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‘Great uncertainty’ for employers using Covid-19 furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the "Scheme") was announced on 20 March 2020 and opened to applications on 20 April 2020. By 23 April 2020 it had received 512,000 claims in respect of 3.8 million furloughed employees. However, a great deal of uncertainty remains around the application of the Scheme to businesses in the oil and gas sector.


MAC report recommendations could simplify the new immigration system

The topic of immigration has been front page news this week across the UK.  In Scotland there have been calls for a 'Scottish visa' and devolution of immigration powers.  The UK Government also announced this week that a new global talent visa category will open from 20 February 2020 to encourage scientists, researchers and mathematicians to come to the UK.  And yesterday, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reported on its recommendations for the new single skills-based immigration system which will come into effect following the Brexit implementation period.  All change then on the immigration front.


Plan, prepare and pre-empt: Watchwords for 2020

The new year always brings into focus those things which have been delayed or ignored over the last twelve months. In a corporate setting this can be damaging to a business and in the oil and gas industry, it could have significant compliance issues. With that in mind, there are some key areas oil and gas businesses should turn their attention to, to be fully prepared for entering 2020.


Securing investment in UKCS oil and gas projects

While it is becoming commonplace to hear the names of investors reported  alongside the names of their investee companies who have acquired UKCS assets, obtaining investment in oil and gas projects remains a complex area for independent oil and gas companies looking to grow their presence, or international organisations hoping to invest in the UKCS.


All Energy: Recent Developments in the Green Loan Market

Green finance has been a hot topic over the last few years. Although opinions differ as to exactly what sort of financial activity falls into this sphere, generally any provision of debt or equity funding to take forward a project or product that is expected to reap an environmental benefit could be said to be green finance.   Financing of renewable energy projects and climate change mitigation initiatives are usually referred to as key aspects of green finance.

Oil & Gas

2018 to be year of service sector M&A deals, Brodies says

For the UKCS upstream oil & gas sector, 2017 could perhaps be labelled the year of “cautious optimism”. We have heard that phrase a lot over the last twelve months. The optimism may have been well-founded though, as after a hiatus in upstream deals in 2015 and 2016, caused by the oil price crash and compounded by specific issues related to the maturity of the basin – such as aging infrastructure, decommissioning cost and deal complexity - in 2017, things picked up and we have seen the signing and completion of a number of significant deals.

Other News

Pinsent Masons and Brodies hail revenue increases

Two law firms with operations in Aberdeen managed to grow their revenues in 2015/16, they revealed today. Pinsent Masons recorded global turnover of £382.3million in the year to April 30, 2016, up 5.5% on the previous 12 months. The firm’s profits per partner increased by 2.3% to £550,000.