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Randall Walker

Randall Walker


Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506873
United Arab Emirates
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Randall is a partner specialising on disputes arising primarily in the energy and natural resources sector. He is described as a “disputes expert” and “name to note for energy arbitrations”, and complimented for “providing recommendations not just advice” by the legal directories.

Currently splitting his time between our London and Dubai offices, Randall acts on energy-related disputes and project counsel mandates globaly. He advises oil & gas, mining and power companies, as well as engineering and construction contractors, on a broad range of issues, including relating to concession agreements, joint operating/joint venture agreements (including JOA accounting principles and pre-emption rights), gas sales, supply chain and transportation/processing agreements. He also has experience of disputes relating to PPA and offtake agreements as well as construction and engineering disputes in the oil & gas (onshore and offshore) and power sectors.

Randall also advises on related public international law issues (such as investment treaty protections, sanctions and UNCLOS), both at the outset of a project and when disputes arise.

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in both New Zealand and Australia, Randall has experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including international arbitration, high court and expert determinations.

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Relevant experience

  • An independent oil and gas exploration company in a dispute with its joint venture partner arising out of a joint bid agreement. The dispute concerns the proper allocation of participating interests in a Middle Eastern TSC, and associated JOA and farm-in agreements (ICC Arbitration, London).
  • An international oil and gas exploration company, as operator, in two separate multi-party disputes concerning cash calls and related defaults with JOA partners in West Africa (LCIA Arbitration, London).
  • An international oil and gas exploration company in a dispute relating to shut-ins and lost production pursuant to a construction and tie-in agreement (Expert Determination).
  • A subsidiary of an international oil supermajor in relation to the termination of a suite of agreements relating to the production and transportation of gas from offshore fields to the UK NTS (High Court, England). The claim was a ‘bet-the-field’ dispute for the supermajor.
  • An international oil and gas companies in relation to investment treaty issues.
  • An independent oil and gas exploration company in disputes arising out of JOA, Farm-out and PSC agreements concerning offshore licences in a North African country.
  • An international oil and gas company on contentious issues concerning the interpretation of a TSC in the Middle East, and associated rights with its joint venture partners.
  • An international oil & gas company on various contentious matters with its joint venture partner and the KRG arising from assets in Kurdistan.
  • An oil and gas company in a dispute with its EPC contractor over the construction of initial production facilities in Iraq. Over US$450 million in dispute. (LCIA Arbitration rules, London seat.)
  • An oil and gas company in disputes with its contractor concerning the construction of four offshore topsides (High Court, England).
  • An oil and gas company in disputes with its drilling contractor concerning the performance of drilling operations for two on-shore wells in Africa (ICC Arbitration, London).
  • An oil and gas company in disputes and a potential arbitration with its EPC contractor over the construction of two sub-sea pipelines offshore Turkmenistan.
  • A state-owned electricity company in potential disputes concerning long-term access rights and associated maintenance costs relating to various fibre optic cables forming part of the electricity network system.
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  • 2007 – LLB, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
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Middle East Pro­jects Up­date: Sum­mer 2018
In this up­date, we high­light some of the not­able de­vel­op­ments in Bahrain, Ir­aq, Le­ban­on, Oman, Saudi Ar­a­bia, Tur­key and the United Ar­ab Emir­ates in­clud­ing. Down­load our bro­chure to read in full
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As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
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