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Dominic Richardson helps clients to win, close out and deliver complex and challenging infrastructure projects.

Dominic’s extensive experience of advising on all aspects of major highways, defence, healthcare, energy and social infrastructure projects means that he works to protect the interests of contractors, to help project sponsors and equity investors achieve the best possible position, to advise banks and other project funders on how best to protect their interests and to advise procuring authorities on how to achieve their outcomes.


M8 Motorway PPP

The £500m project for the upgrade and operation (over a 33 year term) of the M8, M73 and M74 motorways was a real highlight. It closed in March 2014 and Dominic was the lead adviser to Amey LG on the negotiation of the Operation and Maintenance contract.

This included leading on extensive multi-party negotiations, taking place over a number of weeks and weekends to optimise Amey LG’s contractual position (in particular in relation to responsibility for defects in newly constructed motorway network). The deal built on Dominic’s long-standing relationship with Amey and he continues to advise on the operational aspects of the Birmingham and Sheffield Highways PPPs.

Gibraltar Diesel Power Station Project

Dominic was lead adviser to Bouygues Energies & Services S.A on a project for the construction of a diesel power generation plant together with associated fuel supply infrastructure and upgrades to the distribution network.

Bouygues were part of a consortium with, as part of a joint venture, IMM S.A and Volker Stevin BV.

It meant travelling around a fair bit – negotiation of the joint venture agreement took place over a prolonged period of meetings in Brussels. He then led negotiations with the Government of Gibraltar on the form of contract, involving extensive meetings in Gibraltar, and on commercial agreements with the key supplier (Caterpillar) over a series of meetings held in Paris.

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, Vancouver, Canada.

Dominic was the sole adviser to the main operating contractor on the Surrey Hospital Outpatients Facility in Vancouver, a project that had to be concluded in an extremely tight timescale owing to a funding offer that expired in August 2008.

The challenging deadline necessitated the preparation and conclusion of all issues with funders, the procuring authority and project sponsors in an extremely tight period, including a concentrated period of meetings in Vancouver over a two-week period.

He also acted in the same role for the operating contractor for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police British Columbia Headquarters PPP. Dominic was involved from the pre-qualification stage through to the financial close, and on further bids for hospital and prison projects (including dialogue meetings with Canadian Procuring Authorities).


Amey, Amec, Atkins, Equitix, Ministry of Defence, Parkwood Plc, Cofely.


Adviser to Amey on a £235 million, 23 year outsourcing contract for the provision of Highways, Lighting and Environmental Services.

Advising British International Helicopters as part of a consortium with AAR Corporation on a contract for the establishment and operation of a new helicopter transport and search and rescue operation for the UK MOD.

Dominic acted as the lead adviser to Amey LG as the main operation & maintenance contractor for a £450 million bond financed project to upgrade the M8 / M73 and M74 motorways in Scotland

Dominic advised Cofely Workplace Limited, a division of GDF Suez, on the £45 million NHS Ayrshire & Arran NPD project, relating to the construction of and delivery of services to the new Acute Mental Health & North Ayrshire Community Hospital, procured as part of the Scottish Government’s NPD (Non-…



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London > Transport > Rail

Gowling WLG advises rail developers on all key matters, with particular focus on infrastructure, planning, governance, real estate and construction. The team has a track record of work on rail station developments and is known for its ‘industry knowledge and commercial awareness‘. Practice head Giles Clifford has advised London Underground, TfL and Crossrail on infrastructure protection, over station development and Network Rail interfaces. He splits his time between Birmingham and London and works alongside Richard Green, who specialises in new station development, and commercial contracts expert Sarah Riding, who joined as partner in May 2020 from Irwin Mitchell. Director Dominic Richardson is also a key contact regarding rail development schemes.

West Midlands > Transport

(Next Generation Partners)

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Gowling WLG focuses primarily on assisting clients operating in the railway industry with a range of matters, including station developments, commercial contracts and employment issues. More broadly, the firm advises clients in the aviation sector regarding air traffic control projects and supply contracts, and separately assists companies engaged in major highway developments. Legal director Dominic Richardson is currently engaged in various large-scale transport projects, including Highways England’s flagship £1.5bn road tunnel project. Giles Clifford leads the practice.

West Midlands > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

(Next Generation Partners)

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Gowling WLG‘s team advises public and private sector clients engaged in major infrastructure projects across the country. Of particular note is the firm’s ongoing work for Highways England regarding its flagship infrastructure project; in addition, the team stands out for serving as the sole legal adviser to several public departments regarding the UK government’s five year £5.8bn International Climate Finance initiative, which focuses on de-carbonisation initiatives designed to tackle climate change. Stephen Kenny specialises in advising clients on PPPs, PFIs and various other complex infrastructure projects. Jonathan Brufal has developed key knowledge of different funding models in various parts of the world, including Africa and the Middle East, which he leverages to advise clients on a wide range of infrastructure and energy initiatives. Gus Wood stands out for his expertise in energy transactions, power purchase agreements and refinancing arrangements, and Dominic Richardson and principal associate James Stanier are also recommended.