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John Grady

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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CDR – regulation and markets.


John is a partner in the regulation and markets practice and has extensive experience across electricity, gas and water markets, developed both in private practice and in house at ScottishPower. He has particular expertise in contractual and regulatory matters in the utility sectors. Since the late 1990s, John has advised on significant utility matters both in the UK and elsewhere, including interconnectors, trading arrangements reforms in the UK and Ireland, , BETTA, Electricity Market Reform, the RIIO-ED1 CMA price control appeals and the introduction of competition into the water industry.  John advises on regulatory and commercial matters more widely including in respect of offshore wind and other major utility and energy projects.   John advises more generally on competition law, including investigations under Competition Act 1998 by the CMA and Ofgem.


Trainee, Wright Johnston and Mackenzie 1996-1998; assistant then associate, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 1998-2004; solicitor, ScottishPower plc 2004-2007; advocate, Faculty of Advocates 2008-2012; partner (since 2014), Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP 2012 to date.




Law Society of Scotland.


University of Edinburgh (1995 LLB (Hons); 1996 Diploma of Legal Practice); King’s College, University of London (1999 Post Graduate Diploma in Competition Law).


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London: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Water

Shepherd and Wedderburn 'is without peer in its understanding of the water industry, its governance and competition framework', according to one client. Clients are especially impressed by Edinburgh's 'remarkably responsive and outstanding competition lawyer' Gordon Downie who is known as 'the thinking man or woman's lawyer', and Glasgow-based Liz McRobb who 'is supportive beyond any expectation, ploughs through the most detailed documents and produces succinct informative analyses'. Water Plus, a new commercial water retailer created by Severn Trent and United Utilities, appointed the team to draft and negotiate its ITaaS outsourcing arrangements with Crimson, and infrastructure partner Gareth Parry continues to advise a water company on the contractual changes to the operation of a waste water treatment facility. Other highlights include providing regulatory advice to clients such as the Water Industry Commission for Scotland with regards to the retail market framework. Technology and media expert Joanna Boag-Thomson and regulation and competition partner John Grady are also key names to note.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Shepherd and Wedderburn has a first-rate reputation in the utilities sector, particularly energy and water, where it advises clients on the gamut of UK and EU law competition and regulatory issues. Gordon Downie, senior associate Joanne McDowall, John Grady and Liz McRobb are advising the Single Energy Market Committee on the creation of a new regulatory framework (referred to as I-SEM) to ensure compliance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1222 on capacity allocation and congestion management. Outside of energy and water, in another highlight, the firm provided state aid compliance advice to City of Edinburgh Council in relation to the Edinburgh Homes Project for accelerating housebuilding in the society. Elsewhere, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the team has become increasingly active in the advice to clients on EU law and trade matters. Senior associate Fiona Parker is another key figure in the team, whose other clients include ScottishPower, ORE Catapult and Capital Document Solutions.

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