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About us

Oceaness is the business consultancy of Duncan Mather, based in the North Staffordshire area of England. If issues arise which require different expertise, other similarly professional personnel are available to be called upon for further support and their specialist contributions. Oceaness is a supporter of the Institute of Business Ethics.

How We Work

Whether providing advice over a phone, face to face in an office or neutral location, sitting alongside you or your colleagues in your offices or remote sites, we operate for you under a simple contract for services. We do not become your permanent or temporary employee, but we do prefer to be seen as an integral part of your team, even if this is clearly not on any full-time basis.

We can provide an estimate for a well-defined package of work (a matter), or we establish a rate for time spent whenever you call for our support ( a call-off agreement), or time representing you and undertaking the natural tasks of the role (day-rate service). The cost is based on the time we spend providing you with our services (plus disbursements), unless some alternative reward arrangement is agreed separately. The charging period can either be on a nominal daily basis or an hourly basis (recorded in 15 minute segments for call-off work), and is agreed prior to commencement of services. Whilst we operate as your representative or advisor, we are to be insured by you. Our liability is limited and capped to the value of the services delivered.

Depending upon the needs of the task, we may utilise your offices or our own, whichever is likely to be the more effective, and the work we do in representing or advising you will need to be properly authorised by an appropriate company director.


The business name Oceaness, is derived from Ocean Engineering and Stochastic Services. This business was founded in 1989, and is a reference in part to the subject of a PhD thesis which relied heavily on applied mathematics to investigate the statistical properties of deep ocean waves. At that time Oceaness almost exclusively provided engineering services to the offshore oil+gas subsea construction industry around the North Sea, chiefly out of Aberdeen.

Dr Duncan Mather

Director & Solicitor

Dr Mather gained a Bachelors (BSc) Degree from Heriot-Watt University and following a spell of work in subsea construction, returned to academia and completed a Doctorate (PhD) at Edinburgh University.

For over a decade he was an engineer or project manager, working out of Aberdeen then internationally in The Netherlands, Norway (on the deep water Draugen & Troll projects), and the Sultanate of Oman, chiefly for Shell. During this period he became a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng FIMechE). Later he undertook project management work for a Joint-Venture company back in Norway. This was followed by three years of contract management in the UK rail industry (including direct liaison with the Rail Regulator and Strategic Rail Authority). At that time he also gained a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance (CDipAF) before temporarily leaving full-time work to retrain and qualify as a solicitor, finally being "called" in early 2008.

He has now added many further years after full legal qualification, advising and improving engineering and construction contracts with an insight that single-career lawyers cannot match. Throughout his career, he has worked in engineering and construction industries such as subsea construction, railways, manufacturing, automotive and MOD industries, dealing with all commercial issues from basic terms & conditions to multi-million pound project contracts. He has developed a particular interest in ethical issues of business and law, promoting enterprise that is fair, equitable and honest, not dubious, exploitative or unconscionable.

A keen if not particularly athletic sportsman himself (though still often found almost welded to a Concept II machine), he is a former director of the Staffordshire County Sports Partnership and past Secretary of his local swimming club (Cheadle ASC), with whom he is still involved. He was also a founding Trustee of a civic society and buildings preservation trust, but now prefers to concentrate on less demanding undertakings like walking the dogs.