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David Tennant

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David specialises in the oil and gas and power sectors, and has worked in these sectors for over 20 years. His domestic work concentrates on gas transportation, he advises NGG on all aspects of its GB transmission and distribution business, where work has include introduction of EU gas codes, network sales, entry and exit capacity reforms; he has also advised Phoenix Natural Gas on all aspects of its gas business in NI since the introduction of its network code in 1991. He has advised on a number of gas storage projects, including the Baird Project for Centrica Storage and the Stublach Project for Storengy and co-authored the SSC used by the majority of UK storage operators. Overseas he has worked on a number of power matters, mainly in relation to the establishment and reform of power markets, in Africa and the Middle East; he authored new primary gas legislation in Singapore he is currently working on legal aspects of RSA’s proposed gas master plan. Recently international work has been largely LNG related. He has worked on regasification projects in the UK and Jamaica and since 2011 he has advised the Natural Gas Company Cyprus on an interim gas solution; and since in 2013 the Ministry of Energy in Nicosia on the commercialization of Cyprus indigenous gas. Publications of note: Editorial Board Member, International Energy Law and Taxation Review Author, Chapter 1 of Natural Gas Agreements, published by Sweet & Maxwell, 2002 Author, Chapter 4 of Oil & Gas Production Contracts, published by Sweet & Maxwell 2008. Contribution editor and contributer to ‘Getting the Deal Through,’ Gas Regulation 2015.


1991-95 Clifford Chance; 1995-99 SNR Denton (Formerly Denton Wile Sapte) lawyer; 1999 to date SNR Denton (Formerly Denton Wile Sapte) Partner.


UK Energy Lawyers Group; Law Society of England and Wales; City of London Law Society – Member of the CLLS Energy Law Sub-committee; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).


University of St Andrews (1984 MA (Hons)); University of Aberdeen (1985 Dip Acc); 1985-87 Pricewaterhouse (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers), Edinburgh; College of Law (1987-89 Common Professional Examination and Law Society Final Examination); 1991 admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The sizeable global oil and gas practice at Dentons has a historic strength in emerging markets such as Africa, South America and the Middle East and recently bolstered its domestic presence through its merger with Scottish firm Maclay, Murray & Spens. Danielle Beggs and David Tennant - who jointly head the UK team - recently acted for the trading arm of a major gas producer in its entry into a gas sales and terminal agreement for the largest greenfield LNG-to-power project in Africa, and Alistair Black advised Pertamina on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft to develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java. Other key names include James Dallas who recently assisted the Government of Mozambique with the development of LNG export projects, and Charles Wood who has strong experience in regulatory mandates and upstream commercial issues. Among the firm's many recent new clients feature Vitol, Gazprom Neft and Cadent Gas.

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