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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
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Bristol, London

South West: Corporate and commercial

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

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP attracts praise for its ‘extensive commercial and industry knowledge’. The department has been increasingly active in deals with US and Asian funders, especially those from Singapore and Malaysia, and continues to see substantial instructions emanating from Europe. Jonathan Eves assisted Netherlands-based Maas Capital with a large-scale joint venture agreement with Solarplicity for a rooftop solar panel installation, which will provide energy to 800,000 housing association tenants across the UK. Though the majority of its clients are based outside of the South West, the team does win significant regional instructions. For instance, Dominic Davis advised the founding shareholders of Bristol’s Pukka Herbs on its acquisition by Unilever. Mark Shepherd and Richard Spink ‘ensure positive outcomes for their clients’ and specialise in private equity transactions. In addition to its M&A work, the corporate group also has experience in equity capital markets and funds transactions, which are relatively unique to the region. Chris Godfrey has experience advising issuers and brokers in equity capital markets transactions, while Jeremy Bell , who specialises in structuring private investment funds, joined the team from Ashurst in 2017. Camilla Usher-Clark has been involved in a number of significant energy transactions, and Rupert Weston is another key figure in the department.

Leading individuals

Chris Godfrey - Burges Salmon LLP

Richard Spink - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Eves - Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP’s tax department is often involved in corporate mandates and large UK property transactions. John Barnett and department head Nigel Popplewell recently acted for a UK investment manager in connection with a £14m debt restructuring as part of a corporate rescue of two defaulted energy holding companies, the shareholders of which held tax advantaged investments that needed to be protected in the ensuing acquisitions of those companies by a third party buyer. Similarly, Barnett is advising a well-known dairy product producer on the preliminary tax issues of a corporate restructuring following a demerger. Popplewell has particular expertise in property-related taxation and advises The Crown Estate on a wide variety of VAT and SDLT issues. The team also has experience of remuneration taxation and tax planning in the context of family wealth. Nicola Manclark left the firm for Ashfords LLP.

Leading individuals

Nigel Popplewell - Burges Salmon LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides comprehensive advice on merger control issues, regulatory investigations and competition litigation, and is especially active in the food and drink sector, as well as highly regulated industries such as rail transportation. The department was significantly strengthened in 2017 by the arrival of Chris Worall from Clifford Chance. Since joining, Worrall has taken on a number of high-profile instructions, which has included advising Abellio, as member of a tripartite joint venture, on the merger control aspects of the joint venture’s acquisition of the West Midlands rail franchise. Additionally, Worrall and Laura Claydon represented The Co-operative Group in pre-notification negotiations with the CMA in connection with the client’s proposed £143m acquisition of Nisa Retail. Further, Claydon is acting for The Co-operative Group and Somerfield Stores in a multimillion-pound claim against the CMA regarding an historical fine concerning the retail pricing of tobacco products. John Houlden specialises in state aid and procurement law and Noel Beale has ‘particular expertise in competition issues facing the water industry’.

Leading individuals

Laura Claydon - 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 criminal and white-collar fraud matters, in addition to issues connected to money laundering, bribery, the regulatory environment and the proceeds of crime. Clients include Celtic Energy, which it advised on matters relating to allegations brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against its former directors, as well as civil rights issues and regulatory and local government issues arising from the investigation. It also acts for the National Crime Agency (NCA), which it recently defended in three compensation claims totalling over £220m, as well as in relation to ongoing costs proceedings related to the discontinued civil recovery action. Thomas Webb is a legal director specialising in fraud and white-collar crime; he handles complex, cross-border investigations. David Hall (who is noted for his ‘excellent and well-considered judgement’) leads the department and has more than 20 years of experience in this practice area. He has represented international corporates and financial institutions in areas such as director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP  advises on high-value disposals and acquisitions of businesses with licensed interests. It specialises in multi-site, large, licensed portfolios and advises on a range of licensing matters including alcohol, entertainment, gambling, caravan site licensing, taxi, marriage licenses, HMO licenses, street trading and SIA licensing. It also advises online gambling operators and start-ups on a range of licensing issues. Clients include The Crown Estate, The Racecourse Association, Adelie Foods Group Limited, Canadian and Portland Estates and Riverside Edge Limited. Recent work highlights include advising the University of Bristol on the management of its licensed portfolio which includes public-facing premises licences associated with conferences, events and weddings and also Club Premises Certificates. The firm also advises Darwin Property Investment on its licensed leisure portfolio, which includes advising on licensing regimes such as alcohol, entertainment, gambling, gaming, caravan site licensing and family entertainment centre issues. It recently advised on several multi-million pound deals in the acquisition of new sites. Senior associate and head of licensing Joanne Attwood specialises in contentious and non-contentious licensing and gaming issues and also advises on contractual and regulatory issues. She is ‘approachable, professional, very bright and accomplished’.

