Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Firm Profile

Burges Salmon LLP
ONE GLASS WHARF
BRISTOL
BS2 0ZX
England

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Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Widely praised by clients for their strength in depth, the ‘fantastic team’ at Burges Salmon LLP is a key port of call for a diverse range of blue-chip corporates, including a number of energy sector operators, tech companies, and private equity firms. Corporate practice chair Nick Graves regularly handles high-value transactions on behalf of a host of leading tech, manufacturing, and engineering companies, while ‘outstanding’ corporate finance partner Rupert Westonis noted for his capabilities in M&A and joint ventures, with recent highlights including major deals on behalf of wealth management firms and investment funds. Other key figures include private equity head Mark Shepherd; corporate and financial institutions lead Richard Spink, who is also sought out for his expertise in private equity-driven transactions; and Dominic Davis, experienced in both public and private company M&A. Alex Lloyd and Tim Roberts are noted for their work in the tech, education, and leisure sectors. Julie Book focuses on private wealth matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves; Rupert Weston

Testimonials

‘Exceptional in their ability to aid in navigating the commercial property landscape. Depth of team is also helpful, with a number of resources to help with various needs outside pure property acquisition and development.’

‘An outstanding team, well resourced, knowledgable and efficient. They provide excellent advice, always considered and from a commercial perspective.’

‘Rupert Weston is an outstanding partner, always available, experienced and an excellent negotiator.’

‘Extremely high dedication to client matters, availability, diligence and competence. In particular competent to handle foreign counsels and manage them effectively.’

‘Dominic Davis is an exceptionally well organized, competent and respectful partner who was deeply involved in the matter and dedicated to deliver the highest client satisfaction. Julie Book was also very competent, efficient, diligent and great to work with. Great team.’

‘Burges Salmon’s unrivalled experience and approach to every deal has played a massive part in our continued success. Fantastic team to work with.’

‘Jonathan Eves is exceptional.’

‘Richard Spink is the partner that I deal with predominantly at Burgess Salmon. I value his high integrity and commitment to helping make deals happen. He is able to push my needs as the client ensuring the most important things are adhered to and that my position is appropriately protected whilst remaining pragmatic and balanced to ensure deals progress smoothly to completion.’

Key clients

Octopus

Virgin Group

Zetland Capital LLP

Bluefield Solar

FirstGroup plc

Darwin Alternatives

Phillips 66

Atrato Partners

ITM Power plc

Trivela Group LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Saltus on its acquisition by Preservation Capital Partners.
  • Advised ITM Power PLC on a strategic partnership and joint venture with Vitol Holdings SARL in relation to Motive Fuels Limited.
  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund on its £112.4 million acquisition of a 93.2MWp UK-based solar and wind portfolio.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

The corporate tax team at Burges Salmon LLP, which fields practitioners who split their time between the firm’s Bristol and London offices, enjoys a strong reputation for its ability to provide advice across practice areas as well as on standalone tax matters. Financing arrangements, real estate transactions, and corporate restructurings form part of the group’s advisory portfolio under the leadership of Ian Carnochan, who is experienced with tax matters relating to private equity issues, real estate work, and financial institutions, among others. Hilary Barclay regularly handles work with an international dimension, while Jessica Chesterfield stands out for her knowledge of charity tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Ian Carnochan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great team, works well across the firm to assist transactions.’

‘Provide accessible advice on complex issues.’

‘High-end capability in dealing with a wide variety of tax-related issues. The breadth of their tax practice means the team can be used for a variety of tax related queries.’

‘The team provides a real credible alternative to Magic Circle.’

‘Very diverse team of specialists and individuals. For every topic, there is someone with plenty of experience.’

‘Ian Carnochan, very helpful and responsive. Well embedded within the Burges Salmon firm and able to quickly connect with the right colleague.’

‘Good ability to translate practical arrangement into legal form to achieve the desired outcome.’

‘John Barnett’s combination of deep technical knowledge, creativity, and ability to think on his feet is in my view unrivalled.’

Key clients

Bluefield Solar Income Fund

Founder shareholders of Firebrand Training Limited

Arena Coventry (Administrators)

svt Holding GmbH

Virgin Management Limited

Embark Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of solar and wind assets across the UK from a UK-based fund.
  • Advised the ACL Companies and joint administrators on the pre-pack sale of the ACL Companies’ business and assets, including ownership of the Coventry Building Society Arena, to certain entities controlled by Frasers Group Plc.
  • Advised Virgin Management Limited (VML) in connection with its acquisition of the iconic Whitfield Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London for use as the Virgin Group’s new London headquarters.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

At Burges Salmon LLP, the competition practice remains a popular choice from a wide range of clients stemming from the retail, transport, healthcare, and technology sectors. The firm is able to advise on the full breadth of EU and competition matters and counts areas such as merger control work, compliance issues and antitrust litigation among its strengths. Practice head Chris Worrall has a strong track record with regard to antitrust issues, while John Houlden focuses on state aid and subsidy control work. Anti-competitive agreements, economic regulatory matters, and merger controls form part of director Noel Beale‘s advisory work portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Noel Beale; Shachi Nathdwarawala; Sandra Mapara

Testimonials

‘Hands on, experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Shachi Nathdwarawala: experienced and knowledgeable, good to work with. Chris Worrall: very experienced and efficient.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in this area. Practical advice.’

‘The team is excellent. They come with my strongest recommendation. Always excellent advice.’

‘They’re just a fantastic group of individuals. One of the things I like the most is that the quality is always excellent no matter who I deal with.’

‘Partner Chris Worrall is excellent. He has a huge amount of experience across a range of sectors and issues. His approach is always measured and calm. Senior associate Shachi Nathdwarawala is also excellent. She has a great understanding of client needs and maintains strong relationships with in-house counsel and other senior client stakeholders.’

‘Clear, practical competition law advice. A real understanding of what the client is trying to achieve commercially and how competition law fits in with that.’

Key clients

DHL

Co-operative Group Limited

Spire Healthcare

Department for Transport – Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles

ComfortDelGro and Braddell Limited

Alten

UK Research and Innovation

Fido Tech

Loop Interiors

Embark Group

Work highlights

  • Secured CMA clearance for DHL in relation to its €1.5bn acquisition of global freight forwarding group Hillebrand.
  • Advised ComfortDelGro (owners of Metroline and Scottish Citylink) in relation to its acquisition from Stagecoach Group plc of inter-city coach businesses including Megabus.
  • Advised Spire Healthcare on its acquisition of Claremont Hospital

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 1

Singled out by clients as ‘the very best business crime group outside of London, by a considerable margin‘, Burges Salmon LLP‘s stellar track record of successes spans cases concerning proceeds of crime, money laundering, bribery and corruption, as well as complex fraud-related work. ‘Strategic mastermindGuy Bastable heads up the corporate crime department, while David Hall oversees the broader disputes offering. The arrival of Andrew Matheson from Baker McKenzie in February 2022 further strengthened the team at senior associate level. Cross-border disputes make up a regular part of the firm’s workload, with recent highlights covering issues in India and Nigeria.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Guy Bastable

Other key lawyers:

Sam Aldous; Andrew Matheson

Testimonials

‘They have an experienced multidisciplinary team, which allows them to handle a wide range of regulatory issues.’

‘My main contact at the firm is Guy Bastable – with a firm grounding in financial crime plus health and safety, Guy is very well placed to advise clients in respect to their fraud issues. Understanding the regulatory consequences of criminal issues gives Guy an advantage over many practitioners.’

‘A superb professional team utterly committed to the client’s interests and providing practical solutions.’

‘Guy Bastaple is building the very best business crime group outside of London, by a considerable margin.’

‘Guy Bastaple is outstanding: tenacious, fiercely intelligent and laser-focused on achieving the very best result for his clients. He is a joy to work with and has a remarkable success rate.’

‘Guy Bastable has a great team, very responsive and provide high quality answers.’

‘Guy Bastable is a very strategic mastermind in criminal procedural law, especially in the white-collar crime area.’

Key clients

Trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme in Court of Appeal proceedings arising out of the conviction in Southwark Crown Court of two senior employees of DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company of conspiracy to defraud their employer.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

The ‘competent, diligent and dedicated’ team at Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘a standout offering of magic circle quality’ to its roster of high-profile clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses and high-net-worth individuals. David Hall, who has experience in financial services litigation, jointly leads the practice alongside Ann Metherall, while Andrew Burnette handles contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. Other key contacts in the group include transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson, solicitor advocate Ian Tucker, Michael Ward, who focuses on shareholder disputes, and Brian Wong, who advises on procurement cases and was promoted to partner in May 2022. Matthew Walker has ‘excellent judgment’ and director Caroline Brown is commended as ‘responsive and knowledgeable’. Sian Edmunds left for an in-house role in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Testimonials

‘A standout offering of magic circle quality without the equivalent billing.’

