Mr Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

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Energy & Natural Resources

Oil and gas: are you in control? Parent company liability in Ogale Community v Shell
United Kingdom | 02 April 2018

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that a claim against an English-domiciled parent of a foreign oil and gas company may not proceed in the English courts if the claimants are unable to prove that the parent owed them a duty of care. The decision highlights that the court will look closely at the influence of group policies and the extent of practical or shared control that the parent has over the operations that are the subject of a claim.

Oil and gas consultancy agreements: giving effect to parties' true intentions in a commercial context
United Kingdom | 05 March 2018

The Court of Appeal has provided guidance as to what the words "fully operational and enforceable" in an agreement might mean in the context of a production sharing agreement in Kurdistan – in particular, whether such an agreement may be considered fully operational and enforceable without ratification by the Federal Government of Iraq. In doing so, the Court of Appeal ventured into an area that is hotly contested in Iraq.