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South West: Dispute resolution

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

Burges Salmon LLP

With a growing team and increasingly international focus, Burges Salmon LLP is ‘among the best, if not the best, in the South West when it comes to high-value commercial litigation’. Department head David Hall successfully defended The National Crime Agency in the face of £220m worth of compensation applications made on behalf of an Israeli businessman, who had been convicted in Israel of economic crimes. Specialising in fraud, professional negligence and banking claims, Andrew Burnette advised a state-owned Irish company operating in the energy sector on a multimillion-pound claim for misrepresentation and breach of warranty following the client’s acquisition of a UK waste treatment business. The team is also involved in high-profile domestic instructions. Indeed, Ann Metherall is instructed by a subsidiary of a listed transport company in relation to a highly publicised fatal incident. Kari McCormick, who is ‘adept at handling heavy multi-party litigation’, is advising Financial Services Compensation Scheme on its ongoing PPI recovery project. Additional contacts include Chris Jackson and Laura Claydon, the latter of whom has experience in antitrust litigation. Ian Tucker and Michael Ward were promoted to partner and senior associate Lucy Redman joined from Linklaters LLP.

Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

By some clients’ reckoning, Burges Salmon LLP’s banking department ‘has proved itself able to stand toe-to-toe with top London firms’. In addition to its core mid-market lending work, the team is highly recommended for senior financing and US private placement transactions and is also instructed by a number of blue-chip borrowers. Department head Richard Leeming advised HSBC Bank on the refinancing of Harbour Hotels by way of a £112m term loan with a £50m accordion option. Similarly, Rachael Ruane acted for RBS on the refinancing of a residential property developer’s revolving credit facilities. On the borrower-side, Leeming assisted National Express Group with two separate $30m bilateral facilities, one with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, and the other with Bank of America Merrill Lynch International. The group is increasingly instructed by alternative lenders. Indeed, acting across from two Magic Cricle firms, Nathan Curtis acted for a UK asset manager, as mezzanine lender, on a high-value mortgage-backed warehouse facility. Further, the ‘pragmatic’ Graham Soar advised Aerium Finance on the financing associated with the client’s acquisition of units in a Jersey property unit trust; the financing was provided by an ultra-high-net-worth Middle Eastern shari’ah investor. Andrew Eaton is another key contact and senior associates Ed Hobbs and Katie Allen are recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Leeming - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 corporate restructuring and insolvency team is ‘definitely a market leader outside of London’ and ‘can compete alongside most City firms’. Headed by the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Andrew Eaton, the department regularly handles international debt restructurings and is often involved in US-facing matters by way of its transatlantic restructuring and insolvency group. Eaton acted for Agent Provocateur and 17 of its international subsidiaries on the global bankruptcy and restructuring of its international business; this involved multiple wind-downs and a Chapter 11 process in the US. Eaton also advised a government department in relation to a distressed statutory service provider. Patrick Cook is providing English law advice to an Italian law firm in relation to the insolvency of an Italian client with an English subsidiary. Colin Ligman and James Sutherland are key figures in the real estate restructuring group. Senior associate Emily Scaife is noted as ‘a great up-and-coming restructuring lawyer’. Additional clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDO, and Nationwide Building Society.

