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Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage
ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
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Work 0117 939 2000
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Fax 0117 902 4400
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7829 BRISTOL
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www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, Edinburgh, London

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP handles a high volume of complex corporate transactions, and is able to leverage its 'best-friends' network of overseas firms in matters with cross-border elements. The team acts for high-profile clients across a number of sectors, notably energy, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, and education. The team is jointly led by Richard Spink and Chris Godfrey; Spink has expertise in corporate reorganisations in the private equity space, while Godfrey has a strong track record in M&A, funds work and IPOs. Jonathan Eves, who has been a partner since 2015, excels in complex corporate matters in the energy sector. Recently promoted director Tim Roberts specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the leisure and tourism industry. Senior associate Alex Lloyd is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Spink; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:Chris Godfrey, Jonathan Eves, Alex Lloyd, Tim Roberts; Nick Graves

Testimonials

'Very business and outcome focused'

'They are able to tune in incredibly quickly to the nuances of the business and provide clear and concise interpretation of complex legal documents'

'Knowledgeable, commercially-savvy lawyers who always deliver'

'Sector expertise and legal analysis are both delivered efficiently and with the highest standards of quality'

'Tim Roberts and Richard Spink both provide excellent legal support'

'Alex Lloyd and Dominic Davis are particularly helpful and knowledgeable and worked effectively in less than straightforward circumstances'

'Richard Spink is a beacon of calm and reason within many a tense negotiation'

'Tim Roberts is the safest pair of hands I have ever dealt with'

'Camille Usher-Clarke wields an inner steel that belies her client-friendly manner'

'Both Richard Spink and Tim Roberts are trustworthy, polite, approachable and offer sound advice, with excellent client engagement'

'We would particularly recommend Tim Redman'

Key Clients

The AA Group

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Downing LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the transfer of £3.5bn worth of assets from separate UK research organisations into the United Kingdom Research and Innovation body.
  • Advised Supplier Assessment Services Limited on its buy-out by Warburg Pincus from Capita.
  • Advised SCISYS on a Brexit-related restructuring to introduce a new Irish parent company.
  • Advised Yeo Valley Group on the disposal of subsidiary Yeo Valley Dairies to Arla Foods.
  • Advised Legolas Debt Holdco Limited on the recommended cash acquisition of the redeemable ordinary share capital of Albion Community Power Plc.
Leading individuals

Chris Godfrey - Burges Salmon LLP

Richard Spink - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Alex Lloyd - Burges Salmon LLP

Tim Roberts - Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's team regularly provides tax support to other departments in the firm on matters such as corporate restructurings and real estate transactions. It is also sought out to provide standalone tax advice in its own right. Recently promoted partner Ian Carnochan leads the practice, which is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious matters. Sarah Lane, who has previous experience of working as a partner at a 'big four' accounting firm, demonstrates strong capabilities in UK and international tax controversies. She also has expertise in tax issues connected with fund structurings, real estate issues, joint ventures and treasury tax. Nigel Popplewell is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Ian Carnochan; Sarah Lane

Other key lawyers:Nigel Popplewell; Jessica King; John Barnett

Testimonials

'Outstanding expertise and deep insight of market practice and revenue authority tolerance'

'Ethics and integrity are visible practiced'

'Deep knowledge of areas of expertise, great presentation and negotiation skills and strong listeners'

'Sarah Lane and John Barnett are stand-out partners'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Yeo Valley Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

The Church Commissioners

Battery Energy Storage Solutions

Chatterjee Group

Shareholders of Ad Bruf

Toolstream Limited

Wales Pension Partnership

Work highlights

  • The team provides ongoing tax advice to the Crown Estate in relation to agricultural property transactions.
  • Advised Yeo Valley Group Limited on the corporate tax aspects of the disposal of Yeo Valley Dairies Limited to Arla Foods Limited.
  • Advised Wales Pension Partnership on tax aspects of the establishment of an FCA-authorised vehicle to deliver pooling benefits.
  • Provided tax advice to Hydro International's senior management team in respect of the buyout of the client by private equity firm Agilitas.
  • Provided tax advice to management in respect of the Warburg Pincus-backed buy-out of Supplier Assessment Services (Constructionline) from Capita.
Leading individuals

Nigel Popplewell - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ian Carnochan - Burges Salmon LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises clients on competition issues across its key sectors, such as retail, transport, financial services and healthcare. The team has a strong track record in merger clearances, and also regularly advises on investigations and compliance issues. In addition, the firm represents clients in antitrust litigation. Chris Worrall, who is knowledgeable about all aspects of EU and UK competition law, is the head of the team. Laura Claydon regularly acts for household name clients on complex competition issues.

Practice head(s):Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:Laura Claydon; Becky Ellis

Testimonials

'Chris Worrall is professional, friendly, calm with a balanced, helpful and pragmatic attitude'

'Cohesive team and communication between them is excellent. The advice is pragmatic and commercial'

'Chris is calm, authoritative, open to challenges and has great insight into how the regulator thinks'

'Becky Ellis is smart, responsive and willing to give her perspective'

'Laura Claydon has significant competition law expertise'

Key Clients

Co-operative Group Limited

FirstGroup Plc

Abellio

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust

Cardiff City Transport Services

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

Transport for Wales

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised the client on its acquisition of Nisa Retail Limited, obtaining Phase I merger control clearance from the CMA.
  • Represented the clients in a substantial claim against the CMA in respect of an investigation into potential infringements in the retail pricing of tobacco products.
  • Acted for the client in relation to the merger control and procurement aspects of the award of the Wales and Borders rail franchise, valued at ca. £5bn.
  • Continue to advise the client on its 2019 Price Review methodology and provide additional legal advice concerning elements of this programme.
  • Represented the client in relation to the CMA’s investigation into airport parking at Heathrow.
Leading individuals

Chris Worrall - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Becky Ellis - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP specialises in the impact of criminal and white collar fraud, including issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. Headed by David Hall, the firm also advises on issues relating to police investigations in relation to asset freezing and recovery, and covers a wide range of matters that involve director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Burnette; Michael Ward

Key Clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for Celtic Energy, the largest coal mining company in Wales, in a £160m fraud prosecution against the client.
Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Headed by the contentious and non-contentious gaming expert Joanne Attwood, Burges Salmon LLP advises on contentious licensing issues in the entertainment, street trading, transport and vehicle industries as well as on the obtainment of licences for leisure venues, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The legal service of the practice involves the handling of licensing aspects of commercial agreements as well as dealing with regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):Joanne Attwood

Other key lawyers:Tom Gillett, Stephen Lavington

Testimonials

'A highly professional staff with first class resources.'

