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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Richard Adams

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Construction & engineering, particularly as a specialist disputes lawyer with a sector focus. Particular matters include (i) providing troubleshooting advice to a main contractor on a large waste PFI project; (ii) advising a hotel owner on a multi-million pound dispute relating to delays to the work, final account issues and defects; (iii) advising a main contractor on disputes arising on a high profile highways project; and (iv) advising a UK water utility on various disputes (including an adjudication on payment issues and advice on the termination of long term services contracts).


Law degree at University of Bristol, followed by commercial and legal roles in a construction consultancy with a focus on disputes avoidance and resolution. Started working at Burges Salmon in April 2006 in the Paralegal Support Unit, with a particular focus on assisting the Construction & Engineering and Dispute Resolution teams. Trained at Burges Salmon and qualified as a solicitor into the Construction & Engineering team in April 2011. Was promoted to Senior Associate in November 2016.


Member of The Technology and Construction Solicitors Association and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Attended primary and secondary school in Northern Ireland. Attended a comprehensive secondary school.


Cycling, swimming, attending the theatre and spending time with family. Also a member of the hall of residence advisory board for Manor Hall, University of Bristol.

London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Regional firm Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘a very polished and sophisticated service,’ with all members of the team splitting their time between London and the firm’s HQ in Bristol.  William Gard heads the London construction team, specialising in energy, transport and infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the £3.8bn PFI-funded Greater Manchester Waste Project, and the design and construction contracts of the 42 waste facilities across 27 different sites therein. Recently promoted partner Richard Adams is ‘clever and incisive.’ On the non-contentious side, the team advised new client Highways England on the £1.4bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel project.  Marcus Harling (‘very experienced, smooth and sophisticated) is acting for the The Crown Estate on a central London development and is leading the firm’s panel relationship with the Greater London Authority. Steven James has ‘excellent client skills and a very good eye for what is and is not a good argument’; recent work includes advising a major water utility on an agreement between the client and a project company for a major infrastructure development, including the letting of three framework agreements. The team also has expertise in the renewables sector, particularly solar PV and energy storage deals; it is advising Marks and Spencer on the deployment of rooftop solar arrays across its stores. Lloyd James is a key contact.

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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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