Leading individuals

Andrew Eaton - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 employers across the UK and internationally on the full range of employment law matters, including sensitive and high-profile disputes and complex, cross-border matters. The practice handles matters across the defence, transport, financial services, education, retail and public sectors. Key clients include The Crown Estate, FirstGroup, Ofgem, University of Bristol and Bank of Ireland. The practice acts for the John Lewis Partnership on employment tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, breach of contract, harassment and wrongful dismissal. Other highlights included advising Thomson Reuters on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Partner Adrian Martin led for BAE systems on a major restructuring involving 2,000 potential redundancies. Luke Bowery who is ‘incisive and understanding’ and ‘easy to work with’, acts for Babcock International Group, on complex employment tribunal claims, restructurings and gender pay gap reporting. The team is led by Roger Bull and Chris Seaton and is praised for its ‘invaluable insight’.

Leading individuals

Roger Bull - Burges Salmon LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

‘Market leaders in the South West’, Burges Salmon LLP advise clients on operational safety, governance, risk management, regulatory matters, safety authority investigations and prosecutions. It also advises commercial landlords and public sector clients on safety issues. Recent work includes acting for a construction company in relation to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into a road bridge collapse, and representing a utility company in relation to a death of a member of the public who fell from a disused water tower. Food safety is a niche area for the practice; Sian Edmunds provides advice around issues including contamination, product liability and product recall. Ann Metherall heads the team and is ‘extremely competent in the field’. Chris Jackson advises on all aspects of safety compliance. Matt Kyle and Charlotte Whitaker are also recommended. Clients include The Crown Estate, London and South Eastern Railway, FirstGroup and John Lewis Partners.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP  advises employers on the full range of business immigration such as obtaining and maintaining sponsors’ licenses, immigration strategy, immigration audits and the prevention of illegal working, and advising on the immigration implications of corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. The firm also acts as representatives on the sponsor management system and advises on procedures and policies needed to ensure compliance with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. It also advises high-net-worth individuals and their dependants on visa requirements often under the Tier 1 category. Suzanna Harvey has assisted EU nationals with immigration following the Brexit vote and also non-EU nationals with their immigration status. Roger Bull  heads the team and advised Wavepower on immigration strategy and in relation to a Tier 2 visa application. Clients include Computershare Investor Services, Insure & Go/Mapfre, Babcock International Group, Bank of Ireland, University of Bristol and Avon Rubber.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‘accessible, knowledgeable and responsive’ practice at Burges Salmon LLP  provides advices on all pensions matters for trustee and employer clients across the public and private sectors. Clients include AT&T, Honda, Siemens, Toshiba, Department for Education and UK Atomic Energy Authority. Clive Pugh acted successfully acted for the trustees of the Silentnight scheme in a Judicial Review brought against the Pensions Regulator in relation to the case. Partner Richard Pettit  advised Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on one of the largest ongoing moral hazard investigations by the Pensions Regulator. Tim Illston advised on the merger of five legacy-defined benefit and hybrid pension schemes with a total value of over £1bn. The ‘knowledgeable, supportive and accessible’ Alice Honeywill advised University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme on a large-scale benefit restructuring. The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Michael Hayes advised FirstGroup in relation to consolidation of its pension assets in to the local government pension scheme (LGPS). Susannah Young  advised the trustees of the Leonardo Pension Schemes in relation to its transition to a new administrator. Practice head Richard Knight and Justin Briggs are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Knight - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP acts mainly for claimants in professional negligence cases. It is particularly adept making claims for lenders and has experience advising in various sectors such as financial services, legal, pensions, construction, environmental, energy, accountancy, tax, actuarial, IT and fund management. It also advises on cases of cyber-security breaches and regulatory interventions. The ‘highly recommended’ Andrew Burnette heads the team; he is ‘in complete control of his cases’ with ‘a strategic overview and an eye on the client’s commercial imperatives’. Partner Kari McCormick focuses on financial services disputes and in particular negligence claims against FS regulated firms. Justin Briggs focuses on disputes and litigation in relation to pensions, trusts and tax. He recently advised HR Trustees in a claim against Aon Consulting which related to errors in the closure of a defined benefit pension scheme. This led to an increase in liabilities for the client, the value of the case is estimated to be £30m. Other clients include Co-operative Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Nomura International, Volvo Group UK and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is ‘excellent, with extensive and wide-ranging experience in this area'. Recent highlights include two major transactions in the national land market - sales from The Crown Estate at Dunster (comprising some 9,900 acres) and Gopsall.  Sian Edmunds is a ‘first-rate lawyer and litigator’, who is ‘very client focused, hugely experienced and tenacious’. Edmunds specialises in food regulation, but also handles farming and agribusiness contractual disputes, partnership disputes and agricultural tenancy issues; she acts for John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose, The Crown Estate, Gea Farm Technologies, Ornua Foods and Humphreys Feed. Kevin Kennedy has a national reputation for agricultural and private client advice and litigation, with a particular focus on tenancy advice, real property disputes, trust-related disputes and contract and tort claims; his clients include The Crown Estate, The National Trust, and Peel Group. Jim Aveline is a ‘brilliant private client and trust specialist’, and recently advised on a £30m succession plan for a 3,000-cow Dorset dairy farm. The ‘enormously bright’ associate Maddie Dunn is ‘one to watch’. New clients include Worcestershire County Council and the Environment Agency. Tom Hewitt heads up the food and farming as well as estates teams. With her ‘wealth of experience and technical knowledge’, Emma Folkes was made partner in May 2017; she specialises in non-contentious rural property, advising The Crown Estate's Rural Portfolio (for which the firm is sole legal advisor), the National Trust, and The Woodland Trust.

