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Burges Salmon LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Acting for public and private sector clients, Burges Salmon LLP's expertise includes the rail, retail, education, healthcare and sport sectors. The firm is also advising on an increasing amount of commercial contracts work with a multi-jurisdictional element. Helen Scott-Lawler leads the practice and is particularly experienced in issues relating to retail, food and drink, and consumer-facing businesses. Her team is advising the Ministry of Defence on the procurement of Dreadnought and Astute class submarines. Sarah Kenshall joined as a legal director from Axiom in 2018; she specialises in technology, focusing on telecoms vendors, fintech and public sector IT projects. Timothy Deacon left for Keystone Law in 2019.

Practice head(s):Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:Sarah Kenshall

Testimonials

'Very client focused and flexible'

'The team is highly knowledgeable'

'Helen Scott-Lawler is very professional and reliable'

Key Clients

John Lewis PLC and Waitrose

Oxford University

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, First TransPennine Express and Hull Trains)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Ministry of Defence

Coca Cola Hellenic

Yeo Valley

Fever-Tree

Gegenbauer

Waterstones

Work highlights

  • Advising the John Lewis Partnership, including leading grocery retailer Waitrose, on its most material commercial contracts, as one of only four UK firms acting for the partnership.
  • Advised Yeo Valley on a range of commercial contract matters, including its deal with Arla in 2018.
  • Advising Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Borders Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh government.
  • Acted for Phillips 66 Limited on the acquisition of NJB Services Ltd, the owner and operator of a chain of petrol stations in the north of England.
  • Advised Welsh Water on its complex IT outsourcing incorporating the design and build of a new integrated customer contact centre and desktop platform.
Leading individuals

Helen Scott-Lawler - Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP 's tax practice  offers advice on  corporate restructurings, real estate transactions and investment funds for clients including The Crown Estate. Following the retirement of Nigel Popplewell in 2019, the group is led by Ian Carnochan and Sarah Lane, who joined the firm from an in-house position at FTI Consulting in March 2018, and has a practice that includes M&A, treasury tax and real estate tax  work.

Practice head(s):Ian Carnochan; Sarah Lane

Other key lawyers:John Barnett

Testimonials

'Very well considered, prompt professional advice'

'In-depth knowledge of financial services products and services'

'Very strong at listening to the client and delivering on key aspects and risks; with a strong risk management and ethics approach to engagement'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Yeo Valley Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

The Church Commissioners

Battery Energy Storage Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Yeo Valley on a strategic transaction with Arla Foods
  • Advised the Wales Pension Partnership on the establishment of an authorised contractual scheme.
  • Advised management on a £160 million buy-out of Supplier Assessment Services from Capita
  • Provided UK tax advice to senior management in relation to the buy-out of Hydro International by pan-European private equity firm Agilitas

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

While the core industries of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s competition department are retail, food manufacturing and transport, it also has a strength in sectors such as financial services, media, healthcare, and regulated utilities. Led by practice head Chris Worrall, who splits his time between Bristol and London, the group has carved out a significant reputation for merger clearance work. Of recent note, the team assisted The Co-operative Group with obtaining a clearance of its £143m acquisition of Nisa Retail. Other areas of expertise include investigations and compliance advice, antitrust litigation, state aid, and public procurement. Laura Claydon is no longer a partner at the firm. Legal director Noel Beale is a key figure on the team.

Practice head(s):Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:Noel Beale

Key Clients

The Co-operative Group

FirstGroup

Abellio

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust

Cardiff City Transport Services

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

Transport for Wales

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised The Co-operative Group on its £143m acquisition of Nisa Retail; successfully obtained Phase I merger control clearance for the transaction by the CMA.
  • Advised Yeo Valley on the UK merger filing relating to the sale of its liquid milk, butter and cheese business.
  • Acted for Transport for Wales on the merger control and procurement aspects relating to the award of the Wales and Borders rail franchise.
  • Advising Ofwat on certain aspects of its 2019 price review methodology. Continuing to provide additional legal advice concerning elements of this programme.
  • Advised longstanding client Arora Group on the CMA’s investigation into airport parking practices at Heathrow.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP¬†regularly handles placing work in conjunction with it's strong restructuring team and its corporate group which acts for a number of domestic public companies. A particularly active area in 2018‚Äď2019 has been Brexit-related public company work where, for example, the team advised a listed company on a corporate restructuring mandate involving the creation of an Irish parent company. The team has strong relationships with a number of active nomads, and acts for a corporate client base spanning a variety of sectors, though the group is particularly well known in the energy space.¬†Richard Spink¬†heads the corporate department and¬†Rupert Weston¬†is a name to note in the corporate finance group.

Practice head(s):Richard Spink; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:Nick Graves; Dominic Davis; Chris Godfrey

Key Clients

Gooch & Housego plc

ITM Power plc

Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc

Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc

WH Ireland Limited

SciSys plc

Stockdale Securities

Premier Asset Management plc

FirstGroup plc

Future plc

Phillips 66

Work highlights

  • Advised WH Ireland as nominated advisor and broker to Malvern International plc on its conditional placing to raise approximately £4m.
  • Advised Future plc on a court approved reduction of capital to create additional distributable reserves of approximately £47m.
  • Advised SEC S.p.A. on its fundraising by way of a capital increase and subsequent private placing.
  • Advised AIM-listed Michelmersh on a firm placing to raise £5m and the connected strategic acquisition of Floren & Cie.
  • Advised WH Ireland (as nomad) on a reverse takeover under Rule 14 of the AIM rules and associated fundraising for Polemos plc (renamed Digitalbox plc).

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

The broad practice of Burges Salmon LLP covers fund and asset management work as well as providing experience in the pensions, insurance and fintech spaces. The non-contentious side is led by innovative transactional specialist Tom Dunn and Kari McCormick, who also leads a contentious offering that has particular expertise in investigations arising from conduct issues. The firm is known as trusted adviser to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited. Sarah Kenshall joined in 2018 from Axiom and is a director in the fintech group.

Practice head(s):Tom Dunn; Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Sarah Kenshall

Testimonials

'Takes the time to really get to know the issues and is responsive to all requirements'

'Burges Salmon is exceptional, both in on-going day-to-day funds management matters and more complex investment fund launches'

'Tom Dunn gives attention to detail and has a rare ability to grasp what the client really needs to know'

Key Clients

St. James’s Place

All-Wales LGPS Pool

Bank of Ireland UK

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Marlborough Fund Managers

Investment Fund Services Limited

The Royal London Group including The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited, Royal London Asset Management and Ascentric

J&E Davy (UK) Limited

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Mattioli Woods

Work highlights

  • Advised FundRock on the launch of a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS).
  • Advised on all legal aspects of the launch of St. James’s Place Diversified Assets Fund (a fund of alternative investment funds).
  • Advising The Davy Group on the restructuring of part of the firm’s cross-border activities in preparation for Brexit.
  • Advising the All Wales LGPS Pool on pooling their respective pension scheme assets into a c. £15 billion open ended authorised contractual scheme.
  • Launch of a brand new funeral plan proposition for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong footing in the domestic M&A market, advising clients from both its London and heritage Bristol office. Increasingly, the firm is also acting on international mandates for established clients, using its network of preferred firms to facilitate. Notable sector specialisms include food and drink, energy, particularly nuclear and renewables, and hotels and leisure, in which clients are predominantly from the south west. Richard Spink heads the firm's corporate finance group, and focuses on corporate transactions and reorganisations, with a particular emphasis on private equity clients.

Practice head(s):Richard Spink

Other key lawyers:Rupert Weston; Nick Graves

Testimonials

'Very practical and helpful guidance'

'Excellent professional advice and extremely trustworthy'

'Richard Spink and Tim Roberts were first class to work with - highly trustworthy, very reliable, always quick to respond and explain everything clearly and concisely.'

Key Clients

The AA Group

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Downing LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the transfer of £3.5bn assets from separate research organisations into the the newly incorporated United Kingdom Research and Innovation.
  • Advised the incumbent management team of Supplier Assessment Services Limited on the Warburg Pincus-backed buyout of the company from Capita for £160m.
  • Advised SCISYS Plc on a corporate restructuring by way of a scheme of arrangement, to introduce a new Irish-incorporated parent company.
  • Acted for Houston-based energy manufacturing and logistics company Phillips 66 on its acquisition of NJB Services Limited, a UK company with a portfolio of fuel filling stations across England.
  • Advised Yeo Valley on the disposal of Yeo Valley Dairies Limited to Arla Foods Limited.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP handles the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership issues, including advising on 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, fund structuring and the use of partnerships in private tax planning. The group has particular expertise in disputes involving farming and agri-businesses, for which it is instructed by clients nationwide. Sian Edmunds leads on partnership disputes, Chris Godfrey heads investment fund-led work, while John Barnett has substantial experience advising private clients on partnerships in relation to family businesses and succession planning.

