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

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

(Leading individuals)

Richard GoodfellowAddleshaw Goddard

With a ‘responsive, creative, diligent, and personable‘ team, Addleshaw Goddard‘s energy and utilities group is divided into four subsets spanning the oil and gas, power, utilities and energy-for-business arenas. The practice covers the full spectrum of issues relating to energy sector mandates, acting for a broad range of energy companies, developers, PE funds and financial institutions, and is active at a national and international level, with a notable focus on the EMEA region. Richard Goodfellow and Paul Dight jointly lead the practice; Goodfellow specialises in energy and utility projects while Dight handles the development of energy infrastructure and energy regulation. Other key names include construction expert David Shaw, nuclear sector specialist James Reynolds and Sara Gilmore, who divides her time between Leeds and Manchester.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development

Trusted by a plethora of national NHS trusts for advice regarding large-scale healthcare projects and extensions,  Addleshaw Goddard has a strong understanding of complex financing structures and possesses the ability to navigate novel funding models. The firm has been particularly active in wide-spanning water infrastructure developments, leveraging its deep bench of advisers across the UK to oversee the financial, regulatory and contractual issues encompassing drinking water delivery apparatus construction across Hampshire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester, with group head and Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow spearheading projects as part of a substantial portfolio of renewable and utility mandates. Matthew Newing has been a leading figure in the firm’s PFI and PPP sector work, working with consortiums on successful financing bids and funding partnership endeavours, whilst also guiding NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust companies on the repayment of debt financing and procedures to secure new funding packages. David Hartley is active in the secondary PFI/PPP market, advising asset owners and managers on transactions and refinancings. Rachel Scott joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2022.

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

The ‘very capable team’ at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for its experience across a broad-range of related work. It consistently advises its significant client portfolio on various complex aspects of power, including project finance, construction, planning, environmental and real estate elements, as well as on regulatory instruments across the market. In addition to its advising on domestic work, the team has experience handling matters in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rory Connor, who works from the London office, is described as hands-on, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ and leads the team, with support from Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow and Glasgow-based Sarah Baillie. Matthew Williams bolstered the team in 2022 and is key to the offering, with focus on energy transition work for clients across a range of sectors. Marton Eorsi bolstered the team with his November 2022 arrival as partner from A&O Shearman.

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