Media Release: Leading Scottish legal firm strengthens energy team

Stronachs-David Forfar

A LEADING Scottish legal firm based in the North-east has strengthened its energy team in Aberdeen with the appointment of a new Partner.

David Forfar has joined Stronachs LLP’s energy team, which is one of the biggest in Scotland.

Mr Forfar, who has more than ten years experience in the oil and gas sector, will join partners Ewan Neilson, James Downie and Malcolm Donald. In addition to the partners, the team comprises three senior associates, two senior assistants, three junior lawyers and two consultants.

Mr Forfar has spent the past five-and-a-half years at CNR International in Aberdeen where he was a senior legal advisor working extensively on assets across Africa and the UK Continental Shelf.

He has worked on a number of cross-border restructurings and has interacted closely with regulators and government departments in Africa.

Prior to his move to Aberdeen in 2005, Mr Forfar was a university academic and research fellow at Wadham College, Oxford, before moving to London to train with, and subsequently practice in, the Energy Group at the city law firm Ashurst.

Stronachs is one of the key players in the North-east oil and gas economy, and acts for a number of major oil and gas companies, and businesses in the industry’s supply chain.

In addition, the firm provides legal diligence services to banks and equity providers investing in the oil and gas industry.

Mr Forfar said: “The energy team at Stronachs has continued to grow over the years, and today is one of the most experienced in Scotland.

“The team, which is led by Ewan Neilson, provides a much needed resource for clients with international assets.

“The team offers a credible alternative to city of London advice which, when delivered from Aberdeen, is cost-effective and adds value.”

Ewan Neilson said: “With his extensive knowledge of oil and gas sector, David is a valuable addition to our team.

“His wealth of experience will strengthen the work of the energy team as we continue to grow and expand it to deliver the best service possible to clients in Aberdeen and across the globe.

“The energy team takes an integrated approach, giving both legal and commercial advice to clients which supports  their technical disciplines in areas including geoscience, drilling, reservoir evaluation, well design, project economics, technology development, project management, logistics and subsea, through to project finance and raising capital.”

Stronachs LLP, which was established over 200 years ago, has offices in Aberdeen and Inverness, and is now one of the few independent law firms owned, managed and operated from the North-east of Scotland providing legal and commercial advice across the UK and on an international basis.

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