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Addleshaw Goddard

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James is a specialist construction and engineering partner. He jointly heads the Leeds non-contentious construction practice with David Shaw and is also Addleshaw Goddard’s national head of nuclear. James’ practice spans major regeneration and commercial development schemes, engineering, energy, infrastructure and utilities (in the UK and internationally). His clients include Peel Holdings, Muse, Lend Lease, ABF, Rolls-Royce and National Nuclear Laboratories.


Trained Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard LLP); qualified 1999; associate 1999-2007; managing associate 2007-09; partner 2009.


The Dronfield School; Nottingham University (1996 Law First Class); Nottingham Law School (1997 LPC (distinction)).


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Lawyer Rankings

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

Addleshaw Goddard‘s multidisciplinary practice group is a leader across the power and renewables space, and regularly secures a number of national and international mandates. Key partners include Richard Goodfellow, who leads the team and advises on a range of high-value energy and utilities matters for large domestic corporates; Paul Dight, who heads up the firm’s low carbon and electric vehicle group and specialises in infrastructure regulation work, and John Emerton, who handles litigation across the oil and gas sector.  David Shaw has notable expertise in the transactional construction work, and James Reynolds oversees the firm’s nuclear practice. Also in the group is Sara Gilmore, who was elevated to the partnership and focuses on regulated sectors. Associate Alex Clayton is also of note.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Construction

(Leading individuals)

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Addleshaw Goddard‘s sizeable group is best known for its involvement in nationally significant energy and infrastructure projects, such as advising United Utilities on its £1bn HARP (North West Drinking Water) project. Utilities specialist David Shaw is an authority on DPC (Ofwat’s new regulatory funding model) and is particularly active in water projects. The ‘very impressiveJames Reynolds, who leads on redevelopment schemes, is currently advising on the framework agreement and public procurement of refurbishment of the Palace of Westminster. Joe Wilkinson, John Emerton and director Ally MacKenzie focus on disputes, while Matthew Collingwood-Cooper is adept at infrastructure disputes involving NEC framework agreements.