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Paul Smith

Partner
Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group and Co-head of Infrastructure & Projects Group.

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

Paul Smith is Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) Group and Co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects Group. He leads an international team of over 200 lawyers.

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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27 November 2019
CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex re­veals pos­it­ive trends in in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor
Frank­furt, 27 Novem­ber 2019. En­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) cri­ter­ia are be­com­ing a top pri­or­ity for in­fra­struc­ture in­vestors, ac­cord­ing to the 2019 CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex: Bridging Con­tin­ents.
28 August 2019
Con­nec­ted Fu­tures - the im­plic­a­tions of tech­no­lo­gic­al trends on Scot­land’s...
In our Glob­al In­fra­struc­ture Re­port “Con­nec­ted Fu­ture” we high­lighted the tech­no­logy – driv­en trans­form­a­tion of the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has re­cently pub­lished “The Im­plic­a­tions...
18 June 2019
An­nu­al Re­view 2018 – 2019
28 May 2019
In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view
On 13 March 2019, HM Treas­ury and the In­fra­struc­ture and Pro­jects Au­thor­ity, pub­lished a con­sulta­tion to kick-start the “In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) to as­sess the fu­ture...
Nov 2018
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
Glob­al in­fra­struc­ture re­port
22 November 2018
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing...
29 November 2017
Glob­al In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ments Op­por­tun­it­ies - CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex
Please find here our re­port "In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - A new dir­ec­tion" which ranks 40 coun­tries in or­der of in­vest­ment at­tract­ive­ness. Down­load now!
03 August 2018
TCC Bars Ad­ju­dic­a­tion Pro­ceed­ings for Com­pan­ies in Li­quid­a­tion
A re­cent TCC de­cision has ruled that ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings can­not be brought by com­pan­ies in li­quid­a­tion in re­la­tion to fin­an­cial claims un­der a con­struc­tion con­tract. The de­cision will have con­sid­er­able...
05 January 2018
New in­fra­struc­ture per­form­ance plan pub­lished
The In­fra­struc­ture and Pro­jects Au­thor­ity (IPA) made its New Year’s res­ol­u­tions early by pub­lish­ing the Trans­form­ing In­fra­struc­ture Per­form­ance plan (TIP) on 6 Decem­ber 2017. The TIP sets am­bi­tious...
15 December 2017
A Brexit bump in the road for in­fra­struc­ture
The 2017 CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex, titled ‘A New Dir­ec­tion’, shows that the UK has fallen from first to fourth in a glob­al rank­ing of at­tract­ive­ness as a des­tin­a­tion for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment....
17 October 2017
MIM’s the word
With a total cap­it­al value of over £1bn, the three schemes set to be pro­cured by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment through its Mu­tu­al In­vest­ment Mod­el are catch­ing the eye, es­pe­cially in the ab­sence of a pipeline...
22 May 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...