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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work 0117 939 2000
Fax 0117 902 4400
Bristol, Edinburgh, London

David Hall

Work 0117 902 2798
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Head of Disputes, Planning & Construction at Burges Salmon. Specialises in complex finance and commercial litigation and has a very substantial fraud and business crime practice.  He has acted for numerous major financial institutions and corporate clients on a wide range of national and international disputes, investigations and strategic situations over a 29 year career. Recent cases have involved various sectors including banking, defence, water, property development, food and drink, and international arbitration. He has also represented the National Crime Agency and various major corporates in a number of recent SFO and other regulatory investigations.


Trained Clifford Chance 1990-92; qualified 1992; Burges Salmon 2000-date, partner 2002.


Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association


Attended Nottingham University (1989 LLB); Nottingham Trent University (1997 LLM).


Tennis, cricket, golf and the theatre.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Burges Salmon LLP is adept at handling external attacks on financial institutions, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The team's expertise includes breaches of financial services regulations, breaches of environmental and health and safety regulations, and tax irregularities. Clients include international corporates, banks, insurance intermediaries and IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and focuses on director and employee fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Burges Salmon LLP is 'excellent at every level'. The practice acts for banks in disputes involving facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisation, acquisition finance, investment funds and professional negligence. It has particular experience in the mis-selling of financial products and services as well as advising on investigations. Bristol-based David Hall is dispute resolution head, Kari McCormick is financial services sector head, and Andrew Burnette regularly acts for banking clients in recoveries and professional negligence and fraud claims. Caroline Brown is an experienced senior associate.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice 'has great market presence in disputes, excellent knowledge of the law and is very hardworking'. It fields specialist litigators in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, IP and pensions. David Hall heads the team, which also includes Kari McCormick, Andrew Burnette, Chris Jackson, Sian Edmunds and Michael Ward.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime matters including bribery, corruption, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, theft of industry information and private criminal prosecutions. It often deals with investigations by authorities including the police, the NCA and the SFO. Other areas of expertise include crime prevention, asset freezing and recovery. The firm is seeing an increase in instructions from financial services clients and is experienced in representing banks, insurance intermediaries, asset managers and investment funds, as well as IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and is adept at representing international corporates and financial institutions in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud

Within: Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Crime: fraud

Burges Salmon LLP specialises in the impact of criminal and white collar fraud, including issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. Headed by David Hall, the firm also advises on issues relating to police investigations in relation to asset freezing and recovery, and covers a wide range of matters that involve director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

David Hall - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP has a large team, which serves a sizeable roster of national and international clients. It has a notable specialism in transport sector disputes; the scope of the work includes rail, bus, motor and marine matters. In addition, the team excels in contentious work involving financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, energy, intellectual property and pensions. David Hall leads the group, which includes highly rated associate Brian Wong. Wong focuses on transport, regulatory and public law matters, and also handles complex corporate disputes.

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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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