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

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

Any farmer wants Burges Salmon’s pink notepaper on their side. Immense knowledge of the market – simply unrivalled‘.

Tom Hewitt is excellent‘.

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

Sian Edmunds has unrivalled experience in agriculture and food’.

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

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

Peter Roberts has a balanced and measured approach‘.

Maddie Dunn is much in demand‘.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership (Leckford Estate)

HSBC

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Gea Farm Technologies

Environment Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

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

This is a great and genuinely international environment practice

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

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

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

BT

Peel Ports

Affinity Water

Thermo Fisher Scientific

John Lewis Partnership

Haltermann Carless

Koch Industries

FirstGroup

The National Trust

Rail Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a 'depth of rail knowledge and experience, coupled with a very practical approach'; it has recently handled a range of franchising, procurement, infrastructure and rolling stock projects for clients including leading rail operators and government bodies. Regulatory work is also a key strength of the team, which is noted for its EU law and health and safety expertise. With 'exceptional knowledge of the rail industry', Simon Coppen is noted for commercial contracts, procurement and regulatory matters, while head of rail Brioney Thomas is 'clever and commercial' and led advice for  Abellio East Anglia (t/a Greater Anglia) on the £40m funding of upgrades to the Norwich Crown Point depot, which included advising on an innovative long-term leasing structure. Transport head Chris Jackson and health and safety expert Ann Metherall are key figures, as are Philip Beer, who handles real estate deals in the sector, and Ian Tucker, who handles contentious instructions. Recently promoted partner Chris Simms is 'quick to see solutions and address issues'.

Testimonials

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

‘It provides a very personal service’.

Key clients

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

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

Welsh Government/Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International

Rail Delivery Group

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

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

‘Commitment to delivering a solution.’

‘Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.’

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

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

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

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

‘Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive’.

Key clients

John Lewis plc and Waitrose

Waterstones Booksellers

Competition & Markets Authority

Abellio West London Ltd

Gooch & Housego plc

MAPFRE S.A

Cobham plc

Saffery Champness

Health and safety Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

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

‘Chris Jackson really excels in railway and train operating matters.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup plc

John Lewis Partnership plc

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

Key clients

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

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

Ascent

Transport for London

Marks & Spencer plc

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales

Local government Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Sunderland City Council

North Somerset Council

Greater London Authority

Gwynedd (and 12 other Welsh authorities)

Hampshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

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

Testimonials

A highly regarded firm in the industry

One of the best contentious pensions teams on the market

Suzanne Padmore is very measured, knowledgeable and impressive

Very responsive and proactive

The team is approachable, professional and technically excellent

Suzanne Padmore is always well-informed, friendly and efficient

Justin Briggs has a great ability to engage in tactical analysis

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

A very experienced, professional, careful and competent team

Justin Briggs is right at the top of his field

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

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

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

Key clients

Western Power Distribution

FirstGroup

Silentnight

Leonardo Pensions

Honda

AT&T

Methodist Church

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education

Oxford University

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bernard Matthews Pension Scheme

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

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

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

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Moeller Electric Group Pension Scheme

Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

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

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

A highly regarded firm in the industry

One of the best contentious pensions teams on the market

Suzanne Padmore is very measured, knowledgeable and impressive

Very responsive and proactive

The team is approachable, professional and technically excellent

Suzanne Padmore is always well-informed, friendly and efficient

Justin Briggs has a great ability to engage in tactical analysis

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

A very experienced, professional, careful and competent team

Justin Briggs is right at the top of his field

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

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

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

Key clients

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Bernard Matthews Pension Scheme

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

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

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

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Sea Containers 1990 Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Moeller Electric Group Pension Scheme

Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (FSCS)

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

‘If you got stuck on a desert island and could only take one lawyer – take Ian Salter.’

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

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

‘Julie Book is a great transaction manager – no problem fazes her’

Key clients

EDF

ENGIE/InternationalPower/GDF Suez

Dong Energy/Ørsted

Marine Energy Testing Area

RWE/npower

Seagreen (a SSE/ Fluor JV)

Marks & Spencer plc

Zenobe

Magnox Limited

Forsa Energy

OFGEM

Green Investment Group

Cayman Islands Government

Water Tier 2

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

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Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water

Commercial property: development Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

‘Commitment to delivering a solution.’

‘Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.’

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

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

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

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

‘Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive’.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Greater London Authority

Aerium Group

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

St Modwen

Compass House Limited

Transport for London

IV Real Estate

Skanska

Stevenage Borough Council

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

‘Commitment to delivering a solution.’

‘Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.’

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

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

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

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

‘Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive’.

