Lead Counsel in numerous domestic arbitration cases, including high-profile cases in the offshore industry. Also experience as Arbitrator, Counsel and Co-counsel in international arbitration cases, particularly related to oil & gas and offshore. In addition to his experience arbitration practice, Mr. Tørum is co-author of i.a. standard Norwegian textbook on Norwegian Petroleum Law, and he has published numerous articles on contract law, offshore contracts, arbitration, dispute resolution etc. His doctoral thesis on so-called "Direct Action" in sales, fabrication and construction contracts is comparative.
Partner at Schjødt since 2011
Partner at Kvale, 2008-2011
Legal Counsel in Talisman Energy, 2006-2007
Participant in the Study Group on a European Civil Code, Working Group on Lease of Goods, the comparative work leading up to the Draft Common Frame of Reference, 2002-2006
Associate Professor and Head of Offshore Contracts and Arbitration at University of Bergen, 2002-2008
Research Fellow, University of Bergen, 1999
Editor of the law journal Jussens Venner, 2000
Oil service and offshore: Lead Counsel in numerous international arbitration cases in the offshore industry (primarily ad hoc, but also ICC, SCC and UNCITRAL). Many of the cases have been related to construction of Drilling Units, Offshore Development Projects (EPC-Contracts for Topsides, Jackets, FPSOs, FSOs, Transportation and Installation of offshore units, Heavy Lifts, SURF/Subsea). He has also experience with complex Decommissioning projects in Norway and UK. Mr. Tørum is representing both international and domestic E&P Companies and Norwegian and international Contractors. He represented Talisman Energy in the high profile disputes with SBM in the YME offshore development project, and in 2015 he represented Samsung Heavy Industries in the Norwegian Supreme Court regarding Norwegian jurisdiction regarding interim measures in international arbitration.
E&P and regulatory: Mr. Tørum has been Lead Counsel counsel in numerous domestic cases related to JOAs, third party access/tie-in, Processing Agreements, voting rules, Rig Consortiums, decommissioning etc. He has also been Lead Counsel in several international arbitration cases between oil companies and groups of oil companies, i.a. disputes related to cross-border tie-in/processing-agreements and cross-border unit agreements. He has been Co-Counsel in international arbitration cases related to JVs, JOAs, Production Sharing Agreements and Carry Agreements.
Infrastructure and PPP/PFI: Advisor and Counsel in major PPP-projects, i.a. disputes involving Joint Venture Agreements, Design Contracts, EPC-Contracts and M&O-Contracts.
Transactions and investments: Lead Counsel in international arbitration case (UNCITRAL) related to acquisition of offshore technology and allegations of misrepresentation and breach of warranties.