'Unusually, the firm combines a quality licensing and regulatory crime practice within the environment of a substantial quality commercial firm.'

'Joanne Attwood is clever, reliable and offers outstanding client care. She is quick to respond and act on enquiries and advice. Her instructions are full, clear and comprehensive.'

'Stephen Lavington demonstrates superb judgement in relation to difficult tactical issues in relation to alcohol, entertainment and gambling cases.'

Key Clients

University of Bristol

Canadian and Portland Estates

The Racecourse Association

Darwin Property

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Advises the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio.
  • Representing an energy and services company at licensing hearings.
  • Advising Bristol Water Plc on regulatory compliance issues arising under the Gambling Act 2005.
  • Advising Essex & Herts Air Ambulance in relation to a large society lottery.
  • Completing a full licensing audit for a group of nationally prominent UK museums.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a large team, which serves a sizeable roster of national and international clients. It has a notable specialism in transport sector disputes; the scope of the work includes rail, bus, motor and marine matters. In addition, the team excels in contentious work involving financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, energy, intellectual property and pensions. David Hall leads the group, which includes highly rated associate Brian Wong. Wong focuses on transport, regulatory and public law matters, and also handles complex corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Michael Ward; Sian Edmunds;

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon understands the needs of clients and business, but they remain a partner-led law firm delivering personal service and going the extra mile'

'They adopt a very sensible and pragmatic approach to complex commercial litigation'

'A team that has the qualities of the leading London firms'

'Brian Wong is a very smart, engaging and committed solicitor who always understands the detail and strategy of case'

'Brian Wong has significant judicial review and general commercial litigation expertise'

'Kari McCormick is tactically astute and quickly grasps the bigger picture'

'Suzanne Padmore is an experienced litigator who is very practical'

'Owen Jones is very thorough'

'Sian Edmunds is an excellent litigator, tactically astute and prepared to have a scrap'

'David Hall is an outstanding commercial litigator; his ability to get stuck into the detail whilst retaining a big picture view was outstanding. An absolute pleasure to work with'

Key Clients

FirstGroup Plc and Subsidiaries

John Lewis/Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones)

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme as representative of the existing creditors in respect of a CVA implemented by MF Global UK.
  • Advised administrators in £500m insolvency disputes following administration of Zinc Group.
  • Represented Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited in a dispute against the former CEO relating to alleged unauthorised diversion of money.
  • Acted for a state-owned Plc in a claim arising from alleged breach of warranty/fraudulent misrepresentation following acquisition of a UK waste treatment business.
  • Advised Mazars as liquidator on a claim against the former owner of an insolvent engineering company.
Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Brian Wong - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Key sectors of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s mid-market banking practice include energy and infrastructure, real estate, transport, food and agriculture, leisure, insurance, housing and healthcare. With the firm opening an Edinburgh office, which operates alongside the Bristol and London offices, the firm is on a strong footing to serve clients across the UK and further afield internationally. In addition to undertaking finance work for lenders, it has also established relationships with a large number of household name corporate borrowers. Practice head Richard Leeming, who specialises in corporate banking and real estate finance, acts for clearing banks, investment banks and private banks, as well as debt funds. Recently promoted partner Katie Allen is 'bright, capable and pleasant to work with'. 'Very efficient' Rachael Ruane is also recommended for her project finance and asset finance expertise.

Practice head(s):Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:Katie Allen

Testimonials

The team is proactive, responsive and provides great service

The firm has brought together the right blend of banking specialists to create a fully integrated team, which provides clear and superb legal services

The team is able to produce perfect transactional documents even under pressure

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC UK

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Express Group

DRC Capital

Gravis Capital Management

Bluefield SIF Investments

M&G Investments

C. & J. Clark

Work highlights

  • Advised National Australia Bank and Santander UK on the £85m financing of a portfolio of English onshore wind projects.
  • Advised the Octopus Group on its funding of new zero-emissions vehicles at Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank plc and Bank Leumi on the £125m provision of financing to Audley Group to fund all existing developments within the group, thereby covering the costs of land acquisition and development.
  • Advised National Express Group on existing syndicated revolving facility agreement and four additional parallel bilateral facilities totalling £500 m.
  • Advised GCP Asset Backed Income (UK) on a £20m debt-funding facility to develop its pipeline of permitted storage sites.
Leading individuals

Richard Leeming - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rachael Ruane - Burges Salmon LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery work spans a number of sectors, such as construction, energy, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. The team is led by Andrew Eaton, who has extensive expertise in the retail industry, where he assists clients with distressed situations. Real estate sector expert James Sutherland has developed a niche in handling contentious insolvency matters. Also notable is that the team has extensive expertise in the interplay between insolvency and pensions law; it advises trustees on issues concerning the protection of the pension assets of an insolvent company. Although the firm generates the majority of its work from the London market, the firm is increasingly sought out in cross-border matters, with it benefiting from excellent relationships with law firms worldwide. Senior associate Emily Scaife specialises in non-contentious transactions. Patrick Cook retired from private practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Eaton

Other key lawyers:James Sutherland; Emily Scaife

Testimonials

The team is relatively small but filled with people with exceptional knowledge of the sector

The team is knowledgeable and sensitive to clients’ needs

The team mobilises quickly while it also remains pleasant and easy to deal with

Andrew Eaton handles a transaction like no one else

Andrew Eaton delivers spot-on advice in a timely manner

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

FRP Advisory

AlixPartners Services UK LLP

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Embark Group

HSBC Bank

Muzinich & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised the administrators, AlixPartners Services UK LLP,  on the collapse of the Zinc Group, as well as on successfully responding to a claim by shareholders seeking to remove the administrators from office.
  • Acting on an expedited application for directions made by the special administrators of MF Global UK regarding implementation of a company voluntary arrangement.
  • Acted for Embark Group on its acquisition of the business and assets of Liberty Sipp in a distressed sale and its merger with group company EBS Pensions.
  • Advising two Muzinich funds on multiple claims arising from their investment in the Securus Group, which entered into administration in 2016.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory on the administration of Ikon Construction.
Leading individuals

