Diana France joined Holman Fenwick Willan LLP as partner in 2001 to lead the firm’s international energy projects practice, after spending seven years in-house, including as Legal Adviser for Central Europe & Former Soviet Union for British Gas Exploration & Production Ltd. In that role, she advised on the Kashagan Consortium and Production Sharing Agreements, as well as projects in Poland, the Ukraine and elsewhere in the region.
She has over 20 years’ experience of advising on a broad range of oil and gas matters, including host government agreements in most of the major oil producing countries of the world, as well as joint operating, unitisation and farm-in/out agreements and corporate acquisitions.
Her recent work includes leading a team of lawyers advising the national oil company of a major oil producing state on contracts with international oil companies, drillers and oilfield service providers, dispute resolution and generally. She is also currently advising on an engineering procurement and construction contract for an early production facility, involving technology licensing and local content issues.
Diana has an MA in Law from Cambridge University (Girton College).