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Burges Salmon LLP
6 NEW STREET SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3BF
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a leading practice that continues to act for many of the largest and most important institutional landowners, estates and agri-businesses nationally on a variety of complex matters. The department advises clients on the full range of agricultural and estate matters, from the sale and purchase of agricultural property and substantial landed estates through to advising on estate management, subsidies and tenancy issues. Other core strengths include advising on rural development and the various opportunities that arise out of renewable energy schemes; planning and environment issues; and tax and succession planning. Tom Hewitt heads the strong team, which includes Jim Aveline, who advises a significant number of diversified farms and landed estates on their tax, estate and succession issues, and Ross Simpson, who was promoted to the partnership.

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Excellent partner engagement with the work and highly skilled associates. Sian Edmunds is a particular star: she really gets to grips with the client’s needs

The lawyers have a good understanding of complicated farming partnership disputes and some complex agricultural tenancy succession claims. Sian Edmunds has a real depth of understanding of the complexities of agricultural disputes. She always manages to navigate a way through the issues to find a commercial and pragmatic solution. You definitely want her fighting your corner

Responsive, dynamic, utterly focused on the end game (and how to get there), proactive, first-class knowledge of complex and recent changes to agricultural law, young, personable, energised and engaging team, first-class communication

Burges Salmon is able to provide a full service with specialist practitioners who have a firm understanding of agriculture, rural estates and private client needs. Jim Aveline is a first-class lead partner able to give sage advice and direct specific issues to the best member of the wider Burges Salmon team

Kevin Kennedy is an outstanding litigator who, rare amongst his peers, is keen to avoid going to court where possible and will exhaust all alternative options

‘Emma Folkes is very approachable, with a positive, can-do attitude

Ross Simpson was very competent and professional. He provided prompt and helpful advice throughout a difficult sale process involving an agricultural tenancy. His attention to detail is exemplary

Maddie Dunn is an excellent associate in the litigation team’

‘Alastair Morrison is an excellent property partner

Key clients

Wellcome Trust

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose

HSBC

Environment Agency

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Environment Tier 1

At Burges Salmon LLP, the full range of environmental services is provided to clients, with particular expertise in handling environmental litigation and environmental regulatory issues for large businesses. From public sector institutions to regulators and clients spanning the transport, infrastructure, nuclear, fossil and renewable energy sectors, the group's client base receives advice on climate change and emissions markets, major industrial plant closures, decommissionings, contaminated land issues, regulatory investigations and environmental compliance work. The firm also has a large dedicated environmental litigation team, which acts in regulatory appeals, judicial reviews, environmental claims, and risk and remediation claims. Splitting their time between Bristol and London, vastly experienced practitioners include 'thoughtful and incisive' practice head Simon Tilling, 'first-class' energy specialist Michael Barlow, decommissioning and nuclear liability expert Ian Salter, and Ross Fairley, who is particularly active in renewable energy mandates.

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‘The team has an outstanding knowledge of environmental law. They are client friendly and always very aware of clients needs and objectives, their focus is always to deliver an excellent outcome for clients.’

‘Great client care skills combined with excellent technical knowledge and litigation experience – a real all round package.’

‘Michael Barlow – a very thoughtful, supportive lawyer who is not afraid to think out of the box, is thorough in exploring all legal and strategic angles, calm, confidence building and reliable. Really enjoyable to work with.’

‘Simon Tilling – really solid technical and commercial knowledge and insights in the environmental sector, excellent profile, very easy to work with and an increasing presence in the field.’

‘Simon Tilling – thoughtful and incisive environmental lawyer.’

‘Mike Barlow – excellent resilient litigator, good team skills.’

‘Michael Barlow (partner) is a first-class leader and coordinator. He can pull together numerous parties on complex matters to all work towards a common purpose.’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries (U.S. headquartered global business)

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

EDF Energy

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Severnside Distribution Land Ltd

WACOM Co Ltd

Ingenious

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Rail Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's team - described as 'the gold standard for rail legal teams in the UK' - provides advice to a broad range of rail authorities and private sector rail operators on franchising matters, rolling stock issues, and projects and infrastructure, as well as offering regulatory advice on rail health and safety. Longstanding clients include UK and Japanese train operating groups, both for passenger and freight, which the team advises on major projects and innovations in the sector. Practice leader Brioney Thomas's notable recent work has included advising Transport for Wales on the transfer of the Core Valley Lines infrastructure from Network Rail. The Bristol-based Simon Coppen has recently advised on infrastructure modernisation for the Isle of Wight's Island Line, while the head of the firmwide transport group Chris Jackson is a safety and risk specialist and handles a range of key public law and regulatory matters. In 2019, Lydia Cullimore and Rupert Lugg were both promoted to director; Jacob Preisner focuses primarily on project finance while Lucy Pegler is a transport technology specialist.

Testimonials

The gold standard for rail legal teams in the UK. The industry knowledge and strength in depth is formidable.’

What Simon Coppen doesn’t know about rail industry law isn’t worth knowing. He has a staggering depth of experience and expertise; delivers advice calmly, clearly, and always with a clear focus on the commercial context.’

Chris Jackson is known for his great dedication to the clients.’

The team has exceptional sector knowledge with an enviable list of large and loyal clients. The team also has excellent technical lawyers. The members of the teamwork well together and are able to put together highly talented bespoke teams for individual cases.’

Key clients

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

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

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands plc

Rail Delivery Group

Transport for London

Investec

London Underground

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Led from the firm's Bristol headquarters, Burges Salmon LLP’s service is distinguished via its ‘strength in depth, responsiveness and desire to understand the client’. For investment work, the team works closely with the wider firm's corporate practice to support major investment managers, investment funders and landowners on high-value investment acquisitions and disposals, structuring and asset management. In the development space, key differentiators include the team’s focus on nuclear, renewables and other energy-related projects in addition to those pertaining to transport. Expertise spans office, retail, industrial, mixed-use and leisure assets; the group is also well-versed in acting for rural estates. Richard Clark, hailed as ‘the perfect client partner’ leads the department alongside Richard Read who represents high profile investors and occupiers based both in the UK and abroad. Their team also comes recommended for landlord and tenant work such as lease negotiations and terminations, headquarter moves, sale and leasebacks, exit strategies and rent reviews.

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‘Highly commercial, giving thoughtful but practical advice. They try to solve the problem and not just score points against the other side as some lawyers do.’

‘Good strenght in depth, responsive and keen to understand the client.’

‘Richard Clark and Ross Polkinghorne are both highly respected within the market – they are commercial and market-facing coupled with a deep technical knowledge.

‘Richard Clark is the perfect client partner.’

Key clients

Gardiner Haskins

University of Bristol

Competition and Markets Authority

Aerospace Bristol

Health and safety Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP is particularly known for its health and safety work in the rail sector, and has a great deal of experience handling serious accidents. Team lead Ann Metherall has significant expertise in rail sector health and safety and a background as a Chartered Civil Engineer. The department boasts a specialist food safety group which handles issues including regulatory compliance, contamination, product liability and product recall. Apart from its rail and food safety work, the practice also has a strong offering in the construction, chemicals, manufacturing, renewables and advanced engineering sectors.

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The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive cross-sector infrastructure practice with a particular focus on the energy, transport, and defence sectors. The practice is involved in key nuclear energy projects in addition to significant offshore wind projects. Within the transport sector, the firm acts for London Underground, FirstGroup, Abellio Greater Anglia. Chris Jackson heads the firm’s infrastructure team. Ian Salter remains a key contact for nuclear energy projects. Other key individuals include Brioney Thomas, Elizabeth Dunn, and Lloyd James.

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Key clients

Central Government – Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Department for Health & Social Care

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

ENGIE

Transport for London (including London Underground and Rail for London)

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

EDF

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Innogy Renewables UK

RWE/npower

Magnox Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

OFGEM / OFWAT

Statkraft UK

Local government Tier 2

The team at Burges Salmon LLP has 'considerable experience' of advising some of the largest local authorities and central government departments on a wide range of matters, including planning and environmental work, as well as local authority pension schemes. Practice leader Gary Soloman specialises in infrastructure agreements, compulsory purchase and compensation, as well as advising on major planning applications. John Houlden is a procurement and projects specialist, while both Tom Dunn and Gareth Malna focus on investment funds. Marcus Harling has a track record of work for clients such as Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.

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The team has considerable experience of major facility contracts, contract law and facility operational functions; they also have good understanding of the structure of local government and its political context for decision-making.

Exacting knowledge of the subject matter, forensic understanding and interpretation of contracts; ability to provide comprehensive advice; extremely personable, great communicators, thoroughly professional.’

Excellent procurement advice and understanding of the commercial and political implications of working in local government.

The team has subject matter expertise and good stakeholder and relationship management. They are responsive, engaged, available, tolerant, and knowledgeable. Marcus Walters is outstanding.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Local Pensions Partnership

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Greater London Authority

Sandwell Children’s Trust

Northamptonshire County Council Children’s Trust

Stevenage Borough Council

Border to Coast Pensions Partnership Limited

Hampshire County Council

North Somerset County Council

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Led by Richard Knight, a specialist in GMP equalisation, reconciliation and GDPR, the pensions team at Burges Salmon LLP counts Panasonic and Honda as key clients. The large practice works with hundreds of trustee and employer clients across both the public and private sectors, and is notable for being on both the central and local government legal panels for pensions work. For contentious matters, the offering is steered by Justin Briggs, 'a real rainmaker' with extensive experience in the technical aspects of EU law. More broadly, the team handles cases relating to professional negligence, equalisation controversy, Ombudsman complaints and declaratory proceedings. Key personnel include the 'excellent' Suzanne Padmore, 'problem solver' Clive Pugh, the 'efficientRichard Pettit and public sector expert Michael Hayles.

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A great team of lawyers with experience across the field. Able to identify the client’s key needs and to focus resources appropriately‘.

Strong team, giving value for money, puts client and members first, pragmatic and realistic‘.

The members of the team are always available to answer queries, no matter how trivial. They know which topics require an instant answer. They make us aware of any topic that needs our attention even without asking. The team is very friendly. We are very confident in the advice that they offer us‘.

There is great strength across the team comprising detailed technical knowledge of regulations and a wider trust law and commercial perspective. This is a winning combination‘.

Justin Briggs is an excellent lawyer who will focus on getting the job done with the available resources. A good tactician.;

‘Suzanne Padmore is an excellent lawyer who will identify the key points. Able to drive a project with great efficiency. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Richard Pettit will manage the most intricate matters with care and efficiency‘.

Clive Pugh is the star of the team, he understands clients, in his presentations makes pensions fun. He is pragmatic, understands business and fees, has excellent knowledge and is a problem solver‘.

Clive Pugh is simply excellent. He has great commercial good sense and can see practical solutions to problems‘.

Key clients

Western Power Distribution (Employer)

Panasonic (Trustees)

Silentnight (Trustees)

Leonardo schemes – helicopters, electronics and Futureplanner (Trustees)

Honda (Trustees)

AT&T (Trustees)

Methodist Church (Trustees)

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education (Employer)

University of Oxford (Trustees)

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

Led by Richard Knight, a specialist in GMP equalisation, reconciliation and GDPR, the pensions team at Burges Salmon LLP counts Panasonic and Honda as key clients. The large practice works with hundreds of trustee and employer clients across both the public and private sectors, and is notable for being on both the central and local government legal panels for pensions work. For contentious matters, the offering is steered by Justin Briggs, 'a real rainmaker' with extensive experience in the technical aspects of EU law. More broadly, the team handles cases relating to professional negligence, equalisation controversy, Ombudsman complaints and declaratory proceedings. Key personnel include the 'excellent' Suzanne Padmore, 'problem solver' Clive Pugh, the 'efficientRichard Pettit and public sector expert Michael Hayles.

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One of the best pension dispute teams in the country‘.

They are extremely influential in the marketplace because of the superbly high quality of the work that they get. They have been involved in so much top litigation in the last few years; the quality and consistency of their caseload is just higher than other firms‘.

