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Valerie Allan

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
6 Queens Road
Aberdeen
AB15 4ZT
United Kingdom
Languages English
Energy Disputes

Valerie Allan is a partner in our Energy Disputes Team. Based in Aberdeen as part of our Oil & Gas Team for over 15 years, Valerie specialises in commercial dispute resolution for the energy sector.  Valerie is dual qualified in Scotland and in England & Wales and regularly advises on disputes in both jurisdictions. She also has extensive experience in advising clients further afield and often works along with colleagues in other CMS jurisdictions.  Valerie has trained as a mediator.  She co-authored the Scottish chapter of the CMS Guide to Arbitration (published 2012) and regularly contributes to in-house training for clients.  She is also trained as Senior Investigator in the KELVIN Top-Set incident analysis system.

Valerie’s skill is in working with energy industry operators and contractors at any stage of a dispute – from risk management and claim prevention, through early and alternative dispute resolution to litigation and enforcement – to help her clients achieve a result which recognises their commercial goals as well as their legal position.  On a day-to-day basis, Valerie advises on a wide variety of incidents and circumstances, including: industry standard form contracts; joint operating agreements; contract termination; delay and disruption claims; payment disputes; indemnity claims; supply chain disputes; fatalities, serious injuries and “near miss” incidents; protection of assets; disruption by environmental protestors; third party claims; and damage to property.   

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Relevant experience

  • Operators and contractors on serious incident response, including with regard to incident investigation and communications with criminal prosecutors/health and safety investigators.
  • Operators and contractors on managing disputes arising in the context of on-going projects to safeguard project delivery.
  • A major utility company on the protection of crucial assets and property against disruption by environmental protesters, including by way of emergency orders.
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Education

1997 - Dip. L.P., University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

1996 - LL.B. (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Memberships

Member, Law Society of Scotland

Member, Law Society

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Commercial Disputes

Valerie Allan is a partner in our Disputes Team. Based in Aberdeen as part of our Oil & Gas Team for over 15 years, Valerie specialises in commercial dispute resolution.  Valerie is dual qualified in Scotland and in England & Wales and regularly advises on disputes in both jurisdictions. She also has extensive experience in advising clients further afield and often works along with colleagues in other CMS jurisdictions. 

Valerie has trained as a mediator and co-authored the Scottish chapter of the CMS Guide to Arbitration (published 2012).  She is also trained as Senior Investigator in the KELVIN Top-Set incident analysis system.

Valerie advises companies and contractors at any stage of a dispute – from risk management and claim prevention, through early and alternative dispute resolution to litigation and enforcement.  She helps her clients achieve a result which recognises their commercial goals as well as their legal position.  On a day-to-day basis, Valerie advises on a wide variety of incidents and circumstances, including: industry standard form contracts; contract termination; delay and disruption claims; payment disputes; indemnity claims; supply chain disputes; fatalities, serious injuries and “near miss” incidents; protection of assets; disruption by environmental protesters; third party claims; and damage to property.   

