principles). Both have recently contributed chapters to the forthcoming revised edition of Oil and Gas Law: Current Practices and Emerging Trends by Gordon, Paterson and Usenmez.
The team can also provide a range of training and development seminars including general sessions on key industry topics (including farm-in arrangements, decommissioning security, transportation and key contracting principles) as well as presentations tailored to meet exact client requirements, intended transactions or projects.
Ledingham Chalmers is a member of Oil & Gas UK and both Uisdean and Laura are members of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). Uisdean is the Scottish Coordinator for the AIPN and is also Ledingham Chalmers’ Norway team leader.
Lawyers get lost? - Do lawyers need to “get lost” for proper collaboration and safety advances to happen in the oil and gas industry? Unsurprisingly, we say no, but there’s work to be done.