I would place this department at Burges Salmon at the top of this section of the profession. The senior members of the team are enormously experienced. The ethos is excellent: all members work well together, there is good humour on all sides, and the information and advice given to clients is lucid and helpful‘.

A great team with a wealth of experience. Involved in some of the biggest pieces of litigation in recent years‘.

Justin Briggs is a real rainmaker, and seems to embody their pensions litigation department. He is extremely bright and has great depth of knowledge. He is also not afraid to consider and tackle novel arguments‘.

Very easy to work with and unpretentious. Justin Briggs is responsible for the firm’s ever growing presence in pensions litigation‘.

Their knowledge of the pensions industry, sense of judgement and communication are outstanding‘.

Justin Briggs is an excellent lawyer who will focus on getting the job done with the available resources. A good tactician.’

‘Suzanne Padmore is an excellent lawyer who will identify the key points.’

‘Richard Pettit will manage the most intricate matters with care and efficiency‘.

Key clients

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

HR Trustees Ltd, the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme, appointed by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Maria Cabrera and Elwyn Atkins, Representative Beneficiaries of the Waterford Foods (UK) Group Pension Scheme

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

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

Trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Moeller Electric Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (FSCS)

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP's national energy practice has notable nuclear power and renewables expertise with further experience in handling conventional power and utilities regulatory work, onshore and offshore wind power and solar developments, and biomass projects. 'Strong commercial lawyer' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter, who 'is exceptional by any standard and the go-to nuclear specialist' jointly lead the team, which has a full service offering across core energy aspects and emerging technologies including battery storage issues and waste-to-energy plants; Nick Churchward is particularly sought after for the latter. Associate Ian Truman is 'the rising star of the group in the energy sector', focusing on nuclear energy matters. Julian Boswall and Elizabeth Dunn are also of note.

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‘I have had a long and fruitful relationship with the nuclear team – it is one of only a handful of genuinely expert nuclear law specialist teams in the UK (and perhaps globally) plus they know the sector – policy, individuals and organisations – inside out which adds a different dimension to their advice. The Bristol base makes the team very cost effective – when a big nuclear project comes out this team is generally the first to be engaged.’

‘Ian Salter makes the energy / nuclear practice unique. He is the best you can get on the market. He can connect you to everybody. The firm is very international although their main focus is the UK. They know all the new trends and are very much into the regulation of new technology.’

‘Ian Salter is exceptional by any standard – the go-to nuclear specialist – unflappable with knowledge and experience second to none, and an extremely good person to do business with. Ian is held in the highest regard by colleagues and clients nationally and internationally.’

‘Ross Fairley – strong commercial lawyer.’

‘Ian Salter – Rolls-Royce of nuclear. Very knowledgeable and client-focused. He is very active in the emerging markets.’

‘Ian Truman – the rising star of Burges Salmon in the energy sector. His experience is key for every nuclear new-build project.’

Key clients

EDF

ENGIE (formerly International Power/GDF Suez)

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Innogy Renewables UK

RWE/npower

Bristol City Council

Magnox Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

OFGEM / OFWAT

Statkraft UK

Retail funds Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP acts for a variety of institutional asset managers and is a trusted adviser on regulatory and structuring matters for high-value funds, with particular expertise in authorised investment and pension funds. Notable clients include a significant number of authorised investors and pension funds, and major managers including St James' Place and Marlborough. The team has extensive in-house experience through secondments and previous roles, and can call upon additional expertise in fintech, tax, employment and data protection matters. The practice is led by Tom Dunn, who has a strong market profile in high-value transactional work, as well as fund structuring and regulatory compliance matters.

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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

Local Pensions Partnership

WAY Fund Managers

Water Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong water and waste management practice and a broad range of expertise, including advising on water supply agreements and water retail licensees. Regulatory work is another key strength, with the firm recently advising Ofwat on its Water 2020 programme and its 2019 Price Review process. Michael Barlow heads the practice, which includes Noel Beale.

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A well-integrated, disciplined and well-managed team. Very hard working, under difficult circumstances.’

Real specialist expertise and experience.’

Noel Beale – true water industry specialist, tremendous experience, very calm under pressure.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Severn Trent Water

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Led from the firm's Bristol headquarters, Burges Salmon LLP’s service is distinguished via its ‘strength in depth, responsiveness and desire to understand the client’. For investment work, the team works closely with the wider firm's corporate practice to support major investment managers, investment funders and landowners on high-value investment acquisitions and disposals, structuring and asset management. In the development space, key differentiators include the team’s focus on nuclear, renewables and other energy-related projects in addition to those pertaining to transport. Expertise spans office, retail, industrial, mixed-use and leisure assets; the group is also well-versed in acting for rural estates. Richard Clark, hailed as ‘the perfect client partner’ leads the department alongside Richard Read who represents high profile investors and occupiers based both in the UK and abroad. Their team also comes recommended for landlord and tenant work such as lease negotiations and terminations, headquarter moves, sale and leasebacks, exit strategies and rent reviews.

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‘Dedicated team members who have a thorough understanding of the client’s strategic and commercial objectives to guide their approach to the project/transaction and negotiations. They utilise the latest technology providing real time information, transparency and efficiency. They are experienced in dealing with third party stakeholders including regulatory bodies with established relationships, ensuring consideration of external factors and early engagement. Personable, collaborative and exceptionally commercial.’

‘They focus on getting to know the in-house legal team and other business area managers; their strengths, capabilities and preferred way of communication and collaboration.’

Key clients

YTL Developments

St Modwen

Bridges Fund Management

London & Regional Properties (L&R) – Atlas Hotels

Darwin Leisure Development Fund

Arora Group

The Crown Estate

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

The 'highly capable' team at Burges Salmon LLP works with clients across a range of specialist sectors including energy and utilities, transport and real estate. Steven James leads the team; he advises clients on nuclear projects and renewable energy as well as transport work. William Gard leads the infrastructure sector group while Marcus Harling provides a 'calm, competent and professional attitude' and has advised on the development of university campuses.

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‘The team is highly capable, calm and filters down complex issues into the ones that really matter.’

‘Marcus Harling is well respected and manages a team of advisers who carry the same calm, competent and professional attitude.’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Engie

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP has a longstanding reputation for its strong client base of traditional British landed estates, including a large proportion of the aristocracy and many major farming families. It is also increasingly acting for the international super-rich and clients who have made fortunes in the City and have invested in landed estates. It has recently witnessed a growth in instructions from Asia, the Middle East, Australia and a number of European jurisdictions such as Switzerland. Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs co-head the large team.

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This team is one of the easiest to work with in the sector.  The lawyers are highly responsive and offer sound commercial advice to individuals and trustees alike. Its longstanding approach of recruiting talented lawyers gives it a remarkably coherent cohort throughout and the lawyers all give the impression of being very happy to be a part of the firm

‘The strategic advice, expertise and follow through has been exceptional in all respects. I cannot imagine being able to access the skills available within this team at Burges Salmon anywhere else

Education: institutions Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP has considerable expertise in the education sector and retains its position as being one of ten firms appointed to the national legal services framework agreement for higher education. Practice head Matthew Ramus is experienced in project work. In addition, the team includes key employment lawyers Luke Bowery and Adrian MartinJohn Houlden, who is the head of the firm's public sector team, is a notable expert in procurement and projects.

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Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Energy and infrastructure Tier 3

Drawing on its broad cross disciplinary expertise, Burges Salmon LLP focuses on procurement, development and funding of innovative and high profile projects in the areas of transport, energy and defence. Julian Boswall and Ross Fairley are continuing to support Snowdonia Pumped Hydro in a landmark hydropower project. Elsewhere on the funding side, Mark Shepherd is working with ITM Power, the developer of the UK's first public hydrogen station to use wind energy to generate hydrogen by on-site electrolysis with fundraising and corporate matters. Other key partners of note in the Bristol office are Nathan CurtisGraham Soar and director Victoria Allsopp for project financings and Nick Churchward for waste to energy projects.

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‘We have seen some of the best junior lawyers around at Burges Salmon, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to instilling its culture, high standards, training and development. Always responsive and reliable, I know I can rely on them for support anytime.’

‘The team have an in-depth knowledge of defence and aerospace. Working with government and industry clients.’

‘Strong market knowledge with bench strength across UK energy asset classes’

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ENGIE No

Transport for London

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

Fintech Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP acts for fintech clients in corporate transactions, AI and blockchain projects, mobile payments, and more. Beyond representing private clients, the team occupies the unique position in the market of advising public sector and pseudo-governmental bodies on key payments infrastructure matters. Sarah Kenshall has a wealth of experience advising clients on software builds, procurement, and structuring new business models in order to make new forms of technology commercially viable. Mark Shepherd specialises in corporate transactions, including private equity and venture capital investments.

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‘The lawyers are responsive, knowledgeable, approachable and speedy with their work.’

‘Sarah Kenshall is very good at analysis, and my go-to person for all personal data matters.’

‘The team, which includes corporate partner Mark Shepherd, provides an exemplary service which is on point every time, both from a legal and regulatory perspective, taking into account our commercial needs within the digital technology space.’

Key clients

Ascentric (Investment Funds Direct Limited)

Seven Summits Financial Limited

Villa Plus Limited

World First (UK) Limited

Think Money Limited

Honda Finance

Currency Global

Embark Group

Ordo

Phillips 66

Faster Payments

Rail Delivery Group

Healthcare Tier 3

The full-service, cross-practice team at Burges Salmon LLP advises high-profile clients such as independent healthcare providers, and medical device and medicine providers to the NHS on a range of matters, such as debt finance and private equity, procurement, commercial contracts and M&A. It also has extensive experience advising on issues related to grant funding and dispute. Director Patrick Parkin specialises in commercial contracts and regulation, while senior associate Richard Binns focuses on dispute resolution and procurement challenges relating to NHS contracts.

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‘Having worked with the Burges Salmon team on number of healthcare transactions, I would have no hesitation recommending them in respect of this sector. Their general legal knowledge (and how this should be applied commercially) is excellent, as is their knowledge of the nuances that you need to be aware of in the healthcare arena. Their project management skills in moving a transaction through to completion are excellent as is their ability to focus in on the key issues. Overall, an excellent team.’

‘The Burges Salmon Team has always come through for our company, providing timely and practical advice. Some of their lawyers have worked for the NHS, providing them with a unique perspective on how to successfully partner with the NHS.’

‘Patrick Parkin provides thoughtful, practical and timely guidance. He is a fantastic resource for our company.’

‘Richard Binns is strong, and works with good private healthcare clients; he takes an aggressive and thorough approach.’

‘Technically strong – one of the best teams on procurement matters.’

Key clients

Virgin Care

Department of Health and Social Care

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy Health (UK) Limited (a subsidiary of STERIS plc)

Somerset Care

Cobalt Health

University of Oxford and Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Nanopharm Limited

Vifor Pharma

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP has a reputable hotels and leisure offering which acts for a number of major investors and sovereign wealth funds. Overseen by key partners Richard Read and Rupert Weston, who split their time between London and Bristol, the team handles mid- to high-value M&A matters, investment and property finance deals. In the investment property space, Matthew Sims  advises big-name hotel clients and luxury brands on acquisitions and portfolio management, while Katie Allen handles hotel financing transactions.

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‘Excellent expertise in the sector; very responsive and easy to work with; commercial focus; solutions-oriented.’

‘Excellent focus on key messaging to clients and ability to quickly grasp and address the key commercial matters.’

‘Strong team. Work well with various members of our team and other law firms where needed.’

‘Strong local knowledge. Good at focusing on important aspects of a deal.’

‘The team is very commercial and is capable of appreciating wider commercial imperatives while advising on legal issues, which is very helpful. The team is also capable of making material progress within a short period of time.’

‘The team has an extensive track record in the leisure sector – I would recommend them very highly. They are very responsive, commercial in outlook and very good with detail.’

