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Addleshaw Goddard

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Specialist in construction, including: utilities and major infrastructure, energy, transport, engineering and real estate development.


Trained Booth & Co; qualified 1996; solicitor Booth & Co/Addleshaw Booth/Addleshaw Goddard 1996-2005; legal director 2005-07; partner 2007.


Law Society.


Scalby School, Scarborough; Selwyn College, Cambridge (1993 Law, Double First); College of Law, York (1994 LPC with Distinction).


Music (grade 8 piano; also plays saxophone and flute), family, walking, swimming.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Water

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team advises clients on a spectrum of water-related issues, with particular focus on Ofwat’s new project finance model, the Direct Procurement for Customers (DPC). In addition to financing expertise, the firm supports clients with M&A and regulatory issues. Team leader David Shaw is a project finance specialist and has advised major clients including Anglian Water and United Utilities on DPC projects. He is assisted in such matters by newly promoted partner Philip Dupres. Rona Bar-Isaac is a competition and regulatory specialist, handling contentious and non-contentious matters, including CMA investigations. Associate Joanne Holbrook assists with matters of environmental compliance, regulatory investigations and civil claims.

London > Transport > Aviation

Addleshaw Goddard advises numerous airports in the UK such as Manchester Airports Group, London Luton Airport and Edinburgh Airport across areas such as aircraft financings, transactions and regulatory matters. The firm has an increasing focus on aviation’s sustainable future advising on current challenges such as recovering from the pandemic. Co-head David Shaw provides key expertise in the construction and environment areas, while Paul Hirst heads up the transport sector group. Andrew Smith is experienced in joint ventures, outsourcings and sponsorship arrangements.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Construction

(Leading individuals)

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Addleshaw Goddard ‘provides end-to-end support’ on the full spectrum of local and national mandates, from energy and infrastructure projects to engineering, regeneration and development work, as well as demonstrating a strong capability in contentious matters. Practice leader James Reynolds offers an ‘excellent level of service, dealing with complex matters’ concerning refurbishment and regeneration, while David Shaw specialises in utilities, energy and transport projects, and acts for notable clients including the National Grid and United Utilities. For construction disputes, Joe Wilkinson, ‘brilliant lawyer and strategistJohn Emerton, director Ally MacKenzie and Matthew Collingwood-Cooper are key contacts, while director Mark Broomfield advises on development projects.

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

Addleshaw Goddard’s multidisciplinary team has ‘consistently proven to be thoughtful, thorough and practical’, as highlighted by one client, ‘offering advice on a range of renewable energy transactions’ and handling national and international mandates arising out of the power, water and nuclear sectors. Richard Goodfellow, who specialises in energy and utility projects, jointly leads the practice alongside Paul Dight, who also heads the firm’s low carbon and electric vehicle groups. David Shaw advises on the construction aspects of energy transactions, while James Reynolds has ‘excellent knowledge’ in nuclear mandates and Sara Gilmore is noted for her expertise in the regulated sectors.