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Energy & natural resources

“If you have a case you need to win with very high stakes, you can’t really go wrong with them”

(Chambers Global 2017)

Members of 7KBW have considerable expertise in oil and gas trading, exploration and exploitation disputes. Members also have a deep understanding of the issues which arise out of the sale, construction, financing, operation and insurance of offshore structures.  These include pipelines, cables, refineries, petrochemical plants, power stations, drill ships, FPSOs and many different types of drilling rigs.  Much of the work involves multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Areas covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Carbon Credits
  • Contracts (sale of oil, gas and coal)
  • Drill ships
  • Drilling rigs
  • Environmental issues
  • Exploration and exploitation agreements
  • Licensing of oil and gas fields
  • Mining disputes
  • Oil and Gas (upstream, midstream and downstream)
  • Pipeline disputes
  • Pollution
  • Power stations
  • Processing and production plants


Some of the leading energy cases dealt with by members of 7KBW include:

  • Petrosaudi in Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd v Novo Banco SA & Ors. A case in which the Court of Appeal has reaffirmed the autonomy of a letter of credit, and its independence from the underlying transaction to which it stood as security.
  • PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v. O.W. Bunker Malta [2016] UKSC 23 – sale of marine fuels, described by Lloyd’s List as “the most spectacular shipping legal imbroglio so far this century”.
  • Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone Inc and Ors [2013] EWHC 2767 (Comm) – this case was  monumental, described by the trial judge as “gargantuan in scope”.
  • Buncefield litigation – One of the largest explosions in peacetime England that resulted in extensive damage and injuries to property in the area. One of the largest ever judgments given in the House of Lords.
  • Metro litigation – Litigation that arose out of the collapse in 1998 of metro Trading International (MIT) and Metro Oil Corporation (MOC)
  • Members are also acting for 4 defendants in one of the largest cases currently set down in the Commercial Court, the SBM MOPUSTOR litigation, concerning the decommissioning of an oil rig in the North Sea. Seven members have also been instructed in relation to the South Stream gas pipeline (linking Russia and Europe).


7KBW is a “highly regarded set and rightly so as it has many stars” – Legal 500 2015

“The premier set for energy-related insurance disputes” – Legal 500 2015



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