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About Laura

Laura Watt (née Young) focuses her practice on resolving disputes in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. Her recent experience includes advising on disputes concerning sale and purchase agreements, joint operating agreements and power and construction projects.

Laura has experience acting on English high court litigation and international arbitrations, including under the rules of the LCIA and DIA.

Laura Young is an up-and-coming lawyer who has shown great promise in the energy sphere.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom, 2023


Recent Notable Matters

International E&P company — emergency ICC arbitration for urgent relief in relation to a joint operating agreement concerned with the exploration, exploitation and transportation of hydrocarbons in the Republic of Chad

International oil company — LCIA arbitration concerning claims under the leakage and warranty provisions of a SPA for the entire issued share capital of an oil and gas company

UK Energy Company — expedited LCIA arbitration concerning the application of pre-emption rights to the acquisition of North Sea oil and gas assets

International consultancy — LCIA arbitration concerning non-payment of fees in respect of consultancy services concerning a North African nuclear power station

Aqua Ventures International FZE and others — dispute arising under warranties in an agreement for the sale of an upstream business in Latin America

Supermajor — dispute arising under warranties in an agreement for the sale of an upstream business in Latin America

International E&P company — LCIA arbitration relating to amounts payable by non-operating parties under the accounting procedure to a JOA concerning a North African asset, including advising on the default mechanism under the JOA   

Independent energy company — dispute concerning the performance and termination of a contract for the supply of onshore 3-D seismic services

EPC contractor — DIA arbitration relating to insurance policy claims in respect of energy from waste (EfW) and biomass projects in the UK*

EPC contractor — advice on potential claims relating to the design of a number of biomass plants in the UK*

Engineering contractor — LCIA arbitration concerning the design and construction of a UK school project*

Infrastructure investor — acquisition of a 124.5 MW portfolio of operating solar photovoltaic assets in the UK*

Major infrastructure investor — corporate advice in relation to investments in two UK CHP plants*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

Rare Judgment from Commercial Court on scope of AA 1996, s 32 and its interaction with AA 1996, s 72” Lexis Nexis, July 1, 2021.



University of Law, London,
L.P.C., M.Sc.
with distinction
University of Law, London,
with commendation
Newcastle University,
with honours

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales