Dan is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group.

Dan specialises in the construction, maritime, energy and natural resources sectors, where he advises public and private companies, state-owned entities, developers, owners, contractors, traders, insurers and investors on projects and disputes involving oil and gas production, storage and processing facilities, drilling, accommodation and exploration units, and field developments and infrastructure, all varieties of seagoing vessels, mining and commodities, power plants and port, logistical and general industrial facilities.

Dan has substantial experience of working in the offshore energy industry, having spent approximately 18 months on secondment in South Korea at one of the world’s largest shipbuilding and offshore construction companies. He has also worked for extended periods on shipbuilding and offshore construction sites in Europe, advising at senior levels in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious commercial and legal issues.

He has also developed a reputation for his expertise in relation to projects and disputes involving South East Asian or Asia-Pacific parties.

Dan is recommended by leading legal directories Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. In 2019, Legal 500 said Dan “is a personable, ‘hands on’ and heavy-hitting partner that rightly obtains instructions from top clients across the Asia Pacific region”, and that he “has a really strong grasp of both the commercial and legal aspects” and “his knowledge of arbitration is second to none.”

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  • Acting for a private O&G company in relation to a US$750m dispute with an FPSO operator. Renegotiating the charter arrangements, drafting a repair and upgrade contract and acting in the subsequent S&P of the FPSO.
  • Acting for a national O&G company in relation to the development of an O&G field. Drafting/negotiating the applicable unitisation, unit operating, FEED, EPC, licence, engineering, process guarantee, gas sales and integrated infrastructure development agreements.
  • Advising a Thai-listed bulk carrier owner/operator in relation to a shipbuilding dispute with a Chinese shipyard. The dispute relates to alleged design defects in the propulsion system and excessive fuel oil consumption.
  • Advising a power company in relation to the design, construction and commissioning of a 600 MW IGCC power plant. Drafting/negotiating the EPC and associated contracts and attending on site to resolve various contentious issues.
  • Acting for a state-owned Chinese conglomerate in relation to a series of commodity trading disputes in Singapore and London.

Education

  1. 2002 Advocacy Skills Course: CEDR, London
  2. 2001 Professional Skills Course: BPP Law School, London
  3. 2000 Legal Practice Course: Nottingham Law School
  4. 1998 Durham University, LLB (2:1)

memberships and associations

  1. Law Society of England & Wales