Natural Resources

Our Natural ResourcesTeam is at the leading edge of helping our clients to manage, exploit, protect and regulate their natural resources, whether oil, gas, or minerals. Our experience of working on a wide range of oil, gas and mineral matters and projects, from acquisition, production, construction, transport and operation through to refinancing or sale means that we know where the potential problems lie and are able to guide you through them.

The law surrounding mining and mineral exploration has become increasingly complex and we are well equipped to guide our clients through the legal and operational challenges faced by mining operators in the sector.

We act for developers in relation to projects whether mines and minerals have been excepted from the freehold title or registered under a separate title, and with the redevelopment of land within former coal mines. We also regularity advise clients in relation to minerals trespass, mineral extraction licences and the implications of the Infrastructure Bill for participants in the natural resources sector.

We work with businesses to deal with agreements for the exploration of both conventional oil and gas and shale gas using hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as 'fracking'. We can also provide complimentary advice on options relating to exploration, planning matters, leases, easements and construction contracts.

Relevant Experience
  • Acting for Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC on its acquisition on 27 March 2014 of Rock Deformation Research Limited from the University of Leeds, IP Group plc and a number of academics.
  • Advising on the acquisition and development of a cross country gas pipeline including a gas generation station and leases for drilling and production of conventional gas well sites.
  • Advising on the use of compulsory acquisition powers for land and easements in relation to energy related projects including rights under the Pipelines Act.
  • Acting for approximately 6 UK companies in relation to onshore oil and gas exploration

Key Contact

Chris Marks


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+44 (0)20 7544 2444

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