‘Matthew Walker is fabulous on the law and excellent judgment.’

‘The team is really dedicated, competent, reassuring and responsive.’

‘Burges Salmon have an outstanding litigation practice, particularly, in my experience, in construction and insurance. They are excellent lawyers, commercial, pragmatic, down to earth and very approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Matthew Walker is an outstanding lawyer. He is very bright, extremely commercially astute, an excellent strategist and fantastic with clients.’

‘Caroline Brown is responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘The team is extremely competent, diligent and dedicated. They are also extremely attentive to potential cross-border issues and very capable to lead foreign counsels effectively. They put client priorities first, professionally manage files and meet highest standards in terms of communication both between lawyers involved and clients. The best experience for my team so far when working with UK counsels.’

‘Excellent team who took time to understand the core issues behind the situation that required advice and action. Worked with us closely to develop practical solutions. Worked in a timely manner with appropriate urgency.’

Key clients

Cobb Europe Limited and the Trustees of the Cobb Pension Scheme

PNE AG and Orsted Onshore UK Limited

URE Energy Limited

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

Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & Others

Atos IT Services UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Atos IT Services UK in a high-profile procurement challenge against the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and the Meteorological Office, relating to the Met Office’s 2020 procurement of its new weather and climate forecasting supercomputer.
  • Acting for Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & Others regarding a surveyor negligence claim against Cushman & Wakefield for significantly over-valuing two neighbouring mansions in St James’ Park, London, which stood as security for a £30 million bridge-to-sell loan to a developer.
  • Representing URE Energy in its dispute with Notting Hill Genesis (UK housing association), over the termination of a long-term electricity supply agreement.

Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘pragmatic and thoughtful approach’ is valued by a host of blue-chip corporates and major public sector bodies, ranging from national retailers to governmental departments. The team is headed up by Adrian Martin, who regularly works with a range of leading businesses and public sector bodies on TUPE transfers, outsourcing projects, and associated disputes, among other matters. Senior partner Chris Seaton continues to advise on contentious and non-contentious issues for a host of clients, most recently for those in the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Luke Bowery’s recent engagements include discrimination disputes, executive terminations, and mass redundancies, while James Green is noted for his financial services focus, advising on the employment aspects of major transactions within the sector. Jamie Cameron specialises in ESG employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team really take time to understand the issues, the organisation, business risk appetite and preferred approach. They work with that information to provide appropriate advice and recommendations, challenging thinking, and identifying risks and potential solutions. There is always good cover for holidays, with interim support having a good handover and excellent knowledge of the case for continuity.’

‘Luke Bowery takes the time to build a good relationship and understanding of the business area. He listens and challenges to get to an agreed position, sharing alternative options but always with recommendations of what he believes will give the best outcome.’

‘We are a relatively small organisation, which sometimes leads to feeling deprioritised as customers when a service is contracted. This is absolutely not the case with Burges Salmon. The team work diligently to ensure that our needs are supported across the team. No matter which member of the team we engage with, they have the capability to respond, understand the context of the public environment we work in.

‘I would highlight the whole team that I have worked with, namely Adrian Martin and Grace Malone. Adrian’s wealth of knowledge and ability to turn requests round in a timely manner is phenomenal. Each individual in the team clearly understands the nuances in the public sector.’

‘The team approaches work in a collaborative and friendly matter, which makes them feel like colleagues. They are both pragmatic and thoughtful in their approach. They work across my team who are at different levels and pitch information and advice appropriately. Invaluable contribution to our team.’

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Spire Healthcare Group plc

Reiss

Ofgem

HS1

The Racecourse Association

Unispace Global Limited

University of Bristol

PGA European Tour

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

TCR Group

Scottish Building Society

Affinity Water

Optegra

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Royal Horticultural Society

Sterlite Technologies

Progressive Energy Limited

Imperva UK Limited

Food and Drink Federation

Sport England

Government Property Agency

Ordnance Survey

Work highlights

  • Defending a wide range of employment tribunal claims, spanning unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, discrimination (including sex discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination), breach of contract, harassment and wrongful dismissal.
  • Advising the FCDO on the employment aspects of the procurement process for UK and European Facilities Management Services across multiple jurisdictions, as part of the FCDO’s wider design, development and implementation of a new dynamic purchasing systems valued at up to £1.5 billion.
  • Advising Babcock International Group on a full range of employment and HR issues across its c.34,000 employee global workforce.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP‘s ‘excellent reputation‘ in the health and safety sphere stems from a sizeable and highly regarded team with ‘strength across the board from partner to trainee level‘. The firm is particularly well known for its work in the rail sector; the arrival of senior associate Ben Davies from the Office of Rail and Road in May 2022 further highlighted the group’s commitment in this field. Ann Metherall heads up the practice, as well as overseeing the firm’s disputes offering. Charlotte Whitaker, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, has particular expertise in handling multi-fatality incidents, another area of expertise for the department. Senior associate Sam Aldousembeds himself in every case he does‘.

Practice head(s):

Ann Metherall

Testimonials

‘Hugely efficient and experienced team, with strength across the board from partner to trainee level. A go-to firm.’

‘Ann Metherall – brilliant brain, great judgment, complete commitment. Charlotte Whitaker – excellent, superb at managing a case and identifying key strengths and weaknesses.’

‘Charlotte Whitaker always has both a great rapport with her client and an eagle eye for the detail. Guy Bastable is the original health and safety lawyer, never misses a trick and knows the law inside out.’

‘I have worked with Ben Davies – his relaxed manner belies a sharp intellect and comprehensive understanding of this area of law. I would recommend him highly.’

‘They have have an excellent reputation in providing robust legal support. Their tailored approach is impressive, which, combined with a strong industry knowledge and understanding of client needs, always makes them stand out from others.’

‘In particular I would mention Charlotte Whitaker and Ann Metherall, both of whom I have engaged with extensively with over the years. Both individuals exude a high degree of knowledge and solutions offered are always well researched, considered, and articulated in a clear, concise and confident manner. You always feel assured that Ann and Charlotte have the clients’ interests at the heart of everything they do.’

‘Guy Bastable is formidable. He represents large corporate clients and is always realistic in his advice and representation. He is commercially astute and tactically savvy but always realistic. He is able to explore creative options during the investigatory stage to best position the case for his clients.’

‘Sam Aldous embeds himself in every case he does. He is bright and knows his cases well, but provides realistic and grounded advice.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for a transport operator, following a multi-fatality accident, during investigations by the police, safety regulator and coroner.
  • Representing a recycling operator during an HSE investigation following a fatal accident at its site.
  • Acting for an energy company in relation to a multi-fatality incident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and coroner.

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

From the recruitment and employment of overseas nationals, to immigration audits, to advising on the immigration implications of outsourcing arrangements, the team at Burges Salmon LLP assists major employers with a gamut of issues across the immigration spectrum. Active member of the Employment Lawyers Association Adrian Martin leads the team from Bristol. Katie Hayes, who maintains immigration notes for Xpert HR, is key to the business immigration-based offering at the practice.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Huw Cooke; Megan Summers; Myra Leung; Katie Hayes; James Edmonds

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely helpful and will always reply in a timely manner, no query or question is too much.’

‘I work closely with Katie Hayes and James Edmonds, and both are a credit to their firm. They both give very detailed and thorough responses to any questions we have related to UK employment law.’

‘The team are forthcoming with latest developments in our business and advised on latest technology for more efficient rights to works checks.’

‘Katie Hayes has been particularly helpful.’

‘The additional webinars and training are first class.’

Key clients

Royal Armouries

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group

University of Bristol

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Horatio Investments Limited

Signet Jewelers

ITM Power PLC

Pure IP Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing the UK Atomic Energy Authority with the full range of strategic and on-going immigration advice.
  • Advising Pure IP, a global cloud communications provider, on all its UK immigration requirements
  • Providing the John Lewis Partnership with strategic and day-to-day immigration advice.

Employment > Pensions Tier 1

The Bristol-based pensions team at Burges Salmon LLP regularly handles scheme mergers, complex regulatory work, buy-ins and buy-outs, as well as an increasing amount of public sector work; testament to this, the firm was recently re-appointed to the National Local Government Pension Scheme. Practice chair Richard Knight regularly handles high-profile matters such as providing urgent legal advice concerning the LDI crisis to the the trustees of high-profile pension schemes.  Clive Pugh‘s expertise extends to scheme rescue and managed PPF entry, while the 'excellent, thoughtful and collaborative' Michael Hayles is a key contact at the firm for public sector work. Richard Pettit, Alice Honeywill, Susannah Young and Chris Brown further extend the firm’s pensions expertise.

