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Burges Salmon LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
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Bristol, London

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's prominence in the commercial contracts arena is illustrated by the fact that, in 2017, it was reappointed  to the UK government's Crown Commercial Services panel (as a tier one legal services provider), which was reduced in size from 47 firms to 18 firms. In addition, the firm is one of only four to act for Waitrose and John Lewis Partnership. Practice head Helen Scott-Lawler, senior associate Timothy Deacon and associate Charles Hopper recently assisted Yeo Valley Dairies with its acquisition by Arla Foods, which included advice on manufacturing arrangements and milk supply. Another notable client is Virgin Sport, for whom Scott-Lawler and Deacon advise on licensing, sponsorship agreements, marketing and advertising, among other matters. Brioney Thomas, who heads up the firm's rail sector practice, is acting as the lead adviser to Abellio on various infrastructure works to support the East Anglia and West Midlands franchises.

Next generation lawyers

Timothy Deacon - Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP stands out for its real estate tax practice, but it is also active in the general corporate tax space, with particular expertise in transactional work. The group is led by Nigel Popplewell, who continues to advise The Crown Estate and The Church Commissioners on a variety of tax issues pertaining to commercial and agricultural property transactions. He also assisted the shareholders of International Process Technologies with the disposal of companies within its group, which involved advice on the tax implications of the deals and the negotiation of documents which apportioned tax risk within the deals. Legal director Ian Carnochan  advised a real estate investment and asset management company on a major property acquisition in Cardiff. John Barnett is recommended for his focus on private equity, remuneration and planning. Sarah Lane joined the firm from an in-house position in February 2018 and specialises in finance and capital markets-related tax issues.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based practice at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Laura Claydon and has significant sector experience in transport, retail, sport and healthcare sectors, among others. Claydon represented Somerfield Stores and Co-Operative Group in a judicial review claim brought against the CMA, as successor to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), in respect of the OFT’s  conduct in relation to an investigation into potential infringements in the retail pricing of tobacco products. The team strengthened in June 2017 with the hire of Chris Worall from Clifford Chance LLP, who has assisted a number of well-known clients including Abelllio and Yeo Valley since joining the practice. Michael Barlow was instructed by OFWAT on the development of its main regulatory work for the water and sewerage sector.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP fields a number of practitioners with experience of AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and demergers, among other matters. As part of its transactional work, the team advises clients on associated regulatory issues, such as those involving the AIM Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers. Nick Graves leads the team, which has a particular sweet spot in energy sector transactions; in 2017, Mark Shepherd was the lead adviser to AIM-listed company ITM Power Plc on a £29.4m placing and open offer. Dominic Davis, Chris Godfrey and Rupert Weston are other individuals with experience of AIM transactions. The firm's NOMAD clients include Stockdale Securities, GCA Altium and WH Ireland. 

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‚Äėtruly partner led practice‚Äô at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan impeccable level of service all round, including value for money‚Äô. Bristol-based head of practice¬†Richard Spink¬†is ‚Äėan assured practitioner, who is consistently able to deliver‚Äô; his expertise lies in corporate transactions for private equity clients. The ‚Äėvery personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Camilla Usher-Clark¬†is a core member of the firm‚Äôs energy sector.¬†Jonathan Eves¬†and senior associate¬†Julie Book¬†are ‚Äėexperts in solar PV and energy storage deals‚Äô; one highlight of this nature saw Eves advise Maas Capital Renewables on its entry into a joint venture with Solarplicity to install rooftop solar facilities for housing association tenants across the UK.¬†Alan Barr¬†, hotels and leisure expert¬†Rupert Weston¬†, private equity specialist¬†Mark Shepherd¬†and senior associate¬†Tim Roberts¬†are also recommended.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its 'pre-eminence in agricultural partnership matters' and for its expertise in partnership disputes. The 'strategic' and 'unflappable' Sian Edmunds has significant experience in agricultural disputes, as does Kevin Kennedy. On the corporate side, highlights for Chris Godfrey included advising the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation on its complex joint venture with the Mayo Clinic that used a transatlantic partnership structure.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Headed from the firm's Bristol headquarters by Mark Shepherd, Burges Salmon LLP handles a significant amount of venture capital work for both investors and investees as a function of its broader private equity offering. Particularly strong in sectoral areas of focus for the firm including renewable energy, the team covers investments across the life cycle of the funding process and also benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's private client pedigree, of particular use in relation to early stage investment on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth angel investors and their family offices. Recent highlights include advised German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon on its Series E investment in XMOS, a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer market.  Richard Spink is also recommended. Other clients include Ingenious Investments, Octopus Investments and Play Sports Network.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on a range of civil fraud matters and has recently handled cases of employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The firm recently successfully defended the National Crime Agency (NCA) against compensation claims from an Israeli businessman worth ¬£220m. It also continues to act for Nationwide Building Society in a range of cases including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Head of unit David Hall¬†is ‚Äėtough as nails‚Äô, Andrew Burnette¬†is also recommended. Michael Ward¬†was promoted to partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

