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Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas

English law thrives in the Energy arena

Oil and Gas is a truly international industry. Companies who also tend to be global, can have operations spanning multiple jurisdictions. Something that is a constant factor throughout, is the high degree to which these companies and regulating authorities prefer English law, which in turn generates business for UK law firms.

This is mirrored in the renewables sector, where the UK is currently exporting its renewable energy expertise across the globe.

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Guest Blog: Find international success with UK Export Finance

By Carol Harvey, Export Finance Manager, UK Export Finance

Across Scotland there are businesses selling their services and wares to the world, and yet there are still thousands of firms that could export but don’t. UK Export Finance is here to help.

Scottish companies have a proud history of doing business overseas, and certainly punch above their weight compared to the rest of the UK. A recent report from HM Revenue and Customs shows that Scottish exports are rising 1.6% faster than the UK average, with a total value of £28.8 billion.

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Could US sanctions against Iran affect EU businesses?

Lynne Moss

On 5th November the US finally re-imposed sanctions against Iran following a six month wind down period. This means that all sanctions which were relaxed following the signature of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal) have been for the large part re-instated.

So what does all of this mean for your business?

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Experts on Brexit

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Has Global Cyber Awareness Month put the Spotlight on the NIS Directive?

Callum Sinclair

As we come to the end of Global Cyber Awareness Month, and notwithstanding recent high profile cyber attacks, the spotlight still seems firmly fixed on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Bill, and the significant impact they will have on data protection law.  Taking nothing away from the importance of GDPR, it is perhaps surprising that there has not been more discussion about the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive).  However, depending on your business, it could be just as important. 

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Bringing an End to the Conversation on Fracking

Lynsey Reid

On 3 October 2017, Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Energy Minister, announced that the Scottish Government’s moratorium on unconventional oil and gas development would be extended into a permanent ban. The announcement follows a period of evidence gathering and consultation by the Scottish Government, which I covered in my previous blog ‘Digging Deeper – Talking Fracking’.

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#OE17 – Prosperity can be Seen in our Region’s Future and not Just its Past

An early start helped to beat the traffic heading to Offshore Europe 2017 at the AECC.  Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce hosted a packed out Business Breakfast.  Colette Cohen of the OGTC was an engaging host, her opening remarks emphasised a resilient industry, which has become more efficient, optimising cost savings and identifying technology as key to the next generation.

Mark Hutchinson, CIO at Ernst and Young provided an entertaining whistlestop tour through what he termed the 4th Industrial Revolution.  While the world’s demand for processing power has

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IT Security - a Health and Safety Issue

The global malware attack which petrified the NHS has thrown into sharp relief that IT security is a health and safety issue.

Ransomware such as that used in the attack on the NHS and others works by blocking access to data until or unless a ransom in paid. And as we have seen, even if paid there can be no guarantee that access will be restored.

It can easily be imagined that if an organisation has no access to vital health and safety documentation such as risk assessments, lone worker systems and the like, that can only heighten operational health and safety risk.

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Digging Deeper - Talking Fracking

Lynsey Reid

As we head toward the first full month since the Scottish Government launched ‘Talking “Fracking” – A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas’ what else do we need to know in order to provide valuable input into the “cautious, evidence-led approach” to determining the future of shale gas extraction in Scotland?


‘Unconventional’ oil and gas exploration and production involves exploiting oil and natural gas deposits in impermeable rock, which cannot be extracted using the typical methods used in offshore production, for example.

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How Law Transforms Technology

When I was young, technology always excited me. I vividly remember the excitement of Christmas morning opening gifts of the latest games console or gadget. Technology has moved on so much since the early nineties, but those early days triggered a continued interest in transformative technology.

Ideas that change the way we work and socialise still excite me and that is why I wanted to forge a career in technology law. I relish meeting clients who have identified an idea that could fundamentally change the “way things are done”.

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