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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, Edinburgh, London
Burges Salmon LLP, Paul Haggett, Bristol, ENGLAND

Paul Haggett

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2262
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Commercial disputes.

Position

Partner and former head of Disputes, Environment and Planning department. Practice focused on acting for large corporates and financial institutions. He is a solicitor advocate and qualified mediator.

Since January 2018, Paul has been acting as the firm’s General Counsel, COLP, MLRO and DPO.

Career

Trained Freshfields; qualified 1985; manager Freshfields litigation department 1985-89; assistant/associate Burges Salmon 1989-92; partner 1992; head of commercial litigation team 1999-2011; head of disputes, environment and planning department, 2011-17.

Member

Bristol Law Society.

Education

Attended Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall; Downing College, Cambridge (BA Hons Law).

Leisure

Skiing, sailing, fitness, gardening, folk music and reading.

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Burges Salmon LLP

  • 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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