Andrew Eaton - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Emily Scaife - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises FTSE100 and global businesses, central and local government organisations and major brands. On the contentious side, it represents clients in employment tribunal and appellate court proceedings; cases involve complex whistle-blowing and discrimination issues, among others. Non-contentious advisory work covers GDPR and management issues, senior executive severance and large-scale TUPE transfers. The team works closely with overseas-based lawyers from its preferred firms network on cross-border employment matters. Team leader Adrian Martin has particular experience of the TUPE and employment aspects of corporate transactions, outsourcing arrangements, and public and private sector projects. Luke Bowery is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:Chris Seaton; Luke Bowery

Testimonials

'Very strong across the board from partner level downwards, they have lots of experienced and talented lawyers'

'Burges Salmon has a strong employment team which includes litigation at appellate level for big clients'

'The team at Burges Salmon is an extremely capable employment law team, they understand the client's key objectives and give sensible commercial advice'

'They take time to get to know their clients and are highly responsive and give excellent personal service'

'They put the needs of their clients first and develop excellent relationships with key personnel, becoming a trusted advisor'

'They give practical advice and are very responsive'

'Chris Seaton is an excellent leader, very experienced, hands-on and client driven'

'Roger Bull is a very thoughtful and pragmatic litigator'

'Adrian Martin is an experienced litigator who delivers excellent client service and fantastic support to counsel. He is very responsive, and takes full responsibility for cases'

'Adrian is extremely knowledgeable and understands the nuances of different legal arguments and the best way to persuade a court to find in favour of his client'

'Adrian Martin is a highly impressive practitioner. He has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law that he is able to apply in a commercially sensible and pragmatic fashion to meet the client's objectives'

'Adrian develops excellent personal relationships with clients really taking the time to get to know them and their business. He can explain complex legal issues in such a way that the client clearly understands the choices they have to make'

'Adrian has superb attention to detail but never loses sight of the big picture. You would want Adrian on your team every time'

Key Clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Mulberry

Reiss

Ofgem

Ofsted

Leonardo

Reading City Council

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Premier Asset Management

The Warranty Group

Wessex Water

York St John University

Office for Students (formerly Higher Education Funding Council for England)

Yeo Valley

National Composites Centre

Hochtief UK Construction Limited

Transport for Wales

The Racecourse Association

Octopus Investments

Nessy Learning Limited

The Exeter

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the client  on a complex employment tribunal case involving a number of claims by an alleged whistleblower.
  • Handle all UK employment tribunals issued against the client, including unfair dismissal claims, construction dismissal and race discrimination.
  • Advising the client on a major redundancy exercise involving c. 500 planned redundancies.
  • Provide the client with employment law services, including day-to-day advice to its HR and legal teams in respect of the 6,000+ workforce.
  • Advised the client over the past year on restructuring exercises involving redundancies, changes to terms and conditions of employment and internal TUPE transfers.
Leading individuals

Adrian Martin - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Luke Bowery - Burges Salmon LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's health and safety practice has a standout reputation in the transport and construction sectors. In addition, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known in the chemicals, agricultural, engineering, manufacturing and renewables industries. Also notable is that it is prominent in the food sector; the practice covers all safety issues, including contamination, liability and product recall. The team has a wealth of expertise in criminal and civil matters arising from health and safety incidents; practice head Ann Metherall, who has a strong track record in rail sector health and safety,  is experienced in police and regulatory investigations, and public inquiries.

Practice head(s):Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson

Testimonials

'They have a tremendous presence in the rail & transport sectors and are able tailor health & safety advice to the needs of their clients as a consequence of the industry knowledge they possess'

'They have an excellent knowledge of the rail industry'

'We rate their depth of experience in Health and Safety combined with real knowledge, experience and understanding of industries'

'In regulatory investigations that I have been involved in with Burgess Salmon over many years I have learned to appreciate the skill and expertise of Ann Metherall and Chris Jackson in particular'

'Ann is a very astute lawyer and Chris Jackson knows the rail industry like the back of his hand'

'Ann Metherall has exceptional experience of the rail sector which makes her input hugely valuable to clients'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to a major construction company in connection with an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive following a major structure failure.
  • Advising a train operating company during the British Transport Police (BTP) and Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigations into the death of a passenger at the platform/train interface.
  • Acting for one of the Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, in relation to their collation, review and analysis of evidence for submission to the Inquiry.
  • Ongoing advice to a client on all aspects of its response to a high-profile, multi-fatality transport incident, including in relation to investigations by the investigating body, regulator, and police.
  • Acting on a claim against a supplier for losses arising from a significant product recall in the food and drink sector.
Leading individuals

Ann Metherall - Burges Salmon LLP

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises clients on all aspects of business immigration, including recruitment of overseas nationals, immigration strategy, sponsor licenses, immigration audits, UKVI breaches, corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. Clients include domestic businesses and international corporations, as well as high net worth individuals and their dependents. Adrian Martin heads up the wider employment group, which encompasses the immigration practice.

Practice head(s):Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:Suzanna Harvey

Key Clients

Computershare Investor Services

Insure & Go/Mapfre

Bank of Ireland

Avon Rubber

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group

Scisys

University of Bristol

Work highlights

  • The firm advises US-owned group Clarivate Analytics on all business immigration issues, including the employment of overseas nationals, sponsor’s compliance, Tier 2 applications, indefinite leave to remain applications and day-to-day advice.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts for more than 750 trustee and employer clients in the private and public sectors, with a primary focus on trustee mandates. The firm is on both the central and local government legal panels for pensions work, which enables it to undertake large-scale legal work across the UK. Personal and occupational pension schemes are another area of strength. Practice head Richard Knight is the key point of contact for the practice's major clients. Susannah Young is one of the other key figures in the group.