‘Specialist industry and sector knowledge is invaluable when it come to transactions in this sector and the team at Burges Salmon has considerable experience in this area, in part, at least, because of its work with us.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon is always a pleasure to deal with; the individuals we have worked with are all very capable in their various fields and exceptionally commercial and solutions-oriented in their approach.’

‘Robert Forman is a seasoned lawyer – good at building relationships.’

‘Claire MacLean is technically strong, good to work with, responsive.’

‘Robert Forman is very intelligent and capable. However, he is also extremely personable and has positive relationships and interpersonal skills with clients, other advisors and counterpart legal firms. This means that he can deal with delicate and potentially contentious matters quickly and efficiently.’

‘Richard Read is an excellent lawyer and very good as a relationship partner. He always makes himself available and responds rapidly to questions, especially if it is an urgent matter. He provides excellent advice and focuses on the commercial requirements of the client.’

Key clients

Arora Hotels

Starwood Capital

HSBC UK Bank plc

London & Regional – Atlas Hotels

Darwin Leisure Development Fund

Hamilton Hotels Partners Investors/Hamilton Hotel Partners

Coutts & Co

London & Regional – Atlas Hotels

Waterside Holiday Group Limited

EagleResort Limited

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP’s insurance team acts for policyholders in the energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors. With Kari McCormick departing to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, newly promoted partner Matthew Walker took over as practice head in early 2020. The team is praised for providing 'extremely thorough advice'.

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Costain Group plc

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance Limited

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Partnership Tier 3

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP focuses on partnership disputes and advisory work involving 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, funds and the use of partnership in tax planning. Farming and agri-business disputes are a notable area of strength for the group; practice head Sian Edmunds and Kevin Kennedy are names to note in this space. Chris Godfrey is an expert in the use of LLP structures to hold investment assets.

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Testimonials

Burges Salmon was recommended to me by other clients and I fully endorse their recommendation. As a firm, they are second to none.’

My experience of this firm has been very favourable when dealing with them on a long-running and intractable partnership dispute. Their commitment to the case is a standout feature.’

Excellence is the hallmark of the team.’

A first-class solicitors firm based primarily in the South West of England. Excellent personnel and facilities. Quick and pragmatic. Excellent lawyers at all levels and within all areas of specialisation.’

Sian Edmunds is a particular star: really gets to grips with the clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Swiss private bank owned by a Brazil-headquartered group

Planning Tier 3

Led out of Bristol, the Burges Salmon LLP planning team advises on a broad range of matters around the country for a mixed clientele, with particular strength in the public sector. Energy is another field that the group excels in, with recent highlights including advice on wind farms, nuclear power stations and conservation projects. Practice head Gary Soloman has significant expertise in the planning, CPO and compensation aspects of regeneration projects, large-scale developments and highway proposals. Elizabeth Dunn is the key contact for energy and grid connection projects while Patrick Robinson and Julian Boswall are also noted for infrastructure.

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Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Department for Transport

Highways England

YTL Property Holdings

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

DS Smith Paper Ltd

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Retail and consumer Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP assists a client roster of high-profile high street clients, with notable examples including John Lewis, Waitrose, Starbucks and the Co-operative Group. The group has been active in restructuring and insolvency mandates, IP issues and corporate transactions; it recently advised BDO as administrators of Bathstore on the sale of a portion of its assets to Homebase Rooms. Matthew Sims leads the retail practice and is also head of the real estate retail sub-group; other key names include IP and sports group head Jeremy Dickerson, commercial team leader Helen Scott-Lawler, Andrew Eaton, who leads the corporate restructuring and insolvency practice; and Chris Worrall, who focuses on competition mandates.

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Causeway CGP Limited

BDO LLP

Co-operative Group Limited

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners

Victoria’s Secret

Starbucks

Gardiner Haskins

Phillips 66

Benefit Cosmetics Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP's 'very strong team has real in-depth experience and expertise across a multitude of legal and industry areas'. The Bristol-based practice fields litigation experts in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, business crime, agriculture, pensions and IP. David Hall is dispute resolution team head, alongside Ann Metherall. Other notable partners are Andrew Burnette, who has a broad commercial disputes practice, and transport and procurement specialists Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker, along with Sian Edmunds , Michael Ward and Matthew Walker . Former partner Kari McCormick joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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An ambitious and energetic commercial litigation team, planning to punch above its traditional reputation.

Creative and thorough.

No nonsense, realistic, reasonably priced, litigators.

Excellent partner engagement with the work, and highly skilled associates.

A very strong team with real in-depth experience and expertise across a multitude of legal and industry areas. They provide clear and pragmatic advice, and are genuine trusted advisers in this space.

Highly strategic and client-focused team with a can-do, hands-on attitude.

Michael Ward gives his all to each case, and is always available to clients.

Michael Ward is exceptionally clever, energetic and imaginative – always thinking up cunning plans to defeat the opposition.

David Hall is a very experienced and wise litigator.

Excellent partner engagement with the work, and highly skilled associates.  Sian Edmunds is a particular star: really gets to grips with the clients’ needs.

Chris Jackson – a genuine in-depth understanding of the industry and a real feel for where the strengths and weaknesses of a case lie.

Ian Tucker is another industry expert who provides very clear and commercially focused advice.

Lloyd Nail has a phenomenal intellect and unerring ability to identify the heart of an issue, provides clear and cogent advice.

David Hall is an extremely able disputes resolution solicitor. He works ferociously hard to win his clients’ trust and leaves no stone unturned in exploring every facet of each case.  He is a fantastic team-leader, who mucks in in terms of trial preparation and seems to have a sixth sense in terms of knowing when to call on counsel.

Key clients

FirstGroup plc and subsidiaries

John Lewis

Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones)

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Led from the firm's Bristol headquarters, Burges Salmon LLP’s service is distinguished via its ‘strength in depth, responsiveness and desire to understand the client’. For investment work, the team works closely with the wider firm's corporate practice to support major investment managers, investment funders and landowners on high-value investment acquisitions and disposals, structuring and asset management. In the development space, key differentiators include the team’s focus on nuclear, renewables and other energy-related projects in addition to those pertaining to transport. Expertise spans office, retail, industrial, mixed-use and leisure assets; the group is also well-versed in acting for rural estates. Richard Clark, hailed as ‘the perfect client partner’ leads the department alongside Richard Read who represents high profile investors and occupiers based both in the UK and abroad. Their team also comes recommended for landlord and tenant work such as lease negotiations and terminations, headquarter moves, sale and leasebacks, exit strategies and rent reviews.

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‘The quality of the partners, their knowledge and commerciality has always been the driving factor behind us employing Burges Salmon.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne and Richard Clark have exceptional technical knowledge and experience that allowed us to use their skills to unlock a difficult position.’

‘The ability to look at and understand the wider picture gives the client confidence in the advice given.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is very diligent,competent and easy to deal with.

‘Ross Polkinghorne and Richard Clark are highly commercial and practical, looking to solve the problem without scoring points as some of the market do. Highly efficient and very approachable.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

John Lewis plc and Waitrose & Partners

University of Bristol

St Modwen

HSBC

Transport for London/Greater London Authority

Lloyds Banking Group

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP 'provides comprehensive insight and a commercial view' on complex and bespoke derivatives and structured finance transactions for high-profile buy-side clients, including many FTSE 100 corporates and global brands. The firm is also known as a prominent adviser to investment funds, particularly private equity and open-ended funds, which turn to the derivatives practice for assistance with risk management. The scope of its work includes structured equity derivatives for retail funds, the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements, negotiating clearing agreements and regulatory advice. Practice head Graham Soar and senior associate Alistair Rattray, who work in both the London and Bristol offices, have considerable experience in the negotiation of ISDA Master Agreements and a variety of commodities derivatives transactions.

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‘The team always provides comprehensive insight into the areas they are asked to review, and communicate it very clearly. They are also ready to provide a more commercial view by providing guidance on the key areas of risk. All team members have also been very responsive, being ready to respond to tight deadlines.’

‘Graham Soar at the partner level has also been extremely supportive, on one occasion reviewing a contract with just a few hours notice despite having a full day of meetings.’

Key clients

FirstGroup plc

National Express Group plc

Emirates Group

Julian Hodge Bank

Premier Fund Managers

Villa Plus Limited

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP handles a varied workload of fundraising mandates, transactions and regulatory compliance advice. Nick Graves and Rupert Weston co-head the practice, which attracts work from AIM-listed companies, nominated advisers and brokers. A distinguishing feature of the team is its particular strength advising AIM-listed companies operating in the energy (particularly UK alternative energy) sector. It also handles mandates connected with other industries; one highlight involved Dominic Davis advising longstanding client WH Ireland, as corporate broker and NOMAD, on the acquisition by cash shell Polemos Plc of Digitalbox Publishing and Mashed Productions, which constituted a reverse takeover under the AIM Rules. Danny Lee joined from Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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Gooch & Housego plc

ITM Power plc

Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc

Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc

WH Ireland Limited

SciSys Group plc

Stockdale Securities

Premier Asset Management plc

FirstGroup plc

Future plc

Family Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP is best known for its considerable experience in high-value and complex financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce, frequently with an international dimension. It regularly advises on asset protection issues such as pre and post-nuptial agreements. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson is adept at dealing with international divorce and asset protection cases. Director Richard Handel, who is permanently based in the London office, 'strengthened' the team in 2019 when he joined from Withers LLP. Consultant Alison Hawes is another name to note.

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The team at Burges Salmon has gone from strength to strength in London over the last few years and has become a major player on the London scene.  It has an impressive client base and benefits hugely from having private client expertise within the firm. Sarah Hoskinson is a truly impressive individual. She applies her incredible intellect and analytical mind to her cases with impressive results

Sarah Hoskinson is technically brilliant and works tirelessly for her clients. Mary Gaskins is also a great person to work with; she has a focus on being pragmatic and reaching a resolution where possible

Burges Salmon is a real force to be reckoned with. In the last few years, the family team has gone from being a regional powerhouse to a force to be reckoned with in the central London market. It has work of the very highest calibre and conducts that work in an extremely sensible and user-friendly manner

Richard Handel is making a mark and is a delight to deal with. He has excellent client-handling skills and takes a reasonable and pragmatic approach to negotiations but is a tough opponent when he has to be. He has the respect of his peers and a solid reputation within the family law world

Richard Handel is a great addition. I think he will be one to watch in London

Richard Handel brings experience of big-money and international work. As a firm with a more regional orientation, this kind of experience and ability will make it virtually unique and perfectly placed to conduct the highest level work. Richard Handel is a solicitor of exceptional quality. He has a complete command of procedure and technical skills most barristers would envy

‘Sarah Hoskinson has almost single-handedly taken the family team into the central London market and made a name for herself and her team in what is on any view a very competitive field. Sarah is a particularly bright, no-nonsense lawyer who is a sensible but tough opponent. Sarah is supported by the very able Richard Handel and the superb Mary Gaskins. Alison Hawes is an extremely able and experienced practitioner

The family team has a strong client base across Bristol and London. Its solicitors are constructive and take a practical approach to their cases. Richard Handel is an experienced and constructive solicitor. He works hard to achieve the best outcomes for his clients but is approachable and pragmatic to work with’

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP advises insurance clients on matters including transactions, joint ventures and Brexit-related regulatory challenges. Tom Dunn leads the practice and is also head of the firm’s financial regulation practice; his work focuses on insurance regulations. Former practice head Kari McCormick departed to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2020.

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Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

AXA Insurance UK plc

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The MAPFRE group (including MAPFRE Asistencia, Abraxas and InsureandGo in the UK)

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters led out of its Bristol office. Co-head Jeremy Dickerson and director Emily Roberts have recently obtained favourable results in trade mark litigation for clients in the cosmetics, high-end fashion, media and entertainment fields. Practice co-head Helen Scott-Lawler and senior associate Georgina Shaw manage substantial trade mark portfolios for retail and FMCG clients, encompassing brand management, enforcement and transactions matters. Indicative of its national scope, the team handles the full range of IP matters for the BBC.

