Oil and gas disputes

Our upstream oil and gas disputes lawyers have acted in some of the most complex disputes of recent years and are keenly aware of the contractual, economic and technical issues affecting the upstream oil and gas industry.
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The upstream disputes group represents a broad mix of oil and gas companies including independents, IOCs, and NOCs in connection with disputes relating to production sharing contracts (PSCs), joint operating agreements (JOAs), farm-in and farm-out agreements, oilfield service contracts, international investment treaty claims and international border disputes and unitisation agreements.

Our international arbitration practice

Stephenson Harwood's international arbitration team is known for its experience across a broad range of arbitration centres, including the ICC, ICDR, ICSID, LCIA and SIAC as well as in UNCITRAL arbitrations. We deal with complex, important arbitrations in every significant economic sector.

Our partners and associates serve as counsel and arbitrators, and members of our team have authored the leading professional text books on the LCIA Arbitration Rules, on the English Arbitration Act and on the practice of international arbitration in Africa.

Our energy practice

Stephenson Harwood has a leading reputation in the energy sector, particularly in relation to oil and gas transactions and projects, the offshore services industry and renewables. Our clients include high profile names such as GDF Suez, E.ON, Total, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eland Oil & Gas and a number of national government entities.

Farm-in dispute

Claiming damages from a JOA operator of an onshore block in sub-Saharan Africa, under the farm-in agreement, the JOA and PSC.

Gas pricing

Resisting a claim for a reduction in the price of North Sea gas under a price review clause following the alleged imposition of an environmental tax.

Claim against the operator

Representing an independent oil company in a dispute concerning the conduct of the exploration and production activities in an offshore block (Africa) and farm out terms.

Deep water drilling

Representing the oil field operator in an UNCITRAL arbitration involving claims under an oilfield drilling services agreement.

Subsea pipeline

Representing an IOC producer in a dispute concerning the engineering, construction and rights of use of a subsea gas pipeline.

Drilling dispute

Represented the operator of a deep water oil field in a US$150 million LCIA arbitration against a contractor that failed to properly drill a number oil wells.

Forfeiture dispute

Representing the Operator in an UNCITRAL arbitration the forfeiture of the JOA interest of a defaulting party relating to an offshore India gas field.

Royalty/tax dispute

Advised a South Asian government in a US$4 billion UNCITRAL arbitration relating to the liability for payment of royalties and cost-recoverability of a statutory levy on crude oil.

International gas pipeline

Advising the operator in relation to a multi-party dispute concerning the allocation of capacity in a transnational pipeline.

ICSID arbitration

Between an independent US exploration and development company and a Caribbean state concerning the redevelopment of an offshore oil field concession.

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