Firm Profile > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England

Burges Salmon LLP

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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The 'highly skilled' team at Burges Salmon LLP  handles the sale and purchase of agricultural property and landed estates, assists with subsidies and tenancy issues, advises on agricultural development and also has expertise in tax and succession planning. The firm also focuses on advising on regulatory issues regarding the food supply chain. The 'excellentSian Edmunds has experience as a litigator and arbitrator, including the handling of contractual and partnership disputes. Emma Folkes acts for farmers and investors on the restructuring of agricultural estate portfolios.


The team is sensitive to clients’ issues, making communication of those ambitions a vital part of early planning

The team is highly skilled and committed to the needs of private clients

Genuinely nice people to work with

A team with considerable experience of rural matters delivered through specialist lawyers

Burges Salmon has exceptional knowledge and skill in agriculture and estates. It is second to none. The team is easy to work with, helpful and reliable

The firm has a great understanding of land ownership and food production

The firm’s experience really sets it apart from its competitors

A well-established and highly effective private client firm for the South West region and beyond

Richard Owen is a powerful lawyer who combines pragmatism with a deep understanding of the law

Emma Folkes is highly experienced and always puts clients first

Sian Edmunds is extremely knowledgeable and approachable

Sian Edmunds is a really excellent litigator

Tom exhibits deep knowledge that is second to none

Key clients

Environment Agency

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose


South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Gea Farm Technologies

Banking and finance Tier 1

Key sectors of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s mid-market banking practice include energy and infrastructure, real estate, transport, food and agriculture, leisure, insurance, housing and healthcare. With the firm opening an Edinburgh office, which operates alongside the Bristol and London offices, the firm is on a strong footing to serve clients across the UK and further afield internationally. In addition to undertaking finance work for lenders, it has also established relationships with a large number of household name corporate borrowers. Practice head Richard Leeming, who specialises in corporate banking and real estate finance, acts for clearing banks, investment banks and private banks, as well as debt funds. Recently promoted partner Katie Allen is 'bright, capable and pleasant to work with'. 'Very efficient' Rachael Ruane is also recommended for her project finance and asset finance expertise.


The team is proactive, responsive and provides great service

The firm has brought together the right blend of banking specialists to create a fully integrated team, which provides clear and superb legal services

The team is able to produce perfect transactional documents even under pressure

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group


Royal Bank of Scotland

National Express Group

DRC Capital

Gravis Capital Management

Bluefield SIF Investments

M&G Investments

C. & J. Clark

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a large team, which serves a sizeable roster of national and international clients. It has a notable specialism in transport sector disputes; the scope of the work includes rail, bus, motor and marine matters. In addition, the team excels in contentious work involving financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, energy, intellectual property and pensions. David Hall leads the group, which includes highly rated associate Brian Wong. Wong focuses on transport, regulatory and public law matters, and also handles complex corporate disputes.


Burges Salmon understands the needs of clients and business, but they remain a partner-led law firm delivering personal service and going the extra mile

They adopt a very sensible and pragmatic approach to complex commercial litigation

A team that has the qualities of the leading London firms

Brian Wong is a very smart, engaging and committed solicitor who always understands the detail and strategy of case

Brian Wong has significant judicial review and general commercial litigation expertise

Kari McCormick is tactically astute and quickly grasps the bigger picture

Suzanne Padmore is an experienced litigator who is very practical

Owen Jones is very thorough

Sian Edmunds is an excellent litigator, tactically astute and prepared to have a scrap

David Hall is an outstanding commercial litigator; his ability to get stuck into the detail whilst retaining a big picture view was outstanding. An absolute pleasure to work with

Key clients

FirstGroup Plc and Subsidiaries

John Lewis/Waitrose



Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones)

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's market-leading real estate practice, which is led by Colin Ligman, acts for a broad base of private sector clients, including major landowners, household name retailers, hotels, developers and construction companies, among others. In addition, the firm advises public sector clients, such as local authorities. Richard Clark is particularly active in the office and retail sectors, where he focuses on advising investors, developers and occupiers. Richard Read has significant experience of the student accommodation sector, and he is also active in the hotels and leisure space. Ross Polkinghorne, who leads the real estate development group, advises both public and private sector clients on high-value regeneration projects. Euan Bremner handles development and acquisition transactions for energy clients. Philip Beer is another key figure.


