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Paul Butcher

Director of Public Policy

Paul helps clients anticipate, influence and navigate the public policy context in which they operate.



Paul has been a commercial lawyer with the firm since 2001, working with government, regulators and private sector clients on some of the most complex areas of public policy, including the design and implementation of new regulatory regimes and associated projects, public sector transformations and innovative service delivery models as well as major infrastructure projects.  

Paul joined the firm’s Brexit team shortly after the EU referendum, becoming Brexit Director in July 2017. More recently he played a key role in the firm's response to the pandemic. 

Paul is co-author of the UK chapter of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review (1st, 2nd and 3rd editions).

Since February 2017 Paul has been on the LexisPSL Energy Consulting Editorial Board.

Paul's experience includes advising:

  • a number of major companies in relation to assessing and addressing the implications of Brexit
  • HM Government's Cabinet Office on the creation of MyCSP, the first "John Lewis-style" public-private mutual joint venture business created from a central government service
  • the UK Ministry of Defence on the Materiel Strategy, a project to transform its £14 billion per annum defence procurement capability
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the UK energy regulator) on the design of the regulatory and contractual structure for the selection of offshore transmission owners which own and operate the transmission links to offshore wind farms
  • EDF Energy on its plans to build new nuclear generating stations in the UK
  • EDF on the sale of its regulated and non-regulated electricity network distribution assets in the UK to a consortium including Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Hong Kong Electric Holdings Limited for £5.8 billion
  • The Department of Trade and Industry on the establishment of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the contractual framework for the clean-up of public sector civil nuclear liabilities in the UK



Paul has a Master of Arts (Oxon) PPE.

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