'With the resources to handle large-scale litigation', Burges Salmon LLP's key practice areas include representing banks in disputes involving facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisation, acquisition finance, investment management, and professional negligence. Other notable areas are insolvency advice and security recovery; the mis-selling of financial products and services; advising financial services providers that are the subject of enquiries, investigations or enforcement proceedings; and investigations and proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, sanctions, bribery and corruption, including acting for regulators. Bristol-based unit head David Hall is 'very commercial and pragmatic in his approach', Andrew Burnette is 'very energetic and commercially minded', and Kari McCormick is also a key contact.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is 'a very well regarded national firm attracting high- quality instructions'. The Bristol-based practice covers sector disputes involving transport, energy and natural resources, banking and financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, insurance and pensions, and IP. David Hall heads the dispute resolution unit and Kari McCormick is 'a very bright and highly energetic lawyer'.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

One of the market leaders for rail financing work, Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP advises borrowers and lessors on many of the most significant mandates in the domestic market. Team head Brioney Thomas has a very strong reputation among train operating companies, including West Midlands Trains, which she recently advised on the procurement of a new £680m fleet of CAF and Bombardier trains for the West Midlands franchise. As part of her broader banking practice, Rachael Ruane also regularly handles asset finance transactions, while Simon Coppen handles financing and corporate matters as part of his overarching rail practice. Other clients include Abbellio Transport Holdings, First MTR South Western Trains and First TransPennine Express.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Leveraging strong ties with UK clearing banks including HSBC and Lloyds, and also regularly advising blue-chip corporate clients of the firm (including National Express Group plc and First Group plc), Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP handles a significant volume of finance work relating to inter alia, corporate lending and acquisition finance. Team head Richard Leeming recently advised HSBC on a £80m revolving credit facility to a joint venture between Kier Living and a housing association for the acquisition and development of various residential property sites. On the borrower side, Leeming regularly handles financing work for National Express Group plc, recently advising it on two $30m general corporate finance bilateral facilities with both Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The 'calm and sensible' Rachael Ruane is also recommended.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

