Energy & Natural Resources

4 Stone Buildings are instructed on high-profile and high-value energy and natural resources disputes acting for, amongst others, energy companies, investors, government bodies, and states.  We understand the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving energy and natural resources industry and are able to offer comprehensive and tailored solutions to our clients based on the latest legal, regulatory, and commercial developments.

We are often instructed on purely contractual disputes arising in the sector, as well as disputes intersecting with our other areas of expertise.  Our specialisms in company law, partnership and fiduciary duties generally are of particular use to disputes in the sector involving, as they often do, the fall-out from joint-ventures, and the misappropriation of corporate opportunities.  Our insolvency specialism is appreciated by our clients where one or more of the parties is insolvent, or where that is in issue.  Our members also have a great deal of specialist knowledge and experience of the energy markets generally and their regulation.

In recent years members of Chambers have acted in a range of different matters, including for:

  • The Government of Rwanda, in relation to a commercial dispute involving new technology for generating electricity from natural resources;
  • Dana Gas in relation to the termination of an upstream oil joint venture;
  • Gulf Keystone in its defence of a claim for a share of its exploration rights in Iraqi Kurdistan;
  • Global Energy Horizons Corp and Robert Gray in relation to the misappropriation of a corporate opportunity concerning new technology designed to increase production of inaccessible oil and gas reserves;
  • OFGEM in respect of urgent energy related matters, specifically in cases of insolvency energy supply companies.