John Gilbert > Bracewell (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bracewell (UK) LLP


Mr. Gilbert resolves disputes in the energy sector through litigation, arbitration, expert determination and mediation. He advises on a broad range of disputes related to oil and gas exploration and production, the construction and operation of pipelines and the downstream sector. Mr. Gilbert has particular experience representing clients locked in disputes over gas sales agreements, including price reviews and on the operation of take-or-pay provisions. In addition, he advises on disputes relating to power generation, both conventional and renewables.

Mr. Gilbert has also represented clients in issues related to business and human rights and on conducting incident investigations.


Accredited Mediator; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators; IBA UK Energy Lawyers Group.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Nottingham Law School, LPC, 1998; University of Cambridge, England, B.A., 1997, honors.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Bracewell (UK) LLP‘s London office is highly regarded for energy sector disputes involving Africa and the Middle East, as well as the UK and continental Europe. Team head John Gilbert has particular expertise in disputes over gas sales agreements, including price reviews and the operation of take-or-pay provisions, while ‘standout‘ senior associate Robert Meade is experienced in international arbitration under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Energy disputes partner Alistair Calvert joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2020.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Bracewell (UK) LLP‘s ‘small but expert‘ disputes team has ‘enormous experience in energy disputes‘ with a particular focus on emerging economies including Africa and the Middle East. The ‘extremely brightJohn Gilbert, who counts representing clients locked in disputes over gas sale agreements among his specialisms, leads the team, which has benefitted from the addition of oil and gas exploration disputes expert Alistair Calvert from Pinsent Masons LLP.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Bracewell (UK) LLP has an excellent track record working across emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East on high-value financing mandates and acquisitions. The group is overseen by Jason Fox and has vast expertise across the oil and gas space. Eimear Murphy and Olivia Caddy are experienced transactional lawyers advising both lenders and borrowers on cross-border deals; Adam Blythe is noted for gas commercialisation matters , while on the energy disputes side, John Gilbert is the name to note. The team has been expanding its expertise in recent months. Ronen Lazarovitch joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP , while Alistair Calvert joined the firm’s energy disputes team in November 2020 as a partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. He focuses on disputes related to oil and gas exploration. Ben James is also recommended and has particular experience of African transactions.