CMS

Opinion

CMS: Leading in a crisis

There are as many opinions of good leadership as there are management books and business schools.  For me, the important priorities are being honest, transparent and authentic, having a clear vision of your goal, a clear strategy to reach that goal, and the empathy, energy, commitment and confidence to inspire your team to work collaboratively towards it. It is also important to innovate, to do things differently, to find new ways, to be agile and to be supportive. Communication of all of this is key.

Promoted

Successful innovation requires good corporate governance

The energy industry is in the midst of a deep and wide-ranging digital transformation.  While Covid-19 and lower oil and gas prices have disrupted many investment programmes, the direction of travel is clear – the industry needs to continue to invest in innovation and the development and deployment of new processes and technologies.   Not to do so risks being left behind.

Opinion

HSE’s guiding role amid Covid crisis

Two years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster we wrote about the challenges facing the North Sea: the large, experienced operators replaced with new entrants to the world of exploration, production and operatorship, the tight budgets and contractor margins.

Coronavirus

Stick to letter of the law

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

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.

Opinion

How we respond in a crisis defines us

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

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

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.

Oil & Gas

Decommissioning: turning trash into treasure

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

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%.