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Addleshaw Goddard

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Paul Dight

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Infrastructure projects and energy.


Paul is an energy infrastructure and regulatory specialist with significant experience advising on the development and funding of large scale energy infrastructure and on regulation in the energy and utilities sectors. He advises a broad variety of clients across the sector including developers, investors, supply chain, funders, regulators and sponsors (including central and local government bodies) with clients including National Grid, Drax, Britvic, Siemens, Foresight, Equitix, NIBC, DZ Bank and John Laing Investments. He advises on commercial and regulatory matters within the electricity, gas, smart (including smart metering and battery storage) and renewables sectors advising across the technology spectrum and he is recommended in Legal 500 for work in renewables.  He led the Addleshaw Goddard teams advising Biogen on three AD PPPs in the Welsh Food Waste Programme, he also advises John Laing on the acquisition and project financing of a number of wind farm projects, various funders and developers (Trina, Canadian Solar) on the development and financing of solar pv schemes, MAPs and energy suppliers on smart metering roll-outs and on CHP schemes for MediaCity, Network Rail, Citibank and Hub. Paul also advises clients including MCS, LCCC, Ofwat, and British Sugar.


Trained Hammonds Suddards Edge, qualified 2002. Partner Addleshaw Goddard 2014.


Portuguese, French and Spanish.


Dartford Grammar for Boys (1994); University of Leeds (1999, Law, French and Portuguese); Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.


Squash, swimming.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

At Addleshaw Goddard , the 'partner-led, very responsive and professional' power offering lets its 'in-depth knowledge of the sector drive its counsel'. Independent developer Harmony Energy Storage appointed a team led by the 'technically excellent' practice co-head Guy Winter to oversee its joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour for the procurement and operation of three separate electric energy storage facilities in England. Rob Thompson 'sets high standards technically' while Leeds-based practice co-head Richard Goodfellow 's 'experience provides valuable perspective'; the pair recently acted for an industrial client in the development of a new merchant energy-from-waste plant Australia. Also notable in Leeds is Paul Dight who has been assisting a major utility distributor with the regulatory issues arising from a procurement contract for IT services, while Angus Rollo handled BP's acquisition of a minor equity stake in Lightsource from the London office. On the contentious front, John Emerton specialises in litigation and represents clients such as SSE, Engie and Yorkshire Water.

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘responsive’ team demonstrates ‘clear industry knowledge’, delivers ‘pragmatic advice’ and is particularly noted for its experience in waste and energy infrastructure projects. The team, which works closely with its national network of offices, is advising NWE2 on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways (NTPG) infrastructure development project, which would involve the development and construction of a series of tidal barrage systems across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary. The team also advised Somerset County Council on a £200m long term waste treatment contract with Viridor and advised Greater Manchester Combined Authority on the establishment of its Evergreen 2 and Low Carbon funds to apply European Regional Development Funds to North West projects. Michael O’Connor heads the projects, infrastructure and energy group and is experienced across PPP and project finance matters. Legal directors Rob Thompson, who is active across energy and waste sector mandates, and Julie Hodkinson , who is noted for renewable energy projects, are key members of the team. Andrew Maskill and Rebecca Williams handle banking and finance transactions in the energy sector, and Paul Dight, who is also based in the firm’s Leeds office, specialises in the development of energy infrastructure and advises on energy regulation. Corporate partner Michael Birchall is also active in the energy sector.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Having merged with HBJ Gateley in 2017, Addleshaw Goddard now has a team in Scotland, whose work in the energy and utilities sector complements the work undertaken by the London and Leeds offices. The firm acts for a multitude of market participants in the industry, including developers, corporate clients, financial institutions and private equity funds. Paul Minto, Aileen McCallum, Alison Horner, Andrew Fairlie and Alan Shanks advised Berwickshire Community Renewables LLP (a joint venture between Berwickshire Housing Association and Community Energy Scotland) on the groundbreaking development of a three turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders for the purpose of funding the building of affordable housing in the region. Minto, managing associate Calum Fisher (who assists emerging electricity trading companies with commercial contracts issues) and Leeds-based Paul Dight are advising Flexitricity on transforming its business into becoming a licensed electricity and gas supplier, which is designed to transform the trading of electricity capacity in the UK. Corporate partner Murray Jack has recently acted for clients such as Greenpower International and Recyclate Supply.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)


Within: Energy

Addleshaw Goddard ‘positively stands out’ in the market for its ‘strategic thinking, industry knowledge and unmatched experience’ in the energy and utilities fields. Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton jointly lead the group; Goodfellow is ‘a clear leader for downstream energy work with expansive experience that allows him to step back and see the bigger picture’ and Emerton is ‘genuinely brilliant’ for energy litigation, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Other key figures include energy infrastructure and regulation specialist Paul Dight; utilities expert David Shaw; James Reynolds, who leads the firm’s nuclear group; litigator Simon Kamstra; and managing associate Alex Clayton. Goodfellow recently advised Scotia Gas Networks on the financing and construction of a gas network from Belfast to the West of Northern Ireland, while Dight acted for Britvic Soft Drinks on its procurement and operation of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility. In another highlight, Reynolds assisted Peel Energy with the risk management and close of final accounts related to a wind farm in Cheshire. He also advised multiple clients in the nuclear sector including working with National Nuclear Laboratory on issues surrounding Sellafield while Dight assisted Foresight Metering with its operational smart metering contracts. BP, National Grid and Mitsubishi are also clients.

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