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Jeremy Farr

Partner
+44.(0)20.7360.8190
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Jeremy Farr is a partner in the oil, gas and resources practice group of the firm’s London office. He is an energy and EPC lawyer focused on dispute resolution, project advisory and contract formation with a particular focus on offshore upstream oil and gas projects. He has 32 years’ experience of working with clients in the oil and gas sector to help them identify and minimise risk in their contracts during negotiations, to provide support to project teams with a view to dispute avoidance or early resolution, to protect their interests when there are health and safety or other incidents and to resolve those disputes which cannot be dealt with in the ordinary course of performance of the contract, through negotiation, mediation or formal international arbitration or court process. In more recent years he has brought his offshore oil and gas and maritime experience to bear as project counsel on behalf of clients developing offshore wind.

Mr. Farr has conducted, managed or advised upon dispute resolution under both civil and common law and in many jurisdictions including England, USA, China, Africa, Latin America, Singapore, Korea, Former Soviet Union/Eastern Europe and Australia. Notable industry sectors include EPC contracts for specialist offshore units such as drilling rigs, production platforms, cable-lay, pipe-lay and heavy lift vessels, floating production units, buoys and other offshore infrastructure; subsea installation, drilling and other services contracts, charters, operation and maintenance contracts and other ancillary contracts for floating production units; supply-chain; joint operating agreements, joint ventures, production sharing agreements; real-time strategic advice, assistance and investigation into onshore and offshore incidents including blow outs, pollution, health and safety, loss of life and injury, breakdown and physical damage.

He is widely respected for his strategic insight, his ability to help clients to find commercial solutions to problems in accordance with their business objectives, and his dispute management.

“.. He frequently acts on behalf of contractors and oil and gas majors in international arbitrations arising from contractual disputes. Sources say: “He’s one of the safest pairs of hands in the business and has been running huge energy cases over the years with great skill”.” Chambers & Partners 2018 (Ranked lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes Lawyers – UK)

“Jeremy Farr is “an outstanding solicitor” according to commentators, who describe him as “an absolutely excellent strategic thinker, very practical. Client-focused and very intelligent.” He is highly regarded for his expertise in energy disputes and regularly handles both arbitration and litigation.” Chambers & Partners 2017 (Ranked lawyer in Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes Lawyers – UK)

“Jeremy Farr … works in the dispute resolution side of energy work and is particularly skilled in the offshore construction arena. Commentators describe him as “strong on the contractor side” and “a very wise litigator who never puts a foot wrong” Chambers & Partners 2015

“Outstanding knowledge of commercial risks and litigation strategy” Legal 500 2015

“Jeremy Farr is strong in the energy disputes sector” Chambers & Partners 2014

"...Without peer in his knowledge of offshore service contracts” Chambers & Partners 2012

“Jeremy Farr is a wise tactician and a fantastic team leader” Legal 500 2012

Mr Farr is often engaged by clients in the early stages of tenders, contract qualification and negotiation across the full spectrum of offshore services, shipbuilding, EPC and general commercial agreements.

Professional Background

Mr. Farr qualified as a lawyer in 1987 and remained at the same City of London headquartered international law firm until the end of 2017. He became a partner in 1994. He served as a member of the firm’s Board, as Global Head of Energy and as Managing Partner for the Energy Group.

