The workshop will have an interactive format, including a brief case study and problems for the participants to work through and solve. We will cover a number of fundamental issues currently facing the LNG industry including NOC and IOC tensions along the LNG value chain, floating LNG developments, key issues for the LNG shipping industry and the current 'hot topic' of price reviews in LNG sale and purchase agreements.

Attending this workshop will enable you to:


  • Understand the critical issues facing the LNG industry today
  • Gain insights into these critical issues and work through practical solutions
  • Understand the latest developments for floating LNG and gain an understanding of offshore issues
  • Work with leading experts and participate in an interactive case study to negotiate and resolve certain fundamental problems


About the workshop leaders:

Richard Howley specialises in international ship finance. He has a broad range of experience in bilateral and syndicated debt facilities and structured financings, including project and lease financing, and negotiating shipbuilding and other transport contracts.

Richard has been involved with the financing of second-hand and new-building vessels, acting for ship-owners, banks and lessors worldwide. This includes acting for the lead arrangers in a US$680 million refinancing of 13 LNG carriers, and acting for shipowners in a series of LNG newbuilding charter tenders and related financings. Richard joined the London practice in 1992, qualified in 1994 and became a partner in 2004.


Nick Prowse is the head of Norton Rose Group’s Global Oil & Gas practice. He acts for international and national oil companies, other major corporations, Governments and lenders. He joined Norton Rose Group over nineteen years ago and has been involved in all aspects of the global oil and gas industry. He has advised on oil and gas developments, pipeline projects, LNG (liquefaction and regasification) projects and petrochemical projects, as well as power plants and mergers & acquisitions in relation to all aspects of the energy industry. His work spans Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North and South America.


Norton Rose Group is a leading international legal practice with a strong presence in the LNG and broader oil and gas and offshore industries. With more than 2900 lawyers, Norton Rose Group offers a full business law service to many of the world's pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia. Norton Rose Group is strong in energy; financial institutions; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Norton Rose Group comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP, Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc), and their respective affiliates. Norton Rose Group advises on all aspects of the LNG value chain. Our expertise covers conventional projects as well as those which involve exploring new frontiers, including challenging projects to develop floating LNG liquefaction vessels and floating storage and regasification units.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 An overview of the key issues facing the LNG industry today

10:20 Floating LNG developments and broader issues for the LNG shipping industry

10:50 Hop-topic: price review clauses, top tips for drafting a price review clause and negotiating a price review

11:20 Coffee break

11:40 Case study: understand, negotiate and solve the fundamental issues in the LNG value chain

12:40 End of workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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