Practice head(s):Chris Godfrey; Sian Edmunds; John Barnett

Other key lawyers:Kevin Kennedy; Jim Aveline; Michael Ward

Testimonials

'Real practical knowledge and experience in how partnerships operate and the challenges they face.'

'Sian Edmunds is really on the ball when it comes to delivering practical solutions for her clients.'

'Exceptional knowledge of all matters to do with agricultural law, food production and agricultural policy.'

'Kevin Kennedy is more than willing to share ideas and strategies to move the case on and doesn't "hog the limelight" at any stage.'

Key Clients

Swiss private bank owned by a Brazilian-headquartered group

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Swiss private bank on its participation in a UK asset manager structured as an LLP.
  • Ongoing advice to a family on the administration of an estate comprising a farming partnership share, including claims for IHT reliefs, and subsequent partition of partnership business between the deceased’s children.
  • Representing a private equity specialist in a dispute concerning the ownership of an investment fund.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Led out of the firm's Bristol headquarters by Mark Shepherd, Burges Salmon LLP handles a significant amount of venture capital work for both investors and investees as a function of its broader private equity offering. Active in mandates across all stages of the investment process and in particular sector strengths of the firm as a whole, including energy and education, the team also benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's private client pedigree - of particular use in relation to early-stage investments on behalf of ultra-high-net-worth angel investors and their family offices.

Practice head(s):Mark Shepherd

Other key lawyers:Richard Spink; Camilla Usher-Clark; Tim Roberts

Testimonials

'The firm's expertise in the education/apprenticeship sector is extremely strong.'

'Richard Spink has a measured approach and is excellent to work with.'

'The calm and effective Tim Roberts is a highly capable player in complex deals.'

Key Clients

Beechbrook Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

LDC (Managers) Limited

BGF

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising BGF on its investment into UK-based engineering design company Hydrock.
  • Advising Causeway Capital, a Dublin-based venture capital fund, on its investments into online fashion retailer ‘In The Style’ and the bolt-on acquisition by Bakers + Baristas of DJ&C Foods – the client’s first-ever investments in UK businesses.
  • Advising Ingenious Capital on the disposal of four ground-mounted solar project SPVs held by EIS investors to one of two funds also managed by Ingenious.
  • Advising Octopus Group on its ground-breaking funding of new zero-emission Jaguar I-Pace vehicles at Heathrow Airport, a major project that will enable their rollout as part of the airport’s commitment to reducing emissions.
  • Acting for Forsa Energy, an alternative energy company backed by power-focused venture capital firm Riverstone, on the acquisition of the entire-issued share capital of Hartgen Limited and subsequently of NG CM 2017 Limited.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Michael Ward; Kari McCormick; Chris Davies; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

‘David Hall and Michael Ward are a formidable team, whom anyone should go to’.

‘Michael Ward is very clever, dogged and focused’.

‘David Hall is urbane, worldly and excellent with clients’.

‘Good quality of associates working under the partners’. 

‘Real team approach both within the firm and when it comes to the involvement of counsel and the client’.

‘A very commercial approach and a strong focus on achievable commercial outcomes’.

Key Clients

Celtic Energy

Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited

Nationwide Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for the largest coal mining company in Wales in a widely publicised £160m fraud case involving the BVI.
  • Acting on a complex high-value unauthorised diversion case for a company against the former CEO.
  • Acting on an ongoing high-value portfolio of property-related claims against surveyors and valuers, many involving fraud and breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty, for a leading high-street lender.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):David Hall; Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Andrew Burnette; Caroline Brown

Testimonials

'Andrew Burnette is an excellent lawyer.'

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

The Co-operative Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

National Westminster Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Bayerische Landesbank

Sarasin & Partners

Work highlights

  • It recently acted for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in concluding a long-running and significant recoveries action involving PPI mis-selling and unfair relationships.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Andrew Burnette; Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds; Michael Ward

Testimonials

'Competes head to head with the leading firms, but at a lower cost to clients'.

'Kari McCormick has an excellent knowledge of the law and is extremely commercial in her approach'.

'Sian Edmunds is really on the ball when it comes to delivering practical solutions for her clients, but is not afraid of a fight'.

Key Clients

FirstGroup and subsidiaries

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ludlow Street Healthcare (and associated group companies) in a shareholder dispute.

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London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Headed by Richard Leeming, the Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP benefits from 'extensive experience' for clearing banks (including Lloyds and RBS) as well as borrowers (National Express Group plc) across a wide array of primarily mid-market finance mandates. As well as a significant flow of general corporate lending instructions, the team also has niche expertise advising on financings across the real estate and energy/infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:Graham Soar; Rachel Ruane; Nathan Curtis; Andrew Eaton; Victoria Allsopp; Katie Allen

Testimonials

'It is a tight knit group that works together well and manages to interface with other teams to ensure a seamless service.'

'Katie Allen is a smart and diligent lawyer that demonstrates commercial thinking and solution-based advice.'

 

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC UK Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Express Group plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Capital Partners

Bluefield SIF Investments

ICG Longbow

M&G Investments

C & J Clark

Work highlights

  • Advised National Australia Bank and Santander UK on the £85m financing of a portfolio of English onshore wind projects, owned by Banks Renewables.
  • Advised Octopus Group on its funding of new zero emission vehicles at Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised HSBC and Bank Leumi with the financing of Audley Group to fund all existing developments within the group, covering the cost of land acquisition and development.
  • Advised National Express plc on an existing syndicated revolving facility agreement and four additional parallel bilateral facilities totalling £500m.
  • Advising a major UK Investment fund on the re-financing of 20 reserve power plants.

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP in Bristol has an impressive client base that includes FTSE100 corporates and global brands. The firm's derivatives practice is best known for advising blue-chip clients on the borrower side on highly complex matters, including bespoke ISDA agreements. It also acts for investment funds and pension fund trustees that use derivatives to manage their risk. Many of its clients are based in the UK but the firm has substantially increased its portfolio of work for overseas clients in structured equity derivatives for retail funds, the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements, clearing agreements and regulatory advice. Lead partner Graham Soar handles corporate banking, project finance, derivatives, securitisation and debt capital markets work. He has particular expertise in energy-related finance and real estate financing.

Practice head(s):Graham Soar

Other key lawyers:Alistair Rattray

Key Clients

FirstGroup plc

National Express Group plc

Emirates Group

Julian Hodge Bank

Premier Fund Managers

Villa Plus Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising FirstGroup on a large number of transactions which include a range of derivatives matters, including negotiation of ISDA master agreements and related credit support arrangements and advising on commodities derivatives transactions and arrangements.
  • Advising National Express on a significant number of ISDAs and ISDA Master Agreements.
  • Advising new client Metropolitan Life Insurance Company on a transaction involving a significant investment facility, including embedded derivatives, to an SPV backed by a multinational asset manager for the acquisition of a BVI company owning 11 Pilgrim Street, Ludgate, London
  • Advising on various CSA amendment agreements to existing ISDA master agreements, to include both the legal and commercial investment strategy aspects.

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Spearheaded on the finance and leasing side by Brioney Thomas, Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP has broad operational, transactional and regulatory rail sector expertise. Thomas often takes the lead on the firm's highest profile rolling stock finance matters for its strong borrower and lessee client base, which includes many of the country's leading train operating companies, including Merseyrail and Great Western Railway.

Practice head(s):Brioney Thomas; Simon Coppen; Rachael Ruane

Other key lawyers:Chris Simms; Chris Lewis; Lydia Cullimore

Key Clients

Welsh Government/Transport for Wales

Abellio Transport Holdings

West Midlands Trains Limited (a joint venture between Abellio Transport Group Limited, Mitsui, and Japan Railways East).

First MTR South Western Trains Limited, a joint venture between FirstGroup and Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation (trading as South Western Railway)

First Rail Holdings

Merseyrail Electrics 2002 Limited (trading as Merseyrail)

First Greater Western Ltd (trading as Great Western Railway)

First TransPennine Express Limited (trading as TransPennine Express)

Abellio East Anglia Limited (trading as) Greater Anglia

UK freight operating companies (Colas Rail; DB Cargo (UK) Ltd; Mendip Rail; Devon & Cornwall Railways; Direct Rail Services; Freightliner Group Ltd; and GB Railfreight)

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Wales (TfW) and the Welsh Government on the procurement by Keolis Amey Wales Cymru of a fleet of 77 new DMUs to run on the cross borders routes from CAF.
  • Continuing to advise TfW and the Welsh Government on the procurement by Keolis Amey of three fleets, totalling over 50 units, from Swiss manufacturer, Stadler.
  • Advised TfW and Welsh Government on the incoming operator’s proposed leasing and maintenance arrangements with Angel Trains for various fleets of existing rolling stock.
  • Advised TfW and the Welsh Government during 2018 on the incoming operator’s proposed leasing and maintenance arrangements with Porterbrook.
  • Acted for West Midlands Trains Limited (WMTL) on the funding by Angel Trains of a suite of modifications to WMTL's fleets of Class 350 electric multiple units and Class 172 diesel multiple units.  

