Jeremy Farr is the lead practice area leader of the Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice area and is a partner in the firm's London office with a co-listing in Houston. As an offshore energy, maritime, and EPC lawyer, he draws upon almost four decades of practice to provide strategic and commercial insight to clients from contract negotiation, through project performance to close-out and dispute resolution. His experience includes upstream oil and gas projects and services, offshore wind, shipbuilding, super-yacht refit and construction, maritime issues, and major on-shore infrastructure engineering and construction disputes.
Jeremy has conducted, managed, or advised upon dispute resolution under both civil and common law in many jurisdictions in all regions of the world. He is responsible for a number of notable precedent decisions from English Courts on key contractual risk issues which are cited in text books. He is also a highly experienced arbitration practitioner under ICC, LCIA, LMAA, DIAC, and other Rules as well as ad hoc, and has a strong track record of successful mediations.
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, shipbuilding, and superyachts; 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; design and engineering contracts and disputes in the energy, industrial and infrastructure sectors; 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, energy, and marine insurance claims.
Jeremy 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.
Jeremy 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.
- BTI Consulting Group Client Service All-Stars - MPV 2023
- Ranked in Chambers UK and Global, Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes, 2017-2022
- "He is an intelligent, insightful and commercial lawyer who understands client needs and provides clear, concise and pragmatic advice." Chambers UK 2021
- "He has a brilliant strategic mind, is great with clients and is a joy to work with." Chambers UK 2020
- “..an outstanding energy solicitor with an extremely wide knowledge of the market." Chambers UK 2019 and 2020
- “Jeremy Farr has the ideal blend of technical legal knowledge and a strong commercial, pragmatic approach” The Legal 500 2020 (International Arbitration)
- “.. 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 UK 2018
- “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 UK 2017
Jeremy serves as a trustee of Pimlico Opera, a charity which brings the benefits of music to disadvantaged primary school children in the UK and to prisons.
- “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” 2011
- “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
- “Experiences of FPSO Construction/Conversion Disputes: Learning the Lessons to Protect Budgets” FPSO Europe Congress 2019
- “Management of Shipyard Risks” IADC Contracts Conference, Houston 2022
- “Contractual Indemnities and Non-Derogable / Mandatory Provisions in International Arbitration” IADC Contracts Committee 2023
- 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)