Neil Q Miller is a dispute resolution lawyer based in London. He specialises in dispute resolution in the energy, trading and shipping industry sectors.
Neil heads the London dispute resolution team of partners specialising in arbitration and litigation in the energy, infrastructure, trade and transport sectors (which includes our international arbitration practice) and also heads up the emergency/crisis 24/7 response unit for energy industry clients. He is a client relationship partner for a number of our energy industry clients.
Neil's disputes experience, with 30 years in practice, covers both international arbitration and court litigation. He handles complex, high value international arbitrations conducted under institutional bodies such as the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL Rules, and litigation in the High Court Commercial Courts and national courts globally as well as ADR involving both mediation and expert determinations.
In his energy litigation practice, Neil advises both UK and US based oil majors as well as contractors in the energy sector on disputes involving oil and gas exploration contracts, production sharing agreements and licensing, seismic exploration, gas supply agreements and pricing disputes. Neil's energy contract disputes involve EPC and engineering contracts with disputed variation and delay claims, power plant and construction in both traditional oil and gas and the renewables sectors.
The arbitral work includes energy and infrastructure projects in onshore oil and gas projects, seismic exploration onshore and offshore, PSCs and GSAs, construction and maintenance disputes, EPC inter contractor disputes for both offshore and onshore infrastructure, power plant generation and supply and offshore contracts including contracts for provision/supply of services and equipment. Neil has managed a number of high profile ICC and international arbitrations to hearing and award in the above sectors.
Neil also undertakes a significant quantity of work in the shipping and trade sectors for energy industry clients operating in the midstream and downstream sector. He undertakes such work only for a number of super-major and large independent IOCs as well as exclusively for the shipping and trading operations of one NOC. The work covers advice on General T&C's of trade, long term and spot market trading and commodity disputes, and all aspects of carriage of goods by sea and charterparty disputes. He also acts in the in the floating exploration and production sector including LNG, semi-submersible and rig maintenance and hire disputes, and litigation arising from offshore support vessel build and charter contracts. He also advises on shipbuilding disputes for specialist offshore vessels (including FPSOs, FSUs, Pipelay and DSVs)
In respect of crisis response and management and corporate accident advice, Neil heads our 24/7 emergency/crisis response unit and provides advice on incident response, corporate manslaughter, avoidance of personal liability for directors and senior managers as well as advisory work in relation to risk management following incidents and fatal accidents involving energy corporations and international contractors. This includes both criminal and civil advice including managing police and HSE criminal investigations for work related fatal accidents and serious incidents, internal corporate investigations, inquests and investigations by the regulatory authorities. Neil is BOSIET and CA EBS qualified to travel and work offshore UKCS.