Practice head(s):Richard Knight

Other key lawyers:Clive Pugh; Richard Pettit; Alice Honeywill; Susannah Young

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon are a pragmatic team; rather than just flagging potential issues they seek to find a practical and proportionate way through them. They have a good experience of the impact of corporate transactions on pension schemes and dealing with the Pensions Regulator'

'Burges Salmon understand well the dynamics of pensions regulator proceedings, and are very client focused'

'They have a pragmatic, measured approach, and collaborative approach with other advisors'

'They offer excellent knowledge that is applied in a sensible pragmatic commercial manner. We can depend on them to get the job done without unnecessary fuss or delay'

'Burges Salmon provide excellent advice with a clear, practical approach. We feel like we are in safe hands, and the depth of the team is excellent providing quality support at short notice when required'

'A key differentiator against other firms which provide purely pensions advice is the cross departmental support we have the benefit of'

'My experience working with lawyers in Burges Salmon's pension team is generally very positive. They are highly regarded by their clients, and very much considered a trusted partner'

'Compared to other firms of lawyers I have dealt with they are more attuned to providing the type of day-to-day support (in areas such as good governance for example) that many pension scheme trustee clients require'

'Richard Knight was very impressive on a recent corporate transaction project. He took overall responsibility for the project, giving the client comfort that all the necessary advice and tasks would be completed. He delivered the findings clearly and concisely'

'Clive Pugh understands very well how corporate groups work and comes up with creative solutions to corporate pension problems'

'Michael Hayles is excellent. He is straight to the point, doesn't mess around and is a clear and engaging communicator'

'Richard is experienced, knowledgeable, intelligent, available, commercial & client focused'

'Susannah Young  is very responsive and personable with excellent client care skills. She frequently provides cost and timescale updates, and provides clear, commercial and practical advice'

'My experience of working with Richard is very positive. He provides pragmatic advice and has a calm, reassuring presence which is particularly valued by his clients'

'Susannah is an experienced pensions lawyer with a very collaborative approach, whether working with clients or other pensions professionals'

'Alice Honeywill is an experienced pensions lawyer and is particularly strong technically with wide-ranging pensions knowledge'

Key Clients

Western Power Distribution (employer)

FirstGroup (trustees)

Silentnight (trustees)

Leonardo schemes – helicopters, electronics and Futureplanner (trustees)

Honda (trustees)

AT&T (trustees)

Methodist Church (trustees)

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education (employer)

Oxford University (trustees)

Work highlights

  • The firm advised the trustees of the Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on the successful merger of three existing schemes in the group into a new, £2.2bn scheme.
  • Advising the trustee of a leading international business’s pension scheme in respect of two Warning Notices issued by the Pensions Regulator relating to defined contribution matters.
  • The firm is advising two major SIPP providers on DC Governance and compliance issues, as well as pensions regulatory investigations in respect of one of these providers.
  • Assisted the pensions management team at Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) with ensuring that its two defined benefits schemes and its defined contribution scheme were ready for the new GDPR legal regime.
  • The firm is advising Western Power Distribution (WPD) in ensuring full pension protection for certain of its former employees following the liquidation of Carillion Services Limited in January 2018.
Leading individuals

Richard Knight - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Susannah Young - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts predominantly for claimants. The firm has expertise in making claims on behalf of lenders and regularly advises on claims in the legal, construction, environmental consultancy and IT sectors. One key area of expertise is handling claims arising from cyber-security breaches and regulatory interventions. The firm also advises on professional negligence cases relating to pensions, trusts and tax. Practice head Andrew Burnette leads claims against solicitors and surveyors. 

Practice head(s):Andrew Burnette

Testimonials

Burges Salmon offers real team effort, provides excellent value for money and a really hand-on approach. It is really admirable how the associates are empowered to deliver in their own style

Burges Salmon has an excellent professional negligence team

The firm offers depth and experience

The very high standards of recruitment and internal training ensure seamless service from a customer perspective

Key Clients

Gleeds UK

Nationwide Building Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

HR Trustees

Sea Containers

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £60m claim against Gleeds UK/Gleeds Group Pension Scheme's former advisors and lawyers for their work on the connected Part 8 proceedings.
  • Advising Nationwide Building Society on a £35m portfolio of claims concerning negligent advice provided to the client by surveyors and solicitors.
  • Advising the Financial Service Compensation Scheme (FSCS) on a $39m claim before the High Court relating to an insolvent hotel development, where the defendant’s professional trustee allegedly breached its duty of care and its obligations under the trust deed.
  • Advising HR Trustees Ltd on a £22m claim against a blue chip pensions consultancy for errors in properly effecting the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual.
  • Advising Sea Containers Ltd and trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 pension scheme on a £6m negligence claim against former actuaries, advisors and scheme administrations in respect of failed attempts to equalise male and female retirement ages.
Leading individuals

Andrew Burnette - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'highly skilled' team at Burges Salmon LLP  handles the sale and purchase of agricultural property and landed estates, assists with subsidies and tenancy issues, advises on agricultural development and also has expertise in tax and succession planning. The firm also focuses on advising on regulatory issues regarding the food supply chain. The 'excellent' Sian Edmunds has experience as a litigator and arbitrator, including the handling of contractual and partnership disputes. Emma Folkes acts for farmers and investors on the restructuring of agricultural estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):Tom Hewitt

Other key lawyers:Sian Edmunds; Emma Folkes

Testimonials

The team is sensitive to clients’ issues, making communication of those ambitions a vital part of early planning

The team is highly skilled and committed to the needs of private clients

Genuinely nice people to work with

A team with considerable experience of rural matters delivered through specialist lawyers

Burges Salmon has exceptional knowledge and skill in agriculture and estates. It is second to none. The team is easy to work with, helpful and reliable

The firm has a great understanding of land ownership and food production

The firm’s experience really sets it apart from its competitors

A well-established and highly effective private client firm for the South West region and beyond

Richard Owen is a powerful lawyer who combines pragmatism with a deep understanding of the law

Emma Folkes is highly experienced and always puts clients first

Sian Edmunds is extremely knowledgeable and approachable

Sian Edmunds is a really excellent litigator

Tom exhibits deep knowledge that is second to none

Key Clients

Environment Agency

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose

HSBC

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Gea Farm Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing The Crown Estate in taking action against a farming tenant for bringing unauthorised waste onto the holding.
  • Defending an international manufacturer of robotic milking parlours in a £6m dispute against contractual claims alleging that supplied manufactured milking parlours were defective.
  • Advising the trustee of landed estates on receiving planning permissions for the development of a 7000-home extension worth £200m.
  • Advising a Landed estate in South Wales on the selling of a £3m castle and wedding business.
  • Acting for a group of private individuals on a £10m corporate restructuring of property ownership and subsequent refinancing.
Leading individuals

Sian Edmunds - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Emma Folkes - Burges Salmon LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP combines expertise in trusts and personal tax litigation with experience in pensions litigation. The practice advises on private wealth disputes with pension-related aspects, contentious estoppel arrangements, disputes between trustees and contentious questions concerning inheritance and succession planning. The client base of joint practice heads Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs includes high-net-worth individuals and owners of landed estates, including traditional farming families as well as members of the aristocracy and the landed gentry.

