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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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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Law Society of Scotland
  • Member, Law Society
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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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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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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, Law Society of Scotland
  • Member, Law Society
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Education

  • University of Aberdeen – LLB (Hons) 1996
  • University of Aberdeen – Dip. L.P. 1997
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12/10/2021
Green­peace’s ap­peal on the grant­ing of con­sent in re­spect of the Vor­lich...
En­vir­on­ment­al cam­paign­ers are in­creas­ingly tak­ing form­al steps through court pro­ceed­ings to chal­lenge oil & gas ex­plor­a­tion and activ­ity.  One re­cent high pro­file ex­ample has been Green­peace’s at­tempts...
28/09/2021
Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity pro­posed Gov­ernance Guid­ance and Con­sulta­tion
When the OGA first pro­posed new Sup­port­ing Ob­lig­a­tions per­tain­ing to gov­ernance in its con­sulta­tion on the OGA Strategy, there was a con­cern among re­spond­ents as to its value and pur­pose. Re­spond­ents...
09/08/2021
The OGA and ar­bit­ra­tion un­der the Mod­el Clauses
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29/07/2021
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in Scot­land
Ar­bit­ra­tion in Scot­land can be traced back to the 12th cen­tury - how­ever, des­pite an ex­tens­ive his­tory, Scot­land did not have a clear and co­di­fied ar­bit­ra­tion re­gime un­til the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ar­bit­ra­tion...
28/07/2021
In­ter­im meas­ures in Scot­land
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20/07/2021
Chal­lenge to UK Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme dis­missed
In R (El­li­ott-Smith) v Sec­ret­ary of State for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy and oth­ers [2021] EWHC 1633 (Ad­min), the High Court con­sidered an ap­plic­a­tion for ju­di­cial re­view chal­len­ging the...
19/07/2021
Oil & Gas: Give me my money back!
What hap­pens when a seller ter­min­ates an oil sale agree­ment for buy­er de­fault after the buy­er has made pay­ment, but be­fore lift­ing? Is the buy­er en­titled to its money back, or does the buy­ers de­fault...
28/06/2021
Col­lab­or­a­tion re­quire­ment in the UKCS oil & gas in­dustry - Stew­ard­ship...
Since its in­cep­tion the Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) has con­sist­ently iden­ti­fied col­lab­or­a­tion as a key to min­im­ising costs and max­im­ising ef­fi­ciency and in­vest­ment in the UKCS. The OGA Strategy...
24/05/2021
High Court de­cision raises sig­ni­fic­ant is­sues over the in­ter­pret­a­tion of...
The re­cent de­cision in Apache UK In­vest­ment Lim­ited v Esso Ex­plor­a­tion and Pro­duc­tion UK Lim­ited [2021] EWHC 1283 (Comm) shows how dif­fi­culties can arise when com­plex stand­ard agree­ments are amended for...
19/05/2021
The OGA’s New De­com­mis­sion­ing Strategy
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15/04/2021
CMS Mari­time Over­view
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15/04/2021
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­sequen­tial dam­ages clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor...
1. Do the words “con­sequen­tial loss” have a giv­en mean­ing in law? In Scots law, the ques­tion of re­cov­er­able dam­ages for breach of con­tract is de­term­ined in prin­ciple by ques­tions of caus­a­tion and...