Total E&P Norge
Total E&P Norge, a specialist in the exploration and production of oil and gas, continues to be an increasingly prominent figure on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and runs one of the largest refineries in the Nordic region. The legal department at Total E&P Norge has been faced with a difficult environment for the oil and gas industry, a sharp reduction in commodity prices resulted in an increased workload for the legal team. The team has acclimatised and now operate in a more efficient manner in order to accommodate the associated recent decrease in company resources. They additionally combated this challenge via increasing overall communication with the company, constantly sharing information on new case files and developments in old case files. According to one source, the legal function at Total E&P Norge ‘is an efficient legal team that covers the entire value-chain of the company’. The team’s main contribution to the company has been to minimise legal disputes, and therefore reduce both expenditure and risk. Legal director Arild Kvanvik Jørgensen believes that ‘high internal demand of the legal department’s services is evidence that we perform value added services’.