A refreshing “can-do” attitude

A strong real estate team

Strives to find effective solutions even in niche practice areas

Richard Read has a personable and commercial approach


Key clients

The Crown Estate

John Lewis and Waitrose & Partners

Aerium Group

University of Bristol

St Modwen Properties



Transport for London

Greater London Authority

Lloyds Banking Group

Virgin Active

Construction Tier 1

Led by William Gard, the ‘amazing’ construction and engineering team at Burges Salmon LLP excels in handling critical national infrastructure projects across multiple sectors, including renewables and energy storage, and transport. The group stands out for its niche expertise in nuclear new-build projects; this is an area of specialism for Steven James. Marcus Harling regularly takes the lead on the procurement and delivery aspects of complex construction projects. Also notable is that the team has had an increase in mandates from clients in the utilities, mining and waste management sectors. The team also has experience of acting in construction disputes, which are a specialism for Richard Adams and senior associate Jessica Evans, who was hired from Bevan Brittan LLP in June 2018.


A great and friendly team with significant, in-depth knowledge of the construction market

It is certainly delightful working with this highly dedicated team

What sets the team apart is its members’ complete understanding of the law, which is also supplemented by everyone’s pragmatic approach towards risks which clients may face

The team’s knowledge is up-to-date and its  expertise in energy construction projects is unrivaled

Burges Salmon’s construction team truly combines a hands-on approach with the ability to analyse in-depth any relevant legal issues

The team is impressive, approachable, well-organised and cost-effective

Marcus Harling is amazing

Richard Adams certainly stands out – he is proactive, knowledgeable, able to explain things clearly, and good during negotiations

Richard Adams is very hard-working and simply excellent

Richard Adams has encyclopedic knowledge of the NEC3 form

Director Paul Doherty is approachable and very knowledgeable, and always responds and takes necessary measures quickly

Steven James has good all-round knowledge and significant experience in the industry

One can rely on the advice which Steven James provides  with their eyes closed

Quick and very creative, Lloyd James has unrivaled expertise in energy construction projects’

Lloyd James is a really outstanding practitioner, due to his good negotiation skills and his ability to always go the extra mile in proactively addressing all relevant issues which clients may encounter

Key clients


Highways England

Affinity Water

Crown Commercial Service

Marks & Spencer

John Lewis Partnership



University of Bristol



Welsh Government / Transport for Wales


Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP combines expertise in trusts and personal tax litigation with experience in pensions litigation. The practice advises on private wealth disputes with pension-related aspects, contentious estoppel arrangements, disputes between trustees and contentious questions concerning inheritance and succession planning. The client base of joint practice heads Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs includes high-net-worth individuals and owners of landed estates, including traditional farming families as well as members of the aristocracy and the landed gentry.


‘A team that has the qualities of the leading London firms, but less pricey and with more hands-on attention at partner level’

‘Sian Edmunds is a really excellent litigator. She is tactically astute and prepared to have a scrap, but is also alive to the benefits of mediation and ADR’

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP handles a high volume of complex corporate transactions, and is able to leverage its 'best-friends' network of overseas firms in matters with cross-border elements. The team acts for high-profile clients across a number of sectors, notably energy, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, and education. The team is jointly led by Richard Spink and Chris Godfrey; Spink has expertise in corporate reorganisations in the private equity space, while Godfrey has a strong track record in M&A, funds work and IPOs. Jonathan Eves, who has been a partner since 2015, excels in complex corporate matters in the energy sector. Recently promoted director Tim Roberts specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the leisure and tourism industry. Senior associate Alex Lloyd is also highly recommended.


