A very high quality and specialist commercial and shipping practice, which offers fantastic service and knowledge.

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From wind farms in the North Sea to seabed mining in the South Pacific, Penningtons Manches Cooper has the experience and international reach to support the complex and global requirements of the offshore sector.

With offices in key jurisdictions across Europe and Asia, we assist clients in established offshore industries as well as in emerging offshore markets. Our international team of industry experts draws upon our long history of shipping and admiralty law as a foundation for the provision of practical and innovative solutions in this rapidly evolving market.

The offshore sector encompasses a broad range of industries and our lawyers align with these industries using their specialist knowledge. We are thought-leaders in developing offshore markets such as deep-sea mining and we are active in the established offshore markets such as oil and gas and offshore wind.

Our offshore practice advises clients of varying sizes on projects, shipping and disputes across the offshore sector, including the construction and management of offshore assets and the complex disputes that can arise in this area.

The organisations we work with are at the forefront of this market and are involved in renewable energy, oil and gas, shipping, drilling and the supply of services to the offshore sector. We pride ourselves on adding value to their expertise and industry know-how and working with them as trusted partners.

Our core strength is our market-leading knowledge of international trade, shipping and the regulations underpinning the operation of assets at sea. This background, coupled with our English law capability across all our offices, enables us to build the right team to meet the exact – and exacting - requirements of our clients.

Increasingly, we are helping companies meet their sustainability goals. With more than 220 oil and gas production fields and their structures on the UK continental shelf scheduled to be decommissioned by 2025, and many early commercial wind farms set to follow a similar path, our team is dealing with a growing number of requests for guidance on the associated regulatory and contractual matters.

We offer expert advice on:

  • construction contracts for offshore units
  • drilling contracts
  • tendering for major offshore projects
  • sale and purchase of offshore units
  • contracts for the hire of vessels and other specialist equipment
  • the legal and regulatory framework for deep-sea mining
  • gas and pipeline disputes
  • disputes under the common charterparties used in the offshore sector
  • decommissioning of offshore assets

Recent work highlights

Tender bid advice for drilling campaigns

Assisting a major Chinese owner of jack-up and semi-submersible rigs in tender bids for multi-year drilling campaigns in the Caspian Sea.

Offshore contract arbitrations

Handling arbitrations related to offshore construction contracts for OSVs as well as design contract disputes on liftboats.

Contract negotiations support for rig owner

Advising a major Singapore tender rig owner on negotiations for a construction contract extension and special delivery terms.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP