Meet the Team 

Chris Thorpe, Managing Director

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author.

Chris has an MA and LLB in law from Magdalene College, Cambridge and trained as a barrister in London. He worked for eight years' as an in-house lawyer for BP and Marathon.

Since 1991, Chris has run his own upstream legal practice, which has acted for many upstream clients.  He has extensive experience of international upstream transactions, principally in the North Sea, the FSU, Africa and the Middle East.

Chris has spoken at many UK and International Conferences and Seminars, both public and in-house. His most popular lecture is the Fundamentals of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.


Dr. Peter Wells, Consultant

Dr. Peter Wells is an internationally respected figure in the international oil industry, having over thirty years' experience in the Middle East, former Soviet Union, West Africa and Europe. 

He brings experience and insight to developing and implementing strategies for effective business development and negotiations in the Caspian and Middle East regions.

Peter has a BSc and PhD in Geology from the University of Exeter, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford. Since 2005, he has been a consultant to Toyota, developing a unique model of world oil supply and price forecasting.

Peter Wells speaks regularly at international conferences on Iran, Iraq, the Middle East and strategic oil supply issues.