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John 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. John 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 has advised on disputes relating to power generation, both conventional and renewables.

John has also represented clients in issues related to business and human rights, the application of soft law and on conducting incident investigations. For six years, John previously served as in-house counsel in the dispute resolution team of an oil and gas supermajor.

John is extremely responsive to requests and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble.
Chambers UK, 2020


Recent Notable Matters

Upstream company — English high court proceedings arising from a dispute between parties to a joint operating Agreement in relation to costs chargeable to the joint venture account

Major international oil and gas company — concerning liability to tax following the sale of an African asset, including advising on potential arbitration

Major international oil and gas company — concerning the disputed calculation of the completion account following an asset sale

Shipyard — LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute over conversion and upgrading work on an FPSO*

Oil services contractor — dispute arising from operational safety concerns in relation to work conducted on an FPSO*

North sea operating company — Commercial Court proceedings relating to the requirement for approval to drill a well, including injunction application*

Offshore construction contractor — LMAA arbitration arising from a charterparty for an offshore construction and diving support vessel*

Upstream company —  ICC arbitration regarding the operation of pre-emption rights under a joint operating agreement*

Engineering company — LCIA arbitration arising from a joint venture agreement for the development of subsea compression technology concerning the ownership of intellectual property rights in the technology*

Fuel distributor — ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules arising from the sale of a downstream fuel distribution business in West Africa*

Engineering company — ICC arbitration relating to commission payable for sales of compressors to the wastewater market in China*

Owner of oil pipeline — ICC arbitration arising from the operation of an oil pipeline*

Multinational energy company — bilateral investment treaty arbitrations at ICSID and under the UNCITRAL Rules following the nationalization of two businesses in a Latin American state*

LNG exporter — ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules in relation to alleged breaches of an LNG supply agreement*

Supermajor — LCIA arbitration arising from the construction of a semi-submersible drilling and production platform*

Manufacturer of engine lubricants — LCIA arbitration in relation to an alleged breach of a distribution agreement for engine lubricants in an eastern European country*

Steel manufacturer — LCIA arbitration arising in relation to an agreement to supply minerals from Georgia*

Charterers of vessels — LMAA arbitrations relating to the loss of a vessel, unpaid hire and condition on redelivery*

Oil Major — ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning the use of an oil terminal*

Party to a joint operating agreement — ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules in relation to the operation of two Indian offshore oil and gas fields*

Commodities trader — proceedings in the Commercial Court relating to a failed sale of a cargo of crude oil and the trade finance relating to it*

BP plc — group claim commenced in the English High Court by over 100 farmers alleging damage to their properties in Colombia as a result of the construction and operation of an oil pipeline*

Buyers and sellers — significant number of price reviews under agreements for the sale of pipeline gas and LNG and in the determination of those disputes through arbitration*

Sellers of LNG and pipeline gas — advising on a broad range of disputes under gas sales agreements including on the operation of take-or-pay provisions, the replacement of indices in price formulae, quality of gas, metering and force majeure notices*

Multinational enterprises — advising on a number of complaints made to the UK National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Publications and Speeches

Challenges in Arbitration, LexisNexis Butterworths, November 2019.

"Joint Operating Agreements in the International Oil & Gas Industry: ICC Arbitral Awards," ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin, 2019, Issue 3.

"Joint Operating Agreement Disputes," AIPN & ICDR Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business Conference, October 22-23, 2019.

"Iran: Re-Imposed US Sanctions Fall-Out," Petroleum Review, March 2019.

"Use it or Lose it," Petroleum Review, May 2018.

"Taming Price Review Clauses: Lessons From the Transactional and Arbitration Battlefields," paper for LNG 18 International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas, April 2016.

"Influence of the State in Upstream Disputes” and “Gas Price Disputes," Conference on Energy Arbitration & Dispute Resolution in the Middle East & Africa, March 2016.

"Multi-Party and Multi-Contract Arbitration," a chapter in Arbitration in England (Kluwer, 2013).

"International Energy Co-operation: New Business Opportunities," 2013 Exploration, Production, Processing Forum, November 2013.

"Challenges of International Arbitration," Contract Risk Management Forum, September 2013.



Nottingham Law School,
University of Cambridge, England,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Accredited Mediator


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
IBA UK Energy Lawyers Group
Energy Arbitrators List
Review Committee





Chambers UK
Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes - UK-Wide, 2020
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Dispute Resolution - International Arbitration, 2018 - 2020; Dispute Resolution - Commercial Litigation, 2020; Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Power (Including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables), 2020