Natural resources: Oil and Gas and Mining

Specialist teams with the expertise and extensive experience to provide the sector-focused advice you need.

Natural resources are the foundation of all modern industrialised economies. From conventional and unconventional oil and gas producers, providing the baseload for our energy needs, through to miners extracting valuable resources on which we all depend, our specialist teams have the expertise and extensive experience to provide the sector-focused advice required.

Oil and gas

Our marketing-leading oil and gas team combines extensive sector knowledge with exceptional M&A, capital market, finance, share incentive, projects, litigation and regulatory expertise to deliver a stand-out, integrated service to a wide range of clients. Active at every stage of the asset and corporate life cycle, our team has an outstanding track record comprising both major domestic and international upstream transactions.

When it comes to clients, we are principally focused on the independents – nimble and exciting explorers and producers with assets in Europe, Africa and beyond. Our diverse and innovative team can bring value to resourceful companies with enormous potential, seeking to grow shareholder value through the drill bit. We also advise a range of major midstream and service sector businesses operating in the UK.


The legal experts on our mining team have years of experience advising a variety of clients on numerous deals in the sector. Working with both companies and investment banks, the team handles a range of corporate transactions including IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A involving mining and mining support companies. 

Our experts work hard to be regarded as an extension of our clients’ own teams, working with them to achieve their strategic and commercial goals and to deliver the highest standards of quality and excellence. We deliver cost-efficient and commercial solutions which reflect and support clients’ business priorities.

Cairn Energy PLC

Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its sale to Vedanta Resources of up to 51% of Cairn India with a value of up to £5.65 billion and on the subsequent return by Cairn Energy of US$3.5 billion to shareholders

Bowleven plc

Acted for Bowleven plc on its US$500 million strategic alliance with Petrofac in respect of the Etinde Permit, offshore Cameroon

Celtique Energy

Acted for Celtique Energy on a range of asset and procurement matters in Central Europe

Cairn Energy PLC

Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its £414 million recommended acquisition of Nautical Petroleum

OMV Petrom

Acted for OMV Petrom on various asset and procurement matters


Acted for Ervia in relation to compliance with the EU Third Package on gas

Cairn Energy PLC

Cairn Energy PLC's UK legal advisers on its US$450 million acquisition of Agora Oil & Gas AS

Melrose Resources

Acted for Melrose Resources on asset level matters in Eastern Europe

Bowleven plc

Acted for Bowleven plc on equity placings with an aggregate value of US$375 million to raise finance for exploration activities and acquisitions

Aurelian Oil & Gas

Acted for Aurelian Oil & Gas in connection with its procurement activities in Central Europe

Seven Energy

Acted for Seven Energy in connection with various matters including equity raising, financing facilities for its development and production activities in Nigeria, corporate restructuring, oil and gas sales agreements and acquisition and disposal of licence interests

Bowleven plc

Acted for Bowleven plc on its recommended all share offer for First Africa Oil for a value of US$58 million


Acted for Shell in relation to its successful application for an exemption on behalf of the UK oil and gas industry from EU public procurement rules


Acted for DeepOcean on its US$114 million acquisition of CTC Marine

Bridge Resources

Acted for Bridge Resources on its acquisition of UKCS assets and subsequent sale of certain of those assets to Perenco

Cairn Energy PLC

Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on its US$174 million accelerated bookbuilt placing

Bowleven plc

Acted for Bowleven plc on its farm-out to Vitol of interests in the Etinde Permit offshore Cameroon for US$225 million

Cairn Energy PLC

Acted for Cairn Energy PLC on the US$6.3 billion global offering of securities by Cairn India and admision of Cairn India to Bombay and National Stock Exchanges

Capricorn Energy

Acted for Capricorn Energy on its simultaneously launched recommended cash offers for medOil and Plectrum Petroleum


Advised QEDI shareholders on their US$50 million sale to AMEC