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BBC/BBC Studios

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Discovery, Inc. (owner of the Discovery Channel)

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

John Lewis & Waitrose

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.

Virgin Group

Scottish Professional Football League

VMIC (Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre)

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The 'very pragmatic and business-focused’ practice at Burges Salmon LLP is singled out for IT and outsourcing work, acting for purchasers; it is also increasingly active for supplier-side clients in the digital business arena. Andrew Dunlop leads the team and has experience acting for large corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors.

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‘Bridges the gap between legal precision and its use for legal practice in an efficient manner.’

‘Andrew Dunlop provides outstanding experience and involvement.’

‘Depth of knowledge is good; bench is strong; good connections with other specialist colleagues.’

‘Overall extremely professional.’

‘Very flexible and willing to take whatever role is required.’

‘They bring commercial and practical thinking, rather than narrow legal solutions to issues.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

Elysium Healthcare

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

AXA Insurance UK

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

Burges Salmon LLP is extremely active in the energy sector, particularly in the areas of nuclear power and renewables. Another strong sector specialism for the corporate team is in food and drink, as well as hotels & leisure, education and financial services.  Richard Spink leads the corporate team and specialises in private equity, domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity capital markets work. Rupert Weston is a name to note for corporate finance.

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The team personifies strength in depth. Highly experienced partners work very well together providing coherent and balanced advice. The quality of associates and junior lawyers is testament to the high quality of training provided to the firm.

Mark Shepherd and Dominic Davies are standout individuals that I have worked with recently. Each provides highly experienced legal support in a commercial and friendly way

A really strong and commercially-focused team who will work tirelessly to get the deal over the line.

Rupert Weston gives very clear and pragmatic advice, and is always willing to roll his sleeves up to push the deal over the line. It’s great to have him in your corner when negotiating an M&A deal.

Key clients

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup plc

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

ITM Power plc

SCISYS Group plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP's IP and media practice counts music industry, TV broadcasting and advertising among its areas of specialism. In the music industry, it assists clients with IP matters and enforcement issues, and in the TV broadcasting space, advises on a range of regulatory, commercial and IP matters. The firm's impressive advertising and marketing practice advises major retailers and broadcasters and transport, healthcare and energy clients on campaigns, sponsorship agreements and innovative social media and interactive content issues. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson, Helen Scott-Lawler, recently promoted director Emily Roberts and senior associate Georgina Shaw (who recently joined from the BBC) are key contacts.

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I think what makes Burges Salmon unique is the quality of their legal advice. They really know their law but they also know the sector in which we operate and the challenges we face and their advice is tailored accordingly. They get back to us quickly and deal with upcoming deadlines in a timely and efficient manner with the right level of resource for each matter.’

Partner Jeremy Dickerson, director Emily Roberts and associate Georgina Shaw all provide spot-on and timely advice and show a genuine interest in what we’re doing and how they can help us achieve our aims.

Key clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery, Inc. (Discovery Channel)

Twentieth Century Fox (Disney subsidiary)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose and John Lewis

Valley Fest

GWR (Great Western Railway)

Virgin Group

Play Sports Group

3tone Group

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP continues to enhance its traditional client base with a growing number of ultra-high-net-worth international families. It also acts for business owners and entrepreneurs, family businesses, rural businesses, landed estates, private banks, wealth managers and advisers, as well as trust companies in the UK and overseas. The firm is also increasingly involved in some of the largest and most complex international trust restructuring work. Beatrice Puoti and John Barnett head the department. Catherine De Maid and Emma Heelis-Adam were promoted to the partnership.

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The team is highly responsive and offers sound commercial advice to individuals and trustees alike’

The team is consistently knowledgeable and accessible. We love working with a number of individuals but would highlight Beatrice Puoti, who is exceptional, John Barnett, who is technically brilliant, and Suzanna Harvey, who is lovely to work with’

Jim Aveline and John Barnett are very good at working out client needs and both identifying points of technical weakness in tax and providing a solution

Experts in their field and always willing to assist intermediaries and clients’

John Barnett and Beatrice Puoti are motivated, knowledgeable and keen to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. They have a stable of high-net-worth clients, which is a testament to their ability to attract and retain sought-after clients’

The practice has subject matter experts who excel in their area of expertise, and who provide advice and guidance in a very practical and efficient manner. John Barnett stands out

Catherine de Maid is excellent

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PraxisIFM

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP advises on mid-market private equity and venture capital deals, advising UK and US-based funds and management teams. The practice benefits from reach across the UK, with Danny Lee a notable arrival in the firm's new Edinburgh office, joining from Shepherd and Wedderburn. Sector specialisms include telecommunications, energy, and infrastructure, with several high-value deals closing  during 2019 in these sectors. The practice is led by Mark Shepherd, who advises a variety of buyout, debt, and infrastructure funds on transactions and investments, alongside Richard Spink, who specialises in financing matters for PE and venture capital clients.

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‘Whenever I work with Burges Salmon their broad deal experience and efficiency means they are able to bring a commercial view to the specific and complex realities of the deals we are trying to complete – bringing solutions and helping to maintain project momentum, especially during the tricky last few days and weeks.‘

‘Mark Shepherd is a fantastic corporate partner. Always adopts a practical approach and is able to convey complex legal matters in an easily accessible format for the non-lawyer.’

‘The partners we deal with are all exceptionally capable. Significantly, they have an ability to tune to the culture and style of our organisation and frame both their advice and their approach to match our own. That makes the relationship far more interactive and less transactional and more valuable as a consequence.’

‘We have found them creative when it comes to problem solving and receptive to new ideas. Their availability at odd hours and at short notice has been a key factor in cementing the relationship. They are akin to in-house counsel (but with the multi-disciplinary expertise).’

‘Richard Spink and Mark Shepherd exhibit great knowledge in corporate deals but do so in a way that gets the deal done – listening to all parties and developing creative strategies to achieve our objective. Tirelessly working for us to secure our objectives.’

‘Mark Shepherd, supported by Tim Roberts, make a formidable team for their clients. Full commitment to their projects, insightful and erudite legal advice and thorough engagement with their clients and wider advisers. I would highlight in particular their ability to work round significant problems, in very tight timelines, with very little notice or apparent solutions. Would highly recommend.’

Key clients

ECI Partners

Gresham House British Strategic Investment Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners

LDC (Managers)

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Tiger Infrastructure Partners

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong food and drink practice, which acts for producers, chains and supermarkets. The team handles issues arising from the full cycle of a product's supply chain as well as advising on food safety and labelling matters, and product recalls and withdrawals. Sian Edmunds also represents clients in product liability disputes in the food sector. Other key names include Andrew Burnette, who is also experienced in contentious matters, and associate Reshma Adkin.

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Construction: contentious Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP's 'highly commercial' and 'creative' team deals with a range of contentious matters for energy, transport and infrastructure clients. Steven James leads the team and has experience on major energy disputes while William Gard is head of the practice's arbitration and adjudication offering. Marcus Harling is also noted for his long-term expertise. Richard Adams possesses 'excellent client skills' and has acted on a range of infrastructure disputes.

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‘They are practice-oriented and scientifically substantiated, and unlike other law firms they dare to give you unpleasant answers or legal opinions if necessary.’

‘Each member punches above their weight. You get the impression that everyone knows exactly what they are doing.’

‘Best team in the business; creative in trying to solve problems rather than being prescriptive. Highly commercial which is a rare commodity with lawyers.’

‘Richard Adams has excellent client skills and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Richard Adams has a key ability to absorb the technical facts and opinions and present them well in a legal framework.’

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Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Engie

Professional negligence Tier 5

The ‘very thorough and knowledgeable’ group at Burges Salmon LLP  predominantly advises claimant lenders in disputes primarily against solicitors and surveyors. The team is also experienced in pensions litigation and handles substantial claims for pension schemes and their trustees. Andrew Burnette  leads the practice from the Bristol office and specialises in significant claims against solicitors, surveyors, auditors and financial services professionals. Justin Briggs' focus is pensions-related disputes.

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‘Specialist expertise in bringing claims against accountants.’

‘Very thorough, knowledgeable and able.’

‘Burges Salmon are very responsive and make you feel like a very valued client. They also have a depth to their practice in a full range of fields that not all specialist firms in London can offer.’

‘Excellent national firm who provide excellent value for money.

‘Andrew Burnette is the stand-out person – he is a savvy litigator. He understands the commercial dynamics and the legal challenges, and so is able to get the right result for the client time after time.’

‘Justin Briggs and Suzanne Padmore are excellent. They are committed to their clients, technically knowledgeable, tactically astute and real team players, working well with their associates and counsel.’

‘Suzanne Padmore is excellent – her team are all top drawer.’

 

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Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Sea Containers Ltd

Nationwide Building Society

Property finance Tier 5

Based in London and Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP handles a steady stream of investment and development finance, acting for major banks as well as non-traditional lenders. Paul Browne jointly leads the practice and has a particular focus on properties such as hotels, student accommodation and healthcare facilities. Practice co-head Richard Leeming has expertise in residential properties, and has acted for traditional banks, private banks and debt funds. Colin Ligman, who advises lenders on debt and property holding structures, is also highly recommended.

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‘Richard Leeming and Paul Browne give clear, informed and dexterous advice on issues based upon a great depth of experience with a commercial perspective.’

‘Their collaborative and solution-focused attitude comes through strongly.’

‘All members of the team are very responsive and approachable.’

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Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Partners LLP

ICG Longbow

Helaba

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Urban Exposure

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP’s business crime and regulatory investigations team handles white-collar crime, proceeds of crime issues, money laundering, bribery and regulatory matters. It acts for international and domestic businesses and is experienced in SFO and police investigations. David Hall heads the team and is noted for his experience acting for the NCA in legal proceedings.

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Reputation management Tier 5

Advising corporations and public sector bodies on keeping matters out of the press and avoiding expensive litigation is at the core of the defamation and reputation management practice at Burges Salmon LLP. The service offering covers assistance with claims involving published articles, broadcasts, social media posts as well as user-generated content and online harassment. IP expert Jeremy Dickerson is a solid performer in online and offline defamation matters. He oversees the team, which also includes senior associate Richard Binns, whose area of specialist knowledge encompasses reputation protection within the social media domain.

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The Met Office

The Cayman Islands Government

Venture capital Tier 5

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP handles a considerable volume of venture capital work (particularly in the energy sector) as part of the firm's broader private equity and corporate finance offerings, led respectively by Mark Shepherd and Richard Spink. In addition to advising traditional venture investors, the team is also seeing an uptick of work from pension funds, and is increasingly active on the private wealth front for ultra high-net-worth individuals and family offices.

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‘Burges Salmon have become my go to firm.’

‘Mark Shepherd has a strong grasp of both the legal and commercial aspects of transactions. He is a pleasure to deal with and he attracts and retains very strong associates who turnaround matters in a very timely manner.’

‘The partners we deal with are all exceptionally capable. Significantly, they have an ability to tune to the culture and style of our organisation and frame both their advice and their approach to match our own. That makes the relationship far more interactive and less transactional and more valuable as a consequence.’

‘Exceptional service. No drama, calm, reassuring guidance with real depth of expertise and experience.’

‘Richard Spink and Tim Roberts, are both excellent practitioners that give you great confidence as a client and get the job done without fuss. They have all the necessary skills and experience from relationship management and technical.’

‘The service is consistent, tight deadlines are always met, communication is very good. Broad spectrum of legal services. All work as one team, core team may bring in expertise from different legal areas if required but still maintain a consistent approach with one main contact.’

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Kreos Capital

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

LDC (Managers) Limited

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Sovereign Capital

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Administrative and public law Tier 6

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP provides administrative and public law advisory services to clients in the public sector, including central government bodies and regulators in the education, transport, utilities, environment and defence fields. Team leaders Gary Soloman and John Houlden regularly provide administrative advice on large-scale public procurement projects, including multibillion-pound defence contracts for the Ministry of Defence. Suppliers in the transport sector recently engaged the team in procurement litigation against the Secretary of State for Transport.