Very business and outcome focused

They are able to tune in incredibly quickly to the nuances of the business and provide clear and concise interpretation of complex legal documents

Knowledgeable, commercially-savvy lawyers who always deliver

‘Sector expertise and legal analysis are both delivered efficiently and with the highest standards of quality

Tim Roberts and Richard Spink both provide excellent legal support

Alex Lloyd and Dominic Davis are particularly helpful and knowledgeable and worked effectively in less than straightforward circumstances

Richard Spink is a beacon of calm and reason within many a tense negotiation

Tim Roberts is the safest pair of hands I have ever dealt with

Camille Usher-Clarke wields an inner steel that belies her client-friendly manner

Both Richard Spink and Tim Roberts are trustworthy, polite, approachable and offer sound advice, with excellent client engagement

We would particularly recommend Tim Redman

Key clients

The AA Group

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Hamilton Hotel Partners


University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

Jardine Lloyd Thompson

Downing LLP

Corporate tax Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's team regularly provides tax support to other departments in the firm on matters such as corporate restructurings and real estate transactions. It is also sought out to provide standalone tax advice in its own right. Recently promoted partner Ian Carnochan leads the practice, which is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious matters. Sarah Lane, who has previous experience of working as a partner at a 'big four' accounting firm, demonstrates strong capabilities in UK and international tax controversies. She also has expertise in tax issues connected with fund structurings, real estate issues, joint ventures and treasury tax. Nigel Popplewell is another key figure.


Outstanding expertise and deep insight of market practice and revenue authority tolerance

Ethics and integrity are visible practiced

Deep knowledge of areas of expertise, great presentation and negotiation skills and strong listeners

Sarah Lane and John Barnett are stand-out partners

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Yeo Valley Group Limited

Octopus Investments Limited

The Church Commissioners

Battery Energy Storage Solutions

Chatterjee Group

Shareholders of Ad Bruf

Toolstream Limited

Wales Pension Partnership

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP specialises in the impact of criminal and white collar fraud, including issues connected to proceeds of crime, money laundering and bribery. Headed by David Hall, the firm also advises on issues relating to police investigations in relation to asset freezing and recovery, and covers a wide range of matters that involve director and employee fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering.

Key clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP advises FTSE100 and global businesses, central and local government organisations and major brands. On the contentious side, it represents clients in employment tribunal and appellate court proceedings; cases involve complex whistle-blowing and discrimination issues, among others. Non-contentious advisory work covers GDPR and management issues, senior executive severance and large-scale TUPE transfers. The team works closely with overseas-based lawyers from its preferred firms network on cross-border employment matters. Team leader Adrian Martin has particular experience of the TUPE and employment aspects of corporate transactions, outsourcing arrangements, and public and private sector projects. Luke Bowery is another name to note.


Very strong across the board from partner level downwards, they have lots of experienced and talented lawyers

Burges Salmon has a strong employment team which includes litigation at appellate level for big clients

The team at Burges Salmon is an extremely capable employment law team, they understand the client’s key objectives and give sensible commercial advice

They take time to get to know their clients and are highly responsive and give excellent personal service

They put the needs of their clients first and develop excellent relationships with key personnel, becoming a trusted advisor

They give practical advice and are very responsive

Chris Seaton is an excellent leader, very experienced, hands-on and client driven

Roger Bull is a very thoughtful and pragmatic litigator

Adrian Martin is an experienced litigator who delivers excellent client service and fantastic support to counsel. He is very responsive, and takes full responsibility for cases

Adrian is extremely knowledgeable and understands the nuances of different legal arguments and the best way to persuade a court to find in favour of his client

Adrian Martin is a highly impressive practitioner. He has a comprehensive knowledge of employment law that he is able to apply in a commercially sensible and pragmatic fashion to meet the client’s objectives

Adrian develops excellent personal relationships with clients really taking the time to get to know them and their business. He can explain complex legal issues in such a way that the client clearly understands the choices they have to make

Adrian has superb attention to detail but never loses sight of the big picture. You would want Adrian on your team every time

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate






Reading City Council

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Premier Asset Management

The Warranty Group

Wessex Water

York St John University

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

Yeo Valley

National Composites Centre

Hochtief UK Construction Limited

Transport for Wales

The Racecourse Association

Octopus Investments

Nessy Learning Limited

The Exeter

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Energy Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has expertise in cutting-edge and innovative energy projects, particularly in relation to conventional power, as well as the renewables and nuclear industries. Described by one client as ‘the Rolls-Royce of his sector’, Ian Salter is a nationally recognised name in the field of nuclear law. Salter jointly leads the practice with Ross Fairley, who is ‘one of very few true experts around’ in the renewables industry. Julian Boswall has particular expertise in consenting offshore wind projects, as well as onshore wind and gas-fired power station projects. Associate Alec Whiter is another name to note.


