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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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