Practice head(s):Kevin Kennedy; Justin Briggs

Other key lawyers:Sian Edmunds; Caroline Emslie

Testimonials

'A team that has the qualities of the leading London firms, but less pricey and with more hands-on attention at partner level'

'Sian Edmunds is a really excellent litigator. She is tactically astute and prepared to have a scrap, but is also alive to the benefits of mediation and ADR'

Work highlights

  • Advises five adult siblings of deceased parents in the successful defence of their brother’s proprietary estoppel claim for ownership of a significant part of their parents' £10m estate.
  • Advising on the realisation of UK assets previously owned by a deceased individual, in the face of a claim for beneficial entitlement from the deceased’s former wife.
  • Advising a beneficiary of a trust in a claim against the trustee regarding funds allegedly paid away from the trust improperly.
Leading individuals

Justin Briggs - Burges Salmon LLP

Kevin Kennedy - Burges Salmon LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has expertise in negotiating financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce. The senior associates Nicky Howarth and Mary Gaskins deal with asset protection in case of divorce and draft domestic and cross-border pre- and post-martial agreements. The firm’s advice on family law incorporates tax and estate planning measures. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in in divorce law and handles corporate and trust issues as well as on the effect of divorce on the clients’ pension schemes. Alison Hawes has a particular expertise in financial settlement cases that involve issues regarding business assets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:Alison Hawes; Nicky Howarth; Mary Gaskins

Work highlights

  • Handling issues regarding trust assets after divorce.
  • Advising on maintenance variation with significant pension.
  • Assessing the effects of pre-marital agreements on financial settlement.
  • Advising on post-nuptial settlement when assets acquired during marriage.
  • Assessing claim to assets held in husband’s sole name.
Leading individuals

Alison Hawes - Burges Salmon LLP

Sarah Hoskinson - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Mary Gaskins - Burges Salmon LLP

Nicky Howarth - Burges Salmon LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is especially experienced in dealing with landed estates, which involves regulatory advice regarding agricultural law and inheritance tax planning. The firm is also experienced in trust establishment and restructuring, which often involves the movements of assets domestically as well as offshore. The firm regularly liaises with family business owners on corporate and personal tax matters as well as the transfer of assets to the next generation. John Barnett provides tax advice to high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions. Senior associate Catherine De Maid leads the firm’s philanthropy team and specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice.  Senior associate Tim Williams  is another specialist in tax, estate planning and trust work.

Practice head(s):John Barnett; Beatrice Puoti

Other key lawyers:Tom Hewitt; Jim Aveline; Suzanna Harvey; Catherine de Maid; Tim Williams

Key Clients

UBS

PraxisIFM

Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Catherine de Maid - Burges Salmon LLP

Tim Williams - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†has expertise in cutting-edge and innovative energy projects, particularly in relation to conventional power, as well as the renewables and nuclear industries. Described by one client as ‚Äėthe Rolls-Royce of his sector‚Äô, Ian Salter¬†is a nationally recognised name in the field of nuclear law. Salter jointly leads the practice with Ross Fairley, who is ‚Äėone of very few true experts around‚Äô in the renewables industry. Julian Boswall¬†has particular expertise in consenting offshore wind projects, as well as onshore wind and gas-fired power station projects. Associate Alec Whiter¬†is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Julian Boswall; Alec Whiter

Testimonials

'Highly credible expertise in the energy sector'

The best mix of high-quality legal advice, quick client service, and exceptional value for money

The firm has unrivalled expertise in energy construction projects

Ross Fairley quickly identifies and focuses on the key value drivers to help clients deliver new and innovative energy solutions

Due to his expert knowledge, Ian Salter is able to advise on all aspects of nuclear law

Ian Salter is very measured and calm but also highly efficient in bringing solutions

'Ian Truman is extremely thorough, very commercial and client-focused'

Key Clients

EDF Energy

Engie

Ørsted

RWE/Npower

Seagreen

Marks & Spencer

Zenobe Energy

Magnox

Forsa Energy

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Green Investment Group

Cayman Islands Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Ørsted on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Seagreen Wind Energy on its Firth of Forth Round 3 offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Wave Hub on the world’s first wave energy array testing facility.
  • Advising the Cayman Islands government on the delivery and procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and a waste management system.
Leading individuals

Ian Salter - Burges Salmon LLP

Julian Boswall - Burges Salmon LLP

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Alec Whiter - Burges Salmon LLP

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts for public and private sector clients on the procurement, development and funding aspects of high-profile projects. The team also draws on the experience of practitioners in areas such as renewable energy, transport, waste management and water. Practice head Ian Salter is a recognised name nationally for his nuclear law expertise. Elsewhere, defence sector mandates are on the increase, with Mark Paterson, Keith Beattie and Matthew Ramus being active practitioners in this space. Ramus is also experienced in projects with a nexus to the education sector. Brioney Thomas is the go-to contact for rail clients, which include passenger operators, freight operators, rolling stock manufacturers and government authorities.

