Mr Richard Goodfellow > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Infrastructure, projects and energy.


Partner and Head of Energy & Utilities Market


Denton Hall 1996-99; qualified 1998; Addleshaw Goddard 1999; partner 2006.




Board member Strategic Investment Board 2007-2009; Head of Legal Northern Ireland Energy Regulator 2010-2012; Board member Local Enterprise Partnership 2013-2016; Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2016 to present


Regent House Grammar, Northern Ireland; University of Dundee.


Family, Mountaineering, Church

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Addleshaw Goddard’s full-service power practice is ‘highly experienced and motivated’ according to clients, and handles the full range of renewable energy projects, being particularly noted for its strength in offshore and onshore wind matters. Overseen by national head Richard Goodfellow in Leeds, key contacts in the London team include Rory Connor who leading the firm’s team advising SN Power and Norfund on the project financing of the restructuring of the parent group companies of Fountain Hydro Power Corporation, and Oliver Carruthers. The group has expertise across the transactional space, with M&A partner Angus Rollo another key member of the team. The practice has recently been strengthened by the arrivals of Suzanne Moir from DWF, who has expertise in major infrastructure procurements, and Martin Stewart-Smith from Bracewell (UK) LLP.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team covers the entire value chain for a broad cross-section of stakeholders operating in the oil and gas industry. Its non-contentious work includes the financing, development, acquisition and sale of oil and gas assets. In addition, the group advises on regulatory issues and disputes. The core UK team is complemented by practitioners located elsewhere across the global network, making it a strong choice for cross-border work. David McEwing in Aberdeen has a strong pedigree handling acquisitions of oilfield interests and other corporate transactions. Richard Goodfellow is the main contact in Leeds, while Martin Stewart-Smith and Angus Rollo are names to note in London. Key additions to the team included Alex Hirom, who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Paul Jones was recruited from Dragon Oil in 2020.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

Known for infrastructure work in the UK, Addleshaw Goddard offers a national team of more than 50 PFI/PPP lawyers split between London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh. This is combined with expertise within the firm in banking and finance, procurement, construction, real estate, litigation, corporate and competition. The practice advises private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers in the sector. Healthcare PFI/PPP is a key strength for the group, but it is also active in transport and utilities matters, as well as information and communication technology infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow leads a team that includes experienced infrastructure and PFI/PPP projects specialists Matthew Newing and Michael O’Connor.

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

(Leading individuals)

Richard GoodfellowAddleshaw Goddard

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.