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Paul Butcher

Brexit Director

Paul is responsible for the firm's coverage of Brexit for clients.



Since the EU referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Paul has been part of the HSF core Brexit team.

More recently Paul was made Brexit Director with responsibility for co-ordinating the firm's coverage of Brexit for clients.  He works closely with client, sector and practice teams across the firm's global network in relation to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for clients.

He has a prominent role representing the firm externally in relation to Brexit including with Government, the firm's Brexit partners – such as consulting and advisory firms The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel and Hanbury Strategy - and with other key City and industry stakeholders.

Paul is a commercial lawyer specialising in public private partnerships and regulated utilities, specialising in the introduction of new regulatory regimes, sector privatisations, restructurings, infrastructure projects and other complex government procurements.

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

In June 2017 Paul co-authored, with Silke Goldberg and in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group and Global Counsel, a report on navigating the post- Brexit energy market.  

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

Paul's experience includes advising:

  • 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 and implementation of new arrangements for the competitive licensing of offshore transmission infrastructure (including the sale of existing network assets)
  • 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.