Valerie Allan

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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11/01/2019
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08/11/2018
The OGA’s Stat­utory No­tice on Meet­ings
On 7 Novem­ber 2018, the OGA up­dated its Meet­ings Stat­utory No­tice, amend­ing the list of meet­ings that fall with­in the no­ti­fic­a­tion re­quire­ments in Part 2, Chapter 4 of the En­ergy Act 2016 (the “Act”).
10/09/2018
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07/09/2018
Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity pub­lishes its Guid­ance on as­sess­ing “sat­is­fact­ory...
The Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) has now pub­lished its Guid­ance on Sat­is­fact­ory Ex­pec­ted Com­mer­cial Re­turn (the “Guid­ance”), de­scrib­ing the ap­proach it will usu­ally take in as­sess­ing wheth­er a pro­ject achieves sat­is­fact­ory eco­nom­ic com­mer­cial re­turn (“SECR”).
08/08/2018
OGA pub­lishes guid­ance on ces­sa­tion of oil pro­duc­tion
The Oil & Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) has re­leased guid­ance on re­quire­ments for the ces­sa­tion of oil pro­duc­tion (“CoP”). Field op­er­at­ors and li­censees are be­ing en­cour­aged to con­firm with OGA wheth­er there is any ob­jec­tion to field CoP dur­ing late field life.
08/08/2018
Open ses­ame: ap­peal court up­holds de­cision to pub­lish “com­mer­cially...
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18/07/2018
OGA pub­lishes UKCS De­com­mis­sion­ing 2018 Cost Es­tim­ate Re­port
OGA pub­lishes UKCS De­com­mis­sion­ing 2018 Cost Es­tim­ate Re­port which pro­jects a fall in de­com­mis­sion­ing costs of al­most £2bn on 2017 costs   With ex­ist­ing field in­fra­struc­ture ap­proach­ing the end of its pro­duct­ive life, off­shore de­com­mis­sion­ing activ­ity has in­ev­it­ably.
10/07/2018
New de­vol­u­tion of powers from the Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity to the Scot­tish...
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22/06/2018
New con­sulta­tion is­sued on OGA Fin­an­cial Guid­ance
The Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) is­sued a new con­sulta­tion on 1 June 2018, seek­ing in­dustry’s views on re­vised “Guid­ance on the As­sess­ment of Li­censee Fin­an­cial Cap­ab­il­ity” (the “Fin­an­cial Guid­ance”) that it plans to use in as­sess­ing a li­censee’s fin­an­cial.
21/06/2018
New OGA Reg­u­la­tions on the Dis­clos­ure of Pro­tec­ted Ma­ter­i­al
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