The derivatives practice at Burges Salmon LLP advises major corporates, including FTSE100 companies and funds, among which are National Express and Emirates Group. For transport operator FirstGroup, the firm advised on numerous transactions including negotiation of ISDA master agreements and related credit support arrangements, as well as assisting with regulations such as EMIR. Head of derivatives Graham Soar handled those deals, and he also acted for Premier Fund Managers in ISDA agreements and credit support arrangements with several banks. Key partner Richard Leeming acted for Santander UK in the review and negotiation of ISDA master agreement and credit support arrangements for Wales-based taxi company Veezu in connection with a loan made by the bank to fund the company's acquisition strategy. Soar and Leeming have the support of strong senior associates Katie Allen and Alistair Rattray.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP 'stands out for its transport expertise' and is 'easily one of the best for health and safety mandates in the rail sector'; London and South Eastern Railway and FirstGroup are clients. The group is also highly regarded for its construction expertise with recent highlights including acting for a large construction company in a HSE investigation following a road bridge collapse. Ann Metherall heads up the department and is 'an excellent lawyer and safe pair of hands with unmatched experience'; other key individuals include transport team head Chris Jackson, who is a risk specialist; food and agri-business expert Sian Edmunds, and 'extremely able' senior associate Matt Kyle, who 'is shrewd, conscientious and thinks deeply about his cases'.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's pensions practice is 'easily comparable to some of the best City firms' and 'fields a team of strong tactical thinkers who step up to the plate every single time'. Richard Knight and the 'genuinely fantastic' Justin Briggs lead the non-contentious and contentious teams respectively; Knight recently advised on equalisation issues and Briggs represented the affected members and representative beneficiary of the Safeway Pension Scheme in an equalisation claim that has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Other key names to note include 'highly analytical' legal director Suzanne Padmore, 'incredibly knowledgeable' public sector pension specialist Michael Hayles, regulatory and funding expert Clive Pugh, who is 'the star of the team'; Tim Illston, Alice Honeywill and Susannah Young.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's team¬†provides ‚Äėconcise and pragmatic advice, with a very quick turnaround‚Äô. A client-focused approach means ‚Äėthe firm as a whole provides top-quality service‚Äô. The practice is now centred almost exclusively on work for policyholders. As well as a growing workflow of international cases originating in Latin America, the firm‚Äôs broader reputation in the areas of construction, transport, energy, rail and infrastructure attracts clients in these key sectors thanks to a combination of industry knowledge and insurance expertise. Thus the practice particularly focuses on public liability, professional indemnity and property damage matters. Kari McCormick¬†heads the insurance team and specialises in the financial services, energy and construction sectors; ‚Äėshe excels at handling heavy multi-party litigation‚Äô, using her ‚Äėsound litigation instincts and deep understanding of cases to identify and exploit an opponent‚Äôs weaknesses‚Äô. McCormick is currently assisting the Financial Services Compensation Scheme with a project to recover sums from the professional indemnity insurers of various insurance intermediaries and independent financial adviser firms that are in default. Other noted members of the team are the ‚Äėpractical, commercial and technically competent‚Äô Matt Walker¬†and¬†‚Äėimpressive senior associate and partner in the making‚Äô Hannah Miller, who has ‚Äėexperience far beyond her years and is highly astute legally and tactically‚Äô.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong offering for regulatory work in the insurance sector and is noted for advising clients on transactional insurance. The practice is also at the forefront of a number of innovative projects, particularly in relation to driverless cars, which will almost certainly have far-reaching consequences for insurers going forward. Chris Jackson advised South Gloucestershire Council in connection with Venturer, a UK-funded research project set up to investigate public acceptance of driverless cars, and the team also acted for AXA in relation to Flourish, a similar research project. Kari McCormick heads the team, and brings experience and expertise in insurance coverage matters, including insurance issues arising out of corporate and banking transactions such as warranty and indemnity insurance, credit insurance, and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. She recently acted for major client Ecclesiastical Insurance Office on a number of agreements relating to its insurance services.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs predominantly claimant-focused practice operates across its London and Bristol offices and is noted for its experience in making claims on behalf of lenders. It also acts for private clients, companies and large financial institutions in claims against professional advisers across the banking, legal, pensions, construction, environmental consultancy, energy, accountancy and auditing, cyber, tax, brokerage, actuarial, IT and fund management sectors. The team is continuing to advise Nationwide Building Society on a ¬£35m portfolio of claims arising from debts in its commercial lending book, concerning negligent advice provided by surveyors and solicitors in connection with commercial property transactions; it is also continuing to advise Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International on a ¬£10m claim against Mercer, examining the negligent drafting of pension scheme rules. HR Trustees, as trustee of the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme, is continuing to instruct the team on a ¬£30m claim against Aon Consulting. Department head Andrew Burnette¬†is ‚Äėcommercial, effective and on the ball‚Äô; Justin Briggs¬†is experienced in claims involving pension providers and consultants; Kari McCormick¬†heads the financial services team; and senior associate Matthew Walker¬†handles disputes in the construction, accountancy and financial services sectors.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP 'delivers on what it is supposed to do, is accommodating of business requirements and responsive to queries'. Tom Dunn, who is based in Bristol, is 'knowledgeable, practical, pragmatic and proactive' - he advised St. James's Place on various changes to its unit trusts, including the launch of six UCITS funds-of-funds authorised for sale in both London and Hong Kong, and advised Marlborough Fund Managers on its implementation of MIFID II. Other clients include Investment Fund Services.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬† ‚Äėhas a long tradition of working in this area', and acts for a wide range of clients, from institutions to private individuals. Tom Hewitt¬†leads the food and farming team and Alastair Morrison¬†is particularly skilled on the transactional side. Hewitt has ‚Äėmany years of experience of dealing with complex sales and purchases in a very efficient way‚Äô. Jim Aveline¬† advises a number of farms and landed estates on tax, estates and succession issues. Sian Edmunds¬†acts for various agribusinesses and Kevin Kennedy¬†has a particular focus on agricultural tenancy advice, real property disputes, trust-related disputes as well as contract and tort claims. Emma Folkes¬†leads on a diverse range of transactions involving rural land for institutional investors, registered charities and high-net-worth individuals. The ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô group acts for major clients such as the National Trust, the Crown Estate, the John Lewis Partnership as well as the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's¬†‚Äėproactive and responsive‚Äô¬†Kevin Kennedy¬† ‚Äėcuts through the legal issues, fights his clients‚Äô cases aggressively but appropriately. His client care is impeccable‚Äô. Justin Briggs,¬†who specialises in complex commercial and private onshore and offshore trusts litigation, ‚Äėhas his eye constantly on what is best for the client‚Äô. Senior associate Rachel Pinn¬† ‚Äėalways provides first-class advice‚Äô and the ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô Caroline Emslie¬† (an associate) ‚Äėsets out the legal arguments with clarity‚Äô. The team is acting in various matters involving high-value trusts or estates, often with significant multi-jurisdictional issues.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