Highly credible expertise in the energy sector

The best mix of high-quality legal advice, quick client service, and exceptional value for money

The firm has unrivalled expertise in energy construction projects

Ross Fairley quickly identifies and focuses on the key value drivers to help clients deliver new and innovative energy solutions

Due to his expert knowledge, Ian Salter is able to advise on all aspects of nuclear law

Ian Salter is very measured and calm but also highly efficient in bringing solutions

Ian Truman is extremely thorough, very commercial and client-focused

Key clients

EDF Energy





Marks & Spencer

Zenobe Energy


Forsa Energy

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Green Investment Group

Cayman Islands Government

Environment Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's specialist environment team has a first-rate reputation for advising clients on particularly complex regulatory issues. Clients turn to the firm for assistance with challenging matters involving regulators, such as the refusal of permits, litigation, prosecutions and other challenges. In addition to advising large regional and national clients, the firm also generates mandates from global organisations. The ‘experiencedSimon Tilling handles a large volume of contentious work. The ‘incredibly competentMichael Barlow, who heads up the practice, handles all aspects of environmental compliance, energy efficiency, contaminated land and environmental permitting. Ross Fairley advises on issues concerning infrastructure, energy, waste, lender liability and contaminated land, and also represents clients charged with environmental offences. Ian Salter is recommended for his work in the nuclear sector.

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

BT Group

Peel Ports

Affinity Water

Thermo Fisher Scientific

John Lewis Partnership

Haltermann Carless

Koch Industries

FirstGroup plc

The National Trust

EU and competition Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP advises clients on competition issues across its key sectors, such as retail, transport, financial services and healthcare. The team has a strong track record in merger clearances, and also regularly advises on investigations and compliance issues. In addition, the firm represents clients in antitrust litigation. Chris Worrall, who is knowledgeable about all aspects of EU and UK competition law, is the head of the team. Laura Claydon regularly acts for household name clients on complex competition issues.


Chris Worrall is professional, friendly, calm with a balanced, helpful and pragmatic attitude

Cohesive team and communication between them is excellent. The advice is pragmatic and commercial

Chris is calm, authoritative, open to challenges and has great insight into how the regulator thinks

Becky Ellis is smart, responsive and willing to give her perspective

Laura Claydon has significant competition law expertise

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

FirstGroup Plc


Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat)

Canal & River Trust

Cardiff City Transport Services

Yeo Valley


Transport for Wales

Arora Group

Family Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has expertise in negotiating financial settlements on relationship breakdown and divorce. The senior associates Nicky Howarth and Mary Gaskins deal with asset protection in case of divorce and draft domestic and cross-border pre- and post-martial agreements. The firm’s advice on family law incorporates tax and estate planning measures. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in in divorce law and handles corporate and trust issues as well as on the effect of divorce on the clients’ pension schemes. Alison Hawes has a particular expertise in financial settlement cases that involve issues regarding business assets.

Health and safety Tier 1

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


They have a tremendous presence in the rail & transport sectors and are able to tailor health & safety advice to the needs of their clients as a consequence of the industry knowledge they possess

They have an excellent knowledge of the rail industry

We rate their depth of experience in Health and Safety combined with real knowledge, experience and understanding of industries

In regulatory investigations that I have been involved in with Burgess Salmon over many years I have learned to appreciate the skill and expertise of Ann Metherall and Chris Jackson in particular

Ann is a very astute lawyer and Chris Jackson knows the rail industry like the back of his hand

Ann Metherall has exceptional experience of the rail sector which makes her input hugely valuable to clients

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Immigration Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP advises clients on all aspects of business immigration, including recruitment of overseas nationals, immigration strategy, sponsor licenses, immigration audits, UKVI breaches, corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. Clients include domestic businesses and international corporations, as well as high net worth individuals and their dependents. Adrian Martin heads up the wider employment group, which encompasses the immigration practice.

