Upstream Oil & Gas Advisory

Chris Longman, Director

Chris is a member the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Geological Society of London and holds a BSc in Geology (Leeds) and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Chris has over 35 years' experience in the technical, commercial, financial and legal aspects of the UK and International upstream oil and gas business.

Chris leads the Oil & Gas disputes team within SLR and has experience in acting as a testifying expert witness in oil and gas litigation. He has wide experience in arbitration (including production sharing contracts and acquisition & divestment transactions) and commercial court litigation (including farm-in agreements).

To contact Chris please email him Chris Longman


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Nick Hooke, Director

Nick has over 33 years' oil and gas experience, built upon technical, operational, commercial, financial and management roles in the international Oil & Gas industry.

He has developed expert opinions and provided input into a number of technical and commercial disputes and has appeared as an expert witness in front of technical experts and in an arbitration tribunal.  He also has extensive experience in advising on solutions to complex technical and commercial negotiations including international oil field unitisation and determination. Nick is a chartered Petroleum Engineer and a Fellow of the Energy Institute and holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.

To contact Nick please email him Nick Hooke


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Phil Marlow, Director

Phil a Chartered Petroleum Engineer. He has over 30 years' international experience in the oil and gas industry gained in a wide variety of business development, commercial, technical and management roles. Phil enjoys using his combined technical and commercial experience to identify clear solutions to complex industry challenges and dispute resolutions.

He has prepared expert opinions on a range of upstream technical and commercial matters, including oil and gas field unitisation. His experience includes both court and arbitral proceedings and he has recently acted as an expert witness in a major Nigerian upstream dispute and has been responsible for identifying and selecting expert witnesses for an arbitration case on behalf of a client.

To contact Phil please email him Phil Marlow


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Matt Carolan, Director

Matt has a background in Petroleum Engineering with both Britoil and ARCO British. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Institute of Petroleum Negotiators and holds a BAI in Engineering Science. Matt has over 30 years upstream oil and gas experience while working in technical and commercial roles where he has developed a strong blend of skills in the areas of engineering, commercial and business growth. 

Matt has wide experience of working with negotiating commercial disputes and resolving disputes. He has recently led a large multidisciplinary team of technical and commercial staff in developing a claim for an international oil company and their legal advisors in a complex acquisition and divestment case.

To contact Matt please email him Matt Carolan


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Steve Husbands, Principal Commercial Advisor

Steve has an MA from the University of Oxford and an MBA from the London Business School.  He has over 30 years of energy related commercial experience including oil and gas trading, gas and power origination and a variety of upstream projects; he has particular experience of working in Africa.  

Steve has wide experience of working with disputes in the energy industry. He has recently been engaged in advising a leading London law firm on developing the case for the claimant on a multi-billion dollar dispute relating to an upstream transaction.

To contact Steve please email him Steve Husbands


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