Gordon Downie > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

Regulation and Markets.


Gordon is a partner within our regulation and markets team and an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation. His particular focus in recent years has been on the role and functioning of markets in regulated sectors in the UK and overseas (such as the energy and water industries) and in connection with the provision of key public services. Gordon’s clients include regulatory bodies, regulated entities and other stakeholders (such as complaint-handling bodies). Gordon’s clients include ScottishPower, the SEM Committee and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS).


Articled Shepherd and Wedderburn; qualified 1992; partner 1998 to date.




Law Society Competition Law Committee; Law Society of Scotland.


Dunfermline High School; Edinburgh University (1988 LLB Hons); European University Institute (1990 LLM).


Walking, cycling, photography, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

(Hall of Fame)

Gordon DownieShepherd and Wedderburn

At Shepherd and Wedderburn, the EU and competition practice covers all aspects of competition law – transaction and behavioural, procurement and state aid, as well as litigation – and is complemented by specialist public law and commercial litigation experience. Practice head Gordon Downie is particularly experienced in a range of regulated sectors, while Glasgow-based John Grady is a specialist in dealing with energy and utilities regulators.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Water

Shepherd and Wedderburn has four partner teams that advise across water, energy, telecoms and payment systems markets in the UK and Ireland, as well as internationally, and the water team was recently appointed by Ofwat as sole legal adviser on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. In parallel with the firm’s strong regulatory capabilities, Gordon Downie‘s Scotland-based team is also strong on the construction and engineering front, as well as the litigation side where it recently worked on the nine defective sludge treatment tanks at Daldowie.