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Burges Salmon LLP

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

Laura Claydon

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2273
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

EU/competition.

Position

Partner, heads Burges Salmon's Competition team and has particular experience of mergers, cartel and dominance investigations, competition litigation including follow-on damages actions, behavioural advice and market investigations. She has conducted many cases before the OFT, Competition Commission, and CMA and litigation before the Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court. Laura advises on mainstream competition matters and regulatory issues arising in various industry sectors with specific experience in the retail, food and drink, transport, utilities, sport, insurance, healthcare and real estate sectors.

Career

Trained Shoosmith & Harrison; qualified 1988; partner Burges Salmon 1996.

Member

Solicitors European Group; Law Society; Competition Law Association member.

Education

Attended Hull University (1985 LLB Hons); College of Law, Chancery Lane (LSF).

Leisure

Spending time outdoors dog walking and horse-racing.


London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

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

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

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

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South West: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: Leading individuals

Laura Claydon - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: EU and competition

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėparticular expertise in competition issues facing the water industry‚Äô.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

With a growing team and increasingly international focus, Burges Salmon LLP¬†is ‚Äėamong the best, if not the best, in the South West when it comes to high-value commercial litigation‚Äô. 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėadept at handling heavy multi-party litigation‚Äô, 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.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

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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  • 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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