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Distinguished Associates


Mr. Paul Herd, Independent Consultant and Legal Practitioner


Mr. Herd is an independent consultant and has been a legal practitioner for 36 years.  His practice has focused on resource law generally and the oil and gas industry in particular.  His extensive experience in upstream LNG contract negotiations has involved numerous LNG projects in Africa, Asia, and Australia.  His skills in negotiating and drafting complex LNG sales, purchase contracts, and equity transactions are well known in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Japan and Korea.

Mr Herd has held senior legal positions with Santos, Woodside, and Chevron Corporation, leading the legal support for the LNG marketing activity of Australia's North West Shelf Project and playing a significant role in establishing long-term sales commitments with North Asian buyers underpinning Chevron's Gorgon and Wheatstone projects in Australia.

An Australian citizen born in Perth, Paul holds an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Adelaide.  He is a former President of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association.