At Burges Salmon LLP¬†the ‚Äėextremely bright‚Äô Sarah Hoskinson¬† is ‚Äėcommitted to resolving her cases as constructively as possible but is not afraid of the fight‚Äô. Consultant¬†Alison Hawes¬† has ‚Äėhuge experience and sound judgement‚Äô.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėcommercial, practical and sound advice‚Äô. The ‚Äėswitched-on and practical‚Äô John Barnett¬†is a ‚Äėleading technical boffin with a great affable manner‚Äô. Barnett provides tax advice to a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and many leading banks and other financial institutions. He has a particular focus on entrepreneurial clients many of whom are not domiciled in the UK or have businesses or other interests abroad. The ‚Äėpractical, very bright and technical‚Äô Suzanna Harvey¬† is ‚Äėable to explain complicated issues in simple language‚Äô and Beatrice Puoti¬†has ‚Äėgreat commercial awareness‚Äô. Another key member of the ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô team is the ‚Äėprofessional‚Äô Tom Hewitt¬† who is ‚Äėempathetic and wise‚Äô. Highlights included advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual on a wide ranging HMRC enquiry.

Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

The cross-departmental power team at Burges Salmon LLP 'provides excellent and seamless service, has market-leading knowledge knowledge of the renewables sector and fields sizeable, responsive and innovative resources'. Corporate finance partner Jonathan Eves , construction specialist Lloyd James and Will Woodall 'are all experts in solar PV and energy storage deals' and 'go above and beyond to meet clients' expectations'. Along with highly sensitive and complex new-build nuclear mandates, the team - jointly spearheaded by 'true expert' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter - recently continues to advise Orsted on the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and acted for Maas Capital in its partnership with Solarplicity for the installation of rooftop solar facilities to feed housing associations across the UK. Also notable is Fairley's ongoing counsel to Wave Hub regarding marine, regulatory, real estate, construction, insurance and commercial contracts issues; and Gary Soloman and Julian Boswall continue to represent a local authority in its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station with a new connection grid.

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP 's Bristol-based water practice leader Michael Barlow continues to provide ongoing commercial liability advice to water supply company Affinity Water with regards to the HS2 project, the route of which is due to cut through a number of the client's assets. Ofwat appointed the firm to oversee its procedures and processes in connection with PR19 as part of its Water2020 programme, Gary Soloman is currently acting for the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust in a £20m scheme for the implementation of innovative fish passes in the Severn and its major tributary. Other key names include experienced litigator and environmental law specialist Simon Tilling , infrastructure practice head William Gard and Steven James .

