Valerie Allan is a partner in our Energy Disputes Team. Based in Aberdeen as part of our Oil & Gas Team for over 15 years, Valerie specialises in commercial dispute resolution for the energy sector. Valerie is dual qualified in Scotland and in England & Wales and regularly advises on disputes in both jurisdictions. She also has extensive experience in advising clients further afield and often works along with colleagues in other CMS jurisdictions. Valerie has trained as a mediator. She co-authored the Scottish chapter of the CMS Guide to Arbitration (published 2012) and regularly contributes to in-house training for clients. She is also trained as Senior Investigator in the KELVIN Top-Set incident analysis system.

Valerie’s skill is in working with energy industry operators and contractors at any stage of a dispute – from risk management and claim prevention, through early and alternative dispute resolution to litigation and enforcement – to help her clients achieve a result which recognises their commercial goals as well as their legal position. On a day-to-day basis, Valerie advises on a wide variety of incidents and circumstances, including: industry standard form contracts; joint operating agreements; contract termination; delay and disruption claims; payment disputes; indemnity claims; supply chain disputes; fatalities, serious injuries and “near miss” incidents; protection of assets; disruption by environmental protestors; third party claims; and damage to property.