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Education

University of Aberdeen – LLB (Hons) 1996

University of Aberdeen – Dip. L.P. 1997

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Memberships

Member, Law Society of Scotland

Member, Law Society

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13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
19/10/2017
The OGA’s Stat­utory No­tice on Meet­ings
On 3 Oc­to­ber 2017 the OGA up­dated its Meet­ings Stat­utory No­tice, amend­ing the list of meet­ings that fall with­in the ad­vance no­ti­fic­a­tion re­quire­ments in Part 2, Chapter 4 of the En­ergy Act 2016 (the “Act”).
17/06/2015
Trans­form­a­tion: The Fu­ture of North Sea Oil and Gas
06/10/2017
Re­quire­ments for In­form­a­tion and Sample Plans and Co­ordin­at­ors to...
The OGA has now an­nounced that the pro­vi­sions of the En­ergy Act 2016 (“the Act”) which re­late to In­form­a­tion and Sample Plans and In­form­a­tion & Samples Co­ordin­at­ors will come in­to ef­fect on 21 Oc­to­ber 2017.
11/09/2017
The Up­dated In­fra­struc­ture Code of Prac­tice
In a ma­ture basin such as the UKCS, most new de­vel­op­ments re­quire ac­cess to third party in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to reach the shore.  The MER UK Strategy ex­pects that such ac­cess will be avail­able in a timely man­ner, on fair and reas­on­able terms.
03/08/2017
OGA pub­lishes guid­ance on the de­vel­op­ment and use of Area Plans
The com­ing in­to force of the MER UK Strategy (the “Strategy”) on 18 March 2016 brought with it the pos­sib­il­ity of “OGA Plans” (para­graphs 23 to 25 of the Strategy). OGA has the op­tion of de­ploy­ing these plans in or­der to set out its view on how any of the ob­lig­a­tions.
28/07/2017
OGA launches 30th Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round fo­cus­ing on ma­ture areas
The UK’s Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) launched the 30th Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round for the UKCS on 25 Ju­ly 2017. The Round has a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on ma­ture areas, with 813 blocks or part blocks on of­fer.
24/07/2017
OGA pub­lishes strategy out­lining a plan to max­im­ise re­cov­ery of tight...
OGA has pub­lished a strategy out­lining its plan to max­im­ise re­cov­ery of tight gas (i. e. gas re­covered from low per­meab­il­ity reser­voirs) in the South­ern North Sea (“SNS”).   A Joint In­dustry Pro­ject com­mis­sioned by Oil and Gas UK in 2015 with the pur­pose of de­vel­op­ing.
07/07/2017
OGA Im­ple­ment­a­tion Guides for As­set Stew­ard­ship Ex­pect­a­tions
One of the fre­quently asked ques­tions in re­la­tion to the oil & gas in­dustry’s new reg­u­lat­ory re­gime and the MER UK Strategy runs something like: “how do I know what I need to do on a day to day basis to com­ply?” To try to help the in­dustry an­swer that ques­tion.
05/07/2017
OGA pub­lishes re­port on es­tim­ated cost of UKCS de­com­mis­sion­ing
OGA has pub­lished a new re­port provid­ing its own es­tim­ate of the cost of de­com­mis­sion­ing oil and gas as­sets on the UKCS. The “UKCS De­com­mis­sion­ing 2017 Cost Es­tim­ate Re­port” (avail­able here) was pro­duced us­ing data from the 2016 UKCS Stew­ard­ship Sur­vey, and.
14/06/2017
Oil and Gas: Left with no “op­tion” des­pite “best ef­forts”
In Teekay Tankers Ltd v STX Off­shore Ltd [2017] EWHC 253 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that an op­tion agree­ment for the con­struc­tion of crude oil tankers was void, as the op­tion agree­ment re­quired the parties to mu­tu­ally agree a de­liv­ery date at a time.
16/05/2017
Col­lab­or­a­tion – how (OGA in­tends) to make it hap­pen
Col­lab­or­a­tion forms one of the core policy themes of MER UK: its im­port­ance was em­phas­ised in the Wood Re­view and sec­tion 9A of the Pet­ro­leum Act 1998 (as amended) defines the “prin­cip­al ob­ject­ive” as be­ing the ob­ject­ive of max­im­ising the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery.
30/03/2017
OGA pub­lishes fi­nal­ised Fin­an­cial Pen­alty Guid­ance
Hav­ing con­sidered in­dustry re­sponse to its con­sulta­tion on the draft form, OGA has now pub­lished its fi­nal Fin­an­cial Pen­alty Guid­ance and its Re­sponse to the is­sues that were raised dur­ing the con­sulta­tion pro­cess on the draft Guid­ance.
15/03/2017
OGA re­sponds to fees and levy con­sulta­tion
On 10 March OGA pub­lished its re­sponse to the con­sulta­tion on pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce new OGA fees and to amend the meth­od­o­logy to cal­cu­late the in­dustry levy. ‘Part I’ of the con­sulta­tion sought in­dustry com­ment on plans to in­crease the num­ber of activ­it­ies.
08/03/2017
OGA activ­ity Q1 2017: evid­ence of Strategy im­ple­ment­a­tion
In our pre­vi­ous Law Now we con­sidered what might be ex­pec­ted from OGA in the early months of 2017. As we near the end of Q1 2017, we re­flect upon the reg­u­lat­or’s re­cent ac­tions and an­nounce­ments and con­sider how they cor­res­pond to the frame­work of OGA pri­or­it­ies.
12/01/2017
The Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity: ex­pect­a­tions for 2017
It is likely to be a busy year for in­dustry in ad­apt­ing to the de­mands of the Oil & Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) as it cla­ri­fies its ex­pect­a­tions, iden­ti­fies its pri­or­it­ies and grows more con­fid­ent in ap­ply­ing its powers.
09/01/2017
OGA pub­lishes EOR De­liv­ery Pro­gramme ex­pand­ing upon earli­er Strategy
The Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity ("OGA") has un­veiled its En­hanced Oil Re­cov­ery ("EOR") De­liv­ery Pro­gramme, ac­cess­ible here. This latest pub­lic­a­tion fleshes out the high-level over­view of EOR op­por­tun­it­ies con­tained in the earli­er EOR Strategy (the “Strategy”).
04/01/2017
CCOP re­vised in light of MER UK
First pub­lished in 2002, the Com­mer­cial Code of Prac­tice (“CCOP”) was de­signed to pro­mote co-op­er­at­ive value gen­er­a­tion by means of best prac­tice com­mer­cial pro­cesses and seni­or man­age­ment com­mit­ment.