HCO has wide experience in dealing with matters concerning the Energy and Offshore sectors advising on most upstream and downstream matters and disputes, involving exploration; drilling; extraction infrastructure on and offshore; rigs; FPSOs; LNG; shuttle tankers; heavy-lift units and offshore spreads; pipelines; refineries and power stations; decommissioning; and energy insurance, including CAR policies.  The Firm has also conducted energy and natural resources commodity trading disputes in ICC arbitration concerning the international sale of oil, relating to many aspects including quality, quantity, and delivery and payment terms. 

The Firm’s combined experience has also encompassed advising on;

  • Disputes on behalf of an East European State owned oil company under a 1 million tonne refining contract, successfully defending allegations of short delivery relating to product;
  • Disputes arising under a long term LNG contract involving US interests (see also published Articles relating to the legal aspects of LNG trade);
  • The terms of a billion dollar contract for the construction of 3 JUR, and handling various construction disputes arising from building of equipment for use off shore;
  • The impact of international sanctions (against such countries as Iran) upon existing and intended business; a major issue in today’s world affecting many commercial relationships, with potentially grave consequences if not fully considered;
  • ICC arbitration dealing with the effect of the sanctions regime against Serbia upon the obligations of the parties under contracts of sale;

Renewable Energy & Environmental Law

HCO’s team experience includes having advised in connection with the terms of participation of the SWRDA sponsored landmark Wave Hub Project off the coast of Cornwall, and various Wind Power projects in Greece and elsewhere. HCO regularly advises clients in connection with the removal of electricity generation waste products from power plants.