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Ann Metherall 

Other key lawyers:Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds 

Testimonials

'Ann Metherall and her team have unique expertise of health and safety in the rail industry. They have long term relationships with a number of large clients in this sector. This, together with Ann's background as a rail engineer, puts them in a unique position and enables them to offer an unrivalled service to their clients.'

'Ann Metherall stands out as a partner who has her finger on the pulse. She is a very approachable and knowledgeable lawyer.'

'Chris Jackson really excels in railway and train operating matters.'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup plc

John Lewis Partnership plc

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a particularly strong regulatory offering, with recent instructions involving judicial review applications against the Pensions Regulator and the defence of moral hazard investigations. The firm's client base spans trustees and scheme sponsors in both the public and private sectors, who instruct the team on scheme mergers, buy-ins and other transactions, regulatory compliance, personal pension scheme establishment and GDPR compliance. Justin Briggs and recently promoted partner Suzanne Padmore are stand-out names for pensions disputes, having recently acted on some of the market's most significant professional negligence matters. Further contentious expertise includes rectification actions and pension overpayment recovery. On the non-contentious side, key partners include Richard Pettit, Michael Hayles, Clive Pugh and Alice Honeywill.

Practice head(s):Richard Knight; Justin Briggs

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Padmore; Richard Pettit; Michael Hayles; Clive Pugh; Alice Honeywill

Testimonials

'A highly regarded firm in the industry'

'One of the best contentious pensions teams on the market'

'Suzanne Padmore is very measured, knowledgeable and impressive'

'Very responsive and proactive'

'The team is approachable, professional and technically excellent'

'Suzanne Padmore is always well-informed, friendly and efficient'

'Justin Briggs has a great ability to engage in tactical analysis'

'Charlotte Rowland-Frank is very bright and a great team player'

'A very experienced, professional, careful and competent team'

'Justin Briggs is right at the top of his field'

'Richard Pettit manages to explain complex subjects in an easy manner for clients to understand. He is always available and always delivers on time.'

'Michael Hayles is a great pragmatist and focuses on the issues that really matter to clients. He can be depended on to provide the right advice, even in a time-pressured scenario.'

'Clive Pugh has a detailed knowledge of the Pensions Regulator and of how the corporate world works, which allows him to cut through complex transactions.'

Key Clients

Western Power Distribution

FirstGroup

Silentnight

Leonardo Pensions

Honda

AT&T

Methodist Church

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education

Oxford University

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bernard Matthews Pension Scheme

Andrew Newton  (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Safeway Pension Scheme)

Phil Shimells (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Univar Company Pension Scheme)

HR Trustees Ltd, the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Moeller Electric Group Pension Scheme

Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to the trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme regarding a significant regulatory matter.
  • Advised the trustees of the Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on the successful merger of three existing schemes in the group into a new, £2.2bn scheme.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a particularly strong regulatory offering, with recent instructions involving judicial review applications against the Pensions Regulator and the defence of moral hazard investigations. The firm's client base spans trustees and scheme sponsors in both the public and private sectors, who instruct the team on scheme mergers, buy-ins and other transactions, regulatory compliance, personal pension scheme establishment and GDPR compliance. Justin Briggs and recently promoted partner Suzanne Padmore are stand-out names for pensions disputes, having recently acted on some of the market's most significant professional negligence matters. Further contentious expertise includes rectification actions and pension overpayment recovery. On the non-contentious side, key partners include Richard Pettit, Michael Hayles, Clive Pugh and Alice Honeywill.

Practice head(s):Richard Knight; Justin Briggs

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Padmore; Richard Pettit; Michael Hayles; Clive Pugh; Alice Honeywill

Testimonials

'A highly regarded firm in the industry'

'One of the best contentious pensions teams on the market'

'Suzanne Padmore is very measured, knowledgeable and impressive'

'Very responsive and proactive'

'The team is approachable, professional and technically excellent'

'Suzanne Padmore is always well-informed, friendly and efficient'

'Justin Briggs has a great ability to engage in tactical analysis'

'Charlotte Rowland-Frank is very bright and a great team player'

'A very experienced, professional, careful and competent team'

'Justin Briggs is right at the top of his field'

'Richard Pettit manages to explain complex subjects in an easy manner for clients to understand. He is always available and always delivers on time.'

'Michael Hayles is a great pragmatist and focuses on the issues that really matter to clients. He can be depended on to provide the right advice, even in a time-pressured scenario.'

'Clive Pugh has a detailed knowledge of the Pensions Regulator and of how the corporate world works, which allows him to cut through complex transactions.'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bernard Matthews Pension Scheme

Andrew Newton  (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Safeway Pension Scheme)

Phil Shimells (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Univar Company Pension Scheme (1978))

HR Trustees Ltd, the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Moeller Electric Group Pension Scheme

Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (FSCS)

Work highlights

  • Represented Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme in a £60m professional negligence case.
  • Represented Andrew Newton (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Safeway Pension Scheme) in an equalisation case totalling over £100m.
  • Acted for Phil Shimells (Representative Beneficiary; member of the Univar Company Pension Scheme) in relation to the company’s application for rectification and/or declaratory relief.
Leading individuals

Justin Briggs - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Suzanne Padmore - Burges Salmon LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

The practice at Burges Salmon LLP, which is led out of Bristol by insurance litigation head Kari McCormick, is focused almost exclusively on work for policyholders, allowing the firm to avoid conflicts to a large extent. The practice, which has a sector focus on construction, transport, energy, rail and infrastructure clients, has recently seen an increasing of work originating in Latin America. Senior associate Matthew Walker is well-regarded for his 'sector expertise and calm, can-do manner'.

Practice head(s):Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Matthew Walker

Testimonials

'Strong and capable team. Extremely user-friendly and responsive. They feel like a natural extension of my in-house team - providing advice in the very specialist area of insurance litigation. They have a more constructive and solutions focused approach than some other private practice law firms I have dealt with.'

'Extremely thorough, engaged and user friendly.'

'We are extremely impressed by the way Burges Salmon are handling our insurance litigation. They were able to obtain a very quick understanding of the issues facing us and develop a cohesive strategy that was clearly communicated to us. To date, the work undertaken has been timely, clearly communicated and extremely compelling in respect of the legal arguments.'

'Senior associate Matthew Walker is capable and acts in the best interests of his clients whilst being sensible and pragmatic, allowing an acceptable resolution to be reached.'

'Matthew Walker is my go-to person for insurance litigation advice. His sector expertise and calm, can-do manner are valued attributes as is his ability to collaborate with lawyers from other firms to deliver pragmatic commercial solutions to very complicated and nuanced problems. This is a skill that few litigation lawyers possess and makes Matt stand out from the rest.'

'Kari McCormick and Reshma Adkin are knowledgeable, thorough and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We achieved an excellent result thanks to their endeavours. I highly recommend them both for any insurance related litigation.'

'Matthew Walker and Ian Tucker have impressed us immensely with their understanding of our business, the particular issues facing us with this litigation and the strategy and legal arguments being put forward to defend our position. They both have excellent communication skills and are able to talk to us in a language that we understand.'

Key Clients

Costain Group

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Work highlights

  • Concluded the long-running multi-party recoveries action for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the financial services compensation fund of last resort, relating to PPI mis-selling and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Acting for Vero, one of the largest insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand, and its insured in relation a subrogated claim and uninsured losses against the supplier of defective products used to produce heaters/boilers.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has national strength in regulatory work in the financial services and insurance sectors, including commercial and compliance insurance work. The firm's team includes Kari McCormick, who advises clients on insurance coverage and matters relating to warranty and indemnity insurance, credit insurance and directors and officers liability insurance.

Practice head(s):Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Anna Davis

Testimonials

'Extremely knowledgeable - the team has a great understanding of the issues facing their clients in a rapidly developing market.'

'Matthew Walker and Kari McCormick are both extremely knowledgeable. They have a great understanding of the issues facing their clients in a rapidly developing market.'

