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36 Commercial’s shale, gas, and oil law team have over 30 years’ experience of planning applications, statutory appeals, judicial review of regulatory regimes and associated commercial disputes. Members of our team have been involved in some of the most complex and important judicial review and commercial appeals in the higher courts in recent years, including before the English Supreme Court.

We act for corporate clients, local authorities and other public bodies, landowners, homeowners and community groups.

Our energy barristers accept instructions across the full range of energy disputes, including oil and gas, nuclear energy, renewable energy, and mining litigation. We are well placed to represent clients in, for example, exploration and exploitation disputes, production sharing contracts, JV agreements, and matters relating to the construction of oil and gas installations. Our team is also able to act in litigation relating to pipelines, solar farms, and energy taxation. 

In addition to offering substantial industry-specific experience, the breadth of 36 Commercial’s expertise means that our Members are well versed in the range of legal issues engaged in energy disputes. These include matters of tort, conflicts of law, contractual interpretation, corporate liability, and fraud.

We have significant experience in the following areas relating to energy:

  • Regulation of petroleum exploration and development licences (PEDLs)
  • Public procurement and open competition for PEDLs
  • Environmental permits for managing environmental risks
  • Planning applications, public consultation and planning permission
  • Health and Safety legislation applicable to onshore gas and oil wells
  • Statutory appeals and judicial review
  • Associated contractual disputes
  • Contaminated land regime and tortious liability for hazardous substances, trespass and nuisance

With over 140 barristers, mediators and arbitrators (including 18 Queen's Counsel, 3 Senior Counsel from Ireland and South Africa, and a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India), as well as operations in Singapore and Hong Kong, The 36 Group a truly international multi-specialist set. We are uniquely placed to provide advice and representation on energy law matters before English and international courts at all levels.

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