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Paul Smith

Partner
Co-head of Infrastructure and Project Finance

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Paul Smith is a partner and Head of the Infrastructure & Project Finance group at CMS.

He has extensive experience advising sponsors, funders and contractors in relation to infrastructure projects that are typically funded on a project finance basis (including those that adopt models such as PFI, PPP and NPD) in a variety of sectors and jurisdictions including defence, custodial, education, housing, health, roads and utility infrastructure. 

More recently, he has been advising in relation to projects where parties are in dispute or the projects are in distress. 

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"[Paul] Smith is credited with being “extremely down to earth and easy to do a deal with, so you can be confident that you’ll have a straightforward transaction.” "

Chambers, 2009

"[Paul Smith] is credited with being “an exceptional lawyer” "

Legal 500, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Funders and/or sponsors in relation to the Dumfries & Galloway, Papworth, Alder Hey, The Royal Liverpool, CHUM (Montreal), Walsgrave, North Staffs, Forth Valley and Pembury NHS PFI / NPD or Canadian P3 projects.
  • Sponsors in relation to health and custodial projects in the Czech Republic.
  • A sponsor in relation to the Thames Tideway project.
  • Aspire Defence in relation to the Allenby & Connaught MoD PFI project.
  • Sponsors in relation to the Building Schools for the Future projects in Bristol, Kent, South Tyneside, Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire.
  • Laing O’Rourke in relation to the Priority Schools Building Programme projects.
  • Carillion / Clinicenta in relation to the Independent Sector Treatment Centres in London and Hertfordshire.
  • Funders and/or contractors in relation to social housing projects in Leeds, Manchester and Barking.
  • Laing O’Rourke in relation to the award winning social housing projects in Barking.
  • Sponsors and/or funders in relation to DBFO road projects in the UK and Ireland.
  • FCC in relation to waste projects in the UK.
  • The Contingency Planning Team in relation to the preparation of the Monitor procured review of the Peterborough and Stamford Foundation Trust.
  • Sponsors in relation to custodial projects in West Yorkshire, Exeter and London.
  • Sponsors, funders and contractors on a variety of projects that are in the construction or operational phase, including variations, market testing, disputes, refinancings or secondary market disposals.  More recently, this has involved advising in relation to more material disputes; principally in the health sector.
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Education

2000 - LPC, College of Law

1997 - LLB, John Moores University, Liverpool

1995 – Associate of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

1992 - BSc Quantity Surveying, Salford University, Salford

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Memberships

Member, The Royal Institution of Quantity Surveyors

Member, The Law Society of England and Wales

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Publications

Paul has contributed a chapter on health PPPs in Europe included in a book on PPPs published in October 2006.

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22/05/2017
In­fra­struc­ture Pledges in the 2017 Gen­er­al Elec­tion Mani­fes­tos
As cam­paign­ing for the 2017 Gen­er­al Elec­tion gath­ers pace, there was a flurry of mani­festo launches for the main polit­ic­al parties in Eng­land last week. We take a closer look at the in­fra­struc­ture pledges made in each mani­festo.
12/05/2017
Pro­ject Phoenix: Is NHS PPP about to rise from the ashes?
Com­munity Health Part­ner­ships (CHP), a wholly owned De­part­ment of Health (DoH) com­pany, cur­rently provides pub­lic sec­tor in­vest­ment in the primary health­care and com­munity es­tate through the NHS Loc­al Im­prove­ment Fin­ance Trust (LIFT).
24/11/2016
Au­tumn State­ment 2016: High­lights for the Pro­jects and In­fra­struc­ture...
In an oth­er­wise un­ex­cit­ing Au­tumn State­ment, there was some good news for the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond pri­or­it­ised high-value in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and in­nov­a­tion to raise Bri­tain’s pro­ductiv­ity.
20/09/2016
Put­ting Brazili­an in­fra­struc­ture back on track? - In­vest­ment Part­ner­ship...
Last week, on 13 Septem­ber, Brazil en­acted Law No. 13. 334/2016 (the “IPP Law”), cre­at­ing a new In­vest­ment Part­ner­ship Pro­gramme (the “Pro­gramme”), which aims to in­crease and strengthen the role of the private sec­tor in in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects.
25/08/2016
What next for Lon­don's in­fra­struc­ture?
Ex­ec­ut­ive sum­mary: Lon­don needs con­tinu­al in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to keep pace with de­mand from its rap­idly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. However, Bri­tain’s vote to leave the EU and the re­place­ment of the Prime Min­is­ter and a num­ber of seni­or cab­in­et min­is­ters.