Managing large complex disputes in marine and offshore oil and gas

Event Details
Date & Time
22 March 2022

International Dispute Resolution Centre
1 Paternoster Lane, St. Paul’s, London EC4M 7BQ

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In the highly complex industries of shipbuilding and offshore oil and gas construction, it is sometimes the case that the path to completion is not always a smooth one. When disputes arise they are often large in scale and may involve complex legal, factual, technical and financial issues. The question is how best to manage the dispute resolution process in a way that minimises the time and cost involved in bringing matters to a successful conclusion?

In this event Lucy Garrett QC of Keating Chambers will be speaking on multi-tier dispute resolution clauses in contracts and conditions precedent to issuing a notice of arbitration.

Bob Breeze and Trevor Butler will discuss what proportionate steps can be adopted to identify and help resolve the many technical and commercial issues when there are often thousands of changes to a project or defects which may have arisen during and after construction is completed.
There will then be a question and answer session followed by light refreshments with a chance to network with other interested parties.


17.30 – 18.00 – Welcome drinks on arrival
18.00 – 19.00 – Welcome address and presentations
19.00 – 19.15 – Q&A
19.15 onwards Drinks reception and networking


Keating Chambers

Lucy Garrett QC was called to the Bar in 2001, took silk in 2018 and was one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” in 2021. She has an impressive specialist practice in construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding, with a particular focus on mega-projects involving complex factual, technical and contractual disputes. Her practice includes claims for and against construction professionals in these sectors and project-related issues such as insurance, bonds and guarantees. Lucy also advises on and acts in adjudications, from referral stage to enforcement.

Lucy is always in demand for her forceful advocacy, commercial approach and “stellar” intellectual ability, which has led to instructions in a series of high profile, high value disputes. She has extensive experience in the TCC and the Commercial Court in the UK, and in international arbitration including in civil code jurisdictions. She is familiar with international parties and tribunals.

Partner, HKA
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Bob Breeze is a Chartered Quantity Survey and Chartered Arbitrator with over 40 years of experience. He has been appointed as a delay and quantum expert on numerous occasions.

Bob has acted as an advocate and expert witness in litigation and arbitration proceedings for major international project with disputed values of up to $900 million. He is experienced across all forms of alternative dispute resolution and has varied experience as an arbitrator.Bob is has worked across construction and its associated industries, principally on projects within the energy sector. These include oil and gas, fabrication of offshore structures, petrochemical, shipbuilding, and power generation. He has been employed by owners, consultants, contractors and builders, and subcontractors and vendors throughout the world delivering all aspects of quantity surveying and delay analysis.

Principal, HKA
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Trevor Butler is an engineer and a compliance and risk management specialist with over 35 years of oil and gas industry experience. He has been appointed as a technical expert on seven occasions.

Trevor been cross-examined in arbitration and has provided expert opinion on various oil and gas and energy projects across Europe, Asia and Australia. His expert appointments include matters involving failure investigations and construction and technical compliance related disputes on projects with disputed values of up to $800m. Most recently, he has been engaged to provide expert opinion on several matters relating to global ‘Oilfield Best Practices’.

Trevor’s expertise is built from decades of oil and gas design, construction and operations experience. He received multiple industry awards for his work in engineering, maintenance and modifications activity on North Sea producing platforms. His roles have ranged from construction and commission planner, hook-up coordinator and platform manager to principal consultant in quality and risk management, and project control across a variety of major fixed platforms, field wide drilling campaigns, and subsea developments.

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Event Details
Date & Time
22 March 2022

International Dispute Resolution Centre
1 Paternoster Lane, St. Paul’s, London EC4M 7BQ

Book Now

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