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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Richard Bedford

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Real Estate Litigation.


Partner specialising in real estate disputes, professional negligence and property insolvency.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1985; partner 1992.

London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Burges Salmon LLPperforms strongly in this practice area’ and ‘provides high quality commercial guidance’. The team is acting for Virgin in lease renewal proceedings which also involve decant and dilapidations considerations at a 1.5-acre grade II listed roof garden. A further highlight included an instruction from the University of Bristol in relation to the purchase of its Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Practice head Richard Bedford is ‘excellent at working to resolve disputes without recourse to unnecessary litigation’. Partner James Sutherland provides ‘clear succinct commercial advice which is of high quality’. Sutherland is experienced in leasehold and insolvency disputes and has acted for clients including The Crown Estate and the National Trust. Lucy Redman has joined the firm from Linklaters LLP.

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South West: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Bedford - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Property litigation

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is ‘very technically knowledgeable and brings a practical and commercial approach’ to a range of contentious property issues, including property insolvency, corporate lease disputes and landed estate matters. Department head Richard Bedford acted for Eden Investments and the LPA receivers in relation to a £6m damages claim against Sainsbury’s concerning a breach of covenant in its anchor tenant lease in a shopping mall. Bedford also provides ongoing contentious property advice to Waterstones Booksellers. James Sutherland advised Virgin Clubs on the lease renewal process relating to its Kensington Roof Gardens location; following the decision to terminate its lease, Sutherland continues to assist the client with decant and dilapidations analyses. Noted for providing ‘prompt responses and clear explanations’, senior associate Chris Preston advised the University of Bristol on issues such as removal of existing third-party rights arising from its purchase of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Senior associate David Benjamin is also highly 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. 

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