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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

William Gard

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Construction and engineering – energy and infrastructure.


Will is a chartered civil engineer as well as a solicitor, practising arbitrator and adjudicator and has over 30 years' infrastructure projects experience. He chairs the firm's Infrastructure group and leads the Construction and Engineering team. Will specialises in engineering and infrastructure projects procurement and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in the design, construction and operation of energy, water, utilities, transport and other infrastructure projects. Will’s practice includes advising on the merits of potential claims to troubleshooting on complex projects and ultimately formal proceedings if necessary. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Will is also a specialist in arbitration and adjudication and leads the firm's Arbitration and Adjudication practice area.  He has been appointed as adjudicator/arbitrator on over 100 occasions over the last 20 years. Will is the immediate post Chairman of the Technology and Construction Solicitors' Association and sits on the Committee.


Chartered Civil engineer 1991; Solicitor 1995; partner Bevan Ashford 1998; partner Burges Salmon 2003 to date.


Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Attended Marlborough College; University of London (1985 BSc (Eng); Civil Engineering); Common Professional Examination (1992); Law Society Finals (1993).


Member of Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.

London: Real estate

Construction: contentious

Within: Construction: contentious

Burges Salmon LLP's contentious construction practice has expertise in matters relating to energy, transport and waste, advising big-name clients on complex disputes. The team is led by William Gard who also also heads the firm's arbitration and adjudication practice. Marcus Harling, who, like Gard, splits his time between Bristol and London, has decades of experience in the construction sphere and works on project troubleshooting and disputes relating to construction and engineering projects.

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Contruction: non-contentious

Within: Contruction: non-contentious

Burges Salmon LLP's practice, which has a focus on sectors such as national infrastructure, nuclear and renewable energy and transport, is led by William Gard. Another key member of the practice is Lloyd James who has expertise in matters relating to waste management, minerals and mining and transport infrastructure. James was lead partner advising Costain on the £1.3bn relief road project in South Wales. Another notable name is Steven James, who was lead partner advising HSBC and Bank Leumi on the £125m refinancing of a retirement village portfolio.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

William Gard - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Construction

Led by¬†William Gard, the ‚Äėamazing‚Äô construction and engineering team at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†excels in handling critical national infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including renewables and energy storage, and transport. The group stands out for its niche expertise in nuclear new-build projects; this is an area of specialism for Steven James. Marcus Harling¬†regularly takes the lead on the procurement and delivery aspects of complex construction projects.¬†Also notable is that¬†the team has had an increase in mandates from clients in the utilities, mining and waste management sectors. The team also has experience of acting in construction disputes, which are a specialism for Richard Adams¬†and senior associate Jessica Evans, who was hired from Bevan Brittan LLP¬†in June 2018.

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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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
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