Mr Paul Hirst > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department



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

Lawyer Rankings

London > Transport > Rail

(Leading individuals)

Paul HirstAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s rail team ‘possesses a good balance of relevant rail specific knowledge and experience, coupled with a strong ability to provide guidance in various customer specific areas‘. With specialists across the UK, the team is regularly engaged on complex franchising, rolling stock, projects and infrastructure mandates for public and private sector clients. Department head Paul Hirst, who is experienced across transport infrastructure projects, operating concessions and franchises, rolling stock procurements and regularly leads on big-ticket mandates; Hirst led advice for the DfT, on a multi-year mandate, regarding a new rail franchise, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services. Clive Smith has a strong market following and is noted for his rolling stock expertise. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of experienced consultant Martin Fleetwood, who ‘shows impressive pragmatism and an ability to help shape solutions to complex issues‘, from Shoosmiths LLP.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Addleshaw Goddard is well versed in PPP and PFI related matters. The team is engaged by public and private clients and has considerable experience in infrastructure projects in the renewable, information and communication technology sectors as well as transport. Work includes  advising infrastructure asset funds and investors on the PFI secondary market regarding the buying and selling of stakes. Practice head Richard Goodfellow splits his time between Leeds and London and is a key contact for energy and renewable matters. Paul Hirst in Leeds has particular experience of the rail industry.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport

The transport practice at Addleshaw Goddard has broad expertise spanning franchising, acquisitions and sales of rolling stock, freight and haulage arrangements, infrastructure projects and instructions relating to urban transit. The group has a particularly strong reputation for its work in the rail sector and also regularly handles instructions relating to bus services, logistics, port and airport infrastructure and electric vehicles. Paul Hirst, who focuses on the rail sector, jointly heads up the practice alongside real estate specialist Anna Heaton. Legal director Sara Gilmore, who has broad transport expertise, is also a key name to note.

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

Addleshaw Goddard has a notable reputation in the PFI secondary market, with the infrastructure team benefiting from the strength of the firm’s national energy and transport departments, which are both led out of Leeds. The group handles matters across the renewables, utilities, rail, airport, electric vehicle and ports sectors. Richard Goodfellow heads up the national infrastructure, projects and energy group and is experienced in PPP matters, Paul Dight has expertise in projects and regulatory mandates, and Paul Hirst handles transport work, particularly in the rail sector.