Mr Alan Shanks > Addleshaw Goddard > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Energy, shipping and infrastructure.


Alan is head of the Finance and Projects division in Scotland. He is a banking partner specialising in advising clients on financing in the energy sector, including oilfield services, renewable energy, shipping and related services. Alan acts for a number of major companies and financial institutions in the UK and internationally, with particular experience in MENA and Caspian transactions. Alan was a central figure in the establishment of the firm’s Aberdeen office. He previously led HBJ Gateley’s Dubai office.


Trained HBJ Gateley; qualified in Scotland and is also qualified in England and Wales 2000; solicitor HBJ Gateley 2000-02, associate 2002-05, partner 2005 to date, head of Dubai office 2009, head of energy 2010 to 2013; head of energy, shipping and infrastructure 2013 to 2016; head of banking in 2016.  Alan played a central role in the merger between HBJ Gateley and Addleshaw Goddard, taking a seat on the Finance and Projects divisional board in June 2017 as well as heading this team in Scotland.




Law Society of Scotland.


Edinburgh Academy; University of Aberdeen and L’Université Pierre Mendes France, Grenoble, France (1998 LLB Hons with options in French Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Finance > Banking and finance

Addleshaw Goddard acts as lead counsel on major Scottish financings, and also handles the Scots law aspects of large international deals. Its broad expertise includes project finance, real estate development financing and asset-based lending mandates. Practice head Alan Shanks has considerable experience in acquisition and project finance work in the energy sector. Euan Cluness handles corporate lending issues, and Gaenor Cassell is recommended for borrower work for corporates and private equity funds, and cross-border securitisations. Catriona Smith is a key name in Aberdeen; she specialises in on- and offshore renewables financing work.

Scotland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Addleshaw Goddard has historically been strong in the buying, selling and financing of onshore wind farms, and it has recently seen an uptick in work relating to hydroelectric schemes. With strong support from the real estate and planning teams, the energy and renewables group has also recently been involved in a number of battery storage projects. Alan Shanks, who heads up the team, focuses on financing in the clean energy sector. In June 2020, Suzanne Moir joined from DWF together with her team. Alison Horner retired.