Reign of Terror

We go out for a pleasant business lunch in Boston. One of our hosts is a young geologist, who tells a funny but telling tale.

She now works for one of the big data providers, but her first job in the oil business was as a well geologist on a wildcat rig in the American mid-west.

The American rig manager was a hardened veteran. On site he always wore an oily peaked cap with the legend:


There is no doubt what happens if one of the rig crew lets him down. We are reminded what a macho business this is.




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.