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Latest UK Onshore Oil and Gas Licensing Round Announced

The UK Government has today announced the opening of the eagerly anticipated 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, with applications invited until 2pm on 28 October 2014.

Hundreds of blocks are available in the bidding process. The Government is keen to encourage onshore exploration and drilling and to facilitate the development of a shale industry in the UK.

The previous onshore licensing round was in 2008.

For more information, refer to the Government guidance at:

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Alastair Young, Energy, Natural Resources, Attorney, Bracewell Law Firm

Alastair is a corporate lawyer who focuses on the energy and natural resources sector. His experience includes UK and international mergers and acquisitions, cross-border joint ventures and the development of major energy projects.

Darren Spalding, Bracewell Law Firm, Corporate Attorney

Darren is a corporate lawyer focusing on the energy sector. He advises clients on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas M&A transactions, with a particular emphasis on cross-border deals, having advised on transactions involving assets in more than 30 jurisdictions. Darren also has a wealth of experience in relation to commercial arrangements relating to the oil and gas industry, including production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements, sales and transportation arrangements and joint venture issues.

Darren has been recognised in Chambers UK as being highly regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector and clients say that he provides "a full suite of support."

Nicholas J. Kendrick, Energy, Associate, Bracewell law firm

Nick Kendrick focuses his practice on transactional matters within the energy sector, particularly in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has experience on a variety of international energy transactions, including oil and gas, power and LNG. Nick has advised on joint ventures, M&A, asset acquisition and divestment, licensing and operations across Europe, Africa and Asia.

He also has experience dealing with midstream and downstream transactions, including transportation agreements, transactions for the...