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Mark Paterson

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Projects: PFI/PPP


Partner specialising in infrastructure projects and general commercial law. Mark acts for both the public sector and private sector. He is lead adviser for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in relation to the £31bn Dreadnought Programme and the £2bn AWACs aircraft procurement. He acted for MoD on the £10bn Astute Programme and the £4.5bn Skynet 5 satellite system. Mark acted for the Department for Transport and MoD in connection with its £6bn Search and Rescue Helicopter programme. Mark also acted for the UAE Armed Forces on its procurement of a multibillion-dollar military satellite system as well as multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects in the KSA for a European based defence company. Mark also led the team advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on their multi-billion pound Dounreay and Magnox civil nuclear reactor decommissioning programmes.


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.


Fluent French; some Spanish and German.


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


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 is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

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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 acts for public and private sector clients on the procurement, development and funding aspects of high-profile projects. The team also draws on the experience of practitioners in areas such as renewable energy, transport, waste management and water. Practice head Ian Salter is a recognised name nationally for his nuclear law expertise. Elsewhere, defence sector mandates are on the increase, with Mark PatersonKeith Beattie and Matthew Ramus being active practitioners in this space. Ramus is also experienced in projects with a nexus to the education sector. Brioney Thomas is the go-to contact for rail clients, which include passenger operators, freight operators, rolling stock manufacturers and government authorities.

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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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