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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Ann Metherall

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Health and Safety


Specialises in strategic health and safety and risk management, liability claims and commercial disputes. At the heart of Ann’s work is support to clients in infrastructure businesses; in particular the transport, construction, energy and industrial sectors.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 2000; partner 2008; previously railway civil engineering manager with British Rail and private sector successor company 1985-96.


Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


Attended Portsmouth Polytechnic (1985 BSc Hons Engineering Geology and Geotechnics); Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1992); University of the West of England (1997-1998 postgraduate diplomas in law and legal practice).


Enjoys running, swimming and cycling.

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Burges Salmon LLP has been historically associated with work in the rail sector, but has of late been growing its presence in the retail and construction spaces. Practice head Ann Metherall - 'who stands out as a partner who has her finger on the pulse' is based in Bristol and has a strong reputation on rail matters. Other notable names from the Bristol office include Chris Jackson, who has a similar emphasis on rail, and Sian Edmunds who focuses on the food and beverage and consumer sectors.

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London: Transport


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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South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Ann Metherall - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Health and safety

Burges Salmon LLP's health and safety practice has a standout reputation in the transport and construction sectors. In addition, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known in the chemicals, agricultural, engineering, manufacturing and renewables industries. Also notable is that it is prominent in the food sector; the practice covers all safety issues, including contamination, liability and product recall. The team has a wealth of expertise in criminal and civil matters arising from health and safety incidents; practice head Ann Metherall, who has a strong track record in rail sector health and safety,  is experienced in police and regulatory investigations, and public inquiries.

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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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