Described as a “true energy disputes lawyer”, and “excellent for tricky, high-value disputes”, Ben Holland specialises in handling multijurisdictional large-scale dispute resolution for energy-sector clients around the world.

    Ben works exclusively on energy-related disputes, with a particular emphasis on natural gas. Recent editions of The American Lawyer’s Arbitration Scorecard have recognised three of Ben’s gas-sector arbitrations as among the largest in the world.

    Ben is a recognised expert on hydrocarbon supply and pricing disputes under long-term international oil, gas, LNG and coal sale agreements and the impact of economic and regulatory change on the commercial balance under them. He also focusses on disputes arising out of fluctuations in the price of crude oil and the consequential impact on the price of oil products, natural gas, LNG, coal and other commodities.

    Active in the oil, LNG, power and utilities, renewables and mining sectors, Ben advises on disputes concerning the construction, operation and decommissioning of oil, gas and LNG production facilities and equipment, pipelines, onshore and offshore engineering, power and renewables facilities. He also handles international trade and shipping disputes.

    As a thought-leader on the resolution of international energy disputes, Ben consults on risk avoidance and dispute strategy at senior executive level, with the majority of his work reporting directly to the CEO/beneficial owner.

    Ben is a member of the Energy Institute, the International Bar Association and the UK Energy Lawyers’ Group.

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    • Advising a CEE gas buyer in an arbitration under the ICC Rules in relation to termination without notice of a long-term gas supply contract that led to emergency governmental intervention.
    • Advising a Middle Eastern gas company in an arbitration under the ICC Rules in relation to investments in Uzbekistan.
    • Advising a Middle Eastern oil company in an arbitration under the ICC Rules in relation to investments in Yemen.
    • Advising a leading state-owned oil company in a pricing dispute in Asia regarding a long-term crude oil supply contract with a sum in dispute in excess of US$16 billion.
    • Advising a European gas buyer in a “baseball” gas price arbitration in Southern Europe under the ICC Rules relating to a long-term LNG supply contract, leading to final award.
    • Advising a European gas buyer in a gas price arbitration in Southern Europe under the ICC Rules relating to a long-term pipeline gas contract with a sum in dispute in excess of US$1 billion.
    • Advising a European gas buyer in two consolidated gas price arbitrations in Southern Europe relating to two long-term LNG supply contracts with a sum in dispute in excess of US$1 billion, leading to a final award.
    • Advising a European gas buyer in three gas price arbitrations in Southern Europe under the UNCITRAL rules relating to three long-term LNG contracts with a sum in dispute of approximately US$4.5 billion, all of which led to final awards.
    • Advising a gas seller in an ad hoc price review arbitration in Northern Europe relating to a long-term pipeline gas contract with a sum in dispute of approximately US$2 billion.
    • Advising an investment company in six consolidated LCIA arbitrations in relation to oil investments in Kurdistan, Iraq, leading to final awards on both liability and quantum.
    • Advising an FPSO charterer in relation to cost and schedule overruns on a US$1.2 billion new-build project offshore Brazil.
    • Advising a major UK mining company in relation to a dispute with power station owners over the contract price under long-term supply agreements worth £100 million.
    • Advising on an arbitration under the rules of the Electricity Arbitration Association in relation to the introduction of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on long-term power purchase agreements.

    Education

    • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 1997
    • University of Oxford, 1996

    Admissions

    • England and Wales

    Memberships and Affiliations

    Events

    • “Caspian Sea Energy Forum”, FTI Consulting, London, September 2019.
    • “There’s no law in gas pricing arbitration against the motion”, GAR Live, London, June 2017.
    • “East, West, North and South – Regional Perspective on Energy Arbitration in Africa”, LCILP Conference, London, May 2017.
    • “Decommissioning Liability – A Growing Concern”, C5 Upstream Oil & Gas Legal Forum, London, January 2017.
    • “Resolving Disputes Between Co-Venturers in Energy Projects”, Ukraine Legal Energy Forum, Kyiv, November 2016.
    • “Decommissioning in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: Decommissioning Security Disputes”, UBCEES Oil and Gas Decommissioning Conference, Buckingham, May 2016.
    • “LNG Price Review Arbitrations – the Future Landscape”, International Arbitration Conference on Energy Disputes, Doha, February 2016.
    • “Hardship and Force Majeure”, International Arbitration Conference on Energy Disputes, Doha, February 2016.
    • “Ben Holland is exceptionally open and attentive to details; he explains the reasons behind the options on the table, each consequence and the reasoning of proposed actions.” The Legal 500 UK 2020
    • Recognised by Chambers UK 2019 in Band 3 for Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes: “‘Engaging advocate’ Ben Holland of Squire Patton Boggs has a wealth of experience in representing clients in energy arbitrations. He is often instructed in cross-border gas disputes, including gas price review arbitrations. Sources say that ‘he is proactive with his cases and work’ and also ‘good with clients.’”
    • Recognised by Chambers UK 2019 in Band 5 for International Arbitration: Commercial Arbitration: “Ben Holland of Squire Patton Boggs is a well-regarded energy lawyer with substantial arbitration experience. His practice includes acting for gas companies in ICC arbitrations.”
    • Recognised in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2019 for Energy & Natural Resources Law
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Energy & Natural Resources, UK-wide
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for International Arbitration, UK-wide
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for International arbitration

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    • Author, “Decommissioning Disputes”, LexisNexis Practice Note, 2019.
    • Co-author, “Decommissioning in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: Decommissioning Security Disputes”, The Denning Law Journal, Vol 28, 2016.
    • Co-author, “Beyond Price Reviews: Adjudicating Claims of Financial Hardship”, The Leading Practitioners’ Guide to International Oil and Gas Arbitration, 2015.
    • Author, “Excalibur: The Double-Edged Sword: UK Court Grants Foreign Anti-Arbitration Injunction in Parallel Proceedings Case”, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2013.
    • Co-author, “Tailoring the Arbitral Process to Suit Natural Gas Price Reviews: The Case for Two Stage Final Arbitration”, International Arbitration Law Review, Volume 16 Issue 3, 2013.
    • Author, “Oil and Gas in Iraq – The Constitutional Cliff Edge”, Global Energy Review, 2013.
    • Co-author, “Natural Gas Price Reviews: Past, Present and Future”, Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 2012.

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