Paul Butcher


Paul specialises in public private partnerships and regulated utilities. He has extensive experience advising both public and private sector organisations and has particular expertise in regulatory and contractual issues relating to the energy, infrastructure and defence sectors.

Paul’s experience includes advising on the introduction of new regulatory regimes, sector privatisations, restructurings, infrastructure projects and other complex government procurements. Paul is focused on delivering commercial solutions for clients operating in sectors that frequently encounter complex commercial and legal issues.

For over 8 years Paul has played one of the leading roles in relation to negotiations with the UK Government on EDF's new nuclear project at Hinkley point C.

He has also advised nuclear operators, contractors and the Ministry of Defence in relation to nuclear liability issues.

Paul is now playing a leading role for Herbert Smith Freehills in relation to Brexit and sits on the firms' Brexit Client Services Committee; Knowledge and Technical Committee and the Firm Working Group.

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Graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University