Key clients

Computershare Investor Services

Insure & Go/Mapfre

Bank of Ireland

Avon Rubber

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group


University of Bristol

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery work spans a number of sectors, such as construction, energy, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and professional services. The team is led by Andrew Eaton, who has extensive expertise in the retail industry, where he assists clients with distressed situations. Real estate sector expert James Sutherland has developed a niche in handling contentious insolvency matters. Also notable is that the team has extensive expertise in the interplay between insolvency and pensions law; it advises trustees on issues concerning the protection of the pension assets of an insolvent company. Although the firm generates the majority of its work from the London market, the firm is increasingly sought out in cross-border matters, with it benefiting from excellent relationships with law firms worldwide. Senior associate Emily Scaife specialises in non-contentious transactions. Patrick Cook retired from private practice.


The team is relatively small but filled with people with exceptional knowledge of the sector

The team is knowledgeable and sensitive to clients’ needs

The team mobilises quickly while it also remains pleasant and easy to deal with

Andrew Eaton handles a transaction like no one else

Andrew Eaton delivers spot-on advice in a timely manner

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

FRP Advisory

AlixPartners Services UK LLP

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Embark Group


Muzinich & Co

Intellectual property Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for major international brands and has a particularly strong list of US-based clients, including Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and the Discovery Channel. The ongoing expansion of its practice is evidenced by the fact that the firm was recently appointed to the IP panels of John Lewis/Waitrose and the BBC/BBC Studios. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson is experienced in both transactional and contentious issues; his expertise includes the protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark infringement and portfolio management. Helen Scott-Lawler has advised RAC and Fever-Tree on technology transfer and IP issues relating to sponsorship and advertising. Senior associate Emily Roberts specialises primarily in contentious IP and often supports Dickerson on infringement matters.


Very strong

We know Jeremy doesn’t mess around when it comes to IP matters

Team is very user friendly, practical and commercial. Also extremely responsive

Proactive team that is hard-working and efficient

Jeremy Dickerson displays both strength and depth. He is client and solution-focused and extremely accessible; his input is invaluable

Key clients


Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Discovery Communications, LLC

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

Waitrose/John Lewis

Virgin Group


FILA Luxembourg S.a.r.l

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm undertaking a large volume of high-value, complex technology outsourcing transactions. It has also won a number of new clients, including The National Trust and Southern Water. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the transport, utilities and energy sectors. In addition to advising clients on IT projects, the group handles commercial IT work, procurement, outsourcing, joint ventures (for new product development) and corporate IT deals. Sarah Kenshall is a key figure in the team, which is led by Andrew Dunlop.


Experienced IT team

Flexible approach

Involves the right skills at appropriate levels

Andrew Dunlop has a great view for key issues

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC


Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

ALTRAN Technologies SA

Licensing Tier 1

Headed by the contentious and non-contentious gaming expert Joanne Attwood, Burges Salmon LLP advises on contentious licensing issues in the entertainment, street trading, transport and vehicle industries as well as on the obtainment of licences for leisure venues, cafés, pubs and restaurants. The legal service of the practice involves the handling of licensing aspects of commercial agreements as well as dealing with regulatory compliance.


‘A highly professional staff with first class resources.’

‘Unusually, the firm combines a quality licensing and regulatory crime practice within the environment of a substantial quality commercial firm.’

‘Joanne Attwood is clever, reliable and offers outstanding client care. She is quick to respond and act on enquiries and advice. Her instructions are full, clear and comprehensive.’

‘Stephen Lavington demonstrates superb judgement in relation to difficult tactical issues in relation to alcohol, entertainment and gambling cases.’

Key clients

University of Bristol

Canadian and Portland Estates

The Racecourse Association

Darwin Property

Bristol Water

Local government Tier 1

Housing a number of former local authority lawyers, Burges Salmon LLP provides a comprehensive range of services, which includes advice to local authorities on statutory and constitutional interpretation of powers, corporate and commercial work, public procurement, infrastructure projects, and waste and energy projects. The team also has particular expertise in planning and environmental work and pension schemes. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and bodies, as well as government-owned organisations. The practice is led by planning expert Gary Soloman, who advises on local authority, regeneration and compulsory purchase matters. John Houlden specialises in in procurement, state aid and project funding. Matthew Ramus, Marcus Harling and senior associate Paula McGeady are also highly recommended.


