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QUARTERMILE ONE, 15 LAURISTON PLACE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9EP, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0330 222 0050
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Fax 0330 222 0052
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ED137 EDINBURGH
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Kirsti Olson

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Work 0330 222 1922
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Dentons

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Construction and Engineering

Position

Partner specialising for over 20 years in contentious construction and engineering work. Dual qualified in Scotland and England. Particular experience of multi-million pound construction disputes arising out of the transport sector and energy related projects (rig construction and refurbishment, offshore decommissioning and renewables). Regularly instructed to advise and represent parties in PFI/PPP projects (schools, hospitals, prisons and roads) throughout the UK. Extensive experience of all forms of dispute resolution including court, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. Major projects include the decommissioning of the Inde Field in the Southern North Sea, the M8/M73/M74 improvement works, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the Queensferry Crossing and the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Project.

Career

Trainee Paull & Williamsons, Aberdeen 1992-94; assistant Paull & Williamsons, Aberdeen 1994-95; assistant Paull & Williamsons, Edinburgh 1995-96; assistant Bird Semple 1996-98; assistant Maclay Murray & Spens 1998; associate Maclay Murray & Spens 1998-2001; partner June 2001.

Member

Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Law Society of Scotland; Society of Construction Law; Adjudication Society; Decom North Sea; the Scottish Oil Club. Chair of Oil & Gas UK’s Decommissioning Working Group (drafting the first LOGIC standard form decommissioning contract); Member of Oil & Gas UK’s Long Term Liability Group (investigating solutions to perpetual liability for decommissioned structures in the North Sea).

Education

University of Aberdeen (1991 LLB (Hons); 1992 Dip LP); University of Strathclyde (2000 LLM in Construction Law, Dist).

Leisure

Skiing; silversmithing; running; sailing; music; reading.


Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Dentons, which merged with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, added the latter firm's historically strong supply chain offering to its own pre-existing capability acting for operators/licence holders. Bill Fowler leads the team, which is a key part of a larger UK-wide group, and is particularly strong in decommissioning and drilling projects, and also in oil and gas disputes. Fowler and others recently assisted Peel Gas & Oil Limited with the negotiations over a lease with a participant in the onshore UK oil and gas industry; the lease involved bespoke provisions to cater for industry-specific regulatory requirements and the allocation of risks/liabilities associated with an onshore shale/fracking project. Kirsti Olson is the chair of Oil & Gas UK's Decommissioning Work Group, which is in the final stages of producing the first LOGIC standard form contract to be used for decommissioning projects in the North Sea. On the contentious side, Malcolm Gunnyeon and senior associate Florinda Soldani are acting for Completion Products Limited (a manufacturer of downhole cable and control line protection systems) in a cross-border dispute with an Omani company; court proceedings are currently pending at the Omani Supreme Court. Gunnyeon also has experience of handling commercial and contractual disputes for clients such as Stork Technical Services (RBG) Limited and Weatherford. Nicola Rae is also recommended. Decom North Sea (the UK decommissioning industry body), KCA Deutag Drilling Limited, Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc and DOF Subsea are other clients of the team. Jill Reid has left the firm to set up her own consultancy.

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Scotland: Real estate

Construction

Within: Construction

Dentons moved into the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2017, expanding the scope of its construction offering across the UK. The firm's Scottish team is a strong performer in contentious and non-contentious matters, as is reflected by it consistently featuring in sophisticated, high-end projects, and by its list of high calibre clients. On the non-contentious side, it is particularly active in employer-led development work, particularly in areas such as real estate, energy (renewable energy and oil and gas) and transport. Mark Macaulay is leading a team in the advice to London Luton Airport Operations Limited on the procurement and construction issues associated with the expansion of the airport. The firm is also equally highly regarded in contentious construction matters; Kirsti Olson, who is dual-qualified in Scotland and England/Wales, is particularly knowledgeable about contentious construction matters related to transport, energy and PFI/PPP projects. David Scott recently departed the firm.

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