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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
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Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Gary Soloman

Tel:
Work 0117 902 2791
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Planning.

Position

Partner and head of Burges Salmon's Planning and Compulsory Purchase team. Recent/current matters: acting for Isle of Anglesey County Council in relation to the proposed new nuclear power station in Wylfa. Continuing to act for Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council on the South Bristol Link following the successful promotion of joint CPOs. Advising on a number of town and city centre regeneration schemes and acting for the Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency in promoting CPOs to deliver European funded environmental works along the River Severn.

Career

Trained Weymouth and Portland Borough Council; qualified 1997; assistant solicitor Ashford Borough Council (1997-2000); solicitor Burges Salmon 2000-to date; associate 2001; partner 2005; Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Division).

Member

Law Society Planning Panel; legal associate Royal Town Planning Institute; national committee member Compulsory Purchase Association.

Education

Educated at University of Southampton (LLB Law).


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

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

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Water

Within: Water

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

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London: Real estate

Planning

Within: Planning

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

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

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.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Leading individuals

Gary Soloman - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Local government

‚ÄėProfessional and easy to work with‚Äô,¬†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.

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South West: Real estate

Planning

Within: Planning

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.

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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©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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