John acts for commercial clients across a wide range of complex contentious issues occurring in the United Kingdom and emerging markets, particularly Africa.
His experience includes:
- A listed mining company in relation to the defence of a class action brought in the High Court in London on behalf of 2000 members of a Zambian community alleging environmental claims
- Bharti Airtel in defence of a claim in excess of US$4bn relating to its business in Nigeria. The dispute includes an international arbitration and court proceedings in several jurisdictions including Nigeria
- Gazprom in relation to the conduct of successful Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings relating to the partial collapse of a rig hired by it and located off the coast of India, with sums in dispute of US$40 million
- Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation plc (ENRC) in relation to the US$2 billion damages claim by First Quantum regarding ENRC's acquisition of an interest in the Kolwezi Tailings Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo
John has advised on general commercial disputes and international corporate merger and acquisition transactions, mining and energy projects, professional negligence, and media related disputes. Most notably, he has advised major corporations on multibillion-pound transactions.