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Cross-disciplinary teams at Burges Salmon LLP handle mandates from the public and private sector, especially in the transport, energy and waste arenas. Gary Solomon and John Houlden co-head the work that includes advising OFWAT on its Water 2020 Programme for the future regulation of the sector. It continues to advise the Welsh Government/Transport for Wales which includes discussions between Welsh Ministers and the Secretary of State for Transport on the  transfer rail franchising powers to Wales.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†is 'excellent, responsive and knowledgeable'¬†and¬†is one of the ten firms that has been appointed to the ‚Äėone-stop shop lot‚Äô for the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. Matthew Ramus¬†leads the group; Roger Bull¬†handles employment advice; and Marcus Harling¬†advises on construction and procurement projects. The team advised the University of Oxford on a joint venture with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which included advising on corporate, partnership, IP and licensing issues. It is also advising universities on funding matters, including one in respect of the funding for the construction of new research facilities. Some of its clients include the Department for Education, the University of Bristol, York St John University and the University of the West of England.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's practice has a strong focus on advising leading suppliers and private healthcare operators on procurement, commercial contracts and corporate matters. The team counts Virgin Care, Optegra Eye Healthcare and Oxford University and Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust as clients. Mark Shepherd specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; he assisted Optegra Eye Healthcare on its acquisition of Arnott Eye Associates. Will Woodall advises investors in matters involving care homes and retirement villages. Patrick Parkin supported Virgin Care with the finalisation of its £700 m community healthcare service contract with commissioners in Bath & North East Somerset. Richard Binns is recommended for litigation work, and Paul Doherty is recommended for real estate matters.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's team of public law and local government practitioners is made up of a number of ex-local government lawyers. Its expertise covers advice on planning, regeneration schemes and work includes matters such as advising on waste and recycling projects. Gary Solomon and Michael Hayles head the public law group; Matthew Ramus  takes on outsourcing and PFI work; Nick Churchward  specialises in energy matters and Michael Hayles  specialises in pensions. It has been advising the Department for Education on statutory interventions in respect of local authority-run children's services in Sunderland, Sandwell and Birmingham as a result of continued failings in the provision of these services.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėtechnically sound and commercially astute advice‚Äô and is ‚Äėable to leverage and smoothly coordinate its vast experience in supporting disciplines, such as tax, which are integral to a real estate deal‚Äô. Of particular note, Philip Beer¬†is advising the GLA on its development arrangements with ABP for the creation of a new business district at Royal Albert Dock. The team also has a longstanding reputation in Bristol, where Ross Polkinghorne¬†is acting for Change Real Estate in relation to the 600,000 ft urban regeneration project at Redcliffe Quarter. Richard Read¬†leads the firm‚Äôs real estate investment practice and has been involved in a number of portfolio transactions and major asset management mandates in the hotel and leisure sector. Cross-departmental head Richard Clark¬†advised Aerium Finance on the ¬£51m acquisition from Legal & General of units in a JPUT owning property in Cardiff; this matter was funded through conventional and Islamic finance structures. Colin Ligman¬†heads the broader real estate group, which includes senior associate Drew Nesbitt, who is ‚Äėinstrumental in strategic investment and letting transactions‚Äô.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Regional firm Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides¬†‚Äėa very polished and sophisticated service,‚Äô with all members of the team splitting their time between London and the firm‚Äôs HQ in Bristol.¬† William Gard¬†heads the London construction team,¬†specialising in energy, transport and infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the ¬£3.8bn PFI-funded Greater Manchester Waste Project, and the design and construction contracts of the 42 waste facilities across 27 different sites therein. Recently promoted partner¬†Richard Adams¬†is ‚Äėclever and incisive.‚Äô On the non-contentious side, the team advised new client Highways England on the ¬£1.4bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel project.¬† Marcus Harling¬†(‚Äėvery experienced, smooth and sophisticated)¬†is acting for the The Crown Estate on a central London development and is leading the firm‚Äôs panel relationship with the Greater London Authority. Steven James¬†has ‚Äėexcellent client skills and a very good eye for what is and is not a good argument‚Äô; recent work includes advising a major water utility on an agreement between the client and a project company for a major infrastructure development, including the letting of three framework agreements. The team also has expertise in the renewables sector, particularly solar PV and energy storage deals; it is advising Marks and Spencer on the deployment of rooftop solar arrays across its stores.¬†Lloyd James¬†is a key contact.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's¬†has ‚Äėa large and well-balanced team, with a broad range of specialist skills across many sectors‚Äô. Team head¬†Michael Barlow¬†has a national reputation in relation to flooding claims, but also specialises in all aspects of environmental litigation including warranty and indemnity claims, nuisance claims, defending criminal prosecutions and regulatory disputes with the Environment Agency. Barlow led advice to GEO in relation to a unique appeal (and previously untested issue) in connection with their obligations under a Climate Change Agreement (CCA). Litigation and enforcement specialist¬†Simon Tilling¬†is praised for his¬†‚Äėwealth of knowledge and experience‚Äô. Tilling was instructed by Hazrem Environmental Ltd, a waste management business, whose application for an environmental permit had been refused on the grounds that emissions of nitrogen oxides would adversely affect the health of local residents. He also advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on numerous arrangements being made for its substance registrations before the May 2018 REACH deadline. Ian Salter¬†is a leading regulatory lawyer in the nuclear sector. Ross Fairly¬†is recommended for due diligence and general corporate environmental law. New panel appointments this year include Koch Industries, John Lewis Partnership and BT.

