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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
Email:
Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Patrick Robinson

Tel:
Work 0117 902 2740
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Planning.

Position

A partner in the firm's planning unit. Solicitor advocate in the civil courts specialising in all planning issues including negotiation on planning and other infrastructure agreements and appearing as an advocate at planning inquiries; recent projects have included advising Isle of Anglesey on the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station application and has appeared as advocate in a number of planning inquiries for energy developments. Lectures regularly on planning and compulsory purchase topics to planning professionals.

Career

Trained Havant District Council 1986-88; qualified 1988; worked as a local government solicitor with specific responsibility for planning and heritage legislation at Southampton City Council 1988-1990; joined Burges Salmon 1990; partner Burges Salmon 1995.

Member

Legal associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute; Law Society’s Specialist Planning Panel.

Education

LLB Hons.

Leisure

Cycling and clocks.


South West: Real estate

Planning

Within: Leading individuals

Patrick Robinson - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Planning

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 ‘very experienced strategist’ 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.

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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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