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Clyde & Co LLP

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David Bennet

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Clyde & Co LLP


David is a Senior Equity Partner specialising in major cross-border litigation and arbitration, particularly in the oil and gas, trading and shipping sectors.

His clients include oil companies, offshore contractors, traders and insurers, and he is CRM for TOTAL, Apache and a number of offshore drilling companies and vessel owners.


Having obtained a scholarship in law at Cambridge, David qualified as a solicitor with another firm in 1991‎ and spent three years in the Middle East building a litigation practice. He joined Clydes in 1997 and became a partner in 2001.


  • David has spent much of‎ 2015/16 fighting an UNCITRAL arbitration involving USD half billion claims for a rig owner unable to recover dayrate from a state-owned oil company which has advanced a series of spurious claims and interlocutory actions to delay Award.
  • Acting in major LCIA arbitration (set down for 6 weeks) involving a rig supplied with significant defects in virtually every system, in which the drilling contract was terminated, and where we successfully obtained offer of settlement at several times the contractual limit.
  • Acting for an oil company in an expedited ICC arbitration involving the rights of a participant in a JOA to obtain information confidential to the Kurdish Government and protected under the PSC wording.


David is co-head of the firm's Oil and Gas Group, sits on the Executive of the Marine and International Trade Department, and was formerly on the firm's Global Management Board (including during the negotiation and delivery of the successful merger with Barlows).‎ He has previously acted for a number of years on the Board of the Aden Container Terminal.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

David Bennet - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Shipping

Clyde & Co LLP’s track record cuts across the full range of shipping work. In an illustration of its status on heavy-hitting matters, the practice advised Ardila Investments and Zamin Ferrous on a dispute against ENRC and is advising CEPSA and Vilma Oil on the fall-out from the OW Bunker insolvency. The ‘well-resourced’ team includes Andrew Preston, who is ‘very strong’, Hatty Sumption, who has ‘a formidable reputation’, the ‘very talented’ Nick Austin, ‘excellent’ Edward Mills-Webb, and Martin Hall, who is singled out for marine casualty work. Also recommended are John Leonida, who has ‘a deep understanding of the commercial needs of clients’; the ‘first-class’ Simon Culhane; Elizabeth Turnbull, who stands out for her ‘sensible, realistic approach to cases’; David Bennet, who specialises in energy disputes; Rob Collins; and Jai Sharma. Irvine Marr recently re-joined the London office.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

David Bennet and Tim Foley lead Clyde & Co LLP’s practice, which has acted for clients such as Virgin Atlantic and Ericsson. Bennet represented Apache North Sea in a wilful misconduct claim against Talisman under a joint operating agreement, while Foley acted for RTS Contracts in a dispute with a former client.

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