Practice head(s):

Richard Knight

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely friendly and responsive team, giving good advice.’

‘Both Chris Brown and Richard Knight are very approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘I have found the team to be responsive at the outset, mindful of deadlines thereafter and technically excellent.’

‘I have worked mainly with Michael Hayles who I have found to be an excellent, thoughtful and collaborative lawyer.’

‘A very well resourced pensions team, able to apply the appropriate expertise to any particular matter.’

‘Richard Pettit is an excellent client partner. Good at maintaining relationships, identifying client needs and targeting resources to meet those needs quickly and efficiently.’

‘All round excellent pensions team. Up there with the best in the UK. Great experience and depth of quality.’

‘Suzanne Padmore is a brilliant pensions litigator. Great technical knowledge and strategic judgement. Fantastic to work with.’

Key clients

Honda Group UK Pension Scheme

AT&T Pension Scheme

Leonardo Pension Schemes

Trustees of the C F Fertilisers Pension Schemes

Trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of three of the four UK DB schemes sponsored by Informa Plc

Trustees of the London Luton Airport Pension Scheme

Trustee of a scheme sponsored by a FTSE 250 global company

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension Scheme in relation to an application for forfeiture of £5 million worth of benefits of three members of the scheme.
  • Advising the Trustees of the three UK pension schemes sponsored by CF Fertilisers Limited in relation to a restructuring of the sponsoring employer.
  • Advising the Trustee of two DB pension schemes sponsored by Leonardo MW Limited in relation to a proposal to close the schemes to future benefit accrual and in relation to a GMP equalisation conversion project.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

Led by Andrew Eaton, Burges Salmon LLP‘s Bristol-based banking and finance team specialises in complex transactions for clients from a range of industries, with transport and renewable energy projects two notable recent areas of focus for the practice. Richard Leeming specialises in real estate finance, while Graham Soar‘s recent lender-side advise on secured loan facilities for renewable gas infrastructure fund is testament to his transactional capabilities. Rachael Ruane handles a wide range of corporate finance matters, often with a cross-border element. Katie Allen leads the team’s hotel financing work, while Victoria Allsopp brings her energy and infrastructure experience to bear on a number of high-profile matters for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Eaton

Testimonials

‘Calm can-do approach to project financing.’

‘Clear explanations and good availability. All work carried out efficiently and with a good sense of humour. They are very easy to get on with on a personal level which is critical in building relationships.’

‘The team is well resourced across RE asset classes. They have a breadth of knowledge and I find them practical and commercial when dealing with issues that inevitably surface.’

‘I especially like the culture of the firm. They come across as collegiate and collaborative which is a USP in the legal market.’

 

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Whiteoaks Capital Limited

Alma I SICAV

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

New Road Solar Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited on its development of a £120m mainline train station between Cardiff and Newport.
  • Advised Investec Bank on the senior secured term loan facilities made available to SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT).
  • Acted for a subsidiary of Bluefield Solar Income Fund as borrower on a £200m revolving credit facility.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Offering the ‘highest level of technical advice’ to a client base that spans from financial institutions to distressed investors, Burges Salmon LLP handles an array of domestic and cross-border distressed situations, including administrations, debt restructuring and schemes of arrangement. Practice head Andrew Eaton has extensive experience of advising on formal insolvency in the public and private sector. Colin Ligman frequently leads on matters concerning commercial property, while Emily Scaife is especially well-placed to act for administrators.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Colin Ligman; James Sutherland; Clive Pugh; Emily Scaife; Nick Middleton

Testimonials

‘Great team; very responsive and very commercial. Their practical and economical approach is key.’

‘Emily Scaife is a very experienced and diligent restructuring lawyer; very calm and to the point. Emily has been invaluable for the resolution for our cases.’

‘Strength in depth throughout the team and the firm.’

‘Andy Eaton is bright, measured, commercial and always remains calm and confident. The attributes of a super team leader.’

‘Burges Salmon represent the highest level of technical advice and practical experience. The breadth of experience they bring to bear, and the calibre of the teams they can provide, are second to none.’

‘Nick Middleton was an invaluable colleague and genuinely a member of the team when working on a recent instruction. He was a great right-hand man and ally in an extremely challenging set of circumstances.’

 

Key clients

Cork Gully LLP

Arena Coventry Limited, Arena Coventry (2006) Limited and IEC Experience Limited

PwC

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stephen and Anthony Cork as joint administrators of Wireless Network Developments (UK) Ltd concerning the sale of certain assets to Sigfox Germany GmbH.
  • Acted for the joint administrators of Arena Coventry Limited and others on their appointment and the sale of the Arena business and assets to Frasers Group.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Hailed as ‘a leading player in the professional negligence field’, Burges Salmon LLP‘s predominantly claimant-side practice possesses particular strength in lender-side and pensions professional negligence claims. The group, led by Andrew Burnette, is also known for its expertise pertaining to private wealth claims. Pensions-related disputes are handled by Justin Briggs and Suzanne Padmore, with the latter frequently acting on behalf of trustees and employers in claims against pension scheme advisers. Senior associate Kelly Whittaker acts for businesses and financial institutions in multi-party professional negligence disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon are a leading player in the professional negligence field, having been involved in key cases over the years.’

‘Justin Briggs and Suzanne Padmore are two partners who I have worked with. Both are approachable, very knowledgeable and practical as well as being available for conversations, discussions and meetings.’

‘Justin Briggs is a very experienced litigator with excellent sector specific knowledge – especially in pensions. He always seems to make the right calls in negotiations.’

‘Kelly Whittaker punches well above her weight for someone of her PQE – excellent knowledge of the CPR and manages large and complex cases very well.’

Key clients

PSGS Trust Corporation Ltd

Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & Others

Ten Financial

Work highlights

  • Advised Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & others on a surveyor negligence claim against a firm regarding the overvaluation of two neighbouring mansions in St James’ Park, London, which stood as security for a £30m bridge-to-sell loan.
  • Represented the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme in a claim against a pensions consultancy and an international law firm stemming from errors committed in the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual and in implementing other scheme changes.
  • Instructed by Ten Financial LLP and its principal in connection with claims brought by two former clients in the Commercial Court regarding failed investments.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP provides specialist advice to their high-profile clients, from agri-businesses to landowners and landed estates. Advising on both national and cross-border matters, the team’s expertise extends to all aspects of food and agricultural law. Practice head Tom Hewitt - who sits on the Country Landowners’ Association national taxation committee - specialises in tax, trust and property advice. Kevin Kennedy, whose regular workload includes tenancy advice and real property disputes, is noted for his ‘technical knowledge and expertise.’ Other notable individuals include Emma Folkes, Ross Simpson, Tim Williams, and Maddie Dunn.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A stand-out offering of magic circle quality without the equivalent billing. Matthew Walker is fabulous on the law and has excellent judgment.’  

‘I not only value Kevin’s technical knowledge and expertise, but also his unflappable approach coupled with confident advice.’

‘Great team structure and team work ethic – particularly led by Ross Simpson.’ 

‘The team at Burges Salmon has not only been instrumental in resolving two very difficult cases for me, but because of their strength and depth of knowledge they are willing and able to offer sound advice to impromptu queries, which has proved key in de-escalating what would otherwise have been a serious issue at senior leader level.’

‘I have found Kevin Kennedy and his team at Burges Salmon to offer an exceptional service. Without Kevin’s sound professional advice and expertise, I believe we would have struggled to deliver a positive outcome on two difficult cases.’

‘Emma Bean has a tenacious eye for detail, leaving no stone unturned.’

‘Their speed of work combined with very thorough and efficient working has been a very refreshing experience, and resulted in significant cost savings to myself.’

‘This practice is unique due to the high level of expertise and the dedication of the team members. As a client, I have complete confidence in any advice given and the knowledge that it will be delivered swiftly. I have yet to find any practice that comes anywhere near the level of service that this team provides. Tom Hewitt is exceptional.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley – including family farming business

The Leckford Estate, owned by John Lewis/Waitrose

Environment Agency

Earl of Plymouth Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Earl of Plymouth and other trustees in the high-profile case of Earl of Plymouth v Rees.
  • Acting for a major minority shareholder in a group of interconnected family companies.
  • Advised a charitable foundation on the acquisition of all eight of its initial diverse and interesting sites around the British Isles covering over 15,000 acres.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Noted for its expertise in large and complex mandates, the team at Burges Salmon LLP has an excellent reputation in the South West, representing a range of high-profile clients at both the national and international scale. The team is jointly chaired by Justin Briggs and Kevin Kennedy; Briggs is noted for his capabilities in high-stakes private trust matters, while Kennedy is well placed to advise on matters involving landed estates and wealthy individuals. Caroline Emslie, who handles international disputes concerning trusts, wills, tax planning and the administration of estates, is praised for her ‘superb judgement.’  