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Excellent combination of commercial and public sector expertise. Easy to work with and creative on solutions.

They are always in constant communication and able to respond to an urgent need. The advice is given in an understandable format even for complex matters. They work with customers at each step of the case so that they understand the progress and the process.

They understand the pressures on the public body and the department they are dealing with. They are in constant communication with updates and progress. The offer training to customers to help in understanding areas of law. They have a unique insight in Central Government procurement matters including internal processes.

John Holden is bright, extremely pleasant, able and quick responses.

Laura Wisdom is sharp and always responds quickly.

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Department for Education

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Home Office

Department for Health and Social Care

FirstGroup

Babcock International Group

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Welsh Government

Ofcom

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

Praised for its 'proactive and commercial approach', Bristol-based heavyweight Burges Salmon LLP 'stands out among its peers in the South West' and is able to hold its own against London-based firms, as a result of its strong track record advising clearing banks and large listed corporates across a range of financings. 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.

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National Express

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Westminster City Council

CJ Clark & Sons (Clarks Shoes)

ICG Longbow Senior Debt SA

NIBC Bank N.V.

Alcentra Limited

Capital Dynamics

Bridges Fund Management

Coutts & Co

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP acts for an impressive roster of domestic and international retail and investment banks as well as an increasing number of peer-to-peer lenders, debt funds and challenger banks. It has expertise in a full range of disputes including those relating to facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisations, acquisition finance, investment management and professional negligence. Practice head David Hall handles domestic and international disputes for banks and alternative lending providers while Andrew Burnette assists banking clients with recoveries, professional negligence and fraud claims. The team also includes senior associates Caroline Brown — who acts for financial institutions in professional negligence, insolvency and fraud cases — and Hannah Miller , who specialises in multi-party disputes and financial services regulatory litigation.

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Nationwide Building Society

The Co-operative Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Corporate tax Tier 6

The corporate tax team at Burges Salmon LLP splits its time between London and Bristol. It provides tax planning and transactional advice in relation to M&A and real estate deals, as well as corporate structurings and reorganisations. Group head Sarah Lane handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and has a specialism in alternative funds. Ian Carnochan is noted for his expertise in transactional tax and has experience of the private equity arena. John Barnett leads the tax, trusts and family team. He advises individuals and owner-managed-businesses on investments, remuneration and tax planning.

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I like working with the Burges Salmon Corporate Tax team, because they take time to listen to what I need and they provide practical and innovative solutions.’

Sarah Lane is knowledgeable and able to explain complex issues to a non-lawyer. She is proactive, and she thinks innovatively. She always keeps me updated and never misses a deadline.’

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Yeo Valley Group Limited

The Crown Estate

Local Pensions Partnership Investments

Causeway Capital Partners

Affinity Water

Cibus Fund

Church Commissioners

Bridges Fund Management

FirstGroup

EU and competition Tier 6

The ‘very strong competition practice’ at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Chris Worrall, who splits time between Bristol and London. The team is ‘focused on providing pragmatic solutions’ in relation to merger clearance, investigations, compliance and procurement matters, primarily working with clients in the retail, transport and regulated sectors. John Houlden and legal director Noel Beale are also noted.

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Co-operative Group

FirstGroup

SCISYS Group

Water Services Regulation Authority

Canal & River Trust

Cardiff City Transport Services

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

John Lewis

Babcock International

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The 'very pragmatic, patient and lateral thinking' Burges Salmon LLP is particularly known for expertise in UK authorised investment funds, but also provides experience in unregulated funds and Fintech. In addition, the firm advises on pensions and employment-related financial services regulation. Practice head Tom Dunn specialises in investment funds and financial services regulatory work. His team includes associate Anna Davis, who is strong in pensions and wealth management work and associate Gareth Malna, who focuses on the establishment, structuring, operation and winding up of UK regulated fund structures.

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‘Burges Salmon has been exceptional in supporting me and our firm’s investment funds offering, both in on-going day-to-day funds management matters and more complex investment fund launches’

‘Tom Dunn’s and Anna Davis’ attention to detail and rare ability to jump into my shoes and grasp what I really need to know as in-house counsel from a legal and commercial risk perspective has led to those individuals becoming my valuable and trusted advisers’

‘Burges Salmon aim to involve the whole of their team with our business. This helps to ensure continuity in the event of absence and is such that each member of the team understands our business model’

‘Tom Dunn, Gareth Malna, Anna Davis, Alex Gillespie and Ciara Davies all have provided excellent service’

‘They do not sit on the fence. The advice is actionable.  Even where the regulatory position is not clear, advice will set out the risk and appropriate mitigating actions in order that the business can move forward’

‘They are consistently available when I want to talk with them and open to a clear, straightforward discussion about the issues before rushing to judgement’

‘Very knowledgeable in relation to our industry’

‘Anna Davis is great – a feeling of value for money for the work carried out is rare to come by’

Key clients

St. James’s Place

FundRock Partners Ltd

Bank of Ireland UK

Financial Services & Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Marlborough Fund Managers

Parmenion Capital Partners LLP

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

Embark Group

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Sport Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP  has a strong footprint in horse racing and rugby, and primarily works on broadcasting sponsorship and competition law matters. Jeremy Dickerson leads the sports and IP team and handles sponsorship, marketing and advertising work. Helen Scott-Lawler, who works on commercial contracts and IP, is also recommended.

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‘The consistency of service across different specialisms is excellent. My initial interaction was with the corporate team but have received introductions to property, commercial and IP and been delighted with the service received.’

‘A very strong team with good media and sports experience that have been trusted advisers since we founded our business.’

Key clients

The Racecourse Association

The Queen’s Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Virgin Sport

Play Sports Group

Scottish Premier Football League

Scarlets Regional Limited

Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP has 'very strong' rail industry knowledge, with work encompassing operational, regulatory and transactional matters. Team head Brioney Thomas regularly handles rolling stock financing and procurement work for many of the country's most prominent train operating companies. Although he is less active on the financing front, Simon Coppen has a strong reputation in the sector and heads up the rail franchising group.

Key clients

FirstGroup (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 Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands plc

Rail Delivery Group

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is a regional leader in the agricultural and landed estates sector, drawing significant instructions from high-profile clients. Particularly notable are its sizeable team and wide range of specialisms. Team head Tom Hewitt specialises in succession and wealth planning for landed estates clients, while Sian Edmunds is an authority on regulatory issues relating to the food supply chain. Emma Folkes comes highly recommended in rural property matters, especially agricultural tenancies. An associate with a notable practice is Ross Simpson, a rural property specialist with experience in complex strategic land work.

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Simply the best there is when it comes to agricultural work: many clients would not dream of going elsewhere.

Sian Edmunds is unflappable and never loses sight of the big picture. Maddie Dunn is cool, calm, collected, even when faced with complex issues and hard-fought disputes.

The team has a high level of agricultural experience and also specialist teams which are able to feed into projects when needed. A good example of this is the tax team, who have provided useful advice in relation to SDLT and VAT for a number of complicated transactions.’

Excellence in all rural matters, with a depth of specialisms to cover all potential legal requirements.

A specialist team who can handle complex transactions nationally. The availability of tax advice and a specialist litigation team all under one roof provides clients with the comfort that transactional and non-transactional advice is always looked at in the round.

Emma Folkes is the go-to person in dealing with complex estate sales and provides sound, practical advice on all agricultural matters.

Young, vibrant, proactive, personable and engaging – quick to respond and they know their stuff inside out. Well-resourced team (in terms of both manpower and communication). Meetings were slick, regular, productive and accountable. In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of the law. Advice was faultless and resulted in complete confidence in our legal team and subsequently the wider team acting on the transaction, creating a great ethos and ultimately a fantastic result for the client. Ross Simpson was outstanding and I would have absolutely no hesitation using his services again or recommending him to others. He is helpfully dual-qualified in Scotland and  England and Wales.

Jim Aveline is an excellent lead partner able to give sage, measured advice. Kevin Kennedy is an excellent litigation partner, who perhaps unusually is as keen as his clients to explore alternatives to court where appropriate.

Key clients

Wellcome Trust

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose

HSBC

Environment Agency

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Banking and finance Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has 'exceptional communication skills’ and handles financing transactions on a UK and cross-jurisdictional basis, acting primarily for banks, building societies, financial institutions and PLCs. The firm's work runs the gamut of banking and finance matters, from asset-backed lending, debt capital markets and securitisations to derivatives, leveraged finance and regulatory advice. Richard Leeming leads the team, which includes Rachael Ruane, who is ‘very easy to communicate with and a pleasure to work with'; Stuart McMillan, who has experience in project and development finance, real estate finance and asset-based lending matters; and Katie Allen, who has particular expertise in the hotel and student accommodation sectors.

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‘A professional, accurate and friendly firm of solicitors’

‘I always find the team are happy to discuss matters, regardless of time or size of query’

‘I have enjoyed working with Rachael Ruane, who I find pragmatic in terms of the commercial options and solutions that she is able to assist us with. She is also readily available to quickly discuss any queries that I’ve had’

‘It is a highly experienced and stable team, with the same individuals and partners around for many years’

‘Paul Browne and Richard Leeming continue to be available to discuss matters or put us in touch with the relevant colleagues with specific expertise’

Key clients

National Express

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Westminster City Council

CJ Clark & Sons (Clarks Shoes)

ICG Longbow Senior Debt SA

NIBC Bank N.V.

Alcentra Limited

Capital Dynamics

Bridges Fund Management

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Burges Salmon LLP combines an impressive national reach and broad client roster with strong specialisms across the transport, energy, financial services and agriculture sectors. David Hall, who focuses on construction and fraud cases, leads the team alongside Ann Metherall, who has particular transport and energy sector expertise. Experienced litigator Andrew Burnette is highlighted for his broad experience, while Sian Edmunds specialises in commercial and regulatory food and agri-business sector disputes. For transport litigation and procurement disputes, Chris Jackson, Ian Tucker and director Brian Wong are key contacts. Senior associate Caroline Brown attracts praise for her 'level-headed approach'.

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The Burges Salmon commercial disputes team is one of a handful of firms that in my view provides the same level of service for large-scale disputes as its London-based counterparts, but at non-London prices. The team are exceptionally bright and hard-working.

Able to compete head to head with the big London commercial litigation teams, but with all the benefits to clients of being based outside London.

It is clear that they have excellent strategic direction from Sian Edmunds, and Caroline Brown manages the matter in a highly organised and efficient manner. The department is extremely knowledgeable about the agricultural sector, and it does not surprise me that the client has entrusted them with the conduct of its dispute in preference to any rival firms.’

Michael Ward is a stand-out partner. He is thoughtful and detailed, as well as able to take on the advocacy for smaller hearings himself where necessary. He is also extremely user-friendly and brings an eminently sensible commercial view to cases.

Sian Edmunds is unflappable, never loses sight of the big picture.

The individual I have worked with most closely is Caroline Brown. I have found that she has excellent attention to detail and a very level-headed approach to dispute resolution.

Key clients

FirstGroup plc and subsidiaries

John Lewis/Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones) (owners of El Pais)

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

The 'proactive and responsiveBurges Salmon LLP provides a 'good cross-section of knowledge, personalities and experience' in commercial property across key sectors, notably energy, transport, rural estates, and hotels and leisure. As well as strength in international work, the firm has a particular focus on the nuclear and renewables field. Nuclear industry expert Paul Browne co-leads the practice with Richard Clark, who is known for transactional real estate asset management, investment and development, acting for public and private sector clients. Also recommended are Richard Read, who specialises in the mainstream offices, retail and industrial asset classes, as well as student accommodation, hotels and leisure; Euan Bremner, who is head of the energy, power and utilities sector group; and legal director Chris Bartlett, who advises on a range of real estate matters.

