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Michael Salau

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Construction and environmental group.


Partner specialising in construction and environmental law (contentious and non-contentious) also encompassing professional negligence, insurance and health and safety.


Articles Rowe & Maw 1988-90; assistant solicitor, later partner Berrymans Lace Mawer 1991 to date; period on secondment to Ove Arup & Partners, Consulting Engineers.


Society of Construction Law; Technology & Construction Solicitors Association; Association of Geo-Technical and Geo-Environmental Engineers; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association; British Insurance Law Association.


Strand Grammar School; Westminster City School; University of London (BA Hons Soc Sci 2(1)); College of Law, Chancery Lane (CPE; Law Society Finals).


Football, photography, collecting first edition books.

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The team at BLM¬†is made up of ‚Äėtrue specialists in professional negligence‚Äô, handling disputes in the property, public, construction, education, legal and financial sectors, among others. It is also noted for claims involving trade unions and regulatory bodies; team head Elliot Pound¬†is advising UNISON and Zurich on a claim concerning employment law advice given in relation to difficulties experienced by Leicestershire County Council relating to the 2015 general election count. Pound is also advising the University of East London and RSA on a claim brought by an international student. Michael Harvey¬†is representing an international insurer which was the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors‚Äô professional indemnity insurance. Richard Wilkins¬†defended solicitors accused of making a will which was argued to be invalid for want of capacity, and acted for the Bar Standards Board in a claim by a practising QC disputing its handling of a complaint from another barrister. Martin Jensen¬†is a ‚Äėbrilliant, instinctive lawyer‚Äô, who shows ‚Äėcourage, a very high degree of intelligence and calmness in difficult circumstances‚Äô, and Alex Traill¬†is ‚Äėsensitive to the requirements of all stakeholders, while being technically very thorough‚Äô. Keith Lonsdale¬†and Michael Salau¬†specialise in construction sector mandates. Ross Baker¬†is also recommended, as are associates Genevi√®ve Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris¬†and¬†Katherine Heath. Peter Stockill¬†joined Penningtons Manches LLP¬†in 2018, and Charlotte Capstick left the firm.

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London: Real estate


Within: Environment

BLM primarily acts for large liability insurers in respect of regulatory advice and pollution and contamination claims.¬†Michael Salau¬†advises waste management operators, environmental consultants, contractors, environmental specialists and their insurers on a wide range of issues. Recent work includes preparing a company for an interview under caution with the Environment Agency for an alleged offence under Section 4 Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act regarding the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Industrial disease expert Nicholas Pargeter¬†and Edward Sainsbury are also recommended, as is associate Zita Mansi, who¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and diligent‚Äô, and associate Chris Bates, who ‚Äėgets to the root of issues very quickly‚Äô.

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