Key clients

Virgin Active / Virgin Clubs

The Wave Group

HSBC plc

Darwin Leisure Property Fund

YTL Hotels

Bay Capital

Brownsword Hotels

National Trust

Santander Bank

Hamilton Hotels

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

‘Commitment to delivering a solution.’

‘Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.’

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

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

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

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

‘Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive’.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Aerium Group

HSBC

Virgin Active

East Hampshire District Council

Bath & North East Somerset District Council

Gardiner Haskins

Darwin Alternative Investment Management

UPE 3

Change Real Estate

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

‘Commitment to delivering a solution.’

‘Enjoyable to work with, professional and friendly, dedicated.’

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

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

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

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

‘Flexible, committed, proactive, responsive’.

Key clients

John Lewis plc and Waitrose & Partners

Waterstones Booksellers

Brandy Melville

Gardiner Haskins

North Somerset Council

AEG / AEG Crosstree Real Estate

Diane von Furstenberg

Bath and North East Somerset District Council

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP's practice, which has a focus on sectors such as national infrastructure, nuclear and renewable energy and transport, is led by William Gard. Another key member of the practice is Lloyd James who has expertise in matters relating to waste management, minerals and mining and transport infrastructure. James was lead partner advising Costain on the £1.3bn relief road project in South Wales. Another notable name is Steven James, who was lead partner advising HSBC and Bank Leumi on the £125m refinancing of a retirement village portfolio.

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Affinity Water

John Lewis Partnership

University of Bristol

Crown Commercial Service

Education: institutions Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

The University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Fintech Tier 3

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

Key clients

Faster Payments Scheme Limited

Ascentric (Investment Funds Direct Limited)

Seven Summits Financial Limited

Villa Plus Limited

World First (UK) Limited

Think Money Limited

Honda Finance

Currency Global

Amaiz (Goodwill Global Limited)

MPSCo Limited (Paym)

Currency Global

Phillips 66

Rail Delivery Group

Healthcare Tier 3

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

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

University of Oxford

NHS South, Central and West CSU

STERIS/Synergy Health

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

‘Extremely thorough, engaged and user friendly.’

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Costain Group

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Partnership Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Swiss private bank owned by a Brazilian-headquartered group

Planning Tier 3

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

Testimonials

A huge wealth of really good lawyers.

A team with extensive experience in heritage legislation.

An excellent team.

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

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

YTL Property Holdings

Highways England

Canal & River Trust

Redrow

JC Decaux

Imerys Minerals

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Limited

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

Seagreen Wind Energy (SSE/Fluor JV)

Environment Agency

Royal Botantic Gardens Kew

Merthyr Motors

DS Smith Paper Ltd

Retail funds Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

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

Tom Dunn is hugely knowledgeable and pragmatic in his approach

 

Key clients

St. James’s Place

Praemium

Marlborough Fund Managers

Investment Fund Services

FundRock Partners

Premier Asset Management

Investment Funds Direct (t/a Ascentric)

All Wales LGPS Pool

Tatton Investment Management

WAY Fund Managers

Commercial contracts Tier 4

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘Very client focused and flexible’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable’

‘Helen Scott-Lawler is very professional and reliable’

Key clients

John Lewis PLC and Waitrose

Oxford University

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

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Ministry of Defence

Coca Cola Hellenic

Yeo Valley

Fever-Tree

Gegenbauer

Waterstones

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 4

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

Key clients

FirstGroup plc

National Express Group plc

Emirates Group

Julian Hodge Bank

Premier Fund Managers

Villa Plus Limited

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles placing work in conjunction with it's strong restructuring team and its corporate group which acts for a number of domestic public companies. A particularly active area in 2018–2019 has been Brexit-related public company work where, for example, the team advised a listed company on a corporate restructuring mandate involving the creation of an Irish parent company. The team has strong relationships with a number of active nomads, and acts for a corporate client base spanning a variety of sectors, though the group is particularly well known in the energy space. Richard Spink heads the corporate department and Rupert Weston is a name to note in the corporate finance group.

Key clients

Gooch & Housego plc

ITM Power plc

Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc

Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc

WH Ireland Limited

SciSys plc

Stockdale Securities

Premier Asset Management plc

FirstGroup plc

Future plc

Phillips 66

Family Tier 4

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IT and telecoms Tier 4

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

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

Capita PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

Altran Technologies SA

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

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

Testimonials

Very practical and helpful guidance

Excellent professional advice and extremely trustworthy’

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

Key clients

The AA Group

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners

FirstGroup

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Downing LLP

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

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

Key clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios Ltd)

Discovery Communications, LLC (Discovery Channel)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose & John Lewis

Virgin Care

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

John Barnett combines strong technical ability with excellent interpersonal skills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

UBS

PraxisIFM

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

 

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP's contentious construction practice has expertise in matters relating to energy, transport and waste, advising big-name clients on complex disputes. The team is led by William Gard who also also heads the firm's arbitration and adjudication practice. Marcus Harling, who, like Gard, splits his time between Bristol and London, has decades of experience in the construction sphere and works on project troubleshooting and disputes relating to construction and engineering projects.

