Phillippa Hook

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 2366
United Kingdom
T:+44 20 7444 2366
Phillippa Hook

Phillippa Hook


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Phillippa Hook is a disputes lawyer based in our London office. She previously worked for another London law firm from 2007 to 2019. Her practice focuses on contractual advice and dispute resolution, particularly in oil and gas exploration and production, shipbuilding, and offshore construction.

Integrating a keen understanding of technical issues and commercial considerations with legal advice and strategy, Phillippa has been involved with the oil and gas and offshore industry for over 10 years, and has a specific interest in the drilling market. Her construction experience spans a range of offshore interests, including; rig repair and refurbishment; newbuilds; and platform units acting for yards, buyers and parts suppliers.

Phillippa is experienced in both litigation and arbitration in the UK and other jurisdictions. She is particularly familiar with the Arbitration Act, LCIA and LMAA arbitrations, and litigation in the Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court.

Large-scale, high-value, complex disputes are a keynote of Phillippa's practice and she has attained the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification. Phillippa has also been involved with evaluating contracts and tenders, and provides legal advice when problems arise or when required to assist with dispute resolution.

Professional experience

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  • College of Law (now the University of Law), Guildford - LLB Law incorporating Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005 - 2007
  • Cambridge University, Girton College - MA Classics (Cantab), 2002 - 2005
  • Solicitor 2009


  • Transocean v Providence (the Arctic III) - a drilling contract dispute in the Commercial Court acting for a drilling contractor (Transocean) with a claim for nearly US$20m against an operator with a counterclaim of over US$10m. One point of law (consequential loss) appealed successfully to the Court of Appeal
  • Heerema Hartlepool Limited - in the Technology and Construction Court against the buyer of four offshore platforms. Involved a claim of £30m and a counterclaim of £50m, as well as a parallel Part 8 claim.  


  • A Greek drilling contractor - in an LCIA Arbitration claiming nearly US$100m for a contract for the provision of a drilling rig to two operators, which counterclaimed over US$80m
  • A US parts supplier - in an LCIA arbitration claim brought by a Korean yard for more than US$30m for contracts for four drillships and a semisubmersible rig
  • A US drilling contractor - defending against a UK yard claiming nearly £30m in an LMAA dispute in relation to a semi-submersible rig repair and refurbishment contract
  • A Danish freight forwarding company - advised on a potential arbitration for a claim of less than US$500,000 against a carrier under a charter party.
  • Legal 500, 2018, Oil and Gas, "Clients also recommend 'remarkably driven and experienced' managing associate Phillippa Hook who 'ascertains the real issues quickly providing innovative but sound solutions instantaneously'". 
  • Court confirms that an express waiver for misrepresentation is still required, January 2019
  • Entire agreement clause excludes liability for misrepresentation notwithstanding express proviso, September 2018
  • Anti-oral variation clauses: what is done is done and cannot be undone, May 2018
  • For richer for poorer: allocation of liability in joint insurance arrangements, Houston and Aberdeen, November 2018
  • What you see is what you get? Beware the hidden extras in your contracts, Houston and Aberdeen, April 2018
  • Recent contract cases: interpretation, contra proferentem and penalties, Houston and Aberdeen, November 2017
  • Consequential loss - recent developments in perspective, Rotterdam, May 2017; Houston and Aberdeen, March 2017