The team is very responsive, experienced in the field, and always willing to work closely with clients

Very skilful and professional, Matthew Ramus and Marcus Harling do a great job even when working under tight deadlines

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Sunderland City Council

North Somerset Council

Greater London Authority

Hampshire County Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Torbay Borough Council

Isle of Wight Council

Bristol City Council

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for clients from throughout the media and entertainment industry, including television broadcasting, music, publishing and social media. It also has a first-rate reputation in the advertising and marketing sphere. The team, which is led by Jeremy Dickerson, handles a notably high volume of work for media clients, particularly in relation to the protection and enforcement of IP rights. In the broadcasting space, the team advises major international media companies on TV show clearances, the exploitation of related merchandise and dispute resolution. Director Emily Roberts is another notable individual.

Key clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios Ltd)

Discovery Communications, LLC (Discovery Channel)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose & John Lewis

Virgin Care

Pensions Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for more than 750 trustee and employer clients in the private and public sectors, with a primary focus on trustee mandates. The firm is on both the central and local government legal panels for pensions work, which enables it to undertake large-scale legal work across the UK. Personal and occupational pension schemes are another area of strength. Practice head Richard Knight is the key point of contact for the practice's major clients. Susannah Young is one of the other key figures in the group.


Burges Salmon are a pragmatic team; rather than just flagging potential issues they seek to find a practical and proportionate way through them. They have a good experience of the impact of corporate transactions on pension schemes and dealing with the Pensions Regulator

Burges Salmon understand well the dynamics of pensions regulator proceedings, and are very client focused

They have a pragmatic, measured approach, and collaborative approach with other advisors

They offer excellent knowledge that is applied in a sensible pragmatic commercial manner. We can depend on them to get the job done without unnecessary fuss or delay

Burges Salmon provide excellent advice with a clear, practical approach. We feel like we are in safe hands, and the depth of the team is excellent providing quality support at short notice when required

A key differentiator against other firms which provide purely pensions advice is the cross departmental support we have the benefit of

My experience working with lawyers in Burges Salmon’s pension team is generally very positive. They are highly regarded by their clients, and very much considered a trusted partner

Compared to other firms of lawyers I have dealt with they are more attuned to providing the type of day-to-day support (in areas such as good governance for example) that many pension scheme trustee clients require

Richard Knight was very impressive on a recent corporate transaction project. He took overall responsibility for the project, giving the client comfort that all the necessary advice and tasks would be completed. He delivered the findings clearly and concisely

Clive Pugh understands very well how corporate groups work and comes up with creative solutions to corporate pension problems

Michael Hayles is excellent. He is straight to the point, doesn’t mess around and is a clear and engaging communicator

Richard is experienced, knowledgeable, intelligent, available, commercial & client focused

Susannah Young  is very responsive and personable with excellent client care skills. She frequently provides cost and timescale updates, and provides clear, commercial and practical advice

My experience of working with Richard is very positive. He provides pragmatic advice and has a calm, reassuring presence which is particularly valued by his clients

Susannah is an experienced pensions lawyer with a very collaborative approach, whether working with clients or other pensions professionals

Alice Honeywill is an experienced pensions lawyer and is particularly strong technically with wide-ranging pensions knowledge

Key clients

Western Power Distribution (employer)

FirstGroup (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)

Oxford University (trustees)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is especially experienced in dealing with landed estates, which involves regulatory advice regarding agricultural law and inheritance tax planning. The firm is also experienced in trust establishment and restructuring, which often involves the movements of assets domestically as well as offshore. The firm regularly liaises with family business owners on corporate and personal tax matters as well as the transfer of assets to the next generation. John Barnett provides tax advice to high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions. Senior associate Catherine De Maid leads the firm’s philanthropy team and specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice.  Senior associate Tim Williams  is another specialist in tax, estate planning and trust work.