Leading individuals

Ian Salter - Burges Salmon LLP

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Noted for its ‚Äėstrong leadership and excellent resourcing‚Äô, the team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP¬†specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the power and energy sector. Gary Soloman¬†heads the team, which advised Isle of Anglesey County Council on all aspects of the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Elizabeth Dunn¬†is acting for a JV between RWE innogy and Statkraft on the ¬£224m Triton Knoll Electrical System, connecting the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the southern North Sea to the National Grid. Julian Boswall¬†successfully obtained a DCO for Highways England for the ¬£200m M20 J10A project, which involves the construction of a new junction. Michael Barlow, senior associate Laura Fuller¬†and associates Kristen Read¬†and Jen Ashwell¬†are also recommended.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'very strong' team at Burges Salmon LLP acts predominantly for lenders, including traditional clearing banks such as HSBC, RBS and Lloyds and, increasingly, new lenders such as Gravis Partners, Temporis Capital, ICG Longbow and Helaba; it is noted for its specialisms in student accommodation, hotels, healthcare and housing, among other sectors. Practice heads Richard Leeming and Paul Browne acted for HSBC in relation to the £162m refinancing of Harbour Hotels, and Leeming and Sally Jupp - who 'both focus on client commercial advice and relationship development to ensure a completely immersed service delivery model' - advised the same client on the provision of an £80m revolving credit facility to a joint venture between Kier Living and a housing association for the acquisition and development of various residential property sites. The team also acted for Helaba on the financing of Embankment GP's acquisition of an office building in Manchester.Colin Ligman, Rachael Ruane and senior associates Katie Allen and Alastair Rattray are also noted.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP ‚Äėperforms strongly in this practice area‚Äô and ‚Äėprovides high quality commercial guidance‚Äô. The team is acting for Virgin in lease renewal proceedings which also involve¬†decant and dilapidations considerations at a 1.5-acre grade II listed roof garden. A further highlight included an instruction from the University of Bristol in relation to the purchase of its Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Practice head Richard Bedford is ‚Äėexcellent at working to resolve disputes without recourse to unnecessary litigation‚Äô. Partner James Sutherland provides ‚Äėclear succinct commercial advice which is of high quality‚Äô. Sutherland is experienced in leasehold and insolvency disputes and has acted for clients including The Crown Estate and the National Trust. Lucy Redman has joined the firm from Linklaters LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on many aspects of corporate crime including money laundering, proceeds of crime, bribery and regulations. It is adept at handling cases involving the SFO, NCA and the police and also handles cases of asset freezing and recovery. Recent highlights include acting for the NCA in relation to a ¬£220m compensation claim. David Hall¬†heads the team, he has ‚Äėexcellent judgment and is a thorough, proactive thinker‚Äô. Kari McCormick¬†and legal director Thomas Webb¬†are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP provides commercial and regulatory advice in a range of fintech fields, and is active in cutting-edge areas. Legal director and group head Sarah Kenshall, who counts payments, AI, data analytics and smart technologies as particular areas of focus, arrived from Axiom in December 2017; she advised the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and Grant Thornton on adopting more efficient approaches to regulatory reporting. The team also advised R3CEV, a global consortium of financial institutions, on developing blockchain-based smart contract templates. Financial services regulatory expert Tom Dunn is often active in the space. Outside of more conventional fintech, Chris Jackson and Kari McCormick advised AXA on the insurance liability aspects of driverless cars. Senior associate Adrian Shedden departed in December 2017 to become a consultant at Keystone Law and Simmons & Simmons.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based technology and outsourcing team at Burges Salmon LLP  is headed up by Andrew Dunlop and boasts clients such as Thomson Reuters, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Babcock International plc. The group recently advised a water utility company on several IT projects, including on the procurement of a replacement cloud-based project management tool. Legal director Sarah Kenshall joined the team from Axiom Law and frequently advises telecoms vendors and fintech companies.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

