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Donald Gormley, Director & Principal Consultant

Legal Analyst and Expert in Providing Consulting Services to Global Oil & Gas Organisations

Versatile In-House Counsel and Contracts Consultant with more than 25 years of experience directing Oil & Gas corporations and businesses through legal issues and compliance matters. Expertise in joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals, wide range of commercial contracts, intellectual property licensing , employment law issues and more. Global leader with extensive background in training and coaching legal staff.

Experiences and Achievements


Commercial Contracts Consultant

  • Provide consultation on legal terms and conditions of vendor contracts for Capital Projects and Procurement.
  • Support projects with major industry leaders, including:
    • Jasmine
    • Britannia Long Term Compression
    • Enochdhu
    • Alder
    • Rivers Gas Terminal
    • Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal(Freon)Replacement
  • Advise and support groups with legal and commercial matters related to supply chain issues, preparation and negotiation of tenders, contractual issues, and VOR/claims settlements and disputes.
  • Negotiate contracts, review terms, and develop comprehensive range of compliant templates for business and operations support, as well as to be utilized for training Contracts Specialists.
  • Project related contracts include:
    • EPC
    • EPIC
    • Heavy lift
    • Flotels
    • Decommissioning
    • Disposal
  • Operate in a multi-discipline environment with strong engineering culture to draft, review and develop comprehensive range of contract templates for business and operations support.
  • Coach personnel in procurement and supply chain procedures and export laws.
  • Ensure contracts and operations are in compliance with anti-bribery provisions and competition law.


Contracts Consultant

  • Directed vendor due diligence and provided contracts advice for sale of major global oil service group.


Senior Legal Counsel – Global Strategic Contracts

  • Collaborated with General Counsel and COO to manage business functions for global tenders and joint venture entities, as well as to develop strategic plans.
  • Established and implemented a global legal function client contract review training program and a shared services model to improve review efficiency.
  • Trained staff in US and EU sanctions, US FCPA and anti-bribery provisions, ethics and corporate policies, and general compliance issues.
  • Supervised legal counsel during contract reviews, as well as provided legal advice and support on a variety of matters, including international and cross-jurisdictional agreements.

Senior Regional Counsel

  • Directed functional and legal support for business operations, including managing team of eight attorneys, for all lines in UK, EU, Africa, Russian Federation, and former Soviet Union republics .
  • Negotiated contracts for and advised on a wide array of legal matters, including acquisitions ( most notably Specialised Petroleum Services Group for $165m )and disposals, joint venture agreements ( specifically Kaz M-I with Kaz Munai Gas in Kazakhstan and Azeri M-I with Socar (Azeri NOC) in Azerbaijan), comprehensive range of commercial contracts ,intellectual property and licensing matters, NDAs, foreign corporate entity establishment, employment law and commercial leases
  • Facilitated training seminars in compliance, contract review strategies, and corporate governance.
  • Served as Board Director for main training UK company and all UK and EU-registered subsidiaries.


Legal Advisor / Commercial Strategist – UK & Norway

  • Provided advice and implemented commercial strategy relating to offshore asset pipelines and gas supply to the UK and Europe.
  • Handled broad range of upstream and downstream Oil & Gas contracts including:
    • Joint Operating Agreements
    • Assignments of offshore licences
    • Novation Agreements
    • Corporate Acquisitions & Disposals
    • Farm – In and Out Agreements
    • Drilling Contracts
    • Supply-chain and procurement Contracts


Senior Associate in Commercial Property and Construction Law Department

  • Represented residential and commercial property developer clients in Scotland.
  • Negotiated and concluded contracts for £multi-million value developments.
  • Represented and advised developer clients in planning appeals and related legal issues.


Legal Trainee / Assistant with boutique litigation firm.

Education and Credentials

  • Member of the Law Society and Notary Public
  • Practicing Certificate, Law Society of Scotland
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen
  • LLB – Bachelor of Law, University of Aberdeen

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