Stephen is an energy lawyer with experience in all parts of the LNG, oil, gas, power and renewables value chain. He has worked for almost 20 years for major international energy and resources companies, advising on upstream exploration, project development, trading of energy commodities and marketing and supply of those commodities. He has particular expertise in LNG projects and LNG trading, shipping and marketing. In addition he is an expert in the business development and structuring of energy projects particularly for LNG, gas and gas to power projects.

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Most recently he was General Counsel of Total’s European gas and power business and global LNG trading business based in London and prior to that was General Counsel of Total’s exploration and production business in Australia. He was also Principal Legal Counsel of the North West Shelf LNG marketing company.

Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)

Stephen worked on the first long term sale of LNG to China (from the North West Shelf in Australia) and the associated China shipping joint venture.  In addition to transactions in China, he has spent considerable time negotiating with Japanese and South Korean counterparties on long term and short term LNG deals.

Recently he has worked on the US LNG export market, and is familiar with the key western European LNG import facilities and the European gas market to which they are connected.

He has worked on the business development of potential LNG import projects (for regasification of LNG) and gas to power projects in South America and in Asia, providing advice on the corporate structure and financing of those projects, and on the associated LNG, gas and power purchase agreements.

He has detailed knowledge of the legal issues and necessary agreements for the construction, development and operations of mega-resources projects in Australia.

He also has considerable experience on acquisitions and divestments in the energy and resources business having negotiated and closed major transactions in North America, Europe and Australia.

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Career Background

  • Total SA  (Paris, Perth, London offices)
  • Woodside Energy Limited
  • Ince & Co, London

Credentials

Professional Admissions and Qualifications
  • Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (1991)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (1997)