The intellectual property practice at Burges Salmon LLP is jointly led by Jeremy Dickerson, who focuses on contentious matters and Helen Scott-Lawler, who specialises in transactional work and commercial exploitation of rights. The group has been acting for the UK Government in connection with the merger of the seven existing research councils to form UK Research & Innovation, which required the transfer of substantial IP portfolios and drafting of new agreements. The group continues to act for Starbucks, Waitrose and John Lewis, Victoria’s Secret,  RAC, as well as new client BBC Worldwide, which it advises on all UK and EU trade mark applications, registrations and UK and brand protection issues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP regularly advises its media and entertainment sector clients on IP matters and is also noted for its advertising and marketing expertise. Headline work includes advising the BBC on its IP portfolio and advising Virgin Care on advertising and marketing matters. Endemol Shine Group and Discovery Communications are also key clients. Media and IP head Jeremy Dickerson regularly handles contentious and transactional IP mandates for clients in the film and TV sector. Helen Scott-Lawler advises media clients on transactional IP. Senior associates Emily Roberts and Georgina Shaw are also key figures.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is best known for its regulatory strength in equestrian sports; it has experience in constitutional and governance issues, integrity, anti-doping and financial regulatory work. Horseracing specialist Laura Claydon defended Jockey Club Racecources in High Court proceedings brought by bookmakers regarding the establishment of betting areas as Cheltenham Racecourse. Other longstanding clients of the team include Bristol City FC and the Racecourse Association; Virgin Sport is a new client. As well as football and horseracing, motorsport is an area of experience for the firm. The department is led by anti-doping and integrity expert Jeremy Dickerson, who counts Gunn & Moore as a client. Roger Bull has experience in sports-related employment work, Helen Scott-Lawler is a commercial and media rights expert, and senior associate James Pheasant is recommended for regulatory and anti-doping work.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô rail department is active across regulatory, franchising and procurement work, in addition to major infrastructure and rolling stock projects. The¬†‚Äėpragmatic and knowledgeable‚Äô ¬†Brioney Thomas¬†heads the rail practice and advised Abellio on its successful bid for the West Midlands rail franchise as part of West Midlands Trains, a JV that includes JRE and Mitsui. Thomas also advised West Midlands Trains on its successful bid for the West Midlands franchise.¬†Thomas acted alongside rail infrastructure head Philip Beer¬†for Transport for Wales and the Welsh government on the award of new rail franchise for Wales and the Borders. Head of rail franchising Simon Coppen¬†advised FirstGroup on First MTR South Western Trains‚Äô successful bid for the South Western franchise; he also advised on the procurement of a fleet of new trains to support First MTR South Western Trains‚Äô successful bid for the South West passenger rail franchise, and is advising First Rail Holdings on its West Coast franchise bid submission. Other key figures include rail health and safety head Ann Metherall,¬†Keith Beattie,¬†Ian Tucker,¬†Rachael Ruane¬† and transport head Chris Jackson. Legal director Chris Simms¬†joined in 2017 from Abellio UK. Legal director Edward Barratt¬†was recently promoted.

Leading individuals

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of ‚ā¨50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
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