Pinsent Masons


Policy vacuum risks blowing Scotland’s net zero carbon drive off course

Scotland will struggle to reach its net zero carbon targets unless Holyrood takes a swift and stronger grip on planning policy surrounding the deployment of taller turbine models, as well as a permissive approach to repowering of first-generation onshore windfarms with the latest technology.


Established players refocusing, not retreating

In Aberdeen this week more than 36,000 global oil and gas professionals have gathered to debate, lecture, promote and celebrate the achievements of the energy industry at the biennial SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition.


Firms urged to assess risk exposure to IR35 changes

A fundamental shake up of the tax rules applying to contractors has the potential to cause increased costs and risks to the oil and gas industry.


Debut delegates need to learn the ropes

Oil and gas technology law specialist and head of corporate for Pinsent Masons in Aberdeen, Martin Ewan, could be described as a veteran of OTC in Houston.


No room for complacency with the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap in the energy sector has been attributed in some part to ongoing recruitment problems in the industry, but Erica Kinmond, an employment law and diversity & inclusion specialist, and vice chair of Aberdeen’s Axis Network which promotes equal gender balance in the energy sector, says organisations should also look within to address the issue.