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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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Clyde & Co LLP has significant expertise in major oil and gas disputes, significant corporate and commercial transactions, offshore energy matters, and risk management in emerging markets. High-profile clients such as Total and Chevron entrust their marine, regulatory, health and safety, insurance, projects, construction and employment issues to the team, which is jointly led by Guildford-based David Bennet and Michael Wachtel. On the contentious side, David Leckie is the name to note.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

David Bennet - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Shipping

Operating across its London, Guildford, Manchester and Newcastle offices in the UK, and able to tap into its extensive global footprint to advise on cross-border mandates, Clyde & Co LLP 'sets the bar very high for shipping work'. It handles a broad spread of contentious and non-contentious instructions, with expertise across charterparty disputes, marine insurance claims and coverage issues, collision and salvage, cargo claims, shipbuilding, personal injury, offshore, sanctions and superyachts work. The team has a strong track record on high-profile disputes; it represented Lampe & Schwartze, as cargo insurers for Volcafe, in a well-publicised cargo claim in the Supreme Court. Among the 'exceptional team'; Stephen Mackin specialises in shipping and energy work; David Bennet handles complex disputes; Martin Hall has longstanding experience across marine casualties, charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Simon Culhane 'always provides a very good service and solutions'; Eleanor Coates provides 'assured and structured advice'; and senior associate Will Trustram is a 'rising star; he is commercially astute, technically spot-on and always available'.

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