Knowing the law is just the beginning


Stronachs’ Energy Team understands the energy industry and the needs of those involved. Our expertise reaches beyond advising on black letter law and covers key aspects of the industry’s legal and financial landscape, its commercial practices and contracting structures.

Our dedicated team of energy practitioners advises all sizes of company from start-ups to international operators.  Our work encompasses traditional upstream and mid-stream projects, field developments, operations, decommissioning, M&A, offshore or onshore wind, CCUS, hydrogen, technology projects  and provision of advice to supply chain.

We are experts on issues in the UKCS and have acted for clients on projects across Europe, in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean,  Caspian, the Far East and the Middle East.

Our senior team have decades of experience,  understand the issues, can identify the risks and can provide the advice you need.

From 2022 Chambers and Partners Legal guide “Stronachs provide a very professional service for both Scottish and English law issues and are very cost-effective. I have always found them very approachable, easy to work with and supportive.” – an impressed client, with Legal 500 carrying the testimonial impressive breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of oil and gas projects.”

Our team has produced a number of major publications on the energy sector. The three-volume Technical & Legal Guide to Global Hydrocarbons and the Technical and Legal Guide to the UK Oil and Gas Industry are available from Aberlour Press. For A Guide to New Energies, click here.


Acquisitions and Disposals

Including the purchase and sale of upstream energy companies, and more than 50 oil and gas fields with deal values aggregating billions of dollars.

Exploration Drilling and Appraisal

Acquisition of licences in the UKCS, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas, work on international drilling campaigns, and shale gas exploration.


From concept, through the protection of intellectual property rights and licensing and confidentiality agreements, FEED, contract negotiation and financing to business sale.

Development and Production Projects

Advising small and major energy operators on field developments including construction, transportation arrangements, FPSO contracts, facilities management contracts and product sales;


Advising international companies on decommissioning issues (including decommissioning security issues). Chambers describes us as “top-notch for decommissioning”.

Corporate Finance

Including raising private equity, AIM and ISDX listings, company investments, international and multi- jurisdictional transactions.


Advising on directors duties, CVA’s, administrations, liquidations and enforcement of security.

General Due Diligence

We have produced more than 60 due diligence reports on oil/gas assets and companies and have carried out many contract reviews./

Key Contacts

To make an enquiry, please contact a member of staff below or call 01224 845 845

James Downie

Partner, Head of Energy
T: 01224 845 813
M: 07980 650 286

James Muir

Partner, Energy
T: 01224 845887
M: 07515 999 146

Ewan Neilson

T: 01224 845887
M: 07801 676 293

Oil & Gas News & Insights

Cybersecurity for Professional Services Seminar with Mitigo

November 15, 2023

Cybersecurity for Professional Services : Breakfast Seminars with Mitigo Cybersecurity

Aberdeen : 28 Albyn Place at 8am on 21 Nov 2023

Inverness : The Kingsmills Hotel at 8am on 22 Nov 2023

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 UK Guides 2024

October 23, 2023

The 2024 editions of Chambers & Partners Legal Guide UK and Legal 500 UK have been launched, with Stronachs LLP being recognised in both.  The two annual reviews of the UK’s legal market rank the leading firms and lawyers in Scotland.

CPI Award – Deborah Law

August 28, 2023

Deborah Law, partner in the dispute resolution team, has been awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI). Deborah was one of eight candidates from England, Scotland and Wales to earn a merit and was ranked first of the Scottish candidates.

Employment Law Accreditation

August 24, 2023

We are pleased to share that the Law Society of Scotland has accredited partner, Anya Duncan. She joins her fellow partner, David Chalmers as an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law.