Practice head(s):Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Keith Beattie; Mark Paterson; Matthew Ramus; Brioney Thomas

Testimonials

'One of the most reliable project teams on the local market'

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Department for Education

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Abellio

Greater London Authority

FirstGroup

Ascent

Transport for London

Marks & Spencer Group plc

Highways England

Costain

Transport for Wales

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines.
  • Advising Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on the competition to supply five new Type 31e Frigates.
  • Advising the Isle of Anglesey County Council on its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.
  • Advising a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International on the 25-year contract with the Ministry of Defence to provide the British Armed Forces with a training system.
Leading individuals

Keith Beattie - Burges Salmon LLP

Mark Paterson - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on the spin-off of new businesses for universities, the development of new campus buildings, employment disputes and intellectual property issues. The team stands out in particularly complex and innovative projects, such as the outsourcing of education services from local authorities to new children‚Äôs services trusts. Matthew Ramus, who is 'highly knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient‚Äô, focuses on restructurings and business transformation projects. The ‚Äėcompetent and very diligent‚Äô Marcus Harling¬†acts as a key contact for university clients. Luke Bowery¬†utilises his employment expertise in advising both employers and employees in the education sector.

Practice head(s):Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harling; Luke Bowery

Testimonials

Burges Salmon is very competent in advising on children's services around the set-up of new delivery vehicles

Team members stand out due to their in-depth knowledge across multiple disciplines, and genuinely work closely with each other to assist the client when circumstances so require

Excellent lawyers who are highly professional, approachable and committed

Matthew Ramus brings a blend of commercial and legal expertise

Key Clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted)

Office for Students (OfS)

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising on Reading Borough Council's education services transformation project.
  • Advising the University of Bristol on the development of a new £300m campus in Bristol city centre.
  • Advising The Department for Education/ Sandwell Children’s Trust on a major children's services transformation programme.
  • Advising a training provider on an arrangement with Royal Mail for the provision of apprentice training services.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Housing a number of former local authority lawyers, Burges Salmon LLP provides a comprehensive range of services, which includes advice to local authorities on statutory and constitutional interpretation of powers, corporate and commercial work, public procurement, infrastructure projects, and waste and energy projects. The team also has particular expertise in planning and environmental work and pension schemes. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and bodies, as well as government-owned organisations. The practice is led by planning expert Gary Soloman, who advises on local authority, regeneration and compulsory purchase matters. John Houlden specialises in in procurement, state aid and project funding. Matthew Ramus, Marcus Harling and senior associate Paula McGeady are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:John Houlden; Matthew Ramus; Marcus Harling; Paula McGeady

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, experienced in the field, and always willing to work closely with clients

Very skilful and professional, Matthew Ramus and Marcus Harling do a great job even when working under tight deadlines

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Sunderland City Council

North Somerset Council

Greater London Authority

Hampshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising the Reading Borough Council on its major children’s services transition projects.
  • Assisting the Isle of Anglesey County Council in its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority on a series of major regeneration projects in East London.  
  • Advising the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority on protecting and enhancing the value of its landholdings.
  • Advising a pension service provider on its procurement of actuarial and other services.
Leading individuals

Gary Soloman - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Paula McGeady - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's market-leading real estate practice, which is led by Colin Ligman, acts for a broad base of private sector clients, including major landowners, household name retailers, hotels, developers and construction companies, among others. In addition, the firm advises public sector clients, such as local authorities. Richard Clark is particularly active in the office and retail sectors, where he focuses on advising investors, developers and occupiers. Richard Read has significant experience of the student accommodation sector, and he is also active in the hotels and leisure space. Ross Polkinghorne, who leads the real estate development group, advises both public and private sector clients on high-value regeneration projects. Euan Bremner handles development and acquisition transactions for energy clients. Philip Beer is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Colin Ligman; Ross Polkinghorne; Richard Clark; Richard Read

Other key lawyers:Euan Bremner; Philip Beer

Testimonials

'A refreshing "can-do" attitude'

'A strong real estate team'

'Strives to find effective solutions even in niche practice areas'

'Richard Read has a personable and commercial approach'

 

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

John Lewis and Waitrose & Partners

Aerium Group

University of Bristol

St Modwen Properties

HSBC Bank

Waterstones

Transport for London

Greater London Authority

Lloyds Banking Group

Virgin Active

Work highlights

  • Advising the Greater London Authority on the Albert Island development - a 10.2 hectare site forming a key element of the Royal Docks development.
  • Advising the University of Bristol on new campus development in Bristol city centre.
  • Providing Waterstones with strategic and transactional property support, as well as advising on UK store portfolio.
  • Advised Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service on behalf of the Welsh government.
  • Advising a developer-client on a £240m-worth regeneration project, Redcliff Quarter.
Leading individuals

Euan Bremner - Burges Salmon LLP

Richard Read - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Drew Nesbitt - Burges Salmon LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Led by¬†William Gard, the ‚Äėamazing‚Äô construction and engineering team at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†excels in handling critical national infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including renewables and energy storage, and transport. The group stands out for its niche expertise in nuclear new-build projects; this is an area of specialism for Steven James. Marcus Harling¬†regularly takes the lead on the procurement and delivery aspects of complex construction projects.¬†Also notable is that¬†the team has had an increase in mandates from clients in the utilities, mining and waste management sectors. The team also has experience of acting in construction disputes, which are a specialism for Richard Adams¬†and senior associate Jessica Evans, who was hired from Bevan Brittan LLP¬†in June 2018.

Practice head(s):William Gard

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harling; Steven James; Richard Adams; Jessica Evans

Testimonials

'A great and friendly team with significant, in-depth knowledge of the construction market'

'It is certainly delightful working with this highly dedicated team'

'What sets the team apart is its members' complete understanding of the law, which is also supplemented by everyone's pragmatic approach towards risks which clients may face'

'The team's knowledge is up-to-date and its  expertise in energy construction projects is unrivaled'

'Burges Salmon's construction team truly combines a hands-on approach with the ability to analyse in-depth any relevant legal issues'

'The team is impressive, approachable, well-organised and cost-effective'

'Marcus Harling is amazing'

'Richard Adams certainly stands out - he is proactive, knowledgeable, able to explain things clearly, and good during negotiations'

'Richard Adams is very hard-working and simply excellent'

'Richard Adams has encyclopedic knowledge of the NEC3 form'

'Director Paul Doherty is approachable and very knowledgeable, and always responds and takes necessary measures quickly'

'Steven James has good all-round knowledge and significant experience in the industry'