Planning Tier 1

The planning and compulsory purchase team at Burges Salmon LLP has a particular strength in acting for clients in the public and quasi-public space, such as local councils and national bodies (including Highways England). The group advises on nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) at all stages from the pre-application phase up to the post-construction period; NSIPs work is an area of specialism for Elizabeth Dunn and Julian Boswall. The ‘very experienced strategist’ Patrick Robinson focuses on energy-related aspects of planning work, with a particular emphasis on nuclear and renewables. Practice head Gary Soloman advises clients on regeneration projects, large-scale developments and highway proposals. Elsewhere, the department also handles judicial reviews and statutory challenges. Senior associates Paula McGeady and Stephen Humphreys are also recommended.


Team members stand out for their depth and great range of knowledge, their efficiency and highly pragmatic approach

The team is always able to respond quickly and to amend its approach in light of any changing circumstances and requirements

The team is really strong and has built great reputation for its work on nationally significant infrastructure projects

Stephen Humphreys shows excellent attention to detail and always remains conscious of the client’s best interests

Gary Salomon pays attention to every detail, but also has the ability to see the bigger picture and never loses sight of his clients’ general objectives

Paula McGeady is very hard-working and focused, and reacts to clients’ issues quickly

Patrick Robinson is a great communicator

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

YTL Property Holdings

Highways England

Canal & River Trust



Imerys Minerals

Snowdonia Pumped Hydro

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm

Seagreen Wind Energy

Environment Agency

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

DS Smith Paper

Professional negligence Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts predominantly for claimants. The firm has expertise in making claims on behalf of lenders and regularly advises on claims in the legal, construction, environmental consultancy and IT sectors. One key area of expertise is handling claims arising from cyber-security breaches and regulatory interventions. The firm also advises on professional negligence cases relating to pensions, trusts and tax. Practice head Andrew Burnette leads claims against solicitors and surveyors. 


Burges Salmon offers real team effort, provides excellent value for money and a really hand-on approach. It is really admirable how the associates are empowered to deliver in their own style

Burges Salmon has an excellent professional negligence team

The firm offers depth and experience

The very high standards of recruitment and internal training ensure seamless service from a customer perspective

Key clients

Gleeds UK

Nationwide Building Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

HR Trustees

Sea Containers

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for public and private sector clients on the procurement, development and funding aspects of high-profile projects. The team also draws on the experience of practitioners in areas such as renewable energy, transport, waste management and water. Practice head Ian Salter is a recognised name nationally for his nuclear law expertise. Elsewhere, defence sector mandates are on the increase, with Mark PatersonKeith Beattie and Matthew Ramus being active practitioners in this space. Ramus is also experienced in projects with a nexus to the education sector. Brioney Thomas is the go-to contact for rail clients, which include passenger operators, freight operators, rolling stock manufacturers and government authorities.


One of the most reliable project teams on the local market

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Department for Education

Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Greater London Authority



Transport for London

Marks & Spencer Group plc

Highways England


Transport for Wales

Property litigation Tier 1

The real estate disputes team at Burges Salmon LLP acts for a broad base of regional and national clients. It also has significant following among international clients, as is evidenced by its work for occupiers in high-profile lease break and dilapidations claims; Goldman Sachs and Virgin are among the blue-chip names that turn to the firm for advice in this space. Elsewhere, the group has a strong track record of handling commercial rent reviews in London. It also generates contentious property mandates from clients active in the renewable energy sector, and also from clients in relation to property insolvencies. Richard Bedford handles a wide range of freehold and leasehold disputes, and has extensive expertise in alternative forms of dispute resolution. Practice head James Sutherland has extensive experience in real estate litigation and insolvency disputes relating to real estate assets. Clients also recommend senior associate David Benjamin and newly promoted partner Chris Preston.


A team of true specialists and market leaders in the field of property litigation

Good coverage across multiple legal disciplines

The team’s legal advice is always clear, concise and well-articulated

Every team member is friendly, very responsive and provides excellent commercial advice

James Sutherland is simply a pleasure to work with

Richard Bedford is fantastic and very experienced

Chris Preston is very impressive

David Benjamin is superb

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

Waterstones Booksellers

Virgin Management

Canal & River Trust

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

Deutsche Bank

Affinity Water

Manchester Airports Group

Rail Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's team covers all aspects of rail-related work, including health and safety, franchising and infrastructure matters. Its experience includes the devolution of rail franchising powers, consumer protection and third party retailing arrangements and tunnel access. The firm's client base includes many of the leading operators in the country, and also public bodies and international operators. Brioney Thomas, who is the head of the rail division, has a particular interest in regulatory and commercial issues.