'One of their key strengths is combining expertise in insurance law and M&A law. They are commercial and sensible in their application of this knowledge.'

Key Clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

AXA Insurance UK plc

FSCS

Work highlights

  • Secured panel appointment for Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc, assisting with a range of queries and projects.
  • Advised on renegotiation of claims management outsourcing arrangements for Exeter Friendly Society.
  • Advising the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on the development and launch of a new pre-paid funeral plan proposition.
  • Advising a group of insurance intermediaries on the distribution of its ancillary insurance products in the UK.
  • Advice on the application of the FSCS and the fees applicable.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP has considerable experience in the food and drink industry, where it acts for an impressive client portfolio. It covers the full gamut of product liability matters, including compliance, recalls and reputation management, as well as disputes with suppliers and distributors over faulty products, and investigations. Sian Edmunds has a strong track record in the field. Andrew Burnette is a key name for civil fraud, professional negligence and product liability matters.

Practice head(s):Sian Edmunds; Andrew Burnette

Testimonials

'A strong team with in-depth knowledge of food and drink product liability matters.'

'Burges Salmon LLP has competent, knowledgeable and sensible practitioners, with a keen eye for commercial realities and the best tactics for the particular situation.'

'Sian Edmunds has an outstanding knowledge of the law relating to agricultural matters and food. She is also canny and articulate and very good at explaining a complicated subject to make it sound simple.'

 

Work highlights

  • Acting for a supplier and manufacturer of food flavourings in a claim against another supplier arising from the supply of onion powder contaminated with plastic.
  • Acted for a manufacturer of 'superfoods' in connection with a potential dispute following the receipt of a cease-and-desist letter from a well-known food manufacturer.
  • Advised a European food supplier on labelling, advertising and regulatory compliance issues in relation to a range of products designed to meet special dietary requirements.
  • Representing a global company in a claim against a supplier arising from the supply of defective glass bottles.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP mainly operates from the firm's Bristol office and it has a 'good commercial approach that is popular with clients'. It largely acts for claimants and it is instructed by lender clients on various claims, such as claims against lawyers and surveyors. The team is increasingly involved in developing areas such as peer-to-peer lending and it is acting for a growing number of challenger banks and funds. It is also noted for its expertise in pensions-related professional negligence claims and the team is instructed on significant claims by pension schemes and its trustees. A recent highlight is representing Gleeds UK and the trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme on a £60m professional negligence claim against the scheme’s former advisors and former lawyers for work on the connected Part 8 proceedings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Justin Briggs; Matthew Walker

Testimonials

It is one of very few firms with individuals who can handle pensions professional negligence claims from both perspectives.

Justin Briggs is an excellent pensions professional negligence litigator, who provides a first-rate service to clients, seeing both the big picture and the granular detail.

Andrew Burnette combines great commercial awareness with excellent legal instincts.

Key Clients

Gleeds UK

Nationwide Building Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Sea Containers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of the Sea Containers pension scheme on a £6m claim against its former actuaries.
  • Advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual, who purchased a significant rural estate, in a claim against negligent architects, builders and quantity surveyors for failing to manage the major redevelopment of a stately home in a VAT-efficient manner.
  • Advising on a valuer negligence claim against Cushman & Wakefield for significantly over-valuing two neighbouring mansions in St James' Park, London which stood as security for a £30m bridge-to-sell loan to a developer.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a standout offering on authorised investment funds, where it provides full-service support to fund managers and distributors. It has a sizeable share of work in the Authorised Corporate Director market and distinguishes itself with Authorised Contractual Schemes and Funds of Alternative Funds. Although the firm is known for its work in the UK market, it also has access to a wider international network of preferred law firms, and is well-placed to serve international clients targeting other key funds jurisdictions. The firm also has a strong profile advising pension fund clients on their investments into open-ended funds; it acts for more than 750 trustee and employer clients in the public and private sectors. In addition to delivering core retail fund and pension fund expertise, the practice is rounded out by the firm's ability to provide additional support in areas such as tax, employment and data protection. Tom Dunn is the head of the retail funds team.

Practice head(s):Tom Dunn

Testimonials

'The team has an abundance of regulated funds knowledge. Burges Salmon's knowledge, approachability, competitive pricing and adaptability to our time frames without doubt make them a law firm of choice for us in many cases'

'Has its ears on the ground, in terms of latest industry developments and excellent relationships with industry bodies'

'Tom Dunn is hugely knowledgeable and pragmatic in his approach'

 

Key Clients

St. James’s Place

Praemium

Marlborough Fund Managers

Investment Fund Services

FundRock Partners

Premier Asset Management

Investment Funds Direct (t/a Ascentric)

All Wales LGPS Pool

Tatton Investment Management

WAY Fund Managers

Work highlights

  • Acted for FundRock Management Company on the launch of a £30bn Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS). This is a vehicle for pooling the pension funds of a number of local authorities in order to reduce costs and increase their purchasing power.
  • Acted for St. James's Place Plc on the launch of a fund of alternative funds.
  • Advised the All Wales LGPS Pool on pooling their respective pension scheme assets into a circa £15bn open-ended authorised contractual scheme structured as a co-ownership scheme.
  • Advised Investment Fund Services (IFSL), a leading provider of fund hosting services, on the transfer of the IFSL Tilney British Enhanced Income Fund into the IFSL Tilney Bestinvest Income and Growth Portfolio and the subsequent termination of the British Enhanced fund and implementation of changes to the Bestinvest fund following the scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Tatton Investment Management (one of the UK’s fastest-growing platform-only investment managers), as sponsor and investment manager of a range of UK retail funds, on its negotiations appointing Valu-Trac Investment Management as the new authorised corporate director (ACD) of its funds. This included reviewing and negotiating the ACD agreement, investment management agreement and sponsorship agreement.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP continues to act for many of the largest and most important institutional landowners, estates and agri-businesses nationally on substantial and complex matters. The group advises on the full array of matters from estate management, subsidies and tenancies, through to the sale and purchase of agricultural property and substantial estates, as well as on rural development. Other areas of expertise include assisting farmers and agri-business clients on regulatory issues affecting the food supply chain. Tom Hewitt heads the team and Jim Aveline acts for a sizeable client base of diversified farms and landed estates in relation to their tax, estate and succession issues.

Practice head(s):Tom Hewitt

Other key lawyers:Jim Aveline; Sian Edmunds; Peter Roberts; Maddie Dunn

Testimonials

'Has a practical and intelligent approach based on much experience and a genuine understanding of agriculture and estates. Easily said but not so easily done and Burges Salmon really delivers on this'.

'Any farmer wants Burges Salmon's pink notepaper on their side. Immense knowledge of the market - simply unrivalled'.

'Tom Hewitt is excellent'.

'Tom Hewitt has a national reputation as a trusted advisor to estate owners and other substantial landowners'.

'Sian Edmunds has unrivalled experience in agriculture and food'.

'Sian Edmunds is highly experienced in farming and agri-business'.

'Jim Aveline is friendly, responsive, sensitive and intelligent'.

'Peter Roberts has a balanced and measured approach'.

'Maddie Dunn is much in demand'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership (Leckford Estate)

HSBC

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Gea Farm Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing the Crown Estate in taking action against a farming tenant for bringing unauthorised waste onto the holding.
  • Acting for an international manufacturer in defending claims relating to robotic milking parlours.
  • Acted for a family selling a castle which had been owned for generations along with a wedding business as a going concern.
  • Acted for the buyers of two separate country houses (combined value over £14m).
  • Acted for an egg producing group on the corporate restructuring of its property ownerships and subsequent refinancing.
Leading individuals

Tom Hewitt - Burges Salmon LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has one of the largest private wealth teams in the South West region and provides a high level of support to its very wealthy clients. It has a strong client base of British landed estates, many of whom have been with the firm for generations. It is increasingly acting for the international super-rich and for clients who have made their fortunes in the City and have invested in landed estates. It has also witnessed increased instructions from Asia, the Middle East, Australia and a number of European countries. Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs head the team.

Practice head(s):Kevin Kennedy; Justin Briggs

Testimonials

'This is a medium sized provincial firm providing an excellent value for money litigation service, the best I know of in the South-West. Very hardworking, with good attention to detail, and excellent support staff'.

'Kevin Kennedy cuts through the minutia and gets to the important matters. Understands the sensitivities of the case'.

'Kevin Kennedy is an excellent lawyer and also very effective in perceiving and managing the practical implications of any case'.

