State of the Art

Les’s boat Skeirrip has a magnificent and expensive electronic navigation system. It tells you where you are within a distance of two metres, will take you anywhere, and even find the fish for you. The problem is that nobody over thirty can work out how to use it.

Needless to say the system will sing and dance for Henry, coming on twenty, so we now leave the helming and navigation to him. This leaves us free to cut bait and reminisce about the good old days before all these new-fangled devices.

Originally we gave him the title Henry the Navigator. But after he studied Chairman Mao in his first year as a history undergraduate, we changed this to The Great Helmsman.

The fish in the Irish Sea are perfectly safe during term time.

Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe is a respected independent lawyer in the upstream oil and gas industry, and an established lecturer and author. Chris has a 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, CPTL, 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 current lecture is Fundamental of Upstream Petroleum Agreements, a two-day course with accompanying book.