Dave is a senior associate specialising in resolving high value complex commercial disputes, often with an international dimension. He advises on a wide range of contractual claims, energy related disputes, professional negligence claims, disputes between shareholders and joint venture participants, fraud claims and defamation actions.

Dave is well versed in managing cases through the courts and is a skilled negotiator and mediation advocate.

Dave also specialises in international arbitration, particularly in the oil & gas sector, and has acted in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.

Dave acts for a range of upstream oil and gas companies operating in the UKCS and internationally, national retailers, engineering services companies and governmental bodies.


Energy disputes

  • Advising an oil and gas super-major in a US$50 million ICC arbitration regarding the allocation of gas production between JV partners from gas fields in Argentina
  • Advising a US E&P company in relation to a £9 million claim regarding the allocation of stand-by rig costs incurred under a federal contract to the joint account by the operator
  • Advising a FTSE 100 oil and gas company in relation to a £10 million dispute over the apportionment of costs between JV partners following the restructuring of operations in a gas processing plant
  • Acting for an Italian energy group in an LCIA arbitration in a £10 million dispute over the farm out of interests in a Columbian oil field and whether the farm out agreement was void for alleged breaches of certain Columbian regulations
  • Advising an oil and gas super-major in various breach of contract claims regarding the provision of a flotel (a residential rig) to one its North Sea drilling platforms.

Commercial disputes 

  • Secured an injunction for one of the big six energy suppliers to prevent the use and dissemination of confidential customer data that was misappropriated by an employee and passed on to an energy broker 
  • Defending a UK government department a multi-million pound claim by its service provider alleging that it received incomplete employee information for TUPE purposes when it took over the provision of the relevant services
  • Acting for a higher education college in a £5 million claim against its service provider who managed an apprenticeship training programme for the college and who fraudulently claimed state funding for the enrolment of fictitious students  
  • Acting for a multinational brewery in a £3 million professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors and a barrister over negligent advice received regarding the recovery of excise beer duty from HMRC
  • Defending a public corporation in substantial damages claim regarding allegedly defamatory reports it submitted to the Secretary of State preventing the demolition of several historical buildings.    
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