'One can rely on the advice which Steven James provides  with their eyes closed'

'Quick and very creative, Lloyd James has unrivaled expertise in energy construction projects'

'Lloyd James is a really outstanding practitioner, due to his good negotiation skills and his ability to always go the extra mile in proactively addressing all relevant issues which clients may encounter'

Key Clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Marks & Spencer

John Lewis Partnership

Serco-Abellio

HSBC Bank

University of Bristol

AEG

Anesco

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advising Costain on its work on the £1.3bn M4 relief road project in South Wales.
  • Advising Affinity Water on the construction works required to integrate its assets with the HS2 project.
  • Advising Redcliff as a JV developer of a £250m mixed-use redevelopment in the Bristol city centre.
  • Advising the Welsh government on the £5bn procurement of the Wales and Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro project.
  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on the PPP structured procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and a new waste management system.
Leading individuals

Marcus Harling - Burges Salmon LLP

William Gard - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Richard Adams - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Jessica Evans - Burges Salmon LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's specialist¬†environment team has a first-rate reputation for advising clients on particularly complex regulatory issues. Clients turn to the firm for assistance with challenging matters involving regulators, such as the refusal of permits, litigation, prosecutions and other challenges. In addition to advising large regional and national clients, the firm also generates mandates from global organisations. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Simon Tilling¬†handles a large volume of contentious work. The ‚Äėincredibly competent‚Äô Michael Barlow, who heads up the practice, handles all aspects of environmental compliance, energy efficiency, contaminated land and environmental permitting. Ross Fairley¬†advises on issues concerning infrastructure, energy, waste, lender liability and contaminated land, and also represents clients charged with environmental offences. Ian Salter¬†is recommended for his work in the nuclear sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:Michael Barlow; Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Key Clients

Canal & River Trust

BT Group

Peel Ports

Affinity Water

Thermo Fisher Scientific

John Lewis Partnership

Haltermann Carless

Koch Industries

FirstGroup plc

The National Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution.
  • Advised GEO Specialty Chemicals on a novel appeal regarding an issue arising from its Climate Change Agreement.
  • Advising First Greater Western on appeals against abatement notices served in relation to notice at its Reading Depot.
  • Advising Canal & River Trust on its defence during an investigation into a pollution incident.
  • Representing Severnside Distribution Land Ltd as landowner in judicial review proceedings concerning  a high-hazard facility; the proceedings concern a consent granted by the Hazardous Substances Authority.
Leading individuals

Michael Barlow - Burges Salmon LLP

Simon Tilling - Burges Salmon LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The planning and compulsory purchase team at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†has a particular strength in acting for clients in the public and quasi-public space, such as local councils and national bodies (including Highways England). The group advises on nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) at all stages from the pre-application phase up to the post-construction period; NSIPs work is an area of specialism for Elizabeth Dunn¬†and Julian Boswall. The ‚Äėvery experienced strategist‚Äô¬†Patrick Robinson¬†focuses on energy-related aspects of planning work, with a particular emphasis on nuclear and renewables. Practice head¬†Gary Soloman¬†advises clients on regeneration projects, large-scale developments and highway proposals. Elsewhere, the department also handles judicial reviews and statutory challenges. Senior associates¬†Paula McGeady¬†and Stephen Humphreys¬†are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Dunn; Julian Boswall; Patrick Robinson; Paula McGeady; Stephen Humphreys

Testimonials

Team members stand out for their depth and great range of knowledge, their efficiency and highly pragmatic approach

The team is always able to respond quickly and to amend its approach in light of any changing circumstances and requirements

The team is really strong and has built great reputation for its work on nationally significant infrastructure projects

Stephen Humphreys shows excellent attention to detail and always remains conscious of the client’s best interests

Gary Salomon pays attention to every detail, but also has the ability to see the bigger picture and never loses sight of his clients’ general objectives

Paula McGeady is very hard-working and focused, and reacts to clients’ issues quickly

Patrick Robinson is a great communicator

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

YTL Property Holdings

Highways England

Canal & River Trust

Redrow

JCDecaux

Imerys Minerals

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

Seagreen Wind Energy

Environment Agency

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

DS Smith Paper

Work highlights

  • Assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council with its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm on its electrical system.
  • Advising Highways England on the consenting of the new A30 dual carriageway.
  • Advising the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust on the compulsory purchase orders being promoted for the largest fish-pass scheme of its kind in Europe.
  • Acting for Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, on a development proposal which threatens the client's world heritage site status.
Leading individuals

Patrick Robinson - Burges Salmon LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The real estate disputes team at Burges Salmon LLP acts for a broad base of regional and national clients. It also has significant following among international clients, as is evidenced by its work for occupiers in high-profile lease break and dilapidations claims; Goldman Sachs and Virgin are among the blue-chip names that turn to the firm for advice in this space. Elsewhere, the group has a strong track record of handling commercial rent reviews in London. It also generates contentious property mandates from clients active in the renewable energy sector, and also from clients in relation to property insolvencies. Richard Bedford handles a wide range of freehold and leasehold disputes, and has extensive expertise in alternative forms of dispute resolution. Practice head James Sutherland has extensive experience in real estate litigation and insolvency disputes relating to real estate assets. Clients also recommend senior associate David Benjamin and newly promoted partner Chris Preston.

Practice head(s):James Sutherland

Other key lawyers:Richard Bedford; Chris Preston; David Benjamin

Testimonials

'A team of true specialists and market leaders in the field of property litigation'

'Good coverage across multiple legal disciplines'

'The team's legal advice is always clear, concise and well-articulated'

'Every team member is friendly, very responsive and provides excellent commercial advice'

'James Sutherland is simply a pleasure to work with'

'Richard Bedford is fantastic and very experienced'

'Chris Preston is very impressive'

'David Benjamin is superb'

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs International

Waterstones Booksellers

Virgin Management

Canal & River Trust

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

Deutsche Bank

Affinity Water

Manchester Airports Group

Work highlights

  • Advising LPA receivers and an investment company on a contested keep-open requirement concerning a lease of a shopping centre.
  • Representing Waterstones Booksellers in all contentious matters concerning property asset management.
  • Represented The Crown Estate in complex escheat matter relating to assets held by a fraudulent  Jersey-based property trust.
  • Representing Affinity Water in a dispute relating to the effect of water undertakers’ rights on development plans.
Leading individuals

