James Downie > Stronachs LLP > Aberdeen, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Stronachs LLP
AB10 1YL

Work Department

Energy and Natural Resources-Oil & Gas; corporate


Head of Energy at Stronachs LLP. Dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales. Specialises in energy issues (midstream, upstream, energy transition and renewables). Work includes acquisition and disposal of exploration and producing assets and energy companies, field developments, transportation & processing agreements, gas sales agreements, supply chain and contractual issues. He is regularly instructed on complex decommissioning issues. Energy transition work includes advising on CO2 storage and offshore wind. Current clients include Ithaca, Harbour Energy, Petrofac & TotalEnergies.


Law Degree & Diploma in Legal Practice (University of Aberdeen 1989-1994). Joined Stronachs as a trainee in 1994. Qualified in 1996 and joined corporate team working on commercial property, general contractual issues and M&A. Appointed associate in 1998 working on corporate and energy projects. Appointed partner in 2000. Appointed Head of Energy at Stronachs LLP in 2022.


Basic French and Spanish.


Law Society of Scotland; Law Society; Law Society of Scotland Energy Policy Committee; Association of International Energy Negotiators, Offshore Energy UK Legal Issues Decommissioning Work Group.


Fraserburgh Academy; University of Aberdeen (1993 LLB Hons; 1994 Dip LP).


Reading, travel, MOOC’s and attending the gym.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

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James DownieStronachs LLP

Stronachs LLP is home to a ‘comprehensive knowledge’ of upstream acquisitions and disposals, field developments, decommissioning issues, technology-related deals, debt refinancing and energy transition mandates. Practice head Ewan Neilson has overseen energy matters in Africa, North America, Australasia and the Far-East; he is supported by James Downie, a specialist in M&A, development and operation contract endeavours.