Elliott Sawford


Elliott advises governments, developers, lenders and contractors on infrastructure and energy projects across all sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, social infrastructure and transport. 

He has particular experience of large-scale development projects, major PPPs (and associated legislative reform), and project-financings. Clients regularly praise Elliott for his solution-orientated, practical and personable approach to matters, his knowledge of the Middle East and his ability to solve issues to get deals done.

Elliott qualified in the UK and spent over five years practicing in London before relocating to the Middle East with the firm in 2014. He is recognised as a “Rising Star” for Middle East projects by IFLR.


Representative matters

Various GCC government clients on the establishment of regulatory and transaction frameworks to support PPP programmes, as well as the tendering and implementation of pathfinder projects including the KSA TBC Schools’ Building Programme, the Dubai Healthcare Authority’s CCOE PPP and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office’s programme of transport and social infrastructure projects.

A mix of sponsors and lenders on power (traditional and renewables), water (wastewater and desalination), waste (waste to energy and sewage treatment) and social infrastructure (health, education and municipal infrastructure) projects across the Middle East.

On significant re-generation projects across the Middle East. 

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office on all aspects of the establishment of its cross-sector PPP programme.

Rising Star
IFLR: Middle East Projects



Admitted as lawyer, England and Wales, 2011


Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2008-2009

Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School, 2007-2008

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, University of Nottingham, 2004-2007


Abu Dhabi
Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practising in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as “Allen & Overy Branch” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.