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Addleshaw Goddard

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Paul Minto

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Paul specialises in energy and climate change law, planning and environmental matters relating to renewable energy projects. Paul is experienced in the full range of legal services, from greenfield development and audit of environmental impact assessments, through to the sale or purchase of renewable energy-generating assets, including electricity supply, public procurement, community ownership, and power purchase agreements. Paul’s clients include renewable energy project developers, utilities, electric vehicle developers, landowners, public procurement bodies, private companies and investors. Paul maintains a strong reputation in the renewable energy sector. He is exceptionally well connected, knowledgeable and a strong deal facilitator. Clients say ‘Paul is very personable and consummately professional. He challenges us to ensure that as a client our approaches are tested and found to be fit for purpose’.


Industrial marketing and manufacturing resource planning ICI 1988-91; national accounts manager (sales and marketing) BT 1991-94; trained as a solicitor Cullen Kilshaw; qualified 1999; solicitor and director of corporate services DGHP 2000-07; associate solicitor HBJ Gateley 2007-12, partner 2012 to date; non-executive director Community Energy Scotland Trading (trading subsidiary) and Scottish Borders Housing Association Plus (trading subsidiary).


Law Society of Scotland.


St Joseph’s College, Dumfries; University of Glasgow (1987 BSc Agricultural Chemistry; 1996 LLB; 1997 DipLP); University of Strathclyde (1988 Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing).

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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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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Scotland: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Addleshaw Goddard's group, which is led byHeather Pearson, provides a full service to RSLs on all types of contentious and non-contentious matters. Susan McDonald, who has specialised in social housing for more than 20 years, is experienced in housing management, development conveyancing and tenancy matters, among other areas. Pearson's team includes employment law specialist Kim Pattullo, and also Paul Minto, who advises RSLs on investment transactions and development projects involving onshore wind farms. In addition, following the firm's merger with HBJ Gateley in 2017, the team increasingly plays a key role in social housing finance transactions. Pearson and managing associate Suzanne Murphy recently acted for Paragon Housing Association in its circa £1m turn-key acquisition of completed new-build properties in Alva. Link Group, Wheatley Housing Group and Kingdom Housing Association are other notable clients.

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