Practice head(s):

Justin Briggs; Kevin Kennedy

Testimonials

‘Kevin Kennedy is excellent and approaches difficult litigation calmly. He has years of experience and fights very hard for his clients.’

‘Caroline Emslie and Sarah Charteris-Black are very thorough, hard-working, and very effective at day-to-day running of litigation.’

‘A very experienced team when it comes to hard-hitting trust litigation. They have both the technical skills and the resources to deal with complex, multi-jurisdictional trust disputes.’

‘Kevin Kennedy is an extremely effective and commercially-savvy operator. He is excellent at dealing with difficult clients.’

‘The Burges Salmon contentious trusts and probate practice are absolutely top-tier – I would (and do) recommend them as able to match the very top London firms. They are particularly skilled at acting in complicated, high-value trusts disputes and bringing them to a successful resolution. They deserve a much higher profile in the market than they currently have.’

‘Caroline Emslie is a star – brilliant on the law, great commercial awareness and excellent with clients. She combines these skills with superb judgment and often makes me feel redundant. One of the best I’ve worked with.’

‘Sara Charteris-Black is exceptional. She has the abilities and instincts of someone very much more senior. Always on top of every detail, she has great strategic insight and is a star in the making.’

‘Kevin Kennedy is head of the team, and has a fantastic reputation as a top-notch lawyer.’

Key clients

Trustees of the St Fagans No 1 and No 2 trusts

Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce

Robert Sofer

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of a landed estate (led by the Earl of Plymouth) in their successful defence of a proprietary estoppel claim brought in an attempt to frustrate the trust’s multi-million pound development of a new garden city outside Cardiff.
  • Acted for Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce in a highly charged application to replace her brother, Tom, Viscount Savernake, as executor of their late mother’s will.
  • Advised Robert Sofer, an Australian resident, on a breach of trust claim made against a Swiss trust company, relating to a trust established by Mr Sofer’s father. A High Court claim was issued, and Mr Sofer was successful in the Court of Appeal following an adverse interlocutory decision.

Private client > Family Tier 1

A highly regarded practice in the region, Burges Salmon LLP's ‘market-leading family law team’ primarily focuses on complex financial settlements and asset restructuring for high-net-worth individuals. The team is led by Sarah Hoskinson, who specialises in financial settlements on divorce, dealing with matters both domestically and internationally. Other notable individuals include Alison Hawes  and Hannah Petherick; Hawes has over 20 years of experience dealing with all aspects of divorce and financial settlement, while Petherick’s expertise lies in children arrangements and surrogacy.  

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:

Alison Hawes; Hannah Petherick; Mary Gaskins; Richard Handel; Sarah Marchant; Hebe Thorne

Testimonials

‘Strong, collaborative and diverse team providing excellent advice and strategy for cases at all levels of complexity and value.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is a hands-on commander – both strategically aware and good on technical points of law. Hebe Thorne is exceptionally good. Hannah Petherick is wise and able.’

‘Burges Salmon are well known leaders in the field – they offer a Rolls Royce service. Predominantly West Country based, but with a good presence in London.’

‘Hannah Petherick is one of the stand out solicitors in the South West. Incredibly easy to work with, bright and focused. She handles work in South West and London and brings her experience to her cases in a really positive way.’

‘Brilliant team of experts, with real strength in depth, that deliver the highest level of service. Without question one of the go-to firms for high-value financial remedy work in the West.’

‘Burges Salmon have a fantastic and talented family team. They are known and respected in the local market for their technical ability and expertise. They have a large team with strong ability at all levels.’

‘The premier family team in the West. The breadth of ability across the team is unparalleled in the region.’

‘Sarah Marchant is a very organised and effective solicitor who offers an empathetic approach for her clients.’

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

With lawyers spread across Bristol and London, the 'market leading' practice at Burges Salmon LLP regularly advises high-net worth individuals and families on complex and cross-jurisdictional tax, trusts and probate matters.  The practice is spearheaded by John Barnett, a tax solicitor and a Chartered Tax Adviser who has particular expertise advising wealthy individuals and banks. Other notable individuals include Catherine De Maid - heads of the firm’s philanthropy team - who specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice, and Tim Williams, noted for his focus on the taxation of development land.      

Practice head(s):

John Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Tom Hewitt; Catherine de Maid; Tim Williams; Suzanna Harvey; Jim Aveline; Emma Heelis-Adams; Ronnie Myers; Edwards Hayes

Testimonials

‘The team we deal with at Burges Salmon is very responsive and provides timely practical advice, sometimes at very short notice. I have confidence in the advice they give. In recent years, I have not dealt with any other legal firm that provides such a good and consistent level of service.’

‘The team are all very personable and give good practical advice. Tim Williams, in particular, gives good, clear advice, both verbally and in writing.’

‘Jim Aveline is very able and approachable. An excellent communicator.’

‘Market leading personal tax, trusts and probate practice.’

‘The team are fantastic and show real empathy towards their clients. They are approachable, collegiate and very knowledgeable.’

‘Tom Hewitt, Jin Aveline, Tim Williams and Guy Broadfield – are all excellent, capable and very good to work with. They share a fantastic empathy with clients, understand their needs and deliver solutions that are digestible and client friendly.’

Work highlights

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

The offering at Burges Salmon LLP comprises a large group of specialists who are singled out as ‘leaders in their fields‘. On the energy side, Ross Fairley and Ian Salter are the key names at leadership level, noted for their extensive expertise in renewables and nuclear energy, respectively. For the projects angle, Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie are core contacts. Julian Boswall is noted for his niche knowledge in the field of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, while Charles Robson, who joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in November 2022, singificantly strengthened the firm’s proficiency in mandates relating to heat networks.  Alec Whiter - who was promoted to partner in May 2023 - and Emma Andrews are also active members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Ian Salter

Testimonials

‘They were impressive in their depth of experience, their ability to resource our needs at all levels and their innovate ways of offering an attractive service offering.’

‘Accessible, easy to understand and obviously have their fingers on the pulse of emerging technologies in renewables and CCUS.’

‘Ross Fairley – lots of experience to capitalise on. Emma Andrews – great attention to detail.’

‘Burges Salmon is unique in that it delivers the quality of service you would expect from a London City firm at Bristol rates. The team are approachable, well informed and very easy to work with.’

‘The team are approachable while being challenging. They do not simply deliver the law but provide the advice in the context of the projects worked on. Their advice is pragmatic and easy to digest.’

‘Leaders in their fields. Great overview of the market, and keen to suggest opportunities as they see them.’

‘The team is excellent, agile and super client-focused. They are creative and able to look at issues from multiple perspectives in order to develop the best way forward.’

‘Quick to pick up on the issues and navigate a way through to a successful conclusion.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Department for Transport

University of Bristol

Bristol City Council

National Highways

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

WaveHub Limited/Cornwall Council

Blue Gem Wind/A JV between Total and Simply Blue

Green Investment Group/Macquarie

Lloyds Bank Plc

Drax

Investec Bank

BayWa r.e. UK Limited

Southern Water

Gresham House

Octopus Renewables

Ocean Winds Offshore

ENGIE

Bio Capital Limited

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Progressive Energy (The Hynet Project)

Equinor (Offshore Wind)

Nuclear Liabilities Fund

RWE

EDF

Ascent Flight Training

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on its procurement of the Dreadnought class submarines.
  • Advising the UK Atomic Energy Authority on the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) PPP project to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant.
  • Advised Bristol City Council on its City Leap initiative, aimed at bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion programme of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities.

Public sector > Local government Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP‘s multifarious local government team covers local authority pension schemes, the outsourcing of children’s services and major regeneration projects - the latter often goes hand in hand with the compulsory purchase expertise present at the firm. Practice head Gary Soloman is an authority on the compensation aspects of regeneration projects. John Houlden is a key contact for complex local authority mandates, advising on issues such as procurement and state aid matters. Matthew Ramus possesses considerable experience advising on major Children’s Services restructuring programmes. Additional names to note in the Bristol-based team include Emma Andrews, Paula McGeady and Sarah Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Work highlights

  • Advising Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative, bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion programme of energy and infrastructure investment.
  • Advising on the major highway improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M5 motorway, which is needed to address congestion problems in Cheltenham and enable significant growth.
  • Advising South Hams District Council in relation to a potential compulsory purchase order to enable land assembly of part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport at Langage.

Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

Drawing superlative praise from clients, the ‘outstanding, well-led, and well-resourcedBurges Salmon LLP fields a deep team who are routinely instructed by high-profile occupiers, local authorities and public sector bodies on big-ticket mandates. The wider group is chaired by Richard Read, an ‘outstanding commercial property lawyer‘ who succeeded Paul Browne as practice head in May 2023. Philip Beer – highly experienced in redevelopment and regeneration projects – advises leading rail and real estate companies on major ventures, while transactional specialist Richard Clark’s recent engagements include high-value site developments and acquisitions for all manner of corporate clients. Ross Polkinghorne, who heads up the real estate sector team, is also well-versed in big-ticket regeneration projects, as well as in new mixed-use, industrial, and education sector developments. Amy Simpson is noted for her public sector acumen.

Practice head(s):

Richard Read

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The commercial property team is outstanding, well-led, well-resourced and very capable. The team has an excellent knowledge base and considerable experience. They are able to take a commercial perspective and give well-considered advice.’

‘Richard Read is an outstanding commercial property lawyer and relationship partner.’

Key clients

Translink

Greater London Authority

YTL Developments

ENGIE

St Modwen

University of Bristol

Transport for London/Docklands Light Railway

UK Atomic Energy Authority

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

Beauty Pie

HM Revenue & Customs

Ordnance Survey

Linmere

Real estate > Construction Tier 1

The ‘first-rate construction practice’ at Burges Salmon LLP handles engagements across a wide range of sectors, including nuclear power, transport, and defence. The team also handles innovative energy and infrastructure work such as lithium refineries and geothermal projects. Practice head Steven James has a wealth of experience advising on nuclear projects and commercial real estate, while Richard Adams handles a range of high-profile construction and engineering disputes. Lloyd James takes the lead on much of the team’s renewable energy transactional work, while Marcus Harling has longstanding experience of advising on regulated procurement. Jessica Evans, James Horton, and Nia Stewart are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon have a first-rate construction practice. They are able to handle all manner of disputes, including the most complex.’

‘Jessica Evans is excellent – she is knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Jessica and her team are efficient and hard-working with a focus on achieving results for the client.’

‘Burgess Salmon have an excellent blend of construction and PFI knowledge, which makes for a very strong team on disputes related to PFI contracts.’

‘Tom Weld is a pleasure to work with. Very measured and considered, but assertive when appropriate.’

‘Burges Salmon’s approach has been excellent throughout. Take control of issues, assist us to develop the correct strategy, and then execute with minimal involvement from the client.’

Key clients

Atrato

Green Lithium Refining

Severn Trent Water Limited

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Birmingham City Council

Drax

Energy Storage Battery clients including BayWa, JLEN/Foresight, GIG, Macquarie, Energia et al

Cayman Island Government

Transport for Wales and Welsh Ministers / Welsh Government

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh Government on the construction and engineering terms for the delivery of the  transformation of the infrastructure of the Core Valley Lines around Cardiff.
  • Advising Drax in connection with the planned construction of 600 megawatt power station to be located inside Ben Cruachan – Argyll’s highest mountain.
  • Advised UKAEA on its agreement with General Fusion to build and operate its Fusion Demonstration Plant at UKAEA’s Culham Campus.

Real estate > Environment Tier 1

Praised for their expertise across ‘a wide range of environmental sectors’, Burges Salmon LLP covers environmental litigation, plant decommissioning, regulatory work and ESG, among others. Practice head Michael Barlow‘s water expertise is a key driver behind the firm’s strong offering in the sector, where the team represents a number of major water companies. Ross Fairley is a key contact for carbon credit work, while Ian Salter is well known for his nuclear waste expertise. Guy Bastable bolsters the office's capabilities in criminal matters, while contaminated land and environmental waste issues are key focuses for Ian Truman. Sarah Sackville Hamilton‘s wide-ranging practice spans advisory, transactional and litigious work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon Bristol’s environmental team are well known for expertise across a wide range of environmental sectors: nuisance, industrial pollution, environmental regulation, planning, environmental assessment.’

‘Mike Barlow is a very experienced, steady and measured practitioner with excellent legal knowledge and tactical skills.’

‘The team in Bristol is excellent at environmental litigation, with a breadth and depth of experience not available in any other firm – covering civil and criminal litigation, and regulatory and public law matters.’

‘Mike Barlow is both technically excellent in environmental law and a good team leader and project manager in litigation.’

‘Guy Bastable, Mike Barlow and Sam Aldous represent massive corporate clients in tricky environmental cases.’

‘Guy Bastable provides creative solutions and excellent outcomes for his clients.’

‘Leading the way on environment and climate for a very long time.’

‘Ian Truman is an excellent lawyer, and commercially astute too.’

Key clients

FirstGroup

Canal and River Trust

EDF Energy Ltd

Severn Trent Water

South West Water

Koch Industries (and subsidiaries including Georgia Pacific LLC)

John Lewis

JG Pears Group/Tigerfert

ENGIE

Affinity Water

Work highlights

  • Advised the Canal and River Trust on various priority issues such as abstraction licence appeals and the exercise by regulators of drought powers.
  • Advised a company specialising in the funding and management of nature-based solutions to climate change on the contracts underpinning its global voluntary carbon market projects.
  • Advised the developer of a net zero energy infrastructure project on the impact of post-Brexit changes to product safety regulation on its global supply chains.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Core to Burges Salmon LLP‘s varied offering is its work on the planning and consenting for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), including carbon capture and storage plants, improvements to a number of motorways, and extensions to offshore windfarms. The team is additionally well regarded for its expertise in nuclear energy planning, and its ability to handle compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). The Bristol-based team is headed up by Gary Soloman, who counts the compensation aspects of regeneration projects among his areas of expertise. Elizabeth Dunn and Julian Boswall are noted for their NSIP expertise. Boswall, in particular, focuses on energy and transport projects, while Alex Minhinick specialises in compulsory purchase claims. John Arthur, Jen Ashwell and Laura Fuller are further key names to note.  Patrick Robinson brings his longstanding planning experience to bear in a full-time consultancy role.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

National Highways (formerly Highways England)

YTL Property Holdings

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Torbay Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council

TfL/GLA

Bute Energy

Equinor

Drax

RWE Renewables

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

South Hams District Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Council in relation to the new bypass to the north of Banwell village, Weston-Super-Mare.
  • Continuing to advise on the development of the Filton airfield site, a significant development to the north of Bristol.
  • Advising Equinor on consenting for the Sheringham Shoal and Dudgeon offshore wind farm extensions.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The ‘top tier’ team at Burges Salmon LLP advises a host of renowned public and private sector clients on a broad range of property litigation matters, including high-profile administrations, rent review arbitrations, and cladding disputes, particularly from the tenants’ side. ‘Outstanding solicitor’ James Sutherland has extensive experience advising on property-related insolvencies and large-scale rent reviews. Real estate development specialist Chris Preston‘s technical expertise sees him advising county councils on contractual interpretation disputes, among other matters. The ‘responsive’ Michael Duncan and Catherine Banton, a landlord and tenant specialist, are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

James Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Chris Preston; Michael Duncan; Penny Shannon; Emily Geens; Catherine Banton

Testimonials

‘Regional partnership with London quality advice.’

‘Michael Duncan stands out as our key contact at Burges Salmon. He is always responsive and has delivered confidence and peace of mind to the Trustees during a challenging time.’

‘Emily Geens is a superstar. Friendly, approachable, and across the board on all the details.’

‘Burges Salmon has a strong property litigation team. They are a joy to work with and provide sound commercial advice and strategy.’

‘The team matches any of the other top tier solicitors I deal with for property litigation.’

‘James Sutherland is an outstanding solicitor and is hugely knowledgeable and commercial in his advice.’

Penny Shannon recently provided excellent advice and assistance in a high profile rent review arbitration dispute in central London.’

‘Always available, handle complex cases and interactions with other parties with style, have a deep bench, and can be relied on to deliver thoughtful advice in tight timescales.’