Richard Bedford - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Sutherland - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

David Benjamin - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm undertaking a large volume of high-value, complex technology outsourcing transactions. It has also won a number of new clients, including The National Trust and Southern Water. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the transport, utilities and energy sectors. In addition to advising clients on IT projects, the group handles commercial IT work, procurement, outsourcing, joint ventures (for new product development) and corporate IT deals. Sarah Kenshall is a key figure in the team, which is led by Andrew Dunlop.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Marcus Clayden; David Varney; Yunzhe Tsang

Testimonials

'Experienced IT team'

'Flexible approach'

'Involves the right skills at appropriate levels'

'Andrew Dunlop has a great view for key issues'

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

CAPITA PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

ALTRAN Technologies SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh Water on complex IT outsourcing, incorporating the design and build of a new customer service centre and desktop platform.
  • Acted for St Modwen Properties Plc on its outsourcing of group payroll and associate HR functions.
  • Advised Bud Systems on its suite of template IT customer contracts and on the use of these templates in live negotiations with customers.
Leading individuals

Andrew Dunlop - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

David Varney - Burges Salmon LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts for major international brands and has a particularly strong list of US-based clients, including Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and the Discovery Channel. The ongoing expansion of its practice is evidenced by the fact that the firm was recently appointed to the IP panels of John Lewis/Waitrose and the BBC/BBC Studios. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson is experienced in both transactional and contentious issues; his expertise includes the protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark infringement and portfolio management. Helen Scott-Lawler has advised RAC and Fever-Tree on technology transfer and IP issues relating to sponsorship and advertising. Senior associate Emily Roberts specialises primarily in contentious IP and often supports Dickerson on infringement matters.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler; Emily Roberts; Grazyna Poplawska

Testimonials

'Very strong'

'We know Jeremy doesn't mess around when it comes to IP matters'

'Team is very user friendly, practical and commercial. Also extremely responsive'

'Proactive team that is hard-working and efficient'

'Jeremy Dickerson displays both strength and depth. He is client and solution-focused and extremely accessible; his input is invaluable'

Key Clients

BBC

Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Discovery Communications, LLC

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

Waitrose/John Lewis

Virgin Group

RAC

FILA Luxembourg S.a.r.l

Work highlights

  • Providing brand protection and IP advice to the BBC, and acting as sole counsel for all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advising Discovery Communications on brand protection and working on international clearance and protection of trade marks for a recently acquired brand.
  • Providing UK and EU market advice to Starbucks as trade mark counsel, including the client's entire UK portfolio.
  • Managing Yeo Valley's global trade mark portfolio and advising on a range of IP matters, including structuring, protection and defence.
  • Advising John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners on celebrity endorsements and IP aspects of key commercial ventures with third parties such as BUPA.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

Rising stars

Emily Roberts - Burges Salmon LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts for clients from throughout the media and entertainment industry, including television broadcasting, music, publishing and social media. It also has a first-rate reputation in the advertising and marketing sphere. The team, which is led by Jeremy Dickerson, handles a notably high volume of work for media clients, particularly in relation to the protection and enforcement of IP rights. In the broadcasting space, the team advises major international media companies on TV show clearances, the exploitation of related merchandise and dispute resolution. Director Emily Roberts is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler; Sarah Kenshall; Emily Roberts; Tim Deacon

Key Clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios Ltd)

Discovery Communications, LLC (Discovery Channel)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose & John Lewis

Virgin Care

Work highlights

  • Provide brand protection and IP advice to the BBC, and act as sole counsel for all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advising Waitrose / John Lewis ion endorsements and partnerships with celebrities.
  • Assist Virgin Care with advertising and marketing issues in relation to campaign launches.
Rising stars

Emily Roberts - Burges Salmon LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong profile in football, motorsport and horse racing. Its team has an excellent track record of completing commercial deals and handling disputes in all three areas. The broader workload encompasses advice to clients governance issues, anti-doping and financial regulation. Cricket and rugby are other areas where the group has been active recently. Jeremy Dickerson, who heads up the firm's IP and sports team, is highly experienced in sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and contentious sporting matters. Recently promoted senior associate Chris Davies is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson;

Other key lawyers:Roger Bull; Helen Scott-Lawler; Chris Davies

Key Clients

The Racecourse Association

Bristol City Football Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Britbet Racing LLP

Artemis Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Racecourse Technical Services Limited on its appointment by Arena Racing Company to provide coverage and integrity services at all ARC horse racing fixtures in 2019.
  • Advised Artemis Technologies Limited on a variety of arrangements and deals to establish its operations and develop, monetise and exploit its technology in sailing.
  • Assisted The Racecourse Association on the establishment of the Racing Authority, a tripartite structure responsible for levy distribution from April 2019.

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South West: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's team covers all aspects of rail-related work, including health and safety, franchising and infrastructure matters. Its experience includes the devolution of rail franchising powers, consumer protection and third party retailing arrangements and tunnel access. The firm's client base includes many of the leading operators in the country, and also public bodies and international operators. Brioney Thomas, who is the head of the rail division, has a particular interest in regulatory and commercial issues.

Practice head(s):Brioney Thomas

Other key lawyers:Chris Simms

Key Clients

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, First TransPennine Express and Hull Trains)

Abellio Transport Holdings (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (Merseyrail, Greater Anglia and ScotRail)

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rail Delivery Group

Freightliner and the FOCs collectively (being Colas Rail; DB Schenker; Mendip Rail; Devon & Cornwall Railways; Direct Rail Services; Freightliner Group Ltd; and GB Railfreight)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Abellio East Anglia Limited on securing private investment in the Norwich Crown Point Depot to fund upgrade works for new rolling stock.
  • Advising GWR on a dispute concerning the £146 million refurbishment of the sleeper trains for services from Paddington-Penzance
  • Continue to advise Abellio Group, including Abellio East Anglia, on operational property matters.
  • Advised First Trenitalia West Coast Trains Limited on its bid for the West Coast Partnership
  • Advising Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
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Brioney Thomas - Burges Salmon LLP

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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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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.