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About Robert

Robert Meade acts on international disputes in the oil and gas exploration, midstream and downstream sectors, as well as disputes related to infrastructure, construction and international trade. His experience includes representing clients in disputes concerning joint operating agreements, production sharing contracts and construction contracts and on issues arising out of joint ventures and asset acquisitions. Robert has acted on a number of international arbitrations, including under the LCIA and ICC rules, as well as disputes in the English high court.  Robert was recognised as a “Rising Star” in Legal 500’s 2019 International Arbitration Powerlist: United Kingdom and described as “one of the most promising young counsel on the London scene.”


Recent Notable Matters

International E&P company — LCIA arbitration concerning the recovery of operator costs under a JOA

Operator of an onshore block — dispute with a drilling contractor over issues relating to performance and payment of invoices

International oil and gas company — dispute concerning the interpretation of the send-or-pay provisions of a long term gas transportation and processing agreement

Upstream company — English high court proceedings arising from a dispute between parties to a joint operating agreement in relation to costs chargeable to the joint venture account

Major international oil and gas company — concerning liability to tax following the sale of an African asset, including advising on potential arbitration

Major international oil and gas company — concerning the disputed calculation of the completion account following an asset sale

European exploration and production company — concerning the liability of a joint venture partner for certain exploration costs under the applicable production sharing contract following its withdrawal from the joint venture. LCIA arbitration proceedings. English law applied.*

Global exploration and production company — application of the joint operating agreement pre-emption regime to its sale of an African oil and gas asset*

Global exploration and production company — concerning liability to tax in Bangladesh following the sale of a subsidiary, including advising on potential investment treaty claims. Bangladesh law applied.*

International exploration and production company — relating to the acquisition of North Sea assets and the applicable pre-emption regime*

Waste-to-energy company — dispute with the Low Carbon Contracts Company concerning the interpretation of the Contract for Difference. LCIA arbitration. English law applied.*

Interserve Construction Limited — English high court proceedings in relation to the termination of a construction contract for a new energy-to-waste plant in Worcestershire*

Rockover Resources Limited — English high court proceedings concerning the calculation of a royalty payment linked to the total production from an asset in Gabon*

National oil company — dispute relating to its acquisition of an interest in an African oil and gas exploration license and its standing under the joint operating agreement, including advising on potential ICC arbitration proceedings in London*

Global engineering and construction company — distressed restructuring of two power station projects in South East Asia, including advising on termination and delay issues and on potential ICC arbitration proceedings*

Major international oil and gas company — successful defense of domestic Nigerian arbitration proceedings concerning the re-determination of the tract participation of a unitized off-shore oil field. Nigerian law applied.*

European supermajor — successful defense of ICC arbitration proceedings,  concerning its standing as a party to a JOA and the application of the pre-emption regime. Papua New Guinea law applied.*

International exploration and production company — ICC Arbitration with an oilfield services company over a failed seismic survey in east-Africa, which was eventually resolved via mediation. English law applied.*

Major international oil company — ICC arbitration concerning the under balanced drilling of an oil well in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. English law applied.*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

Challenges in Arbitration, LexisNexis Butterworths, November 2019.

"Knock-for-Knock Indemnities: Risk Allocation in Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts," LexisPSL, November 27, 2019.

"Iran: Re-Imposed US Sanctions Fall-Out," Petroleum Review, March 2019.

"Economic Sanctions: Implications for International Arbitration," The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, April 2017.

"Pre-Emption Rights – Do They Add Value?" International Energy Law Review, July 2016.



The College of Law, London,
University of Reading,
first class

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales






The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Dispute Resolution - International Arbitration, 2020
The Legal 500
International Arbitration Powerlist: United Kingdom, 2019