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Addleshaw Goddard

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12004 LEEDS

Richard Goodfellow

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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

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

At Addleshaw Goddard , the 'partner-led, very responsive and professional' power offering lets its 'in-depth knowledge of the sector drive its counsel'. Independent developer Harmony Energy Storage appointed a team led by the 'technically excellent' practice co-head Guy Winter to oversee its joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour for the procurement and operation of three separate electric energy storage facilities in England. Rob Thompson 'sets high standards technically' while Leeds-based practice co-head Richard Goodfellow 's 'experience provides valuable perspective'; the pair recently acted for an industrial client in the development of a new merchant energy-from-waste plant Australia. Also notable in Leeds is Paul Dight who has been assisting a major utility distributor with the regulatory issues arising from a procurement contract for IT services, while Angus Rollo handled BP's acquisition of a minor equity stake in Lightsource from the London office. On the contentious front, John Emerton specialises in litigation and represents clients such as SSE, Engie and Yorkshire Water.

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Within: Water

Known for its 'great response times, highly-tailored and relevant sector advice, and very impressive industry knowledge', the water team at Addleshaw Goddard represents clients such as United Utilities, Danaher and several leading UK water companies. Edinburgh's Andrew Walker recently handled Castle Water's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of non-domestic water retailer Cobalt Water, and 'very impressive advisorRona Bar-Isaac assisted a key market player with regulatory mandates in the context of retail and antitrust issues. David Shaw is a utilities expert and recently oversaw proposed variations to abstraction licenses on behalf of a UK water company. Richard Goodfellow heads the firm's energy and utilities group and is also a key name to note.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Addleshaw Goddard 'has an excellent reputation, particularly for local government and energy-related work' according to a source. The specialists in the team are located in Manchester, Leeds and London and they are supported by the larger group on areas such as projects, healthcare, real estate and litigation. It advises on financial matters such as borrowing and investments, major outsourcing, PPPs and PFIs and contentious procurement cases. It assisted Stoke City Council on a proposed variation and refinancing of its pathfinder street lighting PFI Scheme and also advised Transport for Greater Manchester in establishing a highways shared services arrangement with three Greater Manchester local authorities. Michael O’Connor  and Andrew Pettinger  lead the team and Richard Goodfellow is another key member.

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


Within: Leading individuals

Richard Goodfellow - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Energy

Addleshaw Goddard ‘positively stands out’ in the market for its ‘strategic thinking, industry knowledge and unmatched experience’ in the energy and utilities fields. Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton jointly lead the group; Goodfellow is ‘a clear leader for downstream energy work with expansive experience that allows him to step back and see the bigger picture’ and Emerton is ‘genuinely brilliant’ for energy litigation, particularly in the oil and gas sector. Other key figures include energy infrastructure and regulation specialist Paul Dight; utilities expert David ShawJames Reynolds, who leads the firm’s nuclear group; litigator Simon Kamstra; and managing associate Alex Clayton. Goodfellow recently advised Scotia Gas Networks on the financing and construction of a gas network from Belfast to the West of Northern Ireland, while Dight acted for Britvic Soft Drinks on its procurement and operation of a combined heat and power (CHP) facility. In another highlight, Reynolds assisted Peel Energy with the risk management and close of final accounts related to a wind farm in Cheshire. He also advised multiple clients in the nuclear sector including working with National Nuclear Laboratory on issues surrounding Sellafield while Dight assisted Foresight Metering with its operational smart metering contracts. BP, National Grid and Mitsubishi are also clients.

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