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‘Richard Clark is excellent at staying in contact and shows an interest in what we do and our overall business’

‘There is top-to-bottom collaboration in understanding the issues involved in a project – from the partner in charge to the senior associate and the solicitor’

‘Ready to discuss all different aspects and, where necessary, to bring in specialists in particular subjects without being protective of their position’

‘Richard Clark and senior associate Sally-Anne Hayles are particular standouts’

‘Not only does the firm provide a good service, but I equally feel comfortable working with key contacts’

‘Richard Clark has seen it all’

‘David Benjamin is a safe pair of hands on the property litigation side’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

John Lewis plc and Waitrose & Partners

Aerium Group

University of Bristol

St Modwen

HSBC

Waterstones Booksellers

Transport for London/Greater London Authority

Lloyds Banking Group

Virgin Active

Construction Tier 1

The ‘quick and efficientBurges Salmon LLP advises public and private sector clients on a range of complex infrastructure, construction and engineering projects, including nuclear and transport matters. The firm is also experienced in disputes across the area. Construction and engineering specialist William Gard co-leads the team with Steven James, who has particular expertise in nuclear power projects. Also notable are Marcus Harling, who advises on the procurement and delivery of construction and development projects; Richard Adams, who is known for dispute resolution and transport work; and senior associate Jessica Evans, who focus on construction disputes.

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‘The team at Burges Salmon have shown an ability to adapt to our negotiation style and support us’

‘Tom Weld has impressed us with his ability to understand complex technical issues and apply this to legal arguments’

‘Very committed to finding a route through the contractual requirements’

‘Quick to understand the technical implications of what they are saying’

‘The people we have dealt with are both proactive and inclusive in the discussions to find the answers’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Engie

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has acted in some of the biggest and most complex contentious trusts and probate matters in the country, attracting a broad client base of high-net-worth individuals, including aristocratic families and wealthy international figures. Practice heads Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs frequently act in high-value cases, often involving complex offshore trust structures. A significant specialism is handling private wealth disputes with pension-related issues. Another name to note is Caroline Emslie, a highly active associate who has already built up a considerable reputation.

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This is a really excellent team, from the most senior partner to the most junior associate. With a deep knowledge of trusts law married with a keen strategic sense, the contentious trusts and probate team at Burges Salmon is a ‘go to’ team in this area.

Fantastic quality of work and extremely able people, dealing with large and complex trust and probate disputes, and also a pleasure to work with.

Justin Briggs is an excellent, hands-on partner who is on top of the detail and builds good teams around him. Caroline Emslie is a star of the future. Extremely capable, calm in a crisis, and a joy to work with.

Very proactive. Support from the entire team. Very good all-round service.

Kevin Kennedy has an impressive legal mind and also has valuable strategic skills and the ability to keep sight of the bigger picture when dealing with complex cases.

Sian Edmunds is unflappable and never loses sight of the big picture.

Caroline Emslie is an exceptional associate, with the strategic understanding of a lawyer many years more senior and an extraordinary work ethic. One of the best associates I have ever worked with.

The firm is extremely well resourced in terms of personnel and systems, which means things get done fast and to a very high standard.

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP advises its impressive client roster across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work. This includes cross-border deals for international corporates investing in the UK, as well as public M&A. The group has a particular strength in the energy sector, with experience in deals involving nuclear and renewable energy. Other areas of sector expertise include food and drink, leisure and education. Transactional lawyer Richard Spink co-heads the department with corporate finance specialist Rupert WestonChris Godfrey leads the corporate and financial institutions group. Also of note are senior associate Alex Lloyd and director Tim Roberts.

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Partner oversight and involvement is second to none, excellent technical skills and expert legal advice, with a commercial approach.

The team is very client need focused and flexible according to those needs. Highly accessible, with strong expertise and cost effective. Do not ‘over-lawyer’ unlike many large city firms.’

The Burges Salmon team have a great breadth of expertise across the range of specialities including those common to all large corporates, as well as those specific to us within the healthcare sector. Their ability to work effectively between departments enables them to provide fully considered advice.’

Rupert Weston has great vision and ability to see the bigger picture, his commitment, involvement and support are second to none, while in possession of excellent technical skills and good humour.’

Key clients

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup plc

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

ITM Power plc

SCISYS Group plc

Corporate tax Tier 1

Following the retirement of Nigel Poppelwell, the tax team at Burges Salmon LLP is jointly led by Sarah Lane and Ian Carnochan, both of whom have substantial expertise in transactional tax and advisory matters. The group as a whole is instructed by major UK and international corporates on work including tax planning advice for property transactions, tax-led corporate restructurings and standalone tax advice. Furthermore, Lane is also able to handle tax disputes before UK tax authorities. John Barnett is another name to note, with experience providing tax advice to owner-managed businesses and arising from private equity investments.

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Yeo Valley Group

The Crown Estate

Local Pensions Partnership Investments

Causeway Capital Partners

Affinity Water

Cibus Fund

Church Commissioners

Bridges Fund Management

FirstGroup

Crime: fraud Tier 1

The business crime and regulatory investigations team at Burges Salmon LLP sits within the firm's litigation department. It has expertise in criminal and white-collar fraud cases arising from the proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. The group, led by David Hall, has experience of Serious Fraud Office (SFO), National Crime Agency (NCA) and police investigations, with a particular strength in asset freezing, recovery and proceedings against fraudsters. Cross-border work is another element of the practice, and lawyers are often instructed in cross-border investigations involving multiple enforcement agencies. Andrew Burnette specialises in civil fraud matters, as does Michael Ward. In February 2019, the team was joined by associate Sam Aldous from DAC Beachcroft LLP, who brings substantial experience in SFO investigations.

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Very strong capability for this work, and clearly the best in South West England. Able to draw on corporate and commercial associates who are able to inject valuable commercial expertise into commercial crime cases.’

David Hall is measured, with good judgment. He is calm, thoughtful and knowledgeable.’

Michael Ward is outstanding; extremely thorough and with a unique sensitivity to the nuances that are specific to civil recovery work.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Ludlow Street Healthcare

Nationwide Building Society

Celtic Energy

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP delivers standout advice and representation for matters across the full spectrum of employment law. Its impressive client base includes FTSE 100 companies and major international corporations with UK operations. Although the firm acts for clients from a broad range of industries, it has particular expertise in sectors such as financial services, defence, retail and utilities. It has also recently been involved in a number of significant public sector matters. Practice head Adrian Martin has expertise in matters such as TUPE transfers and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The department is also well-served by the highly active Chris Seaton and Luke Bowery. Director James Green is another name to note.

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The employment team consistently demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of case law, expert analysis combined with an awareness of commercial considerations and the ability to communicate a clear explanation of the issues and likely consequences.

They actually trust in you and consider you as a part of their firm.’

There is a very definite wish to be of service across all the team at Burges Salmon. The involvement and wish to engage with the client’s needs is exceptional resulting in the provision of a service that is focussed and relevant at all times.

The care given to understanding both the issue and the company context alongside the ability to bespoke solutions to the needs, values and culture of the company. The speed of response is particularly important and is something Luke Bowery consistently excels at. He is an important and valued business partner.

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters / Refinitiv

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Causeway CSP Limited

Reiss

Ofgem

Ofsted

The Racecourse Association

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Frazer Nash Consultancy

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

Waterstones

Office for Students (formerly Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE))

Affinity Water

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is known for advising public and private sector clients on procuring, developing and funding projects in the transport, energy and defence sectors. The firm is particularly experienced in nuclear power, as well as providing expertise in renewables and waste management projects. Ian Salter is an expert in the field of nuclear regulation and international nuclear law. He co-leads the team with Ross Fairley, who specialises in environmental and low carbon projects. Also notable in the area are Keith Beattie, Mark Paterson, Julian Boswall and senior associate Alec Whiter.

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‘A pragmatic and responsive team with a good industry specialism’

‘Rupert Lugg has a great ability to understand complex problems and to seek pragmatic solutions’

Key clients

Central Government – Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Department for Health & Social Care

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

ENGIE

Transport for London (including London Underground and Rail for London)

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

EDF

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Environment Tier 1

The ‘practical, cost-effective and very commercially orientated' Burges Salmon LLP covers environmental matters across sectors including energy, transport, chemicals, real estate, infrastructure and projects, as well as being active in the public sector. The team specialises in environmental regulatory work and provides ‘first-class lawyers’. Simon Tilling leads the team and advises on operational compliance, regulatory investigations, enforcement and environmental civil claims. Also notable are Michael Barlow, who has ‘long experience of this area and a keen eye for detail'; nuclear specialist Ian Salter; Ross Fairley, who is particularly well known for renewables work; and senior associate Joanne Attwood, who has expertise in contentious and non-contentious environmental and regulatory issues.

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‘Really strong case management and technical input, particularly on complex and high-pressure litigation’

‘Measured approach that understands the big picture whatever the short-term pressures’

‘A real pleasure to work with.  Reliable and trustworthy team members’

‘Great technical knowledge and always 100% behind the client’s best interests’

‘Very good at understanding the different dimensions and perspectives within complex litigation, and resourceful under pressure’

‘Adept at knowing when advice is needed and where to turn.  Not easily ruffled’

‘Stephen Lavington is a very talented lawyer with a calm and steady manner. He is an excellent team player, technically strong and great on paper too’

‘Strength in depth across all sectors of environmental law and willingness to engage in the development of this area beyond the normal demands of private practice’

‘Simon Tilling has a deep knowledge and love of the law and puts this to good practical use in delivering solutions for clients’

‘Michael Barlow is highly methodical in approach. His project management skills on large complex matters are outstanding’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

EDF Energy

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Severnside Distribution Land Ltd

WACOM Co Ltd

Ingenious

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

EU and competition Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based competition team has a strong roster of clients in the retail and transport sectors, in addition to advising on competition matters in the financial services, media and healthcare spaces. The group, led by Chris Worrall, is noted for merger clearances, but is also regularly instructed in competition law investigations and compliance matters. Antitrust litigation is another area of expertise, as are state aid and procurement issues, where John Houlden takes the lead. Director Noel Beale is another name to note, with significant experience in the water utilities sector. Laura Claydon retired in 2019.

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Excellent partner involvement, attention to detail and practical, realistic advice.’

Chris Worrall has great attention to detail and availability, pragmatism and support, excellent technical skills and coupled with commercially sound and clear advice.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

FirstGroup plc

SCISYS Group plc

Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways, charity responsible for 2,000 miles of waterways in the UK)

Cardiff City Transport Services (Cardiff Bus)

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

John Lewis

Babcock International

Family Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is a leading firm in the region for handling complex financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce. In particular, its family team has a wealth of experience acting on matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson routinely advises on asset protection work such as pre and post-marital agreements, many of which involve significant, complex wealth portfolios with international, corporate or trust elements. Another key name in the large team is the highly experienced Alison Hawes, whose expertise includes acting for farming families, and who has a niche specialism in advising unmarried couples.

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Burges Salmon attracts top-quality national and international work.’

Sarah Hoskinson is a star among the new generation of partners at top-tier firms. She possesses a rare and winning combination of strategic intelligence, emotional intelligence and technical legal ability.

Burges Salmon have many good lawyers and give their clients a Rolls-Royce service from some of the best and most experienced lawyers in Bristol.

The firm has the resources to attract the best talent.

Sarah Hoskinson is outstanding with a national reputation and extremely well versed in the law. Alison Hawes is excellent and extremely well thought of; she has credibility that arises from a long and distinguished career.

They are a first-class team with strength and valuable technical expertise. Technically strong.

No. 1 in Bristol for high-net-worth divorce.

Mary Gaskins is very conscientious and Sarah Hoskinson is very knowledgeable.

