Company Lawyers provide a wide range of legal advice to the company and draft and review complex legal and commercial contracts and other documents.  A primary role is to recognise and manage the complex legal risks associated with operating in the oil and gas industry.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Provides advice and guidance to management on a wide range of legal issues
  • Attends meetings with joint venture partners or contract companies and negotiates on legal and commercial matters
  • Drafts, reviews and amends legal documents Instructs external legal advisors/specialists
  • Keeps up to date with legal matters that affect the industry
  • May act as Company Secretary
  • Prepares update reports on activities as required by senior Management
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Most organisations within the oil and gas sector will employ in-house Lawyers as they play an important part in the industry by negotiating and drafting complicated contracts and agreements and making sure that the company's business and legal interests are managed and protected. In addition, the majority of medium to large legal firms will employ dedicated specialist oil and gas Lawyers.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Creativity
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Law degree plus fully qualified lawyer
  • Experience as a commercial/corporate lawyer or legal assistant in a law firm or in a company/organisation
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

Employers might also look for:

MSc in Oil and Gas Law or equivalent