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Portrait of George Mingay

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George is a partner in the International trade and commodities group in the London office. He is an expert in the resolution of disputes within the commodities sector relating to oil and gas, metals and mining, soft commodities and agribusiness.

His expertise extends to the resolution of disputes in the English courts and under international arbitration rules - including those of the ICC, UNCITRAL and the LCIA - and trade arbitration rules - including those of FOSFA, GAFTA and SAL. He also advises clients on non-contentious, regulatory and compliance issues. George has advised national oil companies, international trading companies and other clients across the supply chain on disputes arising from drilling rig and FPSO contracts, sale and purchase agreements, and commercial and agency contracts. He frequently deals with non-payment, breach of warranty claims, quality and condition issues and many other contentious matters.

George spent six months seconded to the in-house legal department of Shell International in London. He regularly presents at industry events in the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK on commodities, the law of the sea, oil and gas, and arbitration generally. He joined Thomas Cooper in 2018 as a partner having previously been a legal director at another leading UK City law firm.  He has served on numerous occasions as an honorary legal adviser at the Royal Courts of Justice CAB on a pro bono basis.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising a national oil company on a circa $150 million drilling services agreement and counterclaim and associated proceedings.
  • Acting for a global soft commodities trading company on a $12million sugar claim.
  • Representing a number of trading companies on contractual issues arising from the trade of sugar, grain and other soft commodities.
  • Advising a national oil company on a circa $40 million breach of warranty claim relating to a Share Purchase Agreement and associated proceedings.
  • Acting for a national oil company on a circa $100m breach of warranty claim relating to a Farm-In Agreement and associated proceedings.
  • Advising a global trading company on oil and gas disputes including the conclusion of successful UNCITRAL proceedings culminating with two awards in the region of $50 million each.

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.

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