Simon specialises in contentious and non-contentious matters in the offshore oil and gas and insurance industries.
Simon acts for oil companies and offshore construction, installation and drilling contractors on negotiating contracts and resolving disputes in the offshore oil and gas industry and has a broad range of experience, having worked on projects in South East Asia, India, West Africa, East Africa, South America and the North Sea. He has considerable experience advising on negotiations and resolving disputes under EPIC projects for FPSO’s, rig construction and repair contracts, shipbuilding contracts, FPSO conversion contracts, FLNG projects and FSRU projects.
His insurance work includes advising clients on a wide variety of classes of business from construction all risks and energy package policies to hull and machinery, war risks, P&I, directors’ and officers’ liability, property and professional indemnity.
He has run high value and complex arbitration and litigation including the leading insurance case of Atlasnavios v Navigators where Simon acted for the underwriters who were successful before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
He has received personal recognition for his work with the Law Society's "Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)" Award for 2018.
Simon is a thought leader and co-author of “Offshore Construction: Law and Practice” (First Edition), published by Informa Law for Routledge, the Decommissioning Contracts Chapter in “Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law Policy and Comparative Practice” (Second Edition) published by Globe Law and Business and the English law chapter in “Handbook on Additional Insureds” (Second Edition) published by the American Bar Association. Simon’s work has been described by industry professionals as “ground-breaking” and “a huge contribution to the limited literature in the field of oil and gas offshore contracts”.
Advising a NOC on a high value dispute relating to the condition and performance of a rig operating in South America under a long term drilling contract.
Advising an independent oil company on a dispute arising under a drilling contract which concerned the safety of the rig and the legitimacy of instructions given by the oil company to suspend performance.
Advising on the contractual terms and conditions and insurance arrangements for a change in the delivery of a rig from the shipyard in China to Holland.
Advising on a dispute concerning the ownership of a drilling rig.
Advising on a dispute concerning uppaid debts and the arrest of a drilling rig.
Advising on disputes arising out of the sale and purchase of drilling rigs.
Advising on EPIC contracts for various FPSOs including AGMABI, USAN, AKPO, PAZLOR, FRADE and ICTHYS.
Advising on the EPIC contract for a compliant tower.
Advising on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico.
Advising a leading SURF contractor on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract due to the late delivery and therefore hook-up of an FPSO.
Advising a lead contractor on the EPIC contract for a FLNG Vessel offshore Mozambique.
Advising on disputes arising out of EPIC contracts relating to various issues including: (i) delay; (ii) cost overruns; (iii) deficiencies in design; (iv) failed equipment and machinery; (v) whether the facility met the contractual specification; and (vi) warranty claims.
Advising on the EPIC contracts for various FPSOs including AGMABI, USAN, AKPO, PAZLOR, FRADE and ICTHYS.
Advising a SURF contractor on a claim arising from a delayed FPSO project.
Advising on a claim arising from the breakdown of the main bearing of a FPSO turret.
Advising on a claim arising from damage to a FPSO riser.
Advising on a dispute relating to the underperformance of a FPSO contractor under a operating contract.
Advising on a claim in relation to a FPSO hull when extensive fatigue damage was identified early in the field life.
Advising on the renegotiation of the terms and conditions of a contract for the lease and operation of an FPSO.
Advising on disputes arising under EPIC contracts for FPSO’s including relating to (i) delay; (ii) cost overruns; (iii) deficiencies in design; (iv) failed equipment and machinery; (v) whether the facility met the contractual specification; and (vi) warranty claims.
Advising a SURF contractor on substantial claims arising from the late delivery and hook up of the FPSO.
Advising on claims arising from damage to offshore pipelines occurring during installation operations.
Advising on a claim arising from a collapsed crane on board a vessel which caused damage to project equipment that was in transit to the offshore work site for installation.
Advising on the insurance arrangements for a project to convert a LNG vessel into a FSRU.
Advising on an insurance claim arising from the failure of the main bearing of an FPSO turret.
Advising on a claim arising from damage to a FPSO riser.
Advising on an insurance dispute arising from the Mighty Servant II casualty.
Advising on insurance issues arising from the total loss of the AHTS Bourbon Dolphin in April 2007.
Advising on issues arising from the BP Thunderhorse casualty.
Advising on the development of policy wordings including (i) an excess energy exploration and development policy covering risks such as control of well, pollution and liability (ii) a warranty liability insurance contract for contractors to transfer the risk of post completion defects to insurers; (iii) an insurance policy to cover the risk of a claim under a parent company guarantee; and (iii) a residual value insurance policy.
Advising on claims under T&I contracts including in relation to the late delivery of the Balder FPSO offshore Nigeria.
Advising a T&I contractor on the development of a suite of contracts to support their business operations.
Advising a main contractor on an EPIC contract for an FLNG project offshore Mozambique.
Advising on the contract (including liability and insurance clauses) for a project to convert an LNG vessel into a FSRU.
Advising on the liability and insurance arrangements for a FSRU project.
Advising on the security arrangements for the financing of a global supplier of marines services to the offshore energy industry.
Advising banks taking security over insurance policies.
Advising a provider of accommodation vessels on the development of a suite of contracts to support their business operations.
Advising on disputes under SUPPLYTIME, HEAVYCON, HEAVYLIFTVOY, BARECON and TOWCON.