Leading individuals

Sian Edmunds - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Emma Folkes - Burges Salmon LLP

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

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‘excellent’ Burges Salmon LLP has ‘a longstanding and deserved reputation in property, contentious probate, trusts and associated work’. Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs head up the practice, which often works across jurisdictions and on trusts or estates worth well over £100m. Kennedy is ‘excellent in agricultural and property cases and in trust and contentious probate work’, and Briggs specialises in offshore trust litigation, advising representative beneficiaries and on applications to rectify trust documentation. Sian Edmunds deals with contentious trusts matters, often relating to her contentious agricultural practice. Senior associate Katherine King  specialises in trusts disputes relating to both commercial and private wealth trusts. Associate Caroline Emslie provides ‘excellent trial preparation and client care’.

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 is ‘in a league of its own', according to clients. Asset protection - particularly where international or offshore assets are involved - is the firm’s forte. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in international divorce cases: her highlights included advising a non-domiciled wife on a complex consent order and international tax advice regarding a BVI company in a Guernsey-based trust; a financial dispute regarding a £67m landed estate; and a £30m pre- and post-nuptial agreement concerning inherited and illiquid assets. Consultant Alison Hawes - a new recruit from Irwin Mitchell last year - is ‘a strategic, great negotiator’ who is experienced handling complex, high-value financial matters arising from relationship breakdown; she recently acted for a husband in a £75m divorce settlement involving international properties, which also included multi-generational asset protection via prenuptial agreement. ‘Pragmatic’ senior associate Nicky Howarth handles private children's law and cross-border cases, and recently advised a husband in €15m French divorce proceedings with complex cross-border children and financial elements.

Leading individuals

Alison Hawes - Burges Salmon LLP

Sarah Hoskinson - 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 indisputably ‘excellent’. Practice head John Barnett is ‘technically outstanding’ and provides tax advice to a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and many leading banks, including those not domiciled in the UK or with overseas interests. Barnett also works with entrepreneurial clients, including those non-domiciled in the UK or with overseas interests. Suzanna Harvey is another key name and she recently advised an ultra-high-net-worth individual on a wide-ranging HMRC enquiry - a cross-border matter involving UK, Guernsey, Barbados, and Switzerland. The ‘exceptional and proactive’ Beatrice Puoti is advising on a £500m offshore trust; and Jim Aveline is acting for a family business holding land and investments worth £175m, as well as advising on family trusts owning a major shopping centre worth £100m. Senior associate Catherine de Maid advises trust companies on likely risk areas, assists on matters with a South African connection, and advises on philanthropic issues.

Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Catherine de Maid - 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 is considered by many as ‘the go-to firm in the South West for pioneering energy deals’ in the nuclear and renewables sectors. The department is differentiated by its prestigious nuclear practice, which includes legal director Ian Truman and Ian Salter, who have experience in major national nuclear projects. In the renewables space, Julian Boswall is acting for Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) in connection with Hornsea Project One, which is the largest offshore wind project currently under construction in the world. In another key renewable mandate, Ross Fairley acted for Nuon Renewables in relation to the Pen y Cymoedd project, which is the largest wind farm ever constructed in England and Wales. Fairley also advised Maas Capital on its joint venture project with Solarplicity to install solar rooftop facilities to provide energy to roughly 800,000 housing association tenants nationwide. The department is also assisting Wave Hub with a variety of ongoing marine, energy and regulatory concerns, and is increasingly active in conventional power projects. Its growing water practice is led by Michael Barlow. Also recommended are Nick Churchward, who has experience in anaerobic digestion projects, energy regulatory expert James Phillips, Nathan Curtis and associate Alec Whiter.

Leading individuals

Ian Salter - Burges Salmon LLP

Julian Boswell - Burges Salmon LLP

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

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 is well known throughout the region and nationally for its strength in major energy and infrastructure projects, with the team involved in many of the largest and most sensitive projects across the UK. Brioney Thomas is advising Abellio on all aspects, including funding, of rail and depot works for the East Anglia and West Midlands rail franchises. Thomas is also instructed by Transport for Wales. Also in the transport space, Lloyd James is acting for Costain Group in connection with the development of the M4 relief road in South Wales. Headed by Ian Salter, the team has unique expertise in nuclear energy projects. Gary Soloman is assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council with all aspects of its role in the development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Mark Paterson is advising the Ministry of Defence in relation to the highly publicised Trident project. Additional contacts include William Gard, Keith Beattie, and Nathan Curtis.

Leading individuals

Mark Paterson - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘excellent overall service’ and the team ‘delivers what is promised in terms of skill, bench depth, breadth of offering and value for money’. Matt Ramus heads the team and specialises in commercial projects, restructuring and business transformation, he is ‘an excellent lawyer who inspires confidence and trust’. Roger Bull focuses on employment law and senior associate Huw Cooke focuses on employment related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions such as redundancies and restructuring, changing terms and conditions of employment and senior-level exits. Recent highlights include advising the department for education (DfE) on intervention projects relating to local authority-run children’s services that were failing. This involves transferring services to not-for-profit entities. It also advised the University of Bristol of the acquisition of land for its new £300m campus in Bristol city centre. Other clients include University of Exeter, University of West of England, Bath Spa University, OFSTED and Birmingham Children’s Trust.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

‘Professional and easy to work with’, Burges Salmon LLP advises local authorites on various legal issues including statutory powers, constitutional issues and schemes of delegation, cprocurement, planning and compulsory purchase and compensation. Gary Soloman heads the team and specialises in regeneration and compulsory purchase work. John Houlden deals with regulated procurement, state aid and European funding projects. Marcus Harling focuses on procurement issues in relation to infrastructure and built environment sectors. Matthew Ramus is adept at handling commercial projects, alternative delivery models (ADMs), PPP and PFI projects. Tom Dunn deals with local government pension schemes. Ross Polkinghorne led on advising Stevenage Borough Council on the selection of a development partner for a mixed use redevelopment of Stevenage town centre. Other highlights for the practice included advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and new 400kv grid connection.

Leading individuals

Gary Soloman - 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 is widely regarded as one of ‘the best legal firms in the region’ and ‘compares very well to the more expensive Magic Circle firms’. The team, which is split into specialist sub-groups, is regularly involved in major development projects, strategic land deals and procurement, infrastructure property mandates and investment transactions. Richard Clark heads the cross-department real estate sector group and advised Aerium Finance on its acquisition of units in a Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT), which was financed by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and an ultra-high-net-worth shari’ah investor. The development practice is headed by the ‘invaluable’ Ross Polkinghorne, who is advising Change Real Estate on all real estate aspects of the £200m mixed-use regeneration project at Redcliff Quarter in Bristol. Similarly, Philip Beer is acting for the Greater London Authority in relation to its development partner arrangements with a Chinese developer for the £1.7bn regeneration project at Royal Albert Dock in east London. Richard Read, who leads the property investment group, assisted Virgin Active with the disposal of 16 health and racquet clubs to David Lloyd Leisure. Colin Ligman heads the wider real estate department, which includes Euan Bremner and senior associate Drew Nesbitt.