Key clients

Transport for London

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

Greater London Authority

Kent County Council

Severn Trent Water

Virgin

Abellio

Greater Anglia Trains

West Midland Trains

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Taper Building Residential Leaseholder Association

Historic England

English Heritage

Innovation City (London) Ltd (Delancey as asset managers)

Church Commissioners

Rail Delivery Group

EDF

Work highlights

  • Advised Wasps Rugby Club and its administrators, FRP, in relation to the administration of the club and the sale of the lease of the Coventry Stadium.
  • Advised St Modwen on contentious issues across its homes and logistics portfolios including projects at Locking Parklands and Access 8.
  • Advised Severn Trent on numerous transactions, including on contentious Electronic Communications Code issues relating to its regulated telecoms mast portfolios.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a broad intellectual property offering that covers strategic advice, brand enforcement, and IP litigation, and is a popular choice for high-profile clients such as the BBC and Starbucks. The Bristol-based practice is headed up by the ‘immensely commercial’ Jeremy Dickerson, who manages portfolios and acts in disputes for national and global brands from various sectors. Helen Scott-Lawler is a go-to adviser for clients in non-contentious matters, while Emily Roberts is particularly experienced in disputes, including those pertaining to breach of confidence, designs, and trade marks. Georgina Shaw left the firm for an in-house position in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Helen Scott-Lawler; Chloe Perea-Poole; Richard Hugo

Testimonials

‘Offer an all round service for IP, providing really commercial, strategic advice.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson – immensely commercial, knows the law inside out, takes a really hands on approach to cases and is always available.’

‘Tough negotiator Emily Roberts – clear thinker, provides really sound advice, extremely bright.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson has a solid team that is well staffed and extremely responsive. Very good at keeping up with deadlines, sending reminders in advance and ensuring deadlines are met.’

‘Expert knowledge, excellent client service.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson is a star. He runs a tight and very reliable team.’

‘The uniqueness of this practice comes from the approachability of its team members. All team members come across as friendly, supportive and patient with even the silliest of queries.’

‘The team seems to operate seamlessly; the main point of contact is the associate, but they will be appropriately supported by the partner or the trade mark paralegal.’

Key clients

Ordnance Survey

Harrods

BBC and BBC Studios Ltd

Tesla

Discovery, Inc (Discovery Channel and Eurosport)

Starbucks Corporation

Victoria’s Secret/PINK

Bath & Body Works

Eurostar

Funko

Montane

Ooni

Harbour Energy PLC

Aritzia

GWR / FirstGroup

Virgin

Santa Barbara Polo Club

Work highlights

  • Obtaining positive judgements for the Santa Barbara Polo Club in High Court and Court of Appeal trade mark infringement proceedings.
  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
  • Acting as trade mark counsel to a number of US brands including Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Discovery, advising on clearance, portfolio management, and enforcement.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP‘s ‘professional and accurate’ technology practice is highly regarded in the market for advising on large-scale IT projects with an emphasis on outsourcings. The latter is a particular area of expertise for Andrew Dunlop, whose clients range from financial institutions and technology vendors to international corporations. The team also includes telecoms and IT project specialist in Lucy Pegler, technology transactions expert David Varney, as well as Martin Cook, who benefits from longstanding in-house experience in the technology sector; all three were promoted to partner in May 2022. Consultant Martin Cuell joined from Foot Anstey in September of the same year and sports a vibrant practice with matters spanning transformation projects, licensing issues and emerging technologies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop; David Varney; Lucy Pegler; Martin Cook

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Clayden; Martin Cuell

Testimonials

‘Professional and accurate, the team are responsive and clearly highly knowledgeable in their field.’

‘Personable and approachable.’

Key clients

ATOS

British Standards Institute

Embark

Thesis

Mark43, Inc

BDO

Smart Buildings Limited

Erika Technologies

PinguinoPonics

Work highlights

  • Advised Mark43 on its expansion into the UK, which involved the sale of its SaaS product (public safety software solution) to Durham and Cumbria constabularies.
  • Acted for Embark Group on a number of IT arrangements associated with its sale to Lloyds Banking Group for £395m.
  • Acted for tax, auditing and business services advisory firm BDO LLP on its outsourcing agreement with Exponentials and the implementation of its cloud back up services via Acronis’ SaaS products.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is active in the media and entertainment sector with a practice that remains a go-to outfit for a host of high-profile clients. The firm counts TV, film and broadcasting work among its central areas of focus, where it handles matters relating to advertising, marketing, and IP issues. Jeremy Dickerson acts as practice head and regularly advises companies in the media industry on contentious and non-contentious IP work. Transactions and commercial agreements are an area of focus for Helen Scott-Lawler, while Emily Roberts specialises in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery, Inc.

Eurosport

Virgin Group (including Virgin Enterprises Limited)

20th Century Studios

UKTV

Valleyfest

Racecourse Technical Services Limited (RaceTech)

Fakenham Racecourse

3tone Group

Racehorse Association

Apetito (Wiltshire Farm Foods)

Work highlights

  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
  • Acting as UK trade mark counsel for Discovery, Inc and Eurosport, advising on clearance matters, registry proceedings, and UK enforcement issues.
  • Acting for a range of media clients in contractual and IP disputes.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has considerable experience in motorsport, polo, and horseracing work. Under the leadership of Jeremy Dickerson, the Bristol-based practice frequently advises on matters pertaining to media rights, regulatory and governance issues, and sponsorship agreements. In the contentious space, it is also known for its work in relation to integrity and anti-doping issues, where the team handles cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal, and disciplinary cases. IP and media rights are a particular focus for Helen Scott-Lawler, while senior associate Neil Connor-McLaren stands out for his work on sponsorship agreements and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Key clients

Trivela Group LLC

PGA European Tour

Racecourse Technical Services Limited (RaceTech)

The Racecourse Association

Fakenham Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Acted for Trivela Group LLC on its acquisition of a majority interest in Walsall Football Club.
  • Acted for PGA European Tour on the employment aspects of two commercial projects: a collaboration agreement with a sports marketing agency relating to tickets, hospitality, consumer experience and associated marketing/technology, and a services agreement for the provision of contact centre and associated customer support in connection with ticket sales for their tournaments.
  • Acted for Fakenham Racecourse on its new multi-year, media rights arrangements with Racecourse Media Group.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

The ‘formidable’ Bristol-based practice at Burges Salmon LLP, noted for its ‘immense experience’, is led by rail specialist Ann Metherall who also leads the team’s 24-hour major incidents response service. The team is well-equipped to handle the full array of matters across industry sectors and its workload often involves major disasters, multiple fatalities and corporate manslaughter investigations; areas which Guy Bastable has ample experience handling. Notable changes to the team include the promotion of the ‘ruthlessly efficient’ Charlotte Whitaker to partner in May 2023, and the departure of Sian Edmunds to a food and beverage manufacturing company in January 2023. ‘Incredibly bright’ senior associate Sam Aldous is a key name within the practice, and Ben Davies is praised by clients for being ‘a wise head on young shoulders’.

Practice head(s):

Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A first-class team with strength and depth in all areas. Immense experience, combined with hard work and excellent judgment make them a difficult team to beat.’

‘Ann Metherall is a class act who I cannot recommend highly enough. She manages a formidable team with admirable skill. Charlotte Whitaker is hardworking, ruthlessly efficient, a great team-leader and a pleasure to work with. Marisa Hornabrook is an up-and-coming star, whose analytical and organisational skills put others to shame.’

‘The Burges Salmon team have a great range of expertise as well as many years experience advising the sector. Their knowledge of the rail sector is second to none.’

‘Ben Davies is an excellent solicitor, efficient and very knowledgeable about the law in this area. He has great client care and good judgement.’

‘The team has great knowledge in the rail health and safety sector in particular.’

‘Ben Davies is a very impressive young associate; a wise head on young shoulders.’

‘Guy Bastable has a wealth of experience in heavyweight health and safety investigations. Burges Salmon ably represents major corporate clients in all manner of HSE investigations, including fatalities.’

‘Guy Bastable is a strategic genius in high demand with a candid, no-nonsense approach to litigation. Sam Aldous is incredibly bright and knowledgeable on all his cases, bringing a good sense of humour to his work.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for a transport operator following a multi-fatality accident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.
  • Advising a recycling operator during an HSE investigation following a fatal accident at its site.
  • Acting for an energy company in relation to a multi-fatality incident during investigations by the police, safety regulator and Coroner.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'cutting-edge' pensions disputes team at Burges Salmon LLP is lauded by clients for its ‘excellent knowledge of pensions litigation'. The practice is headed by Justin Briggs, who has extensive experience with cross-border pensions cases and matters which intersect with trusts, tax, and private wealth, in particular. The team is experienced advising both trustees and employers in the public and private sectors with small self-administered scheme (SSAS) disputes, and with self-invested personal pension (SIPP) disputes, which is Suzanne Padmore's area of specialism. Additionally, the team is well-equipped to assist in recovery actions and rectification cases. With the 2022 launch of the practice’s Pensions Schemes ESG Tool, clients are offered up-to-date advice on ESG requirements of UK pension schemes. Senior associate Amy Khodabandehloo is recommended for her work in pensions-related professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

Justin Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a wide-range of knowledge, insight into the Pensions Regulator, and experience with a wide-range of cases.’