Work highlights

  • In Gary McDonald v Michelle Rose (10 Mary McRorie & Others – [2018] EWHC 445 (Ch) the team represented five adult siblings of the deceased parents in the successful defence of their brother’s proprietary estoppel claim for ownership of the “lion’s share” of their parents’ estates.
  • The team is advising Mr. H in Wall v Munday [2018] EWHC 879 (Ch) in this claim to realise the UK assets owned by the deceased (a USA-resident UK citizen), in the face of a claim for beneficial entitlement from the deceased's former wife.
  • Instructed to advise the Australian beneficiary of a trust established by a wealthy Australian national and administered by a Swiss trustee in a claim against the trustee which relates to a large amount of money the client alleges was paid away from the trust improperly.
  • Advising Burges Salmon Trustees Limited as the administrator of a high value estate on multiple claims by and against the estate.
  • Advising the defendant to an inheritance claim and linked professional negligence claim worth £5m.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Sarah Hoskinson who is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Hoskinson routinely deals with complex and often international divorces/financial remedy cases where there are substantial assets, income or corporate and trust issues to be considered. The team has a particular focus on asset protection and regularly advises on pre- and post-nuptial agreements as well as complex international marital agreements. Alison Hawes is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:Alison Hawes

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon's family team is unique as an outside London practice which has made huge headway into the London market. It has work of an outstanding quality, and is responsive, intelligent and a pleasure to deal with'.

'Sarah Hoskinson has spearheaded the team's emergence into the London market in an exemplary way. Sarah is quite different from her competitors in that she has a fiercely sharp mind, matched with a very user-friendly manner'.

'Burges Salmon has built a formidable matrimonial team headed by the brilliant Sarah Hoskinson. It has a breadth of expertise for a relatively small team and has the benefit of significant private client expertise inhouse'.

'Sarah Hoskinson is absolutely first-rate. Empathetic and available to her clients, tough and no-nonsense with her opponents. A brilliant strategist'.

'The team is headed by Sarah Hoskinson a true powerhouse. I have worked with Sarah for many years. She is a first-rate lawyer, with a corresponding intellect. A formidable litigator'.

'Sarah Hoskinson is at the vanguard of her generation and is the equal of any solicitor, anywhere'.

'A big hitter in both London and the West of England where it dominates the top tier matrimonial finance market place. Alison Hawes has huge experience and savvy judgement'.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a series of complex applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 to withdraw previous divorce proceedings.
  • Providing advice in relation to cohabitation and asset protection for a client with assets in excess of £55m.
  • Advising on a maintenance variation case with jurisdictional issues between England and Scotland.
  • Advising on the variation of maintenance.
  • Advising on a pre-nuptial agreement in order to protect its client's inherited assets of £13m.
Leading individuals

Sarah Hoskinson - Burges Salmon LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a particular strength in acting for major landed estates and a large slice of the country’s aristocracy. It is increasingly acting for international and City-based clients and has added a number of the international super-rich to its client base. It is also involved in some of the largest and most complex trust restructuring work. It has been assisting some individuals, trustees and corporate entities on high-value disclosures to the HMRC under the Requirement to Correct legislation and has also advised on some major probate matters. John Barnett and Beatrice Puoti are well-regarded.

Practice head(s):John Barnett; Beatrice Puoti

Other key lawyers:Suzanna Harvey; Jim Aveline; Tom Hewitt; Catherine de Maid

Testimonials

'Client-centric. Very technical. Personable. Stand-out partners are Suzanna Harvey, Beatrice Puoti, John Barnett.'

'John Barnett and his team can be relied upon to give clarity to the most complex situations.'

'John Barnett's technical knowledge and ability is even more appealing coupled with his "cool as a cucumber" demeanour.'

'John Barnett combines strong technical ability with excellent interpersonal skills.'

'Beatrice Puoti is a genuine trusted adviser, her clients from what I can see think she is amazing.'

'Beatrice Puoti's lively and outgoing personality is matched by her knowledge and ability to apply practical solutions to complicated problems.'

'Suzanna Harvey is very good at explaining very complicated matters simply and in ways which are easily understood. She is also very practical and knowledgeable.'

'Jim Aveline is a safe and very capable pair of hands, combined with an engaging personality and a confidence-inspiring manner.'

'A safe pair of hands to deal with our wealthier clients who have some specialist needs. Very knowledgeable on trusts, inter-generational planning and multi-jurisdictional situations. Jim Aveline is very competent, reliable, reassuring and personable.'

'Catherine de Maid is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble.'

Key Clients

UBS

PraxisIFM

Leading individuals

John Barnett - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jim Aveline - Burges Salmon LLP

Suzanna Harvey - Burges Salmon LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Mark Paterson; Keith Beattie; Matthew Ramus; Lloyd James; Brioney Thomas; Nick Churchward

Key Clients

Central Government - Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office

Abellio

Greater London Authority

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (First Capital Connect, First Greater Western, ScotRail, First/Keolis Transpennine and Hull Trains)

Ascent

Transport for London

Marks & Spencer plc

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on the confirmation of a large work and funding package regarding the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines.
  • Counselling Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next £5bn Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • Continue to advise the Isle of Anglesey Council in connection with all aspects of its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa along with a new 400KV grid connection.
  • Advising SSE/Fluor on all aspects of its development work in this 3,500MW offshore wind zone, an energy project undertaken in Scotland.
  • Continued to advise the Cayman Islands Government on a range of issues connected with the delivery of a new waste management system, including recycling and waste-to-energy infrastructure.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

The energy practice at Burges Salmon LLP is well-known for its expertise on nuclear matters, with Ian Salter - described as 'the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector' - a key player. The firm also has an enviable client list and considerable expertise in the offshore and onshore wind, solar, biomass and energy-from-waste arenas, as well as areas involving innovative technologies such as electric vehicles and flexible battery storage. Ross Fairley and his renewables team recently advised on the financing and rollout of Electric Vehicle London Taxis and the Heathrow chauffeur service electric vehicles.

Practice head(s):Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Ian Truman; Nick Churchward; Julian Boswall

Testimonials

'The energy and power lawyers at Burges Salmon are very commercial and practical. They are not interested in scoring legal points and focused on getting the deal done.'

'The team works hard to build lasting relationships with clients - getting to understand the client's needs and operating environment and being pro-active. Nothing is too much trouble.'

'Burges Salmon is an independent law firm that delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. The team is driven by the clients' needs and focuses on best outcomes for clients. It provides a perfect delivery in partnership with clients for business-critical issues: this includes transparent billing, appropriate resource allocation, and impeccable partner attention, plus best value for money service!'

'Known for its practical, pragmatic and can-do attitude, the energy lawyers at Burges Salmon are prepared to take a view and do not get caught up in the legal theory. They work in the realms of how the law works in practice.'

'If you got stuck on a desert island and could only take one lawyer - take Ian Salter.'

'Ian Salter is still the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector. No nuclear deal can be successful without him! He is a must-have in every nuclear project! He is very measured and calm in his approach that can make the difference.

'Ian Truman is the rising star of Burges Salmon. He thinks around client needs to ensure he delivers the right solutions.'

'Julie Book is a great transaction manager - no problem fazes her'

Key Clients

EDF

ENGIE/InternationalPower/GDF Suez

Dong Energy/Ørsted

Marine Energy Testing Area

RWE/npower

Seagreen (a SSE/ Fluor JV)

Marks & Spencer plc

Zenobe

Magnox Limited

Forsa Energy

OFGEM

Green Investment Group

Cayman Islands Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Ørsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind project.
  • Seagreen Wind Energy was awarded exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone in the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme, the largest energy project ever undertaken in Scotland. Burges Salmon has been advising SSE/Fluor since 2010 on all aspects of its development work in this offshore wind zone.
  • Acting as counsel to Wave Hub, the world’s first wave energy array testing facility on a wide variety of matters, including ongoing advice in the marine, energy regulatory, real estate, construction, commercial contracts, insurance and power area.
  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on the delivery and procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and waste management system.
  • Advised key utility client ERG on the £163m sale of 100% of the shares in Brockaghboy Wind Farm Limited to Greencoat UK Wind Holdco.
Leading individuals

Ian Salter - Burges Salmon LLP

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Water
Water - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

As well as providing general commercial legal advice within the context of the sector, Burges Salmon LLP assists with a range of other sector-specific requirements. These include: providing assurance in relation to regulatory submissions, licensing issues, and defending prosecutions or investigations of licence infringements, and health and safety matters. The team, which is primarily based in Bristol, but also draws on the firm's London presence, is led by Michael Barlow, who has substantial experience both on the contentious and advisory side of the sector and leads the firm's wider energy, power and utilities sector group.

Practice head(s):Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:Simon Tilling; Chris Worrall; Noel Beale

Testimonials

'The team bases its counsel on its long experience advising the water sector across a number of issues. As a result, it provides well-tailored advice based on the best knowledge of the industry.'