Leading individuals

Euan Bremner - Burges Salmon LLP

Richard Read - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Drew Nesbitt - Burges Salmon LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP can ‘stand up to any national practice’. Headed by William Gard, the construction department is involved in many of the UK’s largest transport and energy infrastructure projects, and also has an experienced contentious practice. Indeed, Gard represented a household name UK retailer in long-running arbitration proceedings, which recently settled. On the non-contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the design and construction contracts for the Greater Manchester Waste Project, which comprises 42 waste facilities across 27 sites. The ‘pragmatic and collegiate’ Marcus Harling advises The Crown Estate and various joint venture partners on the construction aspects of numerous London projects, including the 260,000 ft2 St. James’s Market mixed-use development. Lloyd James is assisting Highways England with the procurement of construction contracts for its A303 Stonehenge expressway. The team is also engaged in a momentous national energy project. Senior associate Matthew Crossley joined the team from TLT. Other key clients include Babcock, Hochtief and Engie.

Leading individuals

Marcus Harling - Burges Salmon LLP

William Gard - Burges Salmon LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

‘In terms of practicality and technicality’, clients rate Burges Salmon LLP’s environment group as ‘one of the top practices in the nation’. The firm is most active in industry sectors with considerable environmental risks, such as energy and real estate development and transportation, and the environment team has developed formidable regulatory expertise to service the firm’s varied client-base. Department head Michael Barlow represented Geo Specialty Chemicals in an unprecedented appeal regarding the company’s obligations under a climate change agreement. The highly recommended Simon Tilling helped advise The European Commission in evaluating the adequacy of its REACH regulations in addressing microplastic pollution in the cosmetic industry. Acting alongside Ross Fairley, Tilling also assisted a major energy company with the decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant. The group has also been increasingly involved in corporate noise pollution claims. Other key figures include Ian Salter and James Phillips.

Leading individuals

Michael Barlow - Burges Salmon LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The planning team at Burges Salmon LLP has experience handling major residential developments and energy projects, and is regularly involved in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIP). Indeed, Elizabeth Dunn is acting for Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm in relation to its National Grid connection, marking the longest-ever linear NSIP. Department head Gary Soloman is advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on all planning aspects of the proposed nuclear power station at Wylfa and the subsequent 400kV grid connection. In the residential space, Soloman assisted Redrow with the planning agreements for a 900-acre development in North West Cardiff for over 6,000 houses and substantial community and infrastructure provisions. Additionally, Julian Boswall was instructed by Highways England to obtain a development consent order for its M20 J10A project. Patrick Robinson has particular experience with planning litigation and is involved in a dispute regarding the grant of a planning permission, which is likely to reach the Supreme Court. Other key clients include Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency, and US-based energy technology developer Powersite.

Leading individuals

Patrick Robinson - Burges Salmon LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is ‘very technically knowledgeable and brings a practical and commercial approach’ to a range of contentious property issues, including property insolvency, corporate lease disputes and landed estate matters. Department head Richard Bedford acted for Eden Investments and the LPA receivers in relation to a £6m damages claim against Sainsbury’s concerning a breach of covenant in its anchor tenant lease in a shopping mall. Bedford also provides ongoing contentious property advice to Waterstones Booksellers. James Sutherland advised Virgin Clubs on the lease renewal process relating to its Kensington Roof Gardens location; following the decision to terminate its lease, Sutherland continues to assist the client with decant and dilapidations analyses. Noted for providing ‘prompt responses and clear explanations’, senior associate Chris Preston advised the University of Bristol on issues such as removal of existing third-party rights arising from its purchase of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Senior associate David Benjamin is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Richard Bedford - 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 handles commercial IT work, procurements, outsourcings, joint ventures, licensing, cybersecurity, encryption and data issues. Andrew Dunlop advised a supplier of premium carbonated drinks on its enterprise resource planning, cloud-based arrangements with ORACLE and contract-related issues. In another highlight the team advised a water utility company in relation to several IT projects including the purchase of a £200m cloud-based project management tool. Senior associate Lucy Pegler deals with IT, telecoms and GDPR issues with a particular focus on the transport and public sectors. David Varney specialises in working with tech vendors, the energy sector and financial services. Richard Binns is also recommended. Sarah Kenshall joined as legal director. Clients include Coca-Cola HBC, Babcock International, Thomson Reuters, Teradata, Cobham and AppDynamics.

