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Charles Lockwood

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Charles Lockwood is a partner in the energy, infrastructure and resources practice group in the London office. He assists clients with onshore and offshore energy projects globally, including those involving engineering and construction (EPC), drilling, oilfield services including subsea/subsurface operations, floating production, offshore wind and heavylift transportation and installation.

Charles has a wealth of experience of negotiating contracts, advising on risk management, providing project support and dispute avoidance advice and resolving disputes via informal negotiations, mediations and formal processes. He is an experienced English Court litigator and has arbitrated disputes under many of the internationally recognised Rules (ICC, LCIA, ICDR, UNCITRAL and LMAA). Many of the matters Charles assists with are technically complex and most have significant international dimensions, which often necessitate working closely with local lawyers and industry experts.

“An excellent team player with an extremely robust handle on the manifold complexities of the energy sector… one to watch.” Chambers & Partners

“A rising star who is described by clients as extremely bright and practical and always clear in his advice.” Chamber & Partners

Professional Background

Charles trained at the London office of an international law firm, qualifying in 1999 and becoming a partner in 2007.


  • Acritas 2017 Star Lawyer

Speaking Engagements

  • “Attorney-Client Privilege - English Law/Texas Law” (co-presenter 2018)
  • “Wilful Misconduct - When do those Carve-outs Really Apply in English Law?” - IADC Contracts and Risk Management Conference 2018
  • “Convenience and Discretion – Issues around Termination for Convenience and Good Faith” 2016
  • “Enforceable liquidated damages or unenforceable penalty” (co-presenter) 2016
  • “Resolving Disputes. Managing Costs” 2015
  • “Arbitration Agreements and Avoiding Disputes about Disputes” 2014
  • “Framework Agreements, Standard Terms and Contract Problems” 2014
  • “Back to Back Contracting – Mind the Gap(s)” 2013
  • “Arbitration – Making the Right Choices” 2012
  • “Are the actions of all employees attributable to a company?” 2012
  • “EPC Contracts” 2012
  • “Contract Interpretation” 2011
  • “Risk and Liability in Offshore Contracts” (co-presenter) 2010
  • Contributor to Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector: A Practitioner’s Handbook – King (Globe Law and Business 2012)
  • Representing a leading oilfield services contractor in its defence of Commercial Court proceedings concerning allegedly defective performance of electric submersible pumps used for artificial lifting.
  • Conducting ICDR arbitration proceedings arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement.
  • Pursuing LMAA arbitration proceedings concerning unpaid hire and HSE issues for a jack-up drilling rig employed offshore Cameroon.
  • Conducting Commercial Court proceedings claiming under a Letter of Award and Parent Company Guarantee relating to the use of a semi-submersible drilling rig.
  • Acting for an FPSO owner in a dispute with the field operator, conducted pursuant to the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Conducting an LCIA arbitration on behalf of a pipeline contractor regarding, inter alia, time and cost overruns encountered on a major project in West Africa.
  • Conducting an ICC arbitration seeking recovery of monies owed under complex contractual arrangements.
  • Acting as co-counsel on a dispute before the Malaysian courts arising out of a sequence of heavylift transportation contracts.
  • Multiple retainers advising on contractual suspension and/or termination issues.
  • Advising a transportation and installation contractor on a contract for platforms and foundations for an offshore windfarm.
  • Acting as project counsel to the main contractor under an EPCI contract for an offshore wind farm.
  • Multiple retainers advising on EPC, equipment/services supply, drilling and related contracts.
  • Drafting and advising on the terms of a Master Services Agreement to be implemented between a major multi-services contractor and specialist sub-contractor.
  • Providing advice and assistance in relation to militant attacks on a jack-up drilling rig, an FPSO and supply vessels offshore Nigeria.
  • Providing extensive advice ‘on the ground’ to a pipeline contractor undertaking a project in Nigeria.
  • Multiple retainers advising on contracts for the use of offshore and heavylift vessels.
  • Advising a leading oilfield services company in relation to disputes under an EPC contract for the provision of meteorological masts as part of an offshore wind farm project.
  • Providing advice on contractual arrangements relating to the installation and testing of WTG foundations for an offshore wind farm project in Taiwan.