'The team understands the subtleties of water-related law and how it works in the real world. Its ability to place the legal framework into practical and understandable language is almost unique.'

'Noel Beale deserves special attention when discussing the water sector. He spent a long period in Ofwat which gives him a very deep knowledge of the industry. This experience allows him to also understand how the regulator is likely to react to different actions which in a heavily regulated industry allows him to have very particular insight of the sector.'

'Michael Barlow has a fundamental understanding of what matters to clients and how to make the law work for them, rather than the other way around.'

Key Clients

Canal & River Trust

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water

Work highlights

  • Representing Canal & River Trust in arbitration proceedings with Bristol Water connected with its largest supply of water.
  • Advising Ofwat on PR19, including advice on aspects of the regulator’s interactions with companies notably in relation to process.
  • Assisting OFWAT with the drafting of a fair process for the PR19 determinations, particularly the Initial Assessment of Plans stage, which importantly placed companies into different categories for the remainder of the review process and had financial consequences.
  • Prepared and updated a suite of real estate precedents for Affinity Water, including self-lay agreements and railway and non-railway land easements.
  • Acted for Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution, resulting in the largest enforcement undertaking accepted by the Environment Agency.
Leading individuals

Michael Barlow - Burges Salmon LLP

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a number of key public sector bodies and local authorities on its client list, for which the team provides a broad range of expertise on matters involving public and administrative law. Recent instructions involved public sector projects, procurement strategy (including for the Greater London Authority’s regeneration programme and Transport for Wales’ rail service tender) and council-led development projects. The team also handles matters involving regulators' statutory powers; in a standout example, it advised Ofwat on future changes to water market regulation. The firm's broader litigation department acts on contentious issues for commercial clients, including a recent judicial review claim against the Competition and Markets Authority. The practice is jointly led by local authority specialist Gary Solomon and John Houlden, whose experience includes public sector procurement litigation.

Practice head(s):Gary Solomon; John Houlden

Key Clients

Department for Education

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Home Office

Ministry of Justice

FirstGroup

Babcock International Group

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Welsh Government

Ofcom

Bristol City Council

Isle of Anglesey

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Work highlights

  • Representing the Co-operative Group in a claim against the Competition and Markets Authority regarding an investigation into potential infringements in the retail pricing of tobacco products.
  • Advising the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets on complex administrative law issues raised in the context of the defence of an employment tribunal claim.
  • Advising the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat) in relation to its Water 2020 programme.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority and Transport for London on a series of connected major regeneration projects in east London.
  • Advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa.

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has 'unrivalled experience' in the full range of education matters and is noted as being one of ten firms appointed to the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. The team has particular expertise in the project arena, where practice head Matthew Ramus is active. The team also includes head of public sector John Houlden; Michael Hayles; head of corporate Richard Spink; Tim Roberts; and employment lawyer Luke Bowery.

Practice head(s):Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:Richard Spink; Tim Roberts; Roger Bull; John Houlden; Michael Hayles; Luke Bowery

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon has unrivalled experience of advising councils on the spin-out of children's trusts and alternative delivery arrangements. The approach of their lawyers is always pragmatic, whilst sensitive to the needs of clients. They work well with other advisers and get the job done.'

'Richard Spink is excellent to work with, measured, and a real support as he understands the sector and the dynamic in complex multiparty transactions well.'

'Tim Roberts is a highly capable and effective player in complex deals and remains calm throughout.'

Key Clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

The University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising on Reading’s major children’s services transformation project.
  • Advising the Department for Education and Sandwell Children’s Trust on a major children’s services transformation project.
  • Advising on Birmingham’s major children’s services transformation project.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's full-service healthcare practice largely assists private healthcare clients with major corporate and procurement projects with the NHS and public sector bodies, commercial contracts, high-value acquisitions and financing transactions. The practice also has a significant expertise in NHS public procurement regulatory and contentious matters, where the team regularly advises independent providers and pharmaceutical businesses on contracting with the NHS. Patrick Parkin is the lead adviser in relation to contract and procurement law matters. Commercial lawyer Helen Scott-Lawler is also of note.

Practice head(s):Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon's healthcare practice has strong technical skills, good industry knowledge, and is well organised and resourced'

Key Clients

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

University of Oxford

NHS South, Central and West CSU

STERIS/Synergy Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxford University on the development of the UK’s first Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre.
  • Continuing to advise Virgin Care Private, a new venture by Virgin Care to provide medical and wellbeing services to self-pay clients.
  • Advised STERIS, a US-based company focused on providing infection prevention and other specialist outsourced services, on a range of matters, including negotiating a long-term agreement with an NHS trust in Kent for the provision of instrument sterilisation services; an agreement for similar services with the renowned NHS Moorfields Eye Hospital; and supply terms with an NHS trust in Bradford.
  • Advised Birmingham Children’s Trust on the council’s major children’s services transition project. The project involved externalising the council’s embedded children’s services and outsourcing to the newly formed Birmingham Children’s Trust, a corporate vehicle wholly owned by the council.
Next Generation Partners

Patrick Parkin - Burges Salmon LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP offers an impressive array of skills to a national client base spanning corporate, procurement and infrastructure matters and has notable expertise in local authority pensions matters and the provision of children's services. Gary Soloman has a focus on regeneration and compulsory purchase work; John Houlden's work includes procurement, state aid and European funding matters and Tom Dunn  and Gareth Malna advise on funding and investment funds. Marcus Harling is the lead advisor to Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Practice head(s):Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:John Houlden; Marcus Harling; Tom Dunn; Gareth Malna

Testimonials

'Gareth Malna and Tom Dunn were engaging, logical and used a common-sense approach. Both showed exceptional qualities in executing their duties.'

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Sunderland City Council

North Somerset Council

Greater London Authority

Gwynedd (and 12 other Welsh authorities)

Hampshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Reading Borough Council on its major children’s services transition projects.
  • Assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council in its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising the Greater London Authority on a series of major regeneration projects in East London. The work includes advising on the procurement strategy to deliver in excess of £3bn of investment with multiple development partners and investors.
  • Advising Birmingham Children’s Trust on the council’s major children's services transition project.
  • Advising South Yorkshire Pension Authority on protecting and enhancing the value of its  landholdings.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:Rick Read; Matthew Sims; James Sutherland

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

John Lewis plc and Waitrose

Waterstones Booksellers

Competition & Markets Authority

Abellio West London Ltd

Gooch & Housego plc

MAPFRE S.A

Cobham plc

Saffery Champness

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Competition and Markets Authority on its headquarters move.
  • Advising Waterstones as corporate occupier on its UK store portfolio, providing strategic and transactional property support.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Ross Polkinghorne

Other key lawyers:Philip Beer; Will Woodall

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Greater London Authority

Aerium Group

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

St Modwen

Compass House Limited

Transport for London

IV Real Estate

Skanska

Stevenage Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advising AEG and the AEG/Crosstree Real Estate Partners JV on the development of a new designer outlet village at The O2.
  • Advising Greater London Authority on the £1bn-plus, 10.2 hectare Albert Island Development.
  • Advising Malaysian property developers YTL on the high value redevelopment of Filton airfield site.
  • Advising on the selection of a development partner for the large and complex development project to regenerate Royal Albert Dock.
  • Advised Change Real Estate on the Redcliff Quarter regeneration, a large and prestigious mixed-use regeneration project.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Rick Read; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:Matt Sims

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

Virgin Active / Virgin Clubs

The Wave Group

HSBC plc

Darwin Leisure Property Fund

YTL Hotels

Bay Capital

Brownsword Hotels

National Trust

Santander Bank

Hamilton Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advised AlixPartners concerning all aspects of its appointment as administrator of the Zinc Hotels group.
  • Advising YTL Hotels in respect of the redevelopment of Monkey Island Hotel.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Richard Clark; Rick Read

Other key lawyers:Matt Sims

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Aerium Group

HSBC

Virgin Active

East Hampshire District Council

Bath & North East Somerset District Council

Gardiner Haskins

Darwin Alternative Investment Management

UPE 3

Change Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Gardiner Haskins on proposed disposal and redevelopment of premises.
  • Advised Change Real Estate on the Redcliff Quarter regeneration, a scheme involving both development and investment elements.
  • Advising North Somerset District Council on its acquisition, in partnership with Legal & General, of Weston-super-Mare’s Sovereign Shopping Centre.
  • Advised HSBC in relation to a high-value loan provided to Kier Group and a housing association.
  • Advising Bath and North East Somerset District Council on its acquisition of The Hollies Shopping Centre, Midsomer Norton.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Clients recommend Burges Salmon LLP¬†for its ‚ÄėCity quality advice at regional rates‚Äô, with the breadth of its offering in the development space covering joint ventures, regenerations, forward funding, sales and lettings along with niche expertise in sustainable and public sector projects. Investment clients include major landowners, investment managers, developers and constructors along with local authorities and other public sector bodies. On the hotels and leisure and retail fronts, the team draws upon the firm‚Äôs wider expertise on matters such as disputes, IT and IP, advertising, finance and M&A to assist on instructions that extend beyond real estate. In addition, corporate occupiers rely on the team, which is headed by Richard Clark, for matters including HQ moves, lease work, rent reviews, exit strategies and dilapidations.