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Farr serves as a trustee and director of Grange Park Opera and a trustee of Pimlico Opera, two charities bringing the benefits of music to a wide audience including disadvantaged primary schools and prisons.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Adapting the IADC International Offshore Daywork Drilling Contract for use under English Law” 2006
  • “Using the contract to contain risks” 2008
  • “Risk and Liability in Offshore Contracts” 2010
  • “How to get paid for extra work” 2010
  • “Breaking the code: protecting your day rates (even in the event of breach)” 2010
  • “Delay and Disruption” 2011
  • “Can you exclude liability for negligence and wilful misconduct” 201
  • “Extending time for performing a construction contract – a guide to the black art” 2011
  • “Battle of the Forms” 2012
  • “Deconstructing Indemnities” 2013
  • “Termination of contracts for breach” 2014
  • “Meeting in the Middle: Understanding the fault lines arising from the choice of contract form for offshore construction” 2015
  • “Liability and Bad Behaviour – a refresher on contractual fault” 2016
  • “Enforceable liquidated damages or unenforceable penalty” (co-presenter) 2016
  • “Transocean v. Providence: The restoration of sanity to English Law” (co-presenter) 2016
Publications
  • Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 4th Edition, Griggs, Williams, Farr (Informa Law 2005)
  • Contributor to Corporate Liability: Work Related Deaths and Criminal Prosecutions – Forlin (LexisNexis 2003)
  • Contributor to Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector: A Practitioner’s Handbook – King (Globe Law and Business 2012)
Arbitration
  • ICC arbitration in Australia concerning performance issues related to well product (for an FPSO owner/operator – settled at hearing; client made recovery).
  • ICC arbitration in Paris, France concerning IP issues (for a defence contractor - won).
  • LCIA arbitration in London acting for EPC contractor in dispute with its topsides sub-contractor (settled after multiple hearings over several years in client’s favour).
  • LCIA arbitration in London concerning well control issues and non-payments (settled in client’s favour).
Litigation
  • English High Court (Comm): Shipbuilding dispute concerning delay and repudiatory breach (reported at Adyard Abu Dhabi v. SD Marine Services [2011] EWHC 848 (Comm)) – represented SDMS, the successful party.
  • Western Australia Federal Court litigation concerning operator non-performance of a drilling contract – for the drilling contractor (settled in client’s favour following mediation).
  • English High Court (Comm) proceedings concerning the performance of a drilling rig – for JOA participants (settled).
  • English High Court (TCC): Offshore construction dispute between an offshore fabricator in a dispute with its sub-contractor in relation to scope of work, variations, defects and delay (reported at Bluewater Energy Services BV v. Mercon Steel Structures BV [2014] EWHC 2132 (TCC)) - acted for Bluewater, the successful party.
  • English High Court (Comm): claim by FPSO owner against insurers arising from damage to FPSO subsea umbilicals (settled in FPSO owner client’s favour).
  • Singapore Court: drilling contract termination dispute (for contractor – settled due to impecunious oil company).
  • Nigeria: representing drilling contractor in Nigerian Court proceedings concerning non-payments of sums due to contractor (settled in client’s favour).
  • Nigeria: representing drilling contractor as principal creditor of oil company in insolvency proceedings.
  • English High Court (Comm) and Court of Appeal: represented successful drilling contractor in dispute with oil company concerning termination of contract for alleged breach and the meaning and effect of the consequential loss exclusion (reported at Transocean Drilling (UK) Ltd v. Providence Resources Plc [2016] EWCA Civ 372).
  • English High Court (Comm): acted for oil company against insurers seeking recovery following a blow out in Uzbekistan (policy subject to Uzbek law) – settled on eve of trial in client’s favour.
  • English High Court (Comm): dispute concerning final account for an EPC contract for an FPSO - settled on eve of trial in client’s favour.
Transactional and Advisory
  • Multiple retainers to draft, advise upon, qualify or negotiate drilling and other service contracts, FPSO bareboat charter parties, operation and maintenance contracts, bespoke shipbuilding, EPC and similar contracts, and equipment and technology supply contracts.
  • Offshore wind - retained on behalf of contractors and developers for shallow and deepwater wind projects in the UK North Sea and offshore USA.
  • Insolvency – over-seeing administration and insolvency proceedings for principal creditors.
  • Advising ad hoc industry working group in US looking into alternatives to the contractual indemnity regime for major pollution incidents post-Macondo.
  • Advice on the application of English law to US Gulf of Mexico drilling contracts.
  • Multiple retainers to give behind the scenes strategic and legal advice under EPC, FPSO, drilling and other services contracts.
  • Multiple retainers in relation to health and safety incidents in a variety of jurisdictions including supervising local attorneys.
  • Legal and strategic advice on compliance issues, including consequences thereof.
  • Multiple retainers in relation to offshore incidents, actual or potential off-hire events, and force majeure events, providing strategic and legal advice and generally assisting the client to safely navigate the issues.
  • Overseeing corporate, financial and restructuring transactions as client relationship partner.
  • Multiple retainers on the full range of maritime issues including shipbuilding, salvage, charterparty and cargo issues and marine and war risk insurance issues.