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John Woolley is a partner with a broad-based practice that focuses on the projects side of a wide range of energy and infrastructure matters. He acts for clients in the power, utility, petrochemical, renewables (solar, wind, biofuels and anaerobic digestion) and infrastructure sectors on the development, construction and operation of a wide range of facilities. Recently these have included solar plants, wind farms, biomass plants, coal fired and oil fired power plants, a range of process plants, light rail, hospitals and health centres. John works on projects in the UK, the middle east and CIS and has also focused for several years on a range of energy and infrastructure projects in Africa, principally in Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria.


1995-97 Slaughter and May, Trainee; 1997-2002 Slaughter and May, Assistant Lawyer; 2002-06 Dentons (formerly SNR Denton), Assistant Lawyer; 2006 to date Dentons (formerly SNR Denton), Partner.


Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (1992); College of Law, York (1994); 1997 admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

The 'dedicated' infrastructure team at Dentons is 'a top choice for PFI or PPP work'. While traditionally focused on Africa, the firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens significantly enhanced the its offering in Scotland and its presence in the domestic infrastructure market. Practice co-head John Woolley is currently advising Gulf Energy on the delivery of Kenya's first coal power plant as part of a scheme to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with a rail, fibre-optic, road and pipeline corridor. He is also handling the project financing of a new international airport in Rwanda on behalf of joint venture Bugesera under a PPP structure. On the domestic front, Mark Bassett acted for the Greater London Authority in the redevelopment of former Ford industrial site Beam Park, and Richard Budge assisted Doncaster iPort with the construction and planning aspects of a new logistics facility for Amazon. Rail expert Matthew Hanslip-Ward is guiding MTR through its bid for the Wales & Border grant agreement for the upgrading of the Core Valley lines. Dominic Spacie co-leads the department with Woolley and is also a key name to note alongside David Moore .

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Dentons¬†is a major player in the London and international construction disputes market, with ‚Äėreal strength across all levels of seniority making it adept at handling big-ticket litigation.‚Äô Akin¬† Akinbode¬†and Gurbinder Grewal¬†head the contentious team; Akinbode is ‚Äėstrategically astute, with an excellent following in technically complex international construction and infrastructure disputes‚Äô. As an adjudication specialist, Grewal is ‚Äėan oracle of construction law and a master tactician'; he¬†advice to the official receiver and special managers on the construction aspects of the liquidation of Carillion.¬†Grewal is also representing the ground remediation contractor Geofirma in ¬£30m multi-party court proceedings relating to the defective design and construction of a warehouse in¬†Winsford, Cheshire.¬†Senior associate Esther McDermott¬†is ‚Äėdetermined, hard-working and always on top of the case‚Äô, playing ‚Äėa leading role in Dentons‚Äô major disputes.‚Äô Associate James Scagell¬†is ‚Äėdedicated, committed, a real winner‚Äô, and also one to watch.¬† John Woolley¬†leads on the non-contentious side, recognised for his work in the power and infrastructure sector. Recent work includes advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between longstanding client Mota-Engil and Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new US$418 million international airport in Rwanda under a PPP structure with support from the Government of Rwanda. The team are also advising Kenyan developer Gulf Energy on delivering Kenya's first coal power as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport project (LAPSSET), a major international project to link Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan with a rail, road, fibre-optic and pipeline corridor.

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