Practice head(s):Colin Ligman; Matt Sims; Richard Clark; Rick Read; Ross Polkinghorne

Testimonials

'Good liaison between the individuals directly involved in the project and, after discussion/agreement on a way forward, the willingness and ability to bring in other people and specialists as and when required.'

'Commitment to delivering a solution.'

'Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.'

'As you'd expect of Burges Salmon, they provide City quality advice at regional rates. They also bring the corporate transactional mind-set to the real estate sector where it is often absent - speedy and commercially astute advice. Good dynamic between partners and associates - partner closely involved for key negotiations but delegating for cost-efficiency as appropriate.'

'Rick Read combines dynamic advice, ready availability and affability very well.'

'Overall Burges Salmon always provide clear, professional and honest advice.'  

'Partner led advice in this instance is a genuine strapline. Matthew Sims provides exceptional advice.'

'Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive'.

Key Clients

John Lewis plc and Waitrose & Partners

Waterstones Booksellers

Brandy Melville

Gardiner Haskins

North Somerset Council

AEG / AEG Crosstree Real Estate

Diane von Furstenberg

Bath and North East Somerset District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Waterstones as corporate occupier on its UK store portfolio, providing strategic and transactional property support.
  • Advising John Lewis/Waitrose on property portfolio advice and management, including in relation to its rural Leckford estate.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):William Gard

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harling

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):William Gard

Other key lawyers:Lloyd James; Steven James

Testimonials

.Independent law firm that delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. Burges Salmon is driven by the clients' needs and focuses on best outcomes for clients. Perfect delivery in partnership with clients for business critical issues: this includes transparent billing, appropriate resource allocation, and impeccable partner attention, plus: best value for money service.

'Lloyd James is very sensible, pragmatic and commercial. Knows the energy construction industry in and out. Very diligent and hard-working.'

'Steve James; innovative and commercially-minded and has a great humour; easy to work with. Keen on details - find all the issues at once which can save a lot of money in the future!'

Key Clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

John Lewis Partnership

University of Bristol

Crown Commercial Service

Work highlights

  • Advising Costain in relation to its work on the £1.3bn M4 relief road project in South Wales.
  • Advising Redcliff as JV developer of a £250m mixed use redevelopment in Bristol city centre.
  • Advising Welsh Government on the £5bn procurement of the Wales and Borders rail service and the South Wales Metro project.
  • Advising HSBC and Bank Leumi on the £125m refinancing of a retirement village portfolio.
  • Advising National Australia Bank and Santander on the £86m financing of a portfolio of onshore wind farms.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP focuses on environmental regulatory issues for businesses. The practice is also experienced in advising on environmental issues arising from contaminated land, energy efficiency measures and environmental compliance in the real estate sector. Team head Michael Barlow specialises in flooding claims; Ian Salter has expertise in clean up, decommissioning and nuclear liability; and Ross Fairley assists infrastructure, waste and energy clients charged with environmental offences. The firm’s clients are active in industries such as transport and infrastructure, the public sector, and the nuclear, fossil and renewable energy sectors.

Practice head(s):Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Testimonials

Burges Salmon has a strong environmental practice with experienced partners and associates. The team is proactive and provides excellent updates on recent developments

The practice has an amazing strength in depth, and all team members are exceptional

This is a great and genuinely international environment practice

Michael Barlow is a very experienced environmental lawyer with a particular interest in water-related issues. He cuts to the nub of an issue quickly and is a good problem solver

Michael Barlow is a great communicator. It is easy to discuss complex issues with him

Key Clients

Canal & River Trust

BT

Peel Ports

Affinity Water

Thermo Fisher Scientific

John Lewis Partnership

Haltermann Carless

Koch Industries

FirstGroup

The National Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution, resulting in the largest enforcement undertaking accepted by the Environment Agency worth £1m
  • Advised GEO Specialty Chemicals on a novel appeal to the First Tier Tribunal on an issue arising from its climate change agreement
  • Assisting First Greater Western with the client’s defence of statutory noise nuisance proceedings arising from its operations at its Reading depot
  • Acted for CNSL Consortium on an appeal before the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency regarding a £1m programme of product testing for environmental and safety reasons 
  • Advised waste management company Hazrem Environment on an environmental permitting appeal addressing air quality and Welsh environmental law
Leading individuals

Ian Salter - Burges Salmon LLP

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP advises both local authorities and developers on a broad range of planning matters, including considerable expertise in drafting infrastructure agreements for NSIPs in the gas, offshore windfarm and roads sectors. The team led by Gary Soloman also assists housebuilders with their garden city and urban extension projects, providing assistance on CIL, section 106 negotiations, highways agreements, and related infrastructure considerations. Substantial contentious matters are handled by the team, including judicial review applications and statutory challenges. Recent mandates involved acting on a development proposal objection for a World Heritage Site and defending  a planning permission objection for a wind turbine in the High Court.

Practice head(s):Gary Solomon

Testimonials

'A huge wealth of really good lawyers.'

'A team with extensive experience in heritage legislation.'

'An excellent team.'

'Patrick Robinson, Jen Ashwell, and Stephen Humphreys are all excellent.'

Key Clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

YTL Property Holdings

Highways England

Canal & River Trust

Redrow

JC Decaux

Imerys Minerals

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Limited

Triton Knoll offshore Wind Farm Limited (RWE Innogy and Statkraft JV)

Seagreen Wind Energy (SSE/Fluor JV)

Environment Agency

Royal Botantic Gardens Kew

Merthyr Motors

DS Smith Paper Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council in its role as host authority for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments.
  • Advising Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited on its electrical system.
  • Advising Highways England on the consenting of the new A30 dual carriageway.
  • Advising YTL Property Holdings on its 2,800 home development at Filton airfield – a new destination planned for Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
  • Acting for Kew Gardens in relation to a development proposal which threatens the Gardens’ world heritage site status.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong reputation for lender-side work, particularly for acting for traditional UK clearing banks; its client base also includes a range of international banks, investment banks and funds. The team is active across a variety of asset classes, including hotels, housing, student accommodation, healthcare and agricultural properties, and also has Islamic finance expertise. The team is led by Paul Browne and Richard Leeming.

Practice head(s):Paul Browne; Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:Colin Ligman; Sally Jupp

Testimonials

'Burges Salmon has a strong team, which is very knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile.'

'Sally Jupp manages a transaction from start to finish and always keeps me appraised of what is going on from both the finance and property perspective. Her attention to detail and organisational skills are second to none. She is an excellent lawyer.'

'The Burges Salmon team creates a positive atmosphere that suggests you are their only client when in fact they are a multi-disciplined firm with many partners and colleagues providing a dedicated service to all.'

'Colin Ligman and Richard Leeming are two exceptional lawyers in their respective fields of property and banking. The firm has excellent teams in support but maintains strong partner overview and guidance.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Partners LLP

ICG Longbow

Helaba

Urban Exposure

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC and Bank Leumi in connection with the financing of Audley Group, a provider of luxury retirement villages, to cover the costs of land acquisition and development for further properties.
  • Advising Metropolitan Life Insurance Company on a transaction involving a significant investment facility to an SPV backed by a multinational asset manager for the acquisition of a BVI company owning a property in central London.
  • Advising residential development finance provider Urban Exposure on an investment facility with Restlane Limited, secured against a Premier Inn in Cardiff.
  • Advising a global alternative asset manager on its refinancing of existing commitments and fund approved capex works at hotels owned by a luxury hotel group.
  • Advising a European commercial real estate debt fund on the provision of an investment and development facility for a hotel in Dublin.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

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.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Thomas Webb; Matthew Walker; Chris Davies

Testimonials

‘The team brings together top level commercial and regulatory expertise’.           

‘Everyone in the team has an excellent knowledge of the law, is extremely commercial in their approach and is a pleasure to work with’.

‘Incredible attention to detail but also hands-on and user friendly.'