Leading individuals

Andrew Dunlop - Burges Salmon LLP

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Pegler - Burges Salmon LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's full service intellectual property practice is headed by Jeremy Dickerson, who is ‘extremely responsive and user friendly’ and ‘a clear and pragmatic adviser’. Dickerson acts for new client BBC on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations. Helen Scott-Lawler who jointly heads the team with Dickerson, advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on a merger of existing research councils, which involved advising on the transfer of assets to the new entity. The practice also acts as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks Corporation, advising on UK and EU trade mark infringement and clearance matters. Georgina Shaw has ‘great communication skills’ and ‘adds real value to the team’. Emily Roberts focuses on contentious IP. Other key clients include Discovery Communications, John Lewis & Waitrose, Oxford University, Victoria’s Secret Stores and Virgin Enterprises.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides intellectual property advice to media clients; handles advertising and marketing matters; advice on broadcasting rights exploitation; and handles disputes. Jeremy Dickerson  heads the team and is ‘a very good commercial and media lawyer’. Helen Scott-Lawler  focuses on IP development, licensing and structuring. Recent highlights include being appointed to advise the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on its IP portfolio. Other clients include Virgin Care, which it advises on campaign launch materials, and Discovery Communications, which it is advising on the launch of new UK TV channels, new programme names, merchandising and trade mark infringement issues.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises on regulations, rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, integrity and anti-doping, and financial regulation. Clients include national and international federations, international teams and athletes. The firm is adept at handling disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Helen Scott-Lawler led on advising a group of independent racecourses on a media rights deal with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Another highlight includes advising Jeremy Noseda against a claim of equine doping brought by The British Horseracing Authority, after evidence was presented there was no suggestion of cheating and a much reduced fine was administered. Laura Claydon is adept at advising key stakeholders and regulatory bodies in the horse racing industry. Roger Bull deals with sports-related employment law. Jeremey Dickerson heads the team and specialises in anti-doping and integrity issues. James Pheasant left the firm. Clients include The Racecourse Association, Bristol City Football Club, Unicorn Products, Bristol Rovers Football Club and Virgin Sport.

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South West: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises on all aspects of rail transport including regulatory, commercial, safety and strategy issues. Clients include train operating companies and rolling stock manufacturers such as Eurostar International, Northern Ireland Railways Company, Transport for London, Association of Train Operating Companies and Travelers Insurance Company. Head of Rail Brioney Thomas led on advising Abellio on its bid for the west midlands rail franchise, this was a joint venture that included JRE and Mitsui and was worth £1b. Simon Coppen led on advising FirstGroup on a joint venture with MTR Holdings to acquire the South Western franchise, this deal will involve £1.2b of investment over seven years. Another highlight includes acting for Transport for Wales in relation to its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government, this deal is worth between £3b and £5b. Philip Beer is head of rail infrastructure, Ian Tucker was promoted to partner, Edward Barratt was promoted to legal director, he has ‘commitment, transparency and wide and deep subject knowledge’. Chris Jackson heads the transport sector and specialises in industry policy and strategy developments. Ann Metherall specialises in health and safety matters. Chris Simms joined as legal director from Abellio. The team provides ‘a very high quality of service, promptly turning work round to support the pace of active negotiations with broad knowledge and tailored advice’.

Leading individuals

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 €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 €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €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 €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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