Health and safety Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's team has expertise in health and safety matters connected with a wide range of industries, with a particularly strong reputation in the rail sector. Ann Metherall, who regularly advises on investigations into major rail accidents, leads the experienced group. A distinguishing feature of the department is its dedicated food safety team, which is led by Sian Edmunds. Elsewhere, the firm generates work from clients in the utilities, construction and energy sectors. All lawyers in the team combine experience of civil litigation with a regulatory specialism.

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This is a really high-calibre team with a strong work ethic and an unparalleled knowledge of all aspects of the railway industry. Case preparation is carefully considered, practical and thorough. Particularly strong in health and safety prosecutions and inquests.

Ann Metherall is hugely knowledgable, with excellent tactical sense, and gives clear and accessible advice.

The team is enthusiastic and remains highly involved at all stages of the litigation process. This is not a firm which sits back when counsel have been instructed, but rather they interact and proactively engage with both counsel and client. This not only noticeably improves the strength of the case but enables all individuals in the case to feel a sense of confidence about the attention being paid to all aspects of the case. The preparation both prior to and following the instruction of counsel is very impressive, and compares very well to other firms. The team is very adept at taking a strategic approach to litigation which can be clearly relayed to clients and also in keeping the clients fully abreast of developments when managing expectations.

The individuals at Burges Salmon with whom I have worked have always been highly professional and their involvement has always greatly assisted me in a case. The team structure is very strong. Notwithstanding the emphasis placed on there being a team rather one individual working on a matter the accessibility and strategic focus of the partner (Sian Edmunds) who was involved on the cases on which I have worked has been striking and a real benefit. Sian Edmunds has brought experience, expertise and robust commercial judgement which has been of real value in the proceedings.

The team is extremely knowledgeable in the food/food safety arena.’

Everything is upfront and solid with these guys. They have a grasp of the subject matter, be it basic food science or complex microbiology, and this produces the foundation for an excellent team effort.

Partners Ann Metherall and Chris Jackson both have many years experience of rail-related health and safety matters. Unique experience means that they are the “go to” partners for this type of work. They are stand-out partners in the field and are “heads above” competitive firms. Being based in Bristol also means that as a client you have the additional benefit of regional rates.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Immigration Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP delivers the full spectrum of immigration advice to domestic and international companies from a broad range of industries. The team's work includes assisting clients with obtaining and maintaining sponsor licences, and ensuring compliance with UKVI requirements. Practice head Adrian Martin supervises the firm's business immigration team, which is led by senior associate Huw Cooke. The team also specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of immigration, from visa applications to naturalisation; this process benefits from the team's close integration with the firm's tax department.

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Smartstream Technologies Limited

Computershare Investor Services

Insure & Go/Mapfre

Bank of Ireland

Avon Rubber

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group

Scisys

University of Bristol

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The 'very approachable and knowledgeableBurges Salmon LLP is ‘well regarded in the field’. The firm is experienced in handling debt restructurings and insolvencies for a range of clients, including banks, financial institutions, corporates, funds and distressed investors. The practice acts in multi-jurisdictional matters and has particular expertise in insolvency work involving pension law issues, as well as contentious insolvency matters. Andrew Eaton leads the team and advises on debt and equity restructurings, contingency planning and formal insolvency in the public and private sector. Also notable are Colin Ligman, who specialises in development and investment finance secured on commercial real estate assets, and senior associate Emily Scaife, who focuses on corporate restructuring and insolvency matters.

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‘Great team of individuals who work well together and provide timely, commercial advice’

‘Andrew Eaton is a knowledgeable partner with an excellent pedigree’

‘Emily Scaife is a rising star in the sector and one to watch. Great to work with’

‘The Burges Salmon insolvency and corporate recovery team offer an excellent service at competitive prices’

‘The team effortlessly mix quality legal advice with common sense which stems from their experience and expertise in the marketplace’

‘They always make themselves available and are very user friendly in their approach right from the associates all the way up to the partners’

‘Andy Eaton has provided us with great support over a number of years on transactions where some form of restructuring has been required. He provides excellent legal advice in a relaxed manner and in a straightforward way such that non-legal people can easily understand his advice’

Key clients

Causeway Capital

FRP Advisory LLP

Trustees of the Silent Night Pension Scheme

AlixPartners Services UK LLP

FSCS

Menzies LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

BDO LLP

HSBC UK Bank plc

PWC

Intellectual property Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a stellar client base of national and international corporates, including the BBC and Starbucks. The group is instructed on contentious and non-contentious work, predominantly in the trade mark and copyright spaces. Advisory work includes managing trade mark portfolios for major brands and IP transactions. On the contentious front, the group is regularly called on to act in IP litigation, domain name disputes, trade mark oppositions, cancellations and appeals, as well as company names tribunal disputes. Co-leading the department are trade mark specialist Jeremy Dickerson and transactional IP lawyer Helen Scott-LawlerEmily Roberts was promoted to director in 2020, and has experience in leading trade mark infringement claims. Trade mark expert Georgina Shaw joined at senior associate level from BBC Studios in October 2019.

Testimonials

Super responsive; practical commercial advice; efficient and transparent around billing.’

We work with Jeremy Dickerson and I always feel very confident in his advice, as a subject matter expert.’

Georgina Shaw is an excellent lawyer whose advice is always extremely thorough and well informed.’

Very good legal advice and also very commercial. They understand our business, budget constraints and the environment we operate in and tailor their advice accordingly.’

Key clients

BBC/BBC Studios

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Discovery, Inc. (owner of the Discovery Channel)

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

John Lewis & Waitrose

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.

Virgin Group

Scottish Professional Football League

VMIC (Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre)

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Outsourcing work is central to Burges Salmon LLP 's practice, which is often instructed by UK and international industrial and service companies as purchasers on large IT transactions and projects. Supplier-side work is another area of expertise, and the group has developed a practice assisting local technology start-ups with corporate and commercial issues and venture capital funds with their investments. Outsourcing expert Andrew Dunlop takes the lead, with a solid client roster of corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors. Also of note, director Sarah Kenshall leads the fintech practice, while senior associate Lucy Pegler specialises in matters related to data protection and cybersecurity.

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BMI Healthcare (UK’s largest provider of private hospitals)

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC (LSE-listed house builder)

Elysium Healthcare

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

AXA Insurance UK

Licensing Tier 1

Leading on licensing work at Burges Salmon LLPJoanne Attwood assists with M&A involving licensed interests, and handles multi-site licensed portfolios for clients including the University of Bristol. The firm's team has particular expertise in gambling and gaming, advising online gambling operators on compliance issues related to betting, lotteries, competitions and promotions.

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University of Bristol

Canadian and Portland Estates

The Racecourse Association

Darwin Property Investment

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Photo Me International Plc

Bristol Water Plc

Jockey Club Racecourses

Loungers Holdings

Local government Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's broad practice advises central government departments and bodies in connection with local government issues, as well as representing local government-owned and managed organisations in a range of matters. Gary Soloman leads the team and advises on planning and compulsory purchase order (CPO) work faced by local authorities. Also notable are John Houlden, who is head of the firm’s public sector, procurement and state aid teams, and senior associate Paula McGeady, who has expertise in governance, planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters.

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Testimonials

‘If you are looking for commercially astute advice that does not compromise on technical legal knowledge and that is bespoke to the organisation, this is the department to go to.’

‘We have worked extensively with the procurement team to develop our in-house skills within the legal department, but they also provide support to the wider organisation including focused group workshops’

‘The team of lawyers in the procurement department of Burges bring with them a wide range of experience and subject matter expertise both in the law and within specific industries’

‘They  take a practical, solutions-based approach’

‘They are super friendly, patient and transparent (exceptionally so) with their fees’

‘They do not over-resource projects or transactions and are always mindful of budgeting restraints’

‘This is our go-to department for all procurement matters and they have helped us build a robust legal and procurement team by providing us with value added tools’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Local Pensions Partnership

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Greater London Authority

Sandwell Children’s Trust

Northamptonshire County Council Children’s Trust

Stevenage Borough Council

Border to Coast Pensions Partnership Limited

Hampshire County Council

North Somerset County Council

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a full-service offering, with an impressive client base across the media, television, music, publishing and social media spaces. The group, led by Jeremy Dickerson, includes experts in IP, with a focus on trade marks; advertising and marketing, where the group is instructed by retailers and broadcasters on marketing, advertising and sponsorship issues (where Helen Scott-Lawler stands out) including major campaign launches; broadcasting, in relation to rights exploitation, IP, television programme clearance advice, commercial agreements and dispute resolution; and social media and interactive content issues. Director Emily Roberts is noted for IP issues, and in October 2019, the group welcomed senior associate Georgina Shaw from the BBC's content and brand protection team, who boosts the trade mark practice.

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Good commercial overview, comprehensive understanding of the law, practical and sensible advice, which is commercial and cost effective.’

Jeremy Dickerson has years of experience, good instinct and judgement, and is commercially sensible.’

Key clients

BBC

BBC Studios

Discovery

Twentieth Century Fox

Racecourse Technical Services

Waitrose and John Lewis

Valley Fest

GWR

Virgin Group

Play Sports Group

3tone Group

Pensions Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has an excellent reputation across the board for its pensions work in the South West, and has the largest dedicated team in the region. Clients range from high-profile multinational companies to major governmental legal panels. Adept at both private and public sector work, the team is also a leader in the regulatory field. Practice head Richard Knight advises many of the firm's biggest clients, while Clive Pugh is noted for his specialist knowledge of dealing with the Pensions Regulator. Susannah Young has built up a portfolio of major clients. Another name to note is director Catrin Young, who has expertise in non-associated multi-employer schemes.

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Testimonials

Well-resourced, knowledgeable and very experienced. Personable and very helpful.

A personal touch, with strong governance capabilities.

Alice Honeywill – outstanding pensions technical knowledge and an ability to contribute in wider areas

A great team, real strength in depth. They have been a feature in some of the biggest pension cases in recent years. Technical proficiency with good resources that they will throw behind a case.

Justin Briggs is a key industry figure and a pleasure to work with. Richard Pettit is a careful and meticulous lawyer, excellent at leading a team.

The team is very knowledgeable and its advice is very accessible. It has good strength in depth and key individuals have excellent availability and client focus.

Alice Honeywill’s speed of response and commitment to delivering the advice we need makes us feel as if we are her only client.

Key clients

Western Power Distribution

Panasonic

Silentnight

Leonardo schemes – helicopters, electronics and Futureplanner

Honda

AT&T

Methodist Church

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education

University of Oxford

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a standout capability in handling private wealth matters for clients in landed estates. A recent impressive area of growth is in advising high-net-worth individuals and families, especially those based in London or internationally. Other areas of expertise include high-value trust restructurings and tax work, as well as traditional probate matters. Team co-head John Barnett is highly regarded as a private wealth specialist, while fellow co-head Beatrice Puoti lends expertise in international tax, trusts and estate planning to the team. Among other key individuals, senior associate Tim Williams has a notable specialism in the taxation of development land.

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Testimonials

Excellent technical knowledge combined with good client relationship skills at a reasonable cost.

John Barnett is a leader and renowned expert in his field of international private client tax planning.

Tom Hewitt and Tim Williams are excellent in the way they work with clients and other professionals to achieve the right result for the client: expertly negotiating the legislation, explaining in a non-complicated manner and managing clients’ expectations, and responding in a timely manner to queries.

The Burges Salmon team combine in-depth knowledge with practical solutions and a real personal touch.

Suzanna Harvey is clear, well-regarded in the industry and really cares about her clients.

John Barnett and Edward Hayes have consistently produced top-quality advice with in-depth analysis and clear recommendations within very tight timescales. Both have a very strong work ethic and a high level of integrity.

From our perspective, the strength of the team is their proven expertise in the most arcane aspects of the taxation of trusts combined with their strong grasp of tax risk and the practicalities of mitigation.

‘This is a unique practice in terms of UK tax planning, international tax and estate planning and cross-border planning, and their holistic approach to business owners, dealing with their personal and business needs in a comprehensive manner.

