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Addleshaw Goddard

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Paul Hirst

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Partner & Head of Transport Sector


Simmons & Simmons - Associate - September 1996 to April 2003
DLA Piper - Partner & Head of Rail - May 2003 to May 2014


Rail Freight Group
Rail Breakfast Club 100


University of Nottingham
Bachelor's Degree, Law and European Law, 2.1

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded the breadth of its infrastructure practice through the addition of energy infrastructure specialist Paul Minto in Edinburgh. The group's recent work for the Department of Transport under the leadership of Leeds-based Paul Hirst regarding its new franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast with the incoming HS2 service is a good example of its strong presence in the rail transport sector. In the social infrastructure space, Matthew Newing led the advice to a consortium as development partner for a pathfinder project for the Department of Health which will lead to the development of two new hospitals in Kingston and Tooting. David Hartley acts for SPV and asset management service Imagile in all aspects of its PFI and PPP project portfolio, including negotiation settlement arrangements and overseeing major variations to ongoing projects. The 'pragmatic and creative' Michael O’Connor leads the team and is also a name to note alongside Jacqui Langley-White and Andrew Pettinger .

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Paul Hirst - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Rail

Addleshaw Goddard‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong‚Äô rail team is experienced across a range of franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure matters. It is advising the DfT on a range of matters including;the new rail franchise which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services;¬† and on the West Midlands franchise competition. It also advised London Luton Airport Ltd on the development of a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal, advised CAF on manufacturing, supply and maintenance support for the provision for a fleet of new-build diesel multiple units ordered by Abellio, in connection with its successful tender to run the West Midlands franchise, and advised Arriva Trains Wales in relation to the leasing of a fleet of Class 769 units from Porterbrook. Rolling stock specialist Clive Smith¬†recently joined from Osborne Clarke LLP¬†and Manchester-based projects partner Ursula Gould¬†recently joined the team from Shoosmiths LLP. Jacqui Langley-White¬†is also recommended, as are legal director Sara Gilmore, who is based in Leeds, and managing associate William Smith. Leeds-based Paul Hirst¬†leads the transport team.

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Yorkshire and the Humber


Within: Transport

The 'robust team' at Addleshaw Goddard handles a wide range of matters within the rail industry and offers its split of public and private sector clients 'good value for money'. The team is currently acting for London Luton Airport on the £200m development of a mass passenger transit system between Luton Airport Parkway railway station and the airport terminal. The practice  continues to be instructed by the Department for Transport on several projects, including advising on the new rail franchise to combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services. In another work highlight, Paul Hirst is advising VTG Rail (UK) on matters relating to its freight wagon leasing business, including a contract for the manufacture, supply, leasing and maintenance of specialist jet fuel wagons for a leading UK-based airline. Hirst jointly heads the team and has particular expertise in infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises and rolling stock procurements. Co-head Anna Heaton  leads on transport-related real estate matters and is regularly instructed by an infrastructure company on large projects. Other significant clients of the group include West Midlands Combined Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester and Freightliner.

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