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)

Rail Delivery Group

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

Sport Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong profile in football, motorsport and horse racing. Its team has an excellent track record of completing commercial deals and handling disputes in all three areas. The broader workload encompasses advice to clients governance issues, anti-doping and financial regulation. Cricket and rugby are other areas where the group has been active recently. Jeremy Dickerson, who heads up the firm's IP and sports team, is highly experienced in sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and contentious sporting matters. Recently promoted senior associate Chris Davies is a name to note.

Key clients

The Racecourse Association

Bristol City Football Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Britbet Racing LLP

Artemis Technologies Limited

Education Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP advises on the spin-off of new businesses for universities, the development of new campus buildings, employment disputes and intellectual property issues. The team stands out in particularly complex and innovative projects, such as the outsourcing of education services from local authorities to new children’s services trusts. Matthew Ramus, who is 'highly knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient’, focuses on restructurings and business transformation projects. The ‘competent and very diligentMarcus Harling acts as a key contact for university clients. Luke Bowery utilises his employment expertise in advising both employers and employees in the education sector.


Burges Salmon is very competent in advising on children’s services around the set-up of new delivery vehicles

Team members stand out due to their in-depth knowledge across multiple disciplines, and genuinely work closely with each other to assist the client when circumstances so require

Excellent lawyers who are highly professional, approachable and committed

Matthew Ramus brings a blend of commercial and legal expertise

Key clients

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

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)

Office for Students (OfS)

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

At Burges Salmon, our culture is open, collaborative and inclusive, enabling us to recruit, retain and motivate the highest calibre of people. In our 2019 Engagement Survey, 90% of our people felt that they could be themselves and work and 95% believed that the firm has an open and inclusive culture.

We are proud to have been among the first signatories of the Bristol Equality Charter, committing to being an inclusive organisation, working with other Bristol businesses to strive towards equality.

We are an accredited Living Wage employer, committed to ensuring our people are fairly paid.

Our priorities

  • Gender

We are particularly focused on the development and progression of our female lawyers and business professionals into more senior roles, having worked with the Law Society on its Women in Leadership in Law study and Thomson Reuter’s Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law programme.

  • Ethnicity

We are committed to increasing ethnic diversity across the firm. We are partnered with Rare Recruitment, using its Contextual Recruitment System to consider applicants’ achievements in the socioeconomic context within which they were gained.

We support the Stepping Up diversity leadership programme for future leaders in Bristol, developing a talent pipeline that more meaningfully reflects our population and community.

  • LGBT+

We have worked closely with Stonewall since 2012 and are proud to be ranked in the Stonewall Employer Index, helping us to benchmark our progress on LGBT+ inclusion.

We play an active role in Bristol Pride Festival each year, marching in the parade and taking part in the festival itself. We are proud winners of Best Law Firm 2017 and 2018 at the Bristol Pride Awards.

  • Social mobility

We are committed to improving social inclusion and widening access to the profession, which includes our partnership with local secondary school Fairfield School, offering employability workshops, careers guidance and interview preparation.

We are founding members of the Social Mobility Pledge and the Social Mobility Business Partnership.

Our legal apprenticeship programme was successfully launched in 2016 as part of the Trailblazers initiative and we were the first law firm in Bristol to recruit using these standards. In 2018 we launched our business professionals apprenticeship programme.

  • Disability

We want to make sure that the working environment at Burges Salmon is accessible and supportive for those with disabilities. We are proud to be a Disability Confident accredited employer and we are committed to removing barriers and ensuring that disabled people at Burges Salmon have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

We also support our people in establishing diversity networks:

BProud is our LGBT+ network, welcoming both LGBT+ members and allies to promote LGBT+ inclusion across the firm.

BCultured is our BAME network, promoting ethnic diversity and inclusion across the firm.

Family Matters is a network for those with caring responsibilities, providing a space for our people to discuss and share experiences openly.

Burges Salmon Disability Forum aims to support the firm in being an accessible and inclusive place to work.

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.