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Rob Wilson


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Rob Wilson is a partner and Head of the firm’s Energy Disputes Practice. He has been advising on disputes since 1994 and has worked with the energy sector since 1998.

Rob is dual qualified (Scotland and England & Wales) and experienced in litigation (both in England and Scotland), international arbitration (including UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC and LMAA) as well as mediation both as mediator and in representing clients. He is also often engaged by clients with regard to the avoidance of disputes before proceedings are commenced. Much of Rob’s work is of an international nature and in particular he is known for advising on construction/engineering issues arising out of EPC contracts.

Rob’s team is an extension to the firm’s transactional oil and gas, power and renewables team. This allows for a seamless flow in the advice required by energy clients. In recent years the team has advised on a wide range of energy disputes including JOA disputes, LNG and natural gas price reviews, transportation and processing disputes, termination issues, pipeline disputes, FPSO and rig disputes, insolvency issues, EPC disputes involving variation orders, consequential loss and force majeure claims, investment treaty claims, defects claims in relation to power stations and wind farms, judicial review proceedings in relation to renewables projects and regulatory breaches in the power sector.

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"He is thorough in his preparation and tenacious in negotiations. He is very comprehensive and built us a bulletproof defence."

Chambers UK, 2015

"Excellent London and Edinburgh-based energy disputes head Rob Wilson handles cross-border work, including international arbitration."

Legal 500, 2015

"Always very articulate, professional and courteous, very quick to understand what we need and excellent at clearly explaining our legal position and options."

Chambers UK, 2014

"personal and experienced and has good technical abilities."

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • A trading affiliate of a major international oil company in relation to a 14 party, UNCITRAL Rules arbitration relating to the operation of an oil transportation agreement.
  • An operator in the Middle East in relation to an LCIA arbitration and claims of approx. USD 450m arising from a construction contract relating to an oilfield development project.
  • A major oil & gas services company in relation to litigation in the TCC in London arising from a contract to design, fabricate and construct process packages for installation onto an FPSO.
  • A major offshore services company in relation to litigation arising from the drilling of an onshore well and the drilling of side-tracks.
  • An international drilling contractor in relation to an LCIA arbitration in relation to taxation issues in Angola.
  • An oil company in relation to issues arising from the drilling of a dry well offshore Namibia.
  • An EPC contractor in relation to litigation in the TCC and later the Court of Appeal on claims and counterclaims arising from the fabrication and construction of the topsides of an FPSO.
  • A major utility in relation to allegations of miss-selling and breaches of the Standard Licence Conditions.
  • A windfarm owner in relation to issues arising from an O&M Agreement and associated claims including those relating to the availability warranty.
  • A power generating equipment supplier in relation to issues arising from the supply of turbines to a power plant in the Middle East. 
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2002 - ADR Group Accredited Mediator 2002

2001 - UK Oil and Gas Law Course, University of Dundee, Dundee

1999 - Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales

1999 - Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test

1993 - Enrolled as a Solicitor and Notary Public in Scotland

1991 - Diploma in Legal Practice, Glasgow University, Glasgow

1990 - LLB (Hons), Glasgow University, Glasgow

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Member, Law Society

Member, Law Society of Scotland

ICC Commission on Arbitration: Task Force on National Rules of Procedure for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Awards pursuant to the New York Convention of 1958

Committee Member of Civil Justice and Remuneration Committees, Law Society of Scotland

Member, International Bar Association (IBA)

Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

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13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
Oil and Gas: Are you in con­trol? Par­ent com­pany li­ab­il­ity in Ogale...
The re­cent Court of Ap­peal de­cision in Ogale Com­munity & Ors v Roy­al Dutch Shell Plc (“RDS”) and Shell Pet­ro­leum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany of Ni­ger­ia Ltd (“SP­DC”) [2018] EW­CA Civ 191 has con­firmed that a claim against an Eng­lish-dom­i­ciled par­ent of a for­eign oil.
Prop­erty In­sur­ance Cap­ab­il­ity
Oil & Gas Con­sultancy Agree­ments: Giv­ing ef­fect to parties' true in­ten­tions...
In Monde Pet­ro­leum SA v West­ernzagros Ltd [2018] EW­CA Civ 25, 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 (Ir­aq).
Memor­andum of (mis) un­der­stand­ing: pit­falls of a sub­sequent agree­ment...
Where prob­lems arise in oil and gas con­tracts, it is not un­com­mon for the parties to seek to ad­dress those prob­lems arising un­der the ori­gin­al con­tract with a sub­sequent, modi­fy­ing agree­ment. The Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court in HSM Off­shore BV v Aker Off­shore.
Nor­way’s Court of Ap­peal up­holds valid­ity of new tar­iffs for the trans­port...
The Court of Ap­peal in Nor­way has now pub­lished its highly an­ti­cip­ated rul­ing on the ‘Gassled’ ap­peal, fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful chal­lenge to the valid­ity of tar­iffs for the trans­port of gas in the Dis­trict Court in Oslo.
Com­mer­cial Court in Scot­land In­creases Em­phas­is on ADR
The Court of Ses­sion has is­sued new re­quire­ments for com­mer­cial ac­tions, tak­ing ef­fect from 27 March 2017. The re­quire­ments high­light a change in em­phas­is for al­tern­at­ive dis­pute res­ol­u­tion, in­clud­ing spe­cif­ic pro­vi­sions re­quir­ing parties to con­sider ADR at.
It takes two to ar­bit­rate: but in what cir­cum­stances will a Court...
In Sil­ver Dry Bulk Com­pany Ltd v Homer Hul­bert Mari­time Com­pany Ltd [2017] EWHC 44 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court has af­firmed that whilst it “takes two to ar­bit­rate, just as it does to tango”, the Court will nev­er­the­less take a strict ap­proach with re­gards to.
Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence Round 2: what next for is­land wind in Scot­land?...
In Novem­ber 2016, the UK Gov­ern­ment re­leased de­tails of the second Con­tracts for Dif­fer­ence (“CfD”) auc­tion. £290m of gov­ern­ment-backed con­tracts will be up for grabs by de­velopers of re­new­able en­ergy tech­no­lo­gies.
Third parties who fun­ded 'op­por­tun­ist­ic' claim li­able for in­dem­nity...
The Court of Ap­peal has up­held a judge’s or­der im­pos­ing in­dem­nity costs on third-party fun­ders. In Ex­calibur Ven­tures LLC v Texas Key­stone Inc & Oth­ers [2016] EW­CA Civ 1144, the claimant used com­mer­cial third-party fund­ing to pur­sue a claim of US$1.
Oil & Gas: De­fault Gas ex­clus­ive rem­edy in nat­ur­al gas sale agree­ment...
The Eng­lish Court of Ap­peal has up­held the Com­mer­cial Court de­cision that a De­fault Gas rem­edy in a nat­ur­al gas sale and pur­chase agree­ment was the sole and ex­clus­ive rem­edy for un­der­deliv­er­ies to a buy­er caused by a shut-in for the pur­poses of con­struct­ing.
Oil and Gas Con­tracts: Mis­rep­res­ent­a­tion in ter­min­a­tion ne­go­ti­ations
The Com­mer­cial Court has re­cently de­cided that a con­tract­ing party to an oil and gas re­lated con­sultancy ser­vice agree­ment could be held li­able for the mis­rep­res­ent­a­tions made to an­oth­er con­tract­ing party when those mis­rep­res­ent­a­tions were made by a third party.
Oil & Gas: "com­mence­ment of drilling" the same as "spud­ding"?
The Com­mer­cial Court was re­cently tasked, in Vit­ol E & P Ltd v Africa Oil and Gas Cor­por­a­tion [2016] EWHC 1677 (Comm), with de­cid­ing wheth­er the words “com­mence­ment of drilling” in a sale and pur­chase agree­ment for an oil com­pany meant “spud­ding” of a well.
Privy Coun­cil de­cisions can have "true" pre­ced­en­tial value
Sum­mary Earli­er last week (20 Ju­ly 2016), the Su­preme Court handed down the judg­ment in Willers v Joyce [2016] UK­SC 44 which con­tains an im­port­ant de­vel­op­ment in the pre­ced­en­tial value of Privy Coun­cil de­cisions.