Felter to offer Premier's lawyers their jobs back

Clyde & Co's head of energy is vowing to reinstate Premier Oil's redundant senior laywers if his bid to oust the group's management board succeeds.

Peter Felter says his plans for the company will include reviewing all the job losses Premier Oil has sustained in the last six months.

The losses, which total 10 per cent of Premier's workforce, include head of legal and company secretary Claudis Keenan and senior lawyer Nick Shepherd, who both opted for voluntary redundancy (The Lawyer 5 April).

Felter says: “These are key personel. With all the things I want to do with the firm I do not need new lawyers who do not know the firm as well as Miss Keenan. But a source says: “The point is that these people are not leaving because of Felter”.

Keenan is leaving the energy group after nine years in the post, while Shepherd has worked at Premier for five years.