‘They are out of London but provide just as good quality as a London city firm. Excellent knowledge of pensions litigation combined with general commercial litigation skills.’

‘They are really cutting-edge in their thinking and seem to have a brilliant team which keeps them abreast of cutting-edge potential legal arguments. They have been in some huge cases over the years and so they have a lot of credibility in dispute resolution – they will fight their clients’ corner hard if they need to.’

‘The team have been at the forefront of all of the significant pensions litigation in recent times. They have strength in depth as well as some of the most qualified individuals in the field. They are user-friendly, efficient, and pleasant to work with.’

‘Suzanne Padmore and Amy Khodabandehloo are a formidable team, differentiated by their persuasive and sound tactical decisions combined with being genuinely enjoyable to work alongside.’

‘An exceptionally strong pensions disputes team who offer a combination of technical expertise, commercial judgement and dedication to obtaining the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Suzanne Padmore is one of the top pensions disputes solicitors in the country. Fantastic knowledge of pensions law and litigation, great strategic and tactical acumen, and extremely hardworking.’

‘Justin Briggs always keeps up to date with legal developments and is a tactical thinker. Suzanne Padmore is switched on and great at managing a team.’

Key clients

St Modwen Properties PLC and St Modwen Pensions Limited

Trustees of Associated British Engineering Plc Pension Scheme

Mattioli Woods

PSGS Trust Corporation Ltd, the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised St. Modwen Properties Limited and the Trustee of the St. Modwen Pension Scheme in relation to an application to rectify the Scheme rules to correct an error left unrectified following a previous successful rectification application.
  • Advised the trustees of the Associated British Engineering Plc Pension Scheme in relation to a defaulting participating employer of the scheme, British Polar Engines Ltd.
  • Advised the Trustees, PSGS Trust Corporation Ltd, of the Robert Horne Group Pension in relation to a significant negligence claim valued in excess of £20m against Aon which results from errors committed in the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual, as well as in implementing other scheme changes.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP  ‘delivers a high quality of service’. The nimble team receives a steady flow of instructions from many of the largest and most significant institutional landowners, estates and agri-businesses nationally. It has immense experience in succession and wealth planning matters as well as in complex trusts, wills and probate; another core area of focus is advising on capital tax issues. The practice has many experienced practitioners including department head Tom Hewitt. Kevin Kennedy plays a key role in many high-value agricultural disputes, while Ross Simpson garners praise for his work on a wide range of matters from land reform and community rights to buy issues, to advising on Scottish agricultural holdings and crofting. Maddie Dunn has particular expertise in farming partnership and tenancy disputes, as well as the full gamut of disputes that arise from rural land ownership and equine matters. Sian Edmunds is no longer at the firm following her move to an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hewitt

Testimonials

‘The rural team have excellent strength and breadth across the sector. In a changing landscape they have engaged in thought leadership which puts them apart from their competitors and much appreciated by clients. Kevin Kennedy and Emma Folkes. They both have excellent knowledge and deliver pragmatic advice in a timely fashion’.

‘Tom Hewitt is a very experienced private client practitioner with a good manner in dealing with clients and a very good understanding of what makes clients with farms and estates tick and the sort of advice which they need. He is very personable, approachable and conscientious’. 

‘Ross Simpson was very approachable, easy to communicate with, keen to move the case forward. Speed of response was exceptional, communications were clear and precise. He dealt with all matters with precision and speed, at the same time, in a pleasant manner’.

‘We have most recently worked with Ross Simpson who was highly effective, hardworking, competent and good fun to work with. He has access to knowledgeable colleagues who promptly provided technical advice on specialist issues (e.g. employment law) that arose during the sale/letting’.

‘The Burges Salmon team provide a wealth of knowledge across a number of disciplines. Of particular interest to me is their ability to undertake cross-border transactions to ensure continuity for their clients. Ross Simpson is a dynamic and pragmatic individual who works in a diligent and professional manner to deliver results for clients’.

‘Kevin Kennedy is superb. A very thoughtful, relaxed and pragmatic individual. Takes the inevitable twists and turns of litigation in his stride, with humour and common sense. Always thinking ahead to try and secure the best outcome for his client, no matter what surprises the litigation throws up’.

‘Maddie Dunn. A very able number 2 to Kevin Kennedy. Has come up through the firm, and has some seriously heavy litigation under her belt. A very dependable pair of hands’.

‘Kevin Kennedy is top-rate. He handles high-value trust matters concerning substantial property and estates. He is very easy to work with in achieving the right outcome for his clients’.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley – including family farming business

The Leckford Estate, owned by John Lewis/Waitrose

Environment Agency

Earl of Plymouth estates

Work highlights

  • Advised the Earl of Plymouth and other trustees in the high-profile case of Earl of Plymouth v Rees. These cases ultimately involved two arbitrations, three High Court claims, and a Court of Appeal hearing, and confirmed and explained the law relating to access to tenanted land.
  • Acting for a major minority shareholder in a group of interconnected family companies. The matter, which has a number of complexities related to shares held by family trusts, involves multiple connected unfair prejudice petitions.
  • Advised a charitable foundation on the acquisition of all eight of its initial diverse and interesting sites around the British Isles covering over 15,000 acres.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a ‘great practice’ with a large and dedicated rail team, which covers a broad range of specialisms in the rail sector. It has an excellent client base, including some of the UK’s largest train operating groups, and has an excellent track record in franchising and major rolling stock procurements. The group also has a superb reputation for its regulatory and health and safety work. Names to note include Brioney Thomas, who is a known name in public service rail contracting and procurement matters. Ian Tucker garners praise for his work on some of the largest industry sector disputes. Simon Coppen is also well-regarded, along with Chris Jackson. Chris Simms is recommended for his knowledge of all aspects of rail regulation, as well as for his experience in infrastructure finance transactions. Charlotte Whitaker has recently been promoted to the partnership - she frequently advises clients at the incident response phase to multi-fatality health and safety incidents in the railway sector.

Practice head(s):

Ian Tucker; Brioney Thomas; Chris Simms; Philip Beer; Colin Ligman; Ann Metherall; Brian Wong; Chris Jackson; Simon Coppen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their key strengths in my opinion are their speed of response combined with a straightforward and pragmatic approach’.

‘The individuals stand out to me because they make themselves part of the client’s team and work to our timescales’.

‘Wide experience with strength in depth in the team’.

‘Simon Coppen brings a wealth of experience and commercial understanding – he has coached the team behind him led by Brioney Thomas over many years’.

‘I really value the friendly, no problem too small approach Burges takes. Just through engagement with the employees, I feel in safe hands and I trust them’.

‘Charlotte is wonderful, she is just a delight to deal with and so knowledgeable about everything she gets involved in. She puts a human side to her work and is able to build rapport super quickly, this automatically builds trust between us’.

‘Great understanding of the sector. An ability to find creative and helpful solutions. Engaging people; Chris Simms, Simon Coppen’.

‘Clear and responsive, excellent depth and specific specialisms within the department. Excellent communicators and diligent in their work’.

Key clients

FirstRail Holdings Limited and contracted subsidiaries including GWR, SWR, Avanti West Coast

Transport for Wales

West Midlands Trains Limited

Transport for London and London Underground Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Greater Anglia

Evolutionary Rail Limited

Transport for Wales Rail Limited

TransPennine Express Limited

Northern Ireland Railways – Translink

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Wales on a range of rail commercial and regulatory matters.
  • Advised West Midlands Trains Limited on the private financing of Tyseley, Bescot and Bletchley depots.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 2

Recently, the team at Burges Salmon LLP has been particularly active in the hotel and leisure, education and property sectors, leveraging its experience of advising on multi-site licensing portfolios to assist clients. New premises licence applications, variations of existing licences, and compliance issues all form part of the group’s typical workload. Consultant Joanne Attwood heads up the practice, and is singled out for her ability to ‘offer a first-rate service to clients‘.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Attwood

Testimonials

‘Its strength lies in the high degree of professionalism, expert legal knowledge and pragmatic approach combined with exceptional client care, back-up and resources.’