Key clients

PraxisIFM

Planning Tier 1

The 'really good and skilful team’ at Burges Salmon LLP is 'highly respected nationwide as a key player in the area'. The firm acts in the public and private sectors, specialising in infrastructure projects, energy sector planning work and contentious compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). Gary Soloman leads the practice and has expertise in regeneration projects, large-scale developments and highway proposals. Also notable are Patrick Robinson, who is particularly focused on nuclear, renewables, CPO and minerals work; Elizabeth (Liz) Dunn, who is known for nationally significant infrastructure projects; and senior associate Laura Fuller, who has experience in large-scale developments and CPOs.

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‘This is a highly professional but very friendly law firm’

‘Liz Dunn and Laura Fuller give helpful, clear and concise guidance and are always very prompt in dealing with any query’

‘They will work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution to whatever situation you’re in’

‘Good personal skills are combined with in-depth knowledge and sensitive appreciation of what cases are all about and what is going to make a difference’

‘The team was excellent, with real grit and perseverance, while keeping perspective and sensitivity around risk and client needs’

‘Jen Ashwell is a superb team leader, particularly on complex projects.  Keeps things moving, and has great insights into bottle necks and blocks in cases and where to focus resources’

‘Open and straight in dealings.  Lovely to work with’

‘Work well within a multi-disciplinary team, adapting the form and level of advice and support to complement the specific project requirements and wider team’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Department for Transport

Highways England

YTL Property Holdings

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

DS Smith Paper Ltd

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Professional negligence Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP focuses on claimant-side professional negligence work, advising private clients, corporates and financial institutions on claims against their professional advisers in relation to errors that have resulted in loss. Andrew Burnette leads the department, specialising in claims against solicitors, auditors and financial services professionals. Justin Briggs is noted for pensions negligence work. Also a pensions dispute expert, Suzanne Padmore acts for trustees and employers in high-value claims.

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Justin Briggs and Suzanne Padmore are both excellent and among my favourite instructing solicitors.’

Big enough to matter. Aggressive in a creative way. Very professional.’

Burges Salmon has an excellent professional negligence practice, sitting within their very good commercial litigation team. They are a first rate firm – clearly the top dog in the South West, and, in my view, a very good national firm.’

Andrew Burnette is the standout name. He heads up the professional negligence team and is an excellent litigator. Excellent legal instincts and excellent commercial insight into his clients’ businesses, mean that he really understands what they want to achieve and how to achieve it.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

HR Trustees

Sea Containers

Nationwide Building Society

Property litigation Tier 1

The 'brilliantBurges Salmon LLP is ‘packed with wise and knowledgeable individuals'. The broad practice has particular experience in the renewable energy and telecoms sectors, as well as specialising in property insolvency and estate advice. Professional negligence and alternative dispute resolution expert James Sutherland acts in a range of real estate and insolvency litigation. He leads a team that includes 'main manRichard Bedford, who ‘gives good, considered and experienced advice' on all aspects of freehold and leasehold disputes.

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‘Excellent knowledge of current and historic issues relevant to our property asset base’

‘Responsive to requests for advice and support’

‘Advice is always helpful, succinct and pragmatic’

‘Richard Bedford is extremely approachable and is happy to act as a single point of contact’

‘They understand what we are trying to achieve and don’t make things more complicated than they need to be’

‘We trust their advice and they make our working lives easier’

‘Chris Preston is approachable and down to earth whilst also being technically very good’

‘Here, you find old fashioned expertise and experience, coupled with a willingness to research points in depth – a vanishing commodity in London, where the pursuit of the fast buck has taken over’

‘Richard Bedford and James Sutherland are both superlative: wise beyond measure, tenacious, methodical and clever’

‘A well-respected firm with a good property function that is renowned throughout’

Key clients

Eden Investments SarL/Edward Starling and Philip Matthews (Wedlake Bell) as LPA Receivers

Waterstones Booksellers

The Crown Estate

Louth Market Auctioneers

Affinity Water Limited

Canal & River Trust

Cobham Group of Companies

The Crown Estate

Sutton Harbour Holdings

Transport for Wales

Rail Tier 1

The 'pragmatic and responsiveBurges Salmon LLP has a ‘good industry specialism' and is active in franchising matters, procurement exercises, projects and infrastructure work. The firm also provides expertise in health and safety, as well as regulatory issues related to the rail sector. The team has 'many years of experience in the UK rail and bus matters' and is co-led by Chris Jackson, Brioney Thomas, Simon Coppen, Ann Metherall and Philip Beer. Ed Barratt left for Osborne Clarke in January 2019.

Testimonials

‘Rupert Lugg was a key adviser and had a great ability to understand complex problems and to seek pragmatic solutions’

‘Chris Jackson provides close attention to detail that ensures no stone goes unturned’

‘Chris Simms has wide UK railway industry knowledge and experience’

‘Their work has been exceptional at both partner and associate level.  The team has superb technical knowledge, is led by partners with excellent strategic nous and has associates who have encyclopaedic knowledge of the law relating to the rail industry and are completely on top of the details of the cases’

‘Standout partners in rail are Chris Jackson, Ian Tucker, Brioney Thomas and Simon Coppen’

‘Standout associates are Lloyd Nail and Andrew Walls’

‘Chris Jackson combines savvy strategic nous with excellent technical knowledge’

‘Lloyd Nail’s attention to detail is astounding’

Key clients

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

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

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands plc

Rail Delivery Group

Transport for London

Investec

London Underground

Sport Tier 1

Led by Jeremy Dickerson, the team at Burges Salmon LLP handles matters relating to football, motorsports, and equine sports, particularly focusing on regulatory work, including rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, as well as  anti-doping and financial regulation. Drawing on Helen Scott-Lawler's expertise, the group is also able to advise on the exploitation of IP, media rights and data in a sports setting.

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The Racecourse Association

The Queen’s Club

Unicorn Products

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services

Virgin Sport

Play Sports Group

Scottish Premier Football League

Scarlets Regional

Education Tier 2

Working for both public and private sector clients, Burges Salmon LLP handles a range of education sector matters, from the spin-off of new businesses for universities and the development of new campus buildings to employment disputes and IP. The firm has expertise in the area of apprenticeships and on-site skills training, as well as the outsourcing of education services from local authorities to new children’s services trusts. Other specialisms for the firm include PPP and joint venture projects, student accommodation projects, employment disputes and M&A deals related to the education sector. Matthew Ramus leads the team and is known for complex projects.

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Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

Ofsted

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Health Tier 3

The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ multi-disciplinary practice at Burges Salmon LLP advises on M&A, finance and dispute resolution in the healthcare sector, with particular expertise in healthcare procurement and social care real estate matters. Legal director Patrick Parkin leads the team and is a commercial contracts and regulatory lawyer specialising in the healthcare industry.

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Testimonials

‘One of the firm’s key strengths is their ability to work as a team, amongst themselves and with you as a client’

‘Burges Salmon are the best firm I’ve worked with for genuinely acting like they are an extension of the in-house team’

‘Their approach is commercial and pragmatic’

‘Patrick Parkin makes a huge amount of effort to keep his finger on the pulse of what is happening in the healthcare sector’

‘The team are cohesive in their approach with good communication between the respective departments’

‘A very responsive, professional and experienced team, giving up-to-date and relevant advice on a number of topics’

‘Patrick Parkin and Sam Charkham were extremely knowledgeable, responsive and up-to-date with current NHS issues’

Key clients

Virgin Care

Department of Health and Social Care

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Synergy Health (UK) Limited (a subsidiary of STERIS plc)

Somerset Care

Cobalt Health

University of Oxford and Vaccine Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Nanopharm Limited

Vifor Pharma

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. Everything the firm does is driven by the needs of its clients. By focusing on the markets and areas of expertise where the firm has extensive knowledge and experience, Burges Salmon is able to achieve the best outcomes for clients, who range from large organisations, entrepreneurial businesses and public sector bodies to private individuals and families. The firm is trusted to help them with everything from everyday legal needs to their business critical issues and all points in between.

With offices in Bristol, Edinburgh and London, the firm’s people work wherever clients need them to be, both within the UK and internationally. By having one base for all of its people, Burges Salmon maintains a collaborative and cohesive culture which underpins the quality of its work and client service. In short, the firm hires, trains and retains the best people to work together to serve clients and provide them with the best possible experience.

The firm works across the UK. Burges Salmon has lawyers who are qualified to work in all three legal jurisdictions in the UK — England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Burges Salmon also works internationally. Across the world, the firm works with a select number of like-minded independent law firms — the firm’s preferred law firm network. Burges Salmon is confident in its own model. In a rapidly changing world, clients instruct Burges Salmon because the firm offers a different experience: unrivalled expertise, excellent service and exceptional value.

The firm competes at the top of the legal market, working for wealthy private individuals, entrepreneurial businesses, large corporates, institutions and public bodies. The firm provides these sophisticated clients with a wide range of services, often at critical moments when astute legal advice and commercial guidance is needed. Working collaboratively, in partnership with clients, Burges Salmon forms its thinking around their needs to ensure delivery of the right solutions when it matters.

Burges Salmon’s clients include organisations such as The John Lewis Partnership, The Financial Services Compensation Scheme, FirstGroup, HSBC Bank plc, Virgin, Costain Group, The Crown Commercial Service, Babcock International Group and Highways England.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Chris Seaton
Managing Partner Roger Bull
Banking and Finance Richard Leeming
Commercial Helen Scott-Lawler
Corporate Nick Graves
Dispute Resolution Ann Metherall
Employment Adrian Martin
Private Client Services John Barnett
Projects Ian Salter
Real Estate Services Paul Browne
Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations David Hall
Competition Chris Worrall
Construction and Engineering Steven James
Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Andrew Eaton
Data Protection Andrew Dunlop
Defence Mark Paterson
Education Matthew Ramus
Environment Simon Tilling
Financial Services Regulation Tom Dunn
Food and Farming Tom Hewitt
Health and Safety Ann Metherall
Healthcare Patrick Parkin
Hotels, Leisure and Tourism Richard Read
Insurance Matthew Walker
Intellectual Property and Media Jeremy Dickerson
International Trade Paul Browne
Pensions Services Richard Knight
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Gary Soloman
Procurement and State Aid John Houlden
Retail Matthew Sims
Sport Jeremy Dickerson
Tax Sarah Lane
Technology and Communications Jeremy Dickerson
Energy Power and Utilities Michael Barlow
Financial Services Richard Leeming
Infrastructure Chris Jackson
Private Wealth Beatrice Puoti
Public Sector John Houlden
Real Estate Richard Clark
Transport Brioney Thomas
Community Engagement John Houlden
Pro Bono Michael Hayles
Recruitment Frances Bennett 0117 939 2229
Number of UK partners : 95
Number of other UK fee-earners : 352

The Lex 100 Verdict

A Bristol favourite, Burges Salmon LLP continues to impress trainees looking for 'the best mix of London work and Bristol lifestyle'. Trainees feel that 'Burges Salmon provided the balance that I was looking for' with the ability to 'do top-quality work for impressive clients'. Trainees consider the firm to be one of the best in the region in providing a balance of impressive work with distinctive culture, saying that it offers 'the best mix of quality of work, culture and location'. This confidence in the firm is reflected in the Lex 100 Winner survey, where Burges Salmon LLP bags medals for its vacation scheme, social life, confidence in being kept on after the completion of the training contract, and for living up to trainee expectations. The firm's 'very comprehensive training programme' was also highly praised by trainees, including PSC training modules, and the 'six-seat seat system allows us to try a wide variety of departments before deciding where we would like to qualify'. Trainees also complimented the firm's 'structured and supportive' environment; 'they are accommodating of different personality types and don't seem to encourage intra-trainee-cohort competitiveness – everyone is expected to support each other'. Limited grievances include the firm's lack of secondment opportunities and occasional 'late nights'. The firm has a strong CSR programme and a growing pro-bono focus which is welcomed by trainees. If you are looking for a Bristol-based legal career, Burges Salmon must be high on your list.