Holly Stebbing

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

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

Holly Stebbing



Holly Stebbing is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer based in London. Her practice focuses on disputes in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, both domestic (including UKCS) and international. She has a wide range of experience, including litigation in the Commercial Court, Technology & Construction Court, Chancery Division and appellate courts, institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitration (LCIA, ICC, SCC, LMAA, SIAC), all forms of ADR and incident response (including representing clients in the Crown Court and Coroner's Court).

Holly's clients include IOCs and NOCs, mining companies, renewable energy providers, oilfield services contractors, construction companies, utilities and petrochemical companies. She advises on all forms of commercial dispute, including licencing and concession arrangements, joint venture and shareholder disputes, construction matters, M&A litigation, decommissioning, third-party access to infrastructure, offtake and trading agreements and transportation and processing arrangements.

Holly is also a member of our 24/7 incident response team, advising clients in the aftermath of industrial accidents, with particular experience in corporate manslaughter investigations. She is BOSIET- and CA EBS-qualified to work offshore. As well as acting for clients in regulatory investigations and related litigation, she runs training sessions for board directors and in-house legal counsel on corporate and individual liability for industrial accidents.

Holly has a Masters' degree in Energy and Natural Resources Law. She is on the committee of the Energy Arbitration Club and is one of the contributing editors to Getting the Deal Through: Energy Disputes.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales 2009


  • A wind turbine developer - in ad hoc arbitration proceedings relating to a highly contested joint venture dispute over the enforceability of JV exclusivity arrangements.
  • An IOC in LCIA arbitration - for post M&A breach of warranty and indemnity claims exceeding US$130m following the sale of its onshore business in a West African state.
  • A NOC in LCIA arbitration - for disputed variation claims exceeding US$80m brought by a drilling contractor for a drilling campaign offshore West Africa.
  • A dual-listed ‎gold mining company and its subsidiary - in a multimillion 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.
  • A subsidiary of ExxonMobil in a Commercial Court - relating to the payment of decommissioning security. Apache UK Investment Limited v Esso Explorati7on and Production UK Limited [2021] EWHC 1283 (Comm)
  • A European utility in a Commercial Court dispute with a former joint operating partner in relation to the provision of decommissioning security for an offshore asset in the North Sea.
  • 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.
  • A joint venture between Urbaser and Balfour Beatty - on a claim brought in the TCC by Essex County Council under a PFI contract for the construction and operation of a mechanical and biological waste treatment plant in Essex which produces solid recovered fuel for energy generation. The case has involved parallel judicial review and TCC proceedings and a number of adjudications.
  • Star Energy - on 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.
  • 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.

Oil and Gas, The Legal 500, 2018

Mining and Minerals, The Legal 500, 2018

Commodities and Physicals, The Legal 500, 2018

Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2018

International Arbitration, The Legal 500, 2018

  • Co-author, "Allocation of and limitations on liability and the use of indemnities – Oil and Gas M&A handbook," Globe Law and Business - 2018
  • Contributing Editor, "Getting the Deal Through – Energy Disputes 2018" Law Business Research - April 2, 2018
  • Co-author, "UK Supreme Court clarifies issues on parent company liability in Lungowe v Vedanta," Norton Rose Fulbright - April 12, 2019
  • Co-author, "Staying faithful: English Court's termination of North Sea operatorship makes waves," Norton Rose Fulbright - January 23, 2020
  • Co-author, "UK Supreme Court ruling on parent company liability for acts of its overseas subsidiaries," Norton Rose Fulbright - February 3, 2020     
  • Co-author, "Heathrow ruling endangers projects globally," Norton Rose Fulbright - May 4, 2020
  • Co-author, "Q&A on COVID-19-related force majeure claims," Norton Rose Fulbright - May 15, 2020
  • Co-author, "UK Government publishes guidance on 'responsible contractual behaviour' applicable to all contracts impacted by COVID-19," Norton Rose Fulbright - May 15, 2020
  • Co-author, "The energy market in a global pandemic," Norton Rose Fulbright - June 4, 2020
  • Co-author, "The spread of force majeure in the COVID-19 crisis," Norton Rose Fulbright - June 9, 2020
  • Co-author, "Energy transition," Norton Rose Fulbright - July 1, 2020
  • Co-author, "UK Government updates its guidance on responsible contractual behaviour," Norton Rose Fulbright - July 10, 2020
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Global Women Petroleum and Energy Club
  • Arbitration Club - Oil and Gas Branch