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Nikola Tait

Nikola Tait


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

Nikola Tait is an Associate practising in Infrastructure, Construction and Energy ("ICE") Disputes at CMS. She specialises in commercial dispute resolution with a particular focus on the energy sector.

In addition, Nikola works within the wider Energy, Power and Construction group, including transactional Oil and Gas. She welcomes involvement in all things energy-related and has a particularly keen interest in regulatory matters and the work of the Oil and Gas Authority. 

The ICE Disputes team has expertise in all forms of dispute avoidance and resolution including expert determination, adjudication, mediation, international arbitration and litigation. Typically, ICE Disputes handle high value technically complex matters, which often extend across multiple jurisdictions including Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Asia and Latin America. The team advises a broad range of clients on disputes, including contractors, consultants, developers, energy, and power companies. 

Nikola was previously on secondment to BP, where she was primarily responsible for reviewing North Sea third party transfers. Earlier experience also includes Health & Safety Litigation, where she assisted on regulatory matters, investigations and emergency incidents, whilst also being on part-time secondment to LOGIC, a subsidiary of Oil and Gas UK.

Nikola is a key member of the Equality Network for Scotland and is actively involved in identifying, organising and promoting a range of LGBT* initiatives for Aberdeen and across Scotland. She is always interested in being contacted about Diversity and Inclusion programmes, together with other Corporate Responsibility activities.

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Relevant experience

  • BP in relation to the major transfer of its interests in the Forties Pipeline System and GAEL to INEOS FPS Limited.
  • A range of clients on regulatory matters, particularly with regards to the Oil and Gas Authority.
  • Operators and Contractors on managing disputes arising in the context of on-going projects to safeguard project delivery.
  • Operators and Contractors on serious incident response, including with regard to incident investigation and communications with criminal prosecutors/health and safety investigators.
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  • 2016 – Distinction, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Dip. L.P.), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
  • 2015 – First Class, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
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  • Notary Public
  • Member, Law Society of Scotland
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2018 - Northern Lights: Essays in Private Law in Memory of Professor David Carey Miller

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