Holly Stebbing

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 5143
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 5143
Holly Stebbing

Holly Stebbing


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Holly Stebbing is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer based in London. Holly's practice focuses on disputes in the energy and natural resources sector, both domestic (including UKCS matters) and international. Holly has a wide range of experience, including litigation in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and TCC, institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitration (LCIA, ICC, SCC, LMAA, SIAC) and health & safety work (including in the Crown Court and Coroner's Court).

Holly advises international and national energy and mining companies, oilfield services providers, utility companies and petrochemical companies in relation to upstream, midstream and downstream disputes, across the full supply chain. Her experience includes advising on disputes relating to exploration and development, production sharing contracts, joint ventures, construction contracts, decommissioning, third party access to infrastructure, gas sale and purchase agreements and transportation and processing agreements.

Holly also advises on incident response in the extractive industries sector and the potential for corporate criminal liability for industrial accidents. Holly is BOSIET and CA EBS qualified to work offshore. As well as advising clients in the aftermath of an incident, Holly also runs training sessions for board directors and in-house legal counsel on this topic.

Holly spent four months on secondment to ExxonMobil at its office in Leatherhead, Surrey. She is currently completing the second year of a Masters' degree in Energy and Natural Resources Law and is one of the contributing editors for Getting the Deal Through: Energy Disputes.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales 2009


  • Successfully represented a dual listed ‎gold mining company and its subsidiary in a multi-million dollar London seated arbitration claim brought against it by its earthworks and civils contractor in connection with a gold mine in West Africa. The mine owner was also awarded a substantial counterclaim and its legal costs. Following a contested challenge to jurisdiction, the mine owner's parent company was removed as a party to the arbitration.
  • Representing a NOC in relation to arbitration proceedings brought by shipowners against the NOC, as charterer, following a piracy attack on a chartered tanker offshore West Africa.
  • Advising a French utility on a LNG supply dispute with a group of sellers (which includes state owned entities) for long-term failure to supply LNG.
  • Acting in contemporaneous LCIA and SCC arbitrations for a seismic services company in relation to oil field services in West Qurna, Iraq.
  • Advising a Nigerian independent oil company on joint operating partner insolvency issues for assets offshore Nigeria.
  • Acting for a NOC in ICC arbitration seated in Paris in relation to an offshore drilling dispute in West Africa.  Together the claims and counterclaims amount to over USD 120 million.



  • Representing a European utility in a Commercial Court dispute with a former joint operating partners in relation to the provision of decommissioning security for an offshore asset in the North Sea.
  • Acting for an international oil company in a High Court claim for alleged diminution in value to a multi-million pound private property caused by illegal tapping of the company's pipeline by fuel thieves.
  • Representing Star Energy in its high profile dispute with Bocardo SA in relation to UK onshore drilling rights. The case reached the Supreme Court and was a test case for horizontal drilling in the UK, leading to a favourable result for Star Energy and the onshore oil and gas industry generally.
  • Successfully defending an oil and gas investment fund, International Oil and Gas Technology Ltd, in relation to a Commercial Court claim by the fund's former investment manager for wrongful termination of the investment management agreement.
  • Advising on third party access to infrastructure disputes in the UKCS, including under the Energy Act 2011.
  • Representing an unincorporated joint venture in Commercial Court proceedings relating to a force majeure claim for non-delivery of natural gas from a North Sea oil and gas field.
  • Representing the owners of the CATS pipeline in a limitation claim following major damage to the CATS pipeline by a ship's anchor.



  • Acting for the operator of a waste to energy plant in a number of ongoing adjudications relating to the composition of waste.


Incident response

  • Advising a multinational oil major on one of the UK's first investigations under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and representing the company in a subsequent health & safety prosecution and related civil proceedings.
  • Acting for a multinational in relation to Crown Court proceedings following a fatality at a steel plant in the UK.


Oil and Gas, Legal 500 2018

Mining and Minerals, Legal 500 2018

Commodities and Physicals, Legal 500 2018

Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 2018

International Arbitration, Legal 500 2018

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club
  • Arbitration Club - Oil and Gas Branch