CMS

Coronavirus

Stick to letter of the law

04/06/2020

The challenges of the combination of Covid-19 and the fall in the oil price continue to place enormous stress on the industry. While those offshore have remained at their workplaces, albeit in smaller numbers and under strange and difficult circumstances, in order to maintain production from the UKCS, others who have now spent two months working from home are beginning to consider a return to the office or work site.

Coronavirus

CMS: Lockdown’s legal issues

06/05/2020

We are all getting used to the challenges of the lockdown. As it becomes clear that this situation is going to continue for some time, we need to consider the legal implications of the stress caused to businesses by the double blows of Covid-19 and the oil price fall.

Coronavirus

How we respond in a crisis defines us

10/04/2020

None of us have been in a situation remotely like this before. The rules and the facts are changing daily and it can be overwhelming to try to keep up with developments.

Opinion

2020 – A busy year ahead

08/01/2020

Following the result of the general election, we can now expect to leave the EU at the end of January, although very little will change on that date as we will move into a transitional period when existing EU rules and trade terms continue to apply in the UK.

Opinion

CMS: Intricacies of interim terms

03/12/2019

Reviewing the past year is made much easier for me by our annual publication on legal developments in oil and gas, the latest edition of which came out in September.

Decom

Decommissioning: turning trash into treasure

06/11/2019

As decommissioning becomes a significant part of activity on the UK Continental Shelf, more businesses are taking the opportunity to expand their existing offerings to include decommissioning-related services.

North Sea

UK could adopt Norwegian tax system to incentivise exploration

01/07/2019

One of the big challenges facing the UKCS is the need to increase the amount of exploration activity – the eight exploration wells drilled in 2018 represented the lowest level of activity since 1965, although there have been some notable recent successes such as the massive Glengorm gas discovery announced by Total in January and the technical success rate over recent years has averaged more than 50%.

North Sea

Shape of things to come in UK M&A market

08/05/2019

Following a period of relatively low deal activity, in 2018 we started to see an uptick in deals – but that has paused slightly since the oil price fall at the end of 2018. Are there more deals to be done, or has oil price volatility cooled off the M&A market? What do the trends and themes seen in some of the latest UKCS M&A deals tell us?

Events

Teams in running for HR awards

18/04/2019

Judges have whittled down dozens of applicants to reveal the shortlist for terrific teams and tremendous teachers at the north-east’s most prestigious HR awards.

Insights

How to plan for no-deal Brexit

05/03/2019

Many businesses have been preparing for months for Brexit, but in hope and expectation there would be a withdrawal agreement under which we would have 20 months of transition to implement plans for our ultimate exit.

Africa

Oil and gas investment landscape in Nigeria

08/02/2019

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and one of the most popular sub-Saharan states to have received foreign investment from European, US and Chinese investors over recent years. It is one of the world’s larger oil producing countries, with daily production of nearly two million barrels, more than twice that of the UK. It has been a member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) since 1971.

Decom

From recycling to re-use

10/01/2019

At Oil & Gas UK and Decom North Sea’s Decommissioning Conference in St Andrews in November there was a presentation about the potential for decommissioning to contribute to the circular economy, and in particular the need to move our focus from recycling to re-use.