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The energy market experienced seismic shifts in 2015 and 2016, caused primarily by the drop in oil prices, which had a profound effect on the construction of energy projects. As predicted profits shrink and the expenditure grows, numerous long-term energy projects lose their business viability, driving owners and developers to attempt at early termination. It contradicts the interest of contractors who seek to enforce the agreement and balance their sheets on delivery. This conflict frequently results in deferred completion dates and projects being stalled. On an international level, Asia and the Middle East continue to provide fertile ground for instructions. Domestically, the government cuts to renewables subsidies put the solar energy market into jeopardy, opening opportunities to experienced insolvency practitioners. Arbitration is often the preferred route of dispute resolution in the energy sector.

The β€˜excellent’ One Essex Court is β€˜full of talented individuals’ with an β€˜unparalleled knowledge of energy disputes’. Lord Grabiner QC has been acting for Blue Oil Trading in litigation related to the delivery of cargoes of naphta. Numerous domestic and international arbitration proceedings also feature in chambers’ recent workload.

4 Pump Court is the β€˜best in class’ and has a β€˜growing breadth and depth of talent’. Numerous members (including Sean Brannigan QC, Alexander Hickey QC and Rachel Ansell QC) appeared in a high-value LCIA arbitration related to the construction of crude oil process facilities in Iraq.

39 Essex Chambers has β€˜the relevant and necessary expertise’ to work for a range of clients from corporates to regulators. Stephen Tromans QC continues to advise Cuadrilla on β€œfracking”, and Richard Harwood OBE QC has been acting in the Court of Appeal in Howell v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and others.

The β€˜calibre of barristers’ at Atkin Chambers is β€˜very high’, particularly regarding construction in the energy sector. Chambers’ headline cases saw Andrew White QC continuing to lead Mark Chennells in Fluor v ZPMC.

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜well-recognised set with a strong team of counsel’. Mark Howard QC represented African Minerals in the Court of Appeal case against Renaissance Capital. Helen Davies QC has been defending Credit Suisse against a Β£100m claim concerning an oil field in Azerbaijan.

Members of Essex Court Chambers have been involved in a number of international disputes, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Paul Key QC has been representing Karkey in $500m ICSID arbitration proceedings against the State of Pakistan.

Keating Chambers garners praise for its β€˜great bench strength and the overall quality at QC and junior level’. Members continue to handle sizeable disputes related to onshore and offshore projects in the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.

7 King’s Bench Walk is β€˜an excellent set with competent and bright counsel’, who have particular expertise in energy-related insurance and commercial disputes.

20 Essex Street is a β€˜well-recognised set with a strong team of barristers’. Members specialise in offshore and marine upstream energy disputes.

Quadrant Chambers contains β€˜a number of top performers in the energy sphere’, including leading light Lionel Persey QC.

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