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Andrew Shaw


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Andrew Shaw is a partner and co-head of the Oil & Gas and Energy Transition team at CMS and has more than 20 years’ experience in energy law.

He has advised various energy companies, including junior, major and super major oil & gas companies, developers, contractors, utilities, funds and shipping companies in relation to the upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of the oil & gas industry, including petrochemicals, and on energy transition matters, including solar, wind, CCUS and hydrogen projects. 

Andrew is focused on commercial contracts and has particular expertise in oil & gas and energy transition projects, advising on exploration, development, operations, logistics, decommissioning, maritime and commodity sale and purchase contracts, and has advised many international companies on strategy in this area, including in relation to template agreements and global arrangements. 

He has worked on such matters across Europe, North America, Latin America, the C.I.S, Africa, the Middle East, China, South and Southeast Asia, Australia and the Arctic. 

Andrew has undertaken secondments to the legal departments of Baker Hughes, BG (now Shell), BP, Cairn Energy, ExxonMobil, GDF Suez (now Neptune Energy), Petro-Canada (now Suncor), Talisman Energy (now RepsolSinopec), TAQA and Subsea 7.

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  • 2001 - PG Dip Law, Strathclyde University, Glasgow
  • 2000 - LLB (Hons), Strathclyde University, Glasgow
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Oil & Gas: Court chal­lenge to LNG Pro­ject fund­ing
In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Friends of the Earth Lim­ited) v (1) The Sec­ret­ary of State for In­ter­na­tion­al Trade / Ex­port Cred­its Guar­an­tee De­part­ment (UK Ex­port Fin­ance) (2) Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer1 [2022]...
Oil & Gas with­draw­als: clean break or on­go­ing li­ab­il­ity?
The an­nounce­ment of Shell’s with­draw­al from Cambo came at the end of a tur­bu­lent year of oil prices, with Brent Crude trad­ing in the low 50s at the be­gin­ning of 2021 and peak­ing in the mid 80s be­fore...
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
En­ergy: When is an ex­per­t's er­ror a 'mani­fest er­ror'?
In Flow­group plc v Co-op­er­at­ive En­ergy Ltd [2021] EWHC 344 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court dis­missed a chal­lenge to an ex­pert de­term­in­a­tion on an al­leged ‘mani­fest er­ror’. As ex­pert de­term­in­a­tion clauses...
CMS Oil and Gas 2020 An­nu­al Re­view Pod­cast
Wel­come to the CMS Oil and Gas 2020 An­nu­al Re­view pod­cast and video series. In this series we dis­cuss the latest de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish Oil and Gas law and what it means for the in­dustry. Top­ics in­clude:Joint...
Life after Brexit – Im­plic­a­tions for the up­stream oil and gas sec­tor
Now that the dec­or­a­tions are packed away and the Christ­mas cake crumbs swept up, we are turn­ing our at­ten­tion to the out­come of the last minute agree­ment of the Trade and Co-op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (TCA)...
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Black Holes and Rev­el­a­tions
In Dr Jones Yeovil Ltd v The Step­ping Stone Group Ltd [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC), the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court has raised the  spectre of oil and gas com­pan­ies not be­ing able to re­cov­er full dam­ages...
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Com­mer­cial Court Ex­am­ines Leg­al Ef­fect of “Sub­ject...
In the con­text of a crude oil voy­age charter, the Com­mer­cial Court has provided guid­ance on the leg­al ef­fect of “sub­ject to” pro­vi­sions in con­tracts.  In do­ing so, the Com­mer­cial Court noted that...
Oil & Gas: Con­trac­tu­al pro­tec­tions in scrap­ping de­com­mis­sioned as­sets 
Every year hun­dreds of ves­sels and oil rigs are sold to ship­break­ing yards in South Asia, which in­clude some of the busiest break­ing yards in the world (more than 70% of ships sold for scrap end their...
Oil & Gas: Trans­port­a­tion agree­ments- com­plex­it­ies in trans­ition to cost-share...
In Teesside Gas Trans­port­a­tion Lim­ited (‘TGTL’) v (1) CATS North Sea Lim­ited; (2) An­tin CATS Lim­ited; (3) Cono­co­Phil­lips Pet­ro­leum Com­pany U.K. Lim­ited; and (4) ENI UK Lim­ited [2020] EW­CA Civ 503...
Oil & Gas: Force Ma­jeure in mod­el clauses
The re­cent out­break of COV­ID-19 coupled with a sud­den and dra­mat­ic drop in the oil price has already be­gun to test the op­er­a­tion and ef­fic­acy of force ma­jeure (“FM”) pro­vi­sions in oil and gas in­dustry...