Providing expert insight into LOGIC’S latest contracts and highlighting the legal and practical risk

Branch event
  • Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands
  • <p>The Courtyard<br />Marcliffe Hotel and Spa<br />North Deeside Road<br />Aberdeen</p>
  • 18-09-2019
  • 17:30 - 20:30

In November 2018, Oil & Gas UK subsidiary LOGIC published the 3rd edition of their General Conditions of Contract for Construction.  In December 2018, a new standard contract to assist companies with offshore decommissioning in the UK North Sea was published followed by the 4th Edition of LOGIC’s General Conditions of Contract (including guidance notes) for Services on-and off-shore in February 2019.

These model contracts are designed to provide companies and their contractors with a framework for working towards commercial agreements in a timely, co-operative and effective manner…but do they?

Veronique Buehrlen QC and Sarah Williams of Keating Chambers will address certain key provisions of the new General Conditions of Contract for Offshore Decommissioning from the point of view of the seasoned litigator.  They will address areas such as the allocation of risk in relation to technical information provided by the company and the assumptions on which the scope of work is to be based, variations, indemnities, and the dispute resolution provisions, including adjudicationas a means of fast track (if interim) dispute resolution. 

HKA Experts Andrew Drennan and Trevor Butler will address some of the technical, time and money risks relevant to offshore decommissioning from the point of view of the claims consultant/expert advisor.



Andrew is a chartered surveyor with over 20 years’ UK experience in quantity surveying, commercial and contract management. As a quantum and contract specialist, he has held senior commercial management roles with several leading UK contractors, including nine years in a consulting role. Andrew’s experience spans a wide range of project assignments in the buildings, infrastructure, power and utilities sectors.


Trevorhas over 37 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Hisrecent background is as an expert in the quality assurance of drilling rig, well equipment and platform to rig system interfaces, focussed on the effective management of supplier technical, contractual and regulatory compliance. Trevor has worked as a construction planner, hook-up coordinator and platform manager, He has acted as an expert witness in failure investigations and construction related disputes.


Veroniquehas a wide-ranging commercial litigation, international arbitration and advisory practice with special emphasis on complex energy disputes, construction and engineering. Veronique’s experience spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation encompassing major trials, jurisdiction and applicable law disputes and preliminary issues as well as numerous forms of interim relief including injunctions (freezing, anti-suit and in connection with the enforcement of bonds and various forms of payment guarantee), summary judgment, strike out, security for costs, pre-action and non-party disclosure.  Veronique has worked (as counsel and arbitrator) on disputes arising out of projects worldwide including in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria, Guinea, Brazil, Indonesia, Iraq and France.


Sarah is a specialist in construction, engineering and energy disputes, appearing both in the high court and in international arbitrations. She is recognized for the quality of her oral and written advocacy, and her approachable, straightforward style.

Sarah’s practice encompasses a diverse range of disputes, often on a repeat instruction, centred on construction, engineering and energy, and extending to disputes in areas such as telecommunications and the Party Wall etc. Act. Recently she has been instructed throughout an LCIA arbitration to final hearing concerning an EPF in the middle east, and in respect of a section 68 challenge arising out of that dispute; in a multi-million pound TCC trial involving glazing defects in the City of London, and in throughout an ICC arbitration to final hearing concerning questions of force majeure, bailment and causation in a mining facility in Western Africa.


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