John is a go-to partner in the UK for energy litigation and has a deep understanding of complexities of the sector.

Chambers UK, 2024

John Gilbert, co-chair of Bracewell’s international arbitration practice, resolves disputes across 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 advises on a broad range of disputes relating to power generation, both conventional and renewables.

John advises on the protection of investments through bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and has represented clients in claims made under treaties.

John has also represented clients in issues concerning ESG, including matters concerning business and human rights, anti-bribery and money laundering obligations and on conducting investigations. For six years, John previously served as in-house counsel in the dispute resolution team of an oil and gas supermajor.

John has been ranked by Chambers UK each year since 2020 and by The Legal 500 United Kingdom each year since 2018, where clients report that he is “extremely bright and goes to great lengths to ensure his clients get the service they deserve.” (2022).