Legal Counsel - Aberdeen/Offshore

INEOS - Commercial
Ref: 892 Date Posted: Monday 09 Sep 2019
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LEGAL COUNSEL –Competivie Salary and Benefits





FPS is a 100% INEOS-owned integrated oil and gas liquid transportation and processing system with a nominal capacity in excess of one million barrels per day serving the central area of the North Sea.


Oil and gas liquids from over 80 offshore fields flow through pipelines into FPS. FPS transports crude oil and gas liquids from offshore and onshore entry points, processes the liquids at Kinneil and redelivers to the customer Forties Blend crude oil at Hound Point and either Raw Gas or fractionated Gas Products at Grangemouth. The FPS Strategy envisages delivering safe, reliable and competitive services to customers in the UK Oil and Gas Industry to 2040 and beyond.

Job Purpose

This is a unique role that will work alongside the Legal Manager to advise on the full spectrum of legal issues affecting the FPS business. The range of work includes providing legal advice and assistance with respect to new entrants and existing customers, business development, regulator interface (commercial and operations), disputes and investigations, managing a large-scale real estate portfolio, and advising operations in connection with procurement and projects. The job holder will work closely with the Business Development and Legal Manager, Commercial Director and other Board members.

Principle Accountabilities

  • Drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements for services for FPS pipeline liquids with new entrants and existing customers, and sale and purchase of derived raw gas.

  • Advising on existing agreements for transportation and processing services (currently in excess of 200 contracts).

  • Advising on legal disputes through ADR and pre-action phases and on to court / arbitration hearings.

  • Assisting and advising commercial and operations teams on regulatory engagement and issues related to investigations into alleged non-compliance (includes HSE, OGA, SEPA, OFGEM).

  • Advising on, and monitoring, compliance issues in respect of sanctions risk.

  • Assisting the Commercial Director and Business Development Manager with special projects.

  • Assisting with the management of a large-scale real estate portfolio (heritable and leasehold).

  • Managing external law firms providing advice to FPS.

  • Assisting and advising on the negotiation of material procurement contracts (on and offshore EPC) in connection with critical projects being executed on the FPS assets.

  • Providing relevant, focussed legal updates to commercial, operations and procurement teams.

  • Assisting with some company secretarial matters.

  • Managing oversight of material issues affecting the FPS business with the Legal Manager, Group Legal and other Oil and Gas Legal Managers.


The role will be based in Aberdeen.

The role will involve work in Aberdeen or elsewhere as needed.  The nature of some work may involve travel and intensive periods (including unsociable hours) to progress matters to closing.

Qualifications and experience

  • This role requires an individual with the knowledge, experience and confidence to interact with senior level leaders both within the FPS business and its customer base.

  • This role requires a good knowledge of commercial law and oil and gas in the UKCS.

  • Applicants should be educated to degree level and be a solicitor with at least 5 years’ experience working in a commercial law firm, or in-house with a large-sized business.

  • The role requires a self-starter who displays initiative and a ‘can-do’ approach; someone who can work independently as well as in a team.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply and upload their CV