29 May 2013

Shell unveils legal panel

Oil and gas giant Shell revealed its new global legal panel last week with 11 firms winning a seat.

By James Barnes

Shell: filling up legal panel

Of the 11 firms, survivors from Shell's 2010 panel overhaul include Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. The other nine firms are Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna, Debevoise & Plimpton, Holman Fenwick & Willan, King & Spalding, Linklaters, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simmons & Simmons and Dentons.

Significant mandates

2010 panel member Hogan Lovells is not named, although it is not known if the firm has been successful in less than three jurisdictions, reports Legal Business.
The March tender was sent to 357 firms in 20 jurisdictions with the aim of finding between two and five suitable firms for each practice area in each jurisdiction who would then be 'pre-qualified' for Shell legal work and who would compete with each other for significant mandates.

Framework agreements

Shell legal director Peter Rees QC - who took over from Beat Hess in January 2011 – said: ‘We are in the process of sending out framework agreements to the successful firms giving the precise details.
'Many of the (over 150) firms we have selected are local firms for specific local practice areas but there are 11 firms who have been successful in three jurisdictions or more.'

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