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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Paul Haggett

Work 0117 939 2262
Burges Salmon LLP

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Commercial disputes.


Partner and head of disputes, environment and planning department. Practice focuses on acting for large corporates and financial institutions. Recent cases have been for Airbus, Smart Parking Ltd and Premier Telecom. He is a solicitor advocate and qualified mediator.


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 to date.


Bristol Law Society.


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


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

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is based across its London and Bristol offices, and has a predominantly claimant-focused practice, and is adept at bringing cases against companies in the financial, legal, pensions, IT, construction, environment, energy, accountancy and tax sectors, among others. Team head Andrew Burnette is ‘commercial, effective and on the ball’ and Paul Haggett is ‘experienced’. The group is acting for Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International in a £10m claim against Mercer regarding the drafting of pension scheme rules. It is also pursuing a large portfolio of claims for Nationwide Building Society concerning advice provided by surveyors and solicitors’ firms regarding commercial property transactions. The Co-operative Bank, Volvo Group (UK) and Cobb Europe are also clients.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP acts for corporates and government entities across a wide variety of sectors, with particular experience in transport, energy and financial services litigation. Kari McCormick has been providing ongoing advice to Financial Services Compensation Scheme in relation to its PPI recoveries project. Other public sector clients include Torbay Borough Council and the National Crime Agency. Chris Jackson led a highly publicised matter for Firstgroup, which reached the Supreme Court in an attempt to clarify the disability rights and equality law concerning access to wheelchair spaces on buses. The team is jointly led by David Hall and Paul Haggett, the latter of whom acted for a household name aircraft manufacturer in a claim against an employee for breach of contract and theft of confidential information and intellectual property. Major private-sector clients include John Lewis/Waitrose, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks and Virgin.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Burges Salmon LLP handles high-volume recovery matters with its computerised debt collection system, and also acts for public sector clients and financial institutions. The team comprises Paul Haggett, who heads the dispute resolution department, and Amanda Vaughan, a debt recovery manager with over ten years of experience. Haggett and Vaughan’s clients include the Horserace Betting Levy Board, for which they submitted a letter before action and issued a claim for unpaid levy liability.

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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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