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About Colin

Colin Wannell was called to the Bar in 2001 (Inner Temple) having completed his post graduate diploma in professional legal studies at the Inns of Court School of Law. Since call Colin’s practising experience was gained as an Employed Barrister working in BP’s Legal Department where he specialised in international trade law supporting BP’s London based oil trading business.

In his oil trading practice, Colin has experience of many non-contentious and contentious matters including the negotiation of long term crude oil and petroleum products offtake and supply contracts in many diverse jurisdictions in Africa, the Middle East and across Europe; negotiation and settlement of contractual claims including litigation, mediation and arbitration; supporting new country entry including incorporating legal entities and licensing of new ventures; the establishment of credit facilities including guarantees, discounting, credit insurance and letters of credit; structured trade finance arrangements including pre-export finance; and the negotiation of ISDA master agreements for oil derivative contracts.

Prior to undertaking his CPE at the College of Law in London, Colin spent the first part of his career as an insurance professional initially as a broker in the Lloyd’s market and thereafter in a number of senior roles in BP’s Insurance Department. Colin, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute (FCII), specialised in energy insurance and was a recognised expert in offshore construction insurance on which subject he has appeared in the High Court as an expert witness. Colin is non-executive chair of the Offshore Pollution Liability Association.

Colin is qualified in England & Wales.