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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, London

Mark Paterson

Tel:
Work 0117 902 2744
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Projects: PFI/PPP

Position

Partner specialising in infrastructure projects and general commercial law. He is lead adviser for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in relation to the £10bn Astute Class Submarines and £30bn Successor Class submarines. He has led the Projects team in advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on £7bn nuclear site clean-up contracts. He acted for MoD on procuring the £4.5bn Skynet 5 satellite system and the Department for Transport and MoD in connection with its £3.5bn Search and Rescue Helicopter PFI. He acted for the UAE Armed Forces on its procurement of YahSat, a multibillion-dollar military satellite system and has also acted on multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects in the KSA for a Europeon based defence company.

Career

Trained Slaughter and May, London 1992-94; assistant Slaughter and May, London 1994-96; assistant Freshfields, Paris 1996-98; associate Burges Salmon, Bristol 1998-2001; partner Burges Salmon 2001.

Languages

Fluent French; some Spanish and German.

Education

Attended Churchill College, Cambridge (1990 BA Hons); College of Law, Guildford (1991 LSF).

Leisure

Music, tennis, farming and trekking.


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Paterson - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Project finance and PFI

Burges Salmon LLP is well known throughout the region and nationally for its strength in major energy and infrastructure projects, with the team involved in many of the largest and most sensitive projects across the UK. Brioney Thomas is advising Abellio on all aspects, including funding, of rail and depot works for the East Anglia and West Midlands rail franchises. Thomas is also instructed by Transport for Wales. Also in the transport space, Lloyd James is acting for Costain Group in connection with the development of the M4 relief road in South Wales. Headed by Ian Salter, the team has unique expertise in nuclear energy projects. Gary Soloman is assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council with all aspects of its role in the development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Mark Paterson is advising the Ministry of Defence in relation to the highly publicised Trident project. Additional contacts include William Gard, Keith Beattie, and Nathan Curtis.

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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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