EU and competition Tier 5

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

Key clients

The Co-operative Group

FirstGroup

Abellio

The Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust

Cardiff City Transport Services

Yeo Valley

Waitrose

Transport for Wales

Arora Group

Fraud: civil Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Good quality of associates working under the partners’. 

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

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

Key clients

Celtic Energy

Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited

Nationwide Building Society

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

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

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable – the team has a great understanding of the issues facing their clients in a rapidly developing market.’

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

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

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

AXA Insurance UK plc

FSCS

Professional negligence Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

Andrew Burnette combines great commercial awareness with excellent legal instincts.

Key clients

Gleeds UK

Nationwide Building Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Sea Containers Ltd

Property finance Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Partners LLP

ICG Longbow

Helaba

Urban Exposure

Reputation management Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

The Met Office

Venture capital Tier 5

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Beechbrook Capital

Mobeus Equity Partners

LDC (Managers) Limited

BGF

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Administrative and public law Tier 6

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

Key clients

Department for Education

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Home Office

Ministry of Justice

FirstGroup

Babcock International Group

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Welsh Government

Ofcom

Bristol City Council

Isle of Anglesey

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

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

Testimonials

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

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

 

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC UK Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Express Group plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Capital Partners

Bluefield SIF Investments

ICG Longbow

M&G Investments

C & J Clark

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

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

Testimonials

Andrew Burnette is an excellent lawyer.

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

The Co-operative Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

National Westminster Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken

Bayerische Landesbank

Sarasin & Partners

Corporate tax Tier 6

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

Testimonials

Very well considered, prompt professional advice

In-depth knowledge of financial services products and services

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

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Yeo Valley Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

The Church Commissioners

Battery Energy Storage Solutions

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

St. James’s Place

All-Wales LGPS Pool

Bank of Ireland UK

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Marlborough Fund Managers

Investment Fund Services Limited

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

J&E Davy (UK) Limited

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Mattioli Woods

Intellectual property Tier 6

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

BBC/BBC Studios

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Discovery Communications, LLC (owner of Discovery Channel)

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

Waitrose/John Lewis

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.

Virgin Group

RAC

FILA Luxembourg S.à.r.l

Sport Tier 6

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

Testimonials

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

Key clients

The Racecourse Association

Bristol City Football Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Britbet Racing LLP

Artemis Technologies Limited

Transport finance & leasing Tier 6

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

Key clients

Welsh Government/Transport for Wales

Abellio Transport Holdings

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

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

First Rail Holdings

Merseyrail Electrics 2002 Limited (trading as Merseyrail)

First Greater Western Ltd (trading as Great Western Railway)

First TransPennine Express Limited (trading as TransPennine Express)

Abellio East Anglia Limited (trading as) Greater Anglia

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

Commercial litigation Tier 7

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

FirstGroup and subsidiaries

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bristol-based Burges Salmon has a 'reputation for high-quality training and a good standard of work' and offers 'the best quality of work outside London' in the opinion of its trainees. The firm boasts an 'expertise in energy and renewables' and offers 'private client, as well as commercial work'. Moreover, thanks to a six-seat programme, recruits 'benefit from being able to see more areas of law'. Respondents found Burges Salmon staff to be 'approachable during the vacation scheme and assessment centre', which cemented their decision to accept a training contract at the firm. Correspondingly, the firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its vacation scheme, as well as for its social life. A palpable 'attitude of hire to retain' has earned the firm another Lex 100 Winner gong for confidence of being kept on post qualification. That 'some departments have completely different cultures' irked some trainees because of the discrepancies in 'ways of working and approaches to work/life balance'. There were also some grumbles about the pay, which some recruits perceived is a bit low in relation to the increasing expectation to work longer hours. On the plus side, 'being given ownership of, and then credit for, setting up a football agency for a client', 'attending a mediation with HMRC' and 'holding a client meeting independently on a pro bono matter' stood out to recruits for positive reasons. Conversely, 'having all of my meals in the office' and 'thinking I had shredded an original document' were memories trainees would rather forget. For a firm which offers the 'best mix of high-quality work and lifestyle', where trainees are 'treated as human beings, not robots', choose Burges Salmon.