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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

Simon Coppen

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2291
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Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Commercial.

Position

Simon has advised rail industry members on the full range of legal issues concerning the strategy, operation and development of the industry since privatisation in 1994. He is a leading rail industry adviser with recognised expertise in policy, structural, regulatory and operational matters including access, licensing, European and UK regulation and franchising. He regularly advises on commercial contracts, procurement, rail disputes and competition issues.

Career

Trained Allen & Overy; qualified 1987; Allen & Overy 1985-89; joined Burges Salmon 1989; partner 1993.

Member

Law Society.

Education

Attended Kings School, Rochester; Brasenose College, Oxford (1984 MA Law).


London: Transport

Rail

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Coppen - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Rail

Burges Salmon LLP has a 'depth of rail knowledge and experience, coupled with a very practical approach'; it has recently handled a range of franchising, procurement, infrastructure and rolling stock projects for clients including leading rail operators and government bodies. Regulatory work is also a key strength of the team, which is noted for its EU law and health and safety expertise. With 'exceptional knowledge of the rail industry', Simon Coppen is noted for commercial contracts, procurement and regulatory matters, while head of rail Brioney Thomas is 'clever and commercial' and led advice for  Abellio East Anglia (t/a Greater Anglia) on the £40m funding of upgrades to the Norwich Crown Point depot, which included advising on an innovative long-term leasing structure. Transport head Chris Jackson and health and safety expert Ann Metherall are key figures, as are Philip Beer, who handles real estate deals in the sector, and Ian Tucker, who handles contentious instructions. Recently promoted partner Chris Simms is 'quick to see solutions and address issues'.

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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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