Key Clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for largest coal mining company in Wales in widely publicised £160m fraud case involving BVI.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's defamation and reputation management team acts for a broad client base with a focus on corporate and public sector claimants. The firm has 'good all-round knowledge' and advises on threats published by a wide array of media outlets including more radio broadcasts and newspaper articles as well as tweets and other user-generated content. IP expert Jeremy Dickerson leads the practice; the 'efficient and user-friendly' senior associate Richard Binns advises on online issues and social media.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Richard Binns

Testimonials

'Good all-round knowledge of reputation management law; efficient and alive to clients' key concerns.'

'Richard Binns is efficient and user-friendly.  Good eye for detail and adopts a sensible, client-focused approach to litigation where reputational concerns are at stake.  Responsive, a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

The Met Office

Work highlights

  • Representing the Met Office on reputation management and press relations.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP

Acting for start-ups, financial institutions, global regulators and policymakers, Burges Salmon LLP's fintech group distinguishes itself through its experience advising public and private sector clients on issues relating to blockchain technology, PSD2 compliance, EU payments law, data privacy, AI, automated reporting, retail distribution review regulations and tax-efficient regulatory structures. The team's knowledge of payments law is particularly strong, highlighted by its work with R3CEV (a global consortium of financial institutions) on the development of smart contract templates, and its work with Faster Payments Scheme to establish a platform to enable financial institutions to more effectively trace and prevent fraud. Practice Head Sarah Kenshall (who has experience working in-house and in private practice) advises technology providers in the payments space aiming to develop commercially viable projects or seeking assistance with software builds and major procurements.

Practice head(s):Sarah Kenshall

Key Clients

Faster Payments Scheme Limited

Ascentric (Investment Funds Direct Limited)

Seven Summits Financial Limited

Villa Plus Limited

World First (UK) Limited

Think Money Limited

Honda Finance

Currency Global

Amaiz (Goodwill Global Limited)

MPSCo Limited (Paym)

Currency Global

Phillips 66

Rail Delivery Group

Work highlights

  • Acquisition by Phillips 66 of NJB Services, including Payment Services Directive advice.
  • Advising Villa Plus, a significant online retailer, on EU payments law issues in the context of strategically important contracts governing online payments.
  • Represented the Faster Payments Scheme (the central infrastructure operator for internet and telephone banking) in setting up an AI-enabled platform for participating financial institutions to more efficiently trace fraud.
  • Advising the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and Grant Thornton on potential changes in the current approach to regulatory reporting.
  • Advising a number of fintech providers on proposed joint ventures with fund managers and financial advisors.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive client roster, which it assists with a range of technology transactions. It excels in the transport, energy and utilities sectors, and also has particular experience in fintech, retail, sports, and media and entertainment matters. Practice head Andrew Dunlop, who splits his time between the firm's London and Bristol offices, is recognised for his outsourcing and data protection compliance expertise and has experience acting for IT and cloud service providers. The team also benefits from the addition of legal director Sarah Kenshall who joined from Axiom and focuses on telecoms vendor clients, payment solutions, and public sector IT projects.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Sarah Kenshall

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

Capita PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

Altran Technologies SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh Water on its complex IT outsourcing incorporating the design and build of a new integrated customer contact centre and desktop platform.
  • Acted for St Modwen Properties on its outsourcing of group payroll and associated HR functions to OneSource Virtual.
  • Acting for The Exeter Friendly Society on the renegotiation of its business process outsourcing to Axa.
  • Advised Bud Systems on its suite of template IT customer contracts and on its use in live negotiations with customers.
  • Instructed by an international technology company on its provision of cloud IT services to a large multinational telecoms provider.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP provides 'London-quality representation from its Bristol base'. The group has an impressive client base including well-known national and international brands, and has particular experience advising on trade mark, passing off and copyright matters. Jeremy Dickerson, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, jointly leads the team with commercial partner Helen Scott-Lawler.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Testimonials

'Jeremy Dickerson has been there done that, and is always calm and eloquent when delivering advice.'

Key Clients

BBC/BBC Studios

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Discovery Communications, LLC (owner of Discovery Channel)

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

Waitrose/John Lewis

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.

Virgin Group

RAC

FILA Luxembourg S.à.r.l

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the BBC and BBC Studios to advise on brand protection and IP matters including all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on IP matters relating to the formation of the United Kingdom Research & Innovation organisation.
  • Assisting Discovery Communications with IP and brand protection matters including managing its UK trade mark portfolio and handling the international trade mark clearance and protection aspects of its acquisition of Eurosport.
  • Advising Starbucks on UK and EU trade mark matters including managing its entire UK trade mark portfolio.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises media clients across the TV, social media, publishing and music industries on IP enforcement and protection mandates. The team acts for a range of major retailers, broadcasters, transport, healthcare and energy sector clients on marketing and advertising campaigns and sponsorships. The team also advises on social media and interactive content issues. Broadcasting clients provide a key stream of work for the team, where it advises on rights exploitation, IP and clearance issues, as well as commercial arrangements and disputes; it provides brand protection and IP advice to the BBC and BBC Studios.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler; Sarah Kenshall; Emily Roberts

Key Clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios Ltd)

Discovery Communications, LLC (Discovery Channel)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose & John Lewis

Virgin Care

Work highlights

  • Provides IP and regulatory advice to Discovery Communications, which includes advising in relation to new channel and programme launches, brand protection, and merchandising.
  • Advised Racecourse Technical Services (RaceTech) on its appointment by Arena Racing Company to provide broadcasting coverage and integrity services at all ARC horseracing fixtures from 1 January 2019.
  • It advises John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners on endorsements and partnerships with celebrities.
  • Advises Virgin Care on advertising and marketing issues in relation to campaign launches.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's sports group has a niche in representing clients in the betting, horseracing and sailing sectors, advising on contractual and commercial aspects of deals, employment matters, joint ventures and designing and implementing new technology. The team also handles sponsorship deals on behalf of private companies and provides advice to governing bodies and clubs on contractual, structural and funding matters.  IP partner Jeremy Dickerson specialises in sponsorship, merchandising, litigation and anti-doping.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Testimonials

'Customer service - very good at responding quickly. Customer support - will put us in the best possible negotiating position. Customer knowledge - working with us for many years builds up knowledge which informs the advice they give us.'

Key Clients

The Racecourse Association

Bristol City Football Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Britbet Racing LLP

Artemis Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Racecourse Technical Services Limited on its appointment by Arena Racing Company to provide HD coverage and integrity services at all ARC horseracing fixtures.
  • Advised Artemis Technologies Limited on a variety of arrangements and deals to establish its operations, and develop, monetise, and exploit its cutting edge technology in the field of competitive sailing.
  • Advised long-standing client, The Racecourse Association, on the establishment of the Racing Authority, a tripartite structure between The Racecourse Association, British Horseracing Authority and The Horseman’s Group.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP

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'.

Practice head(s):Chris Jackson; Brioney Thomas; Simon Coppen; Ann Metherall; Philip Beer

Other key lawyers:Ian Tucker; Keith Beattie; Rachael Ruane; Brian Wong; Chris Simms; Michael Bray; Lydia Cullimore; Chris Lewis; Rupert Lugg; Lloyd Nail

Testimonials

'It is particularly strong on commercial contracts, rolling stock contracts and litigation'.

'It provides a very personal service'.

Key Clients

FirstGroup (train-operating company (TOC) owner group) and its TOCs (Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, First TransPennine Express and Hull Trains)

Abellio Transport Holdings (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (Merseyrail, Greater Anglia and ScotRail)

Welsh Government/Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International

Rail Delivery Group

Freightliner and the FOCs collectively (being Colas Rail; DB Schenker; Mendip Rail; Devon & Cornwall Railways; Direct Rail Services; Freightliner Group; and GB Railfreight)

Work highlights

  • Advised First Great Western (t/a Great Western Railway) on a dispute concerning the £146m refurbishment of the sleeper trains for services from Paddington to Penzance.
  • The rail property team advises Abellio Group, including Abellio East Anglia (t/a Greater Anglia) and Merseyrail on operational property matters.
  • The team is advising First Trenitalia on its bid for the West Coast Partnership.
  • The team advised Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • Advised Northern Ireland Railways Company (NIR) (t/a Translink) on a £50m, publicly funded, transport project in Northern Ireland, which involved the successful purchase of 21 additional intermediate Class 4000 railway vehicles, to be integrated into seven of NIR’s existing three-car diesel multiple units.
Leading individuals

Brioney Thomas - Burges Salmon LLP

Chris Jackson - Burges Salmon LLP

Simon Coppen - Burges Salmon LLP

Next Generation Partners

Chris Simms - Burges Salmon LLP

Ian Tucker - Burges Salmon LLP

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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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