John Emerton > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Engineering, projects, construction litigation.


Construction litigation specialist. Principally acting for employers and contractors in adjudication, litigation and arbitration.


Trained at Lawrence Graham 1989-93; qualified 1993; Roythorne & Co 1993-98; Hammonds 1998-2005; partner 2002.


Associate Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Uppingham School; Reading University (LLB Hons 2(2)); Leeds Met University (MSc Construction Law and Arbitration).


Golf, cricket, rugby, football.

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI) > Infrastructure and energy

Addleshaw Goddard‘s multidisciplinary practice group is a leader across the power and renewables space, and regularly secures a number of national and international mandates. Key partners include Richard Goodfellow, who leads the team and advises on a range of high-value energy and utilities matters for large domestic corporates; Paul Dight, who heads up the firm’s low carbon and electric vehicle group and specialises in infrastructure regulation work, and John Emerton, who handles litigation across the oil and gas sector.  David Shaw has notable expertise in the transactional construction work, and James Reynolds oversees the firm’s nuclear practice. Also in the group is Sara Gilmore, who was elevated to the partnership and focuses on regulated sectors. Associate Alex Clayton is also of note.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Construction

Addleshaw Goddard‘s sizeable group is best known for its involvement in nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects, such as advising United Utilities on its £1bn HARP (North West Drinking Water) project. Utilities specialist David Shaw is an authority on DPC (Ofwat’s new regulatory funding model) and is particularly active in water projects. The ‘very impressiveJames Reynolds, who leads on redevelopment schemes, is currently advising on the framework agreement and public procurement of refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. Joe Wilkinson, John Emerton and director Ally MacKenzie focus on disputes, while Matthew Collingwood-Cooper is adept at infrastructure disputes involving NEC framework agreements.