‘Joanne Attwood is a standout licensing lawyer whose extensive licensing knowledge and experience combines with her superb client care skills to offer a first-rate service to clients.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Historic England

University of Bristol

Atlas Hotels Limited

London and Regional Group Hotel Holdings Ltd

Titan Investment Atlas Limited

Zetland Capital

Canadian & Riverside Estates/ Canadian & Portland Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised English Heritage on a premises licence major variation application for a London heritage site.
  • Advised University of Bristol on a new application for a premises licence within its licensed portfolio of premises licences and club premises certificates.
  • Advising a hotel franchise group on the acquisition of multiple licensed hotel properties.

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP‘s strong focus on university-driven mandates is complemented by work for governing institutions such as OFSTED and providers of work-based training and apprenticeships – an area of growing activity for the firm. Matthew Ramus, who leads the Bristol education team, frequently works with the Department for Education on education and children’s services transition projects, among other matters. Luke Bowery‘s contentious and non-contentious expertise notably covers employment tribunal claims, while John Houlden frequently advises on procurement issues for major education projects.  Huw Cooke is recommended for his business immigration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:

Luke Bowery; John Houlden; Huw Cooke

Testimonials

‘Customer service; knowledge and expertise; reliability.’

‘Accessible, friendly, know our business.’

 

Key clients

Guernsey registered non-profit

The Department for Education

University of Bristol

The Safeguarding Company Limited

Ascent

Trustees of the Cardiff University Pension Fund

QS

Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Children’s Trust Limited

Shareholders of Firebrand Training

Bud Systems

W H Ireland Ltd

Gemba

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised central and local government on Children’s Services restructuring programmes and “Alternative Delivery Models” for over 9 years.
  • Advising the University of Bristol in connection with a new £300m campus development in Bristol city centre.
  • Advised the trustees of the Cardiff University Pension Fund on a proposal by the sponsoring employer to make benefit changes to the scheme.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

A key destination for private sector healthcare providers, Burges Salmon LLP ‘s ‘first-class’ Bristol-based healthcare practice assists clients with procurement and contractual advice, M&A transactions and healthcare regulatory matters. The team is led by procurement and regulatory specialist Patrick Parkin, praised by clients for his 'depth of knowledge and experience'. Richard Binns handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution for domestic and international healthcare clients, while Lucy Pegler specialises in technology and data protection matters. Other names to note include Rory Trust, who frequently advises on contractual, procurement and regulatory issues related to major healthcare projects.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon are able to run highly complex and fast-paced procurement litigation in an efficient and calm manner. The partners and associates have very sound judgment.’

‘Andrew Walls is a secure hand on the tiller; he has good strategic judgment and is extremely well-organised.’

‘The Burges Salmon team is extremely approachable, personable and friendly. The team has quickly become an extension of our in-house legal department and has quickly developed strong relationships across the business.

The team’s knowledge, understanding and practicality in dealing with complex scenarios is first class, direct and much appreciated.’

‘Patrick Parkin has been incredible. His understanding of our business and its unique position within the market is exceptional and a trusted advisor who is irreplaceable.

‘Patrick’s depth of knowledge and experience of the public and health sector is simply first class. He’s ability to break down complex issues and advise in a practical and in simple terms is excellent.’

 

Key clients

Spire Healthcare plc

DHSC

Care Quality Commission

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Cambridge Perfusion LLP

Ludlow Street Healthcare / Ludlow Street Investment Corp.

GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

Somerset Care

NHS Shared Business Services

Eucalyptus

Cumulus Oncology Limited

Nodus Oncology Limited

Neurochase Therapeutics Limited

Cobalt Health

Work highlights

  • Advising GSTT on its collaborative procurement, alongside its NHS partners, to have access to private hospital theatres for the treatment of cancer patients.
  • Advised Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on the structuring, drafting and negotiation of a novel $100m zero-dose programme to immunise children across marginalised communities.
  • Advising Spire Healthcare on competition law, including merger control and compliance matters.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP is able to offer its clients non-contentious pensions advice from its offices in London, Bristol, and Edinburgh, with Richard Knight leading the practice from Bristol. The team is particularly commended for its work on public sector matters, having recently worked on the National Local Government Pension Scheme Framework for Legal Service, on which Michael Hayles is a key contact. Clive Pugh is a name to note for scheme rescues and managed PPF entries, whilst the ‘pragmatic and sensible' Richard Pettit is particularly adept at assisting clients with international pensions issues. Alice Honeywill and Susannah Young are also noteworthy team members, with Honeywill focusing on larger pensions projects within mergers, corporate restructurings, buy-ins and buy-outs. Associates Chris Brown and Crispin Freeman are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Knight

Testimonials

‘Very clear advice and a compressive knowledge of pension law.’

‘Great technical expertise combined with commercial awareness and dedication to finding the best outcome for their client.’

‘Alice Honeywill is very knowledgeable, very pragmatic, and very personable.’

‘Richard Pettit is a brilliant pensions lawyer who really knows his stuff and is a pleasure to deal with. Pragmatic and sensible.’

‘Highly competent team with specialist pensions expertise. A sound balance of pragmatic and protective legal advice.’

‘Very personable, thorough, professional, and well-resourced.’

‘Clive Pugh is client-focused, understanding, technically strong, offers value for money, and makes pensions fun.’

‘Chris Brown is extremely good at following up and providing sound advice.’

Key clients

Honda Group UK Pension Scheme

AT&T Pension Scheme

Leonardo Pension Schemes

Trustees of the C F Fertilisers Pension Schemes

Trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension Scheme

Trustees of the London Luton Airport Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustees of the DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited Pension Scheme in relation to an application for forfeiture of £5m worth of benefits of three members of the scheme.
  • Advised the trustees of the three UK pension schemes sponsored by CF Fertilisers Limited, in relation to a restructuring of the sponsoring employer.
  • Advising the Trustee of two DB pension schemes with assets of £1bn and £1.5bn sponsored by Leonardo MW Limited, the UK arm of a large European sponsoring employer in the manufacturing sector in relation to a proposal to close the schemes to future benefit accrual and in relation to a GMP equalisation conversion project.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP counts both fund managers and regulators among its clients, advising authorised corporate directors on the establishment of UCITS, NURS and LTAF structures while working alongside the latter on various regulatory regimes. Leading the team is Tom Dunn, whose practice straddles both foundation and operation of funds and regulatory support, including on the FCA's new Overseas Funds Regime among others. Promoted to director in May 2022, Anna Davis is an expert in financial services regulation, including the MiFID regime, while associate Alex Gillespie advises fund managers on the foundation and winding up of OEICs, AUTs and ACSs.

Practice head(s):

Tom Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Dunn has provided time and expertise in a very generous manner.’

Key clients

Border to Coast Pensions Partnership Limited

Financial Conduct Authority

FundRock Partners Limited

Investment Fund Services Limited

St. James’s Place Unit Trust Group Limited

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

Morningstar Wealth Platform

Wales Pension Partnership

WAY Fund Managers

The Mainspring Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the FCA on the introduction of the new Overseas Funds Regime, which was announced by HMT to enable non-UK funds that have equivalent regulatory protections to a UK UCITS to be marketed to retail investors in the UK.
  • Advised St. James’s Place on the launch of four new fund-of-funds.
  • Supported FundRock on the implementation of the Consumer Duty including a series of five workshops with the client to help guide them through the new requirements and the actions they need to take as a business.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 2

Fielding a team of ‘experts in their field’ providing ‘helpful and delimitative’ advice, Burges Salmon LLP is active on a high volume of transport-related mandates which form the cornerstone of its practice. Entrenched knowledge of the sector results in the firm regularly guiding clients through emerging technologies such as large-scale EV charging infrastructure mandates and electric and bi-mode train procurements. Beyond this, the group oversees impressive mandates relating to the development of lithium refineries in Europe and UK power matters including nuclear and wind projects. Team head Stuart McMillan is sought out by numerous established corporates and sponsors on finance and development deals, while Ian Salter is recognised for his proficiency in nuclear matters and environmental and low-carbon considerations. Lloyd James specialises in renewables, working with a stellar list of contractors and developers, while Keith Beattie is reputed for his defence and security work. Chris Simms is also recommended for his wide-spanning rail knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McMillan

Testimonials

‘Very friendly and knowledgeable team. You have the ear of an expert with a can do attitude.’

‘Stuart McMillan provides excellent, clear advice backed with a friendly, approachable and commercial attitude.’

‘Responsive, thoughful and willing to consider and suggest flexible solutions.’

‘Experts in their field, helpful and delimitative in advice.’

 

Key clients

TfW

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

West Midlands Trains Limited

Transpennine Express Limited

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

Abellio East Anglia

Translink

Green Lithium Refining|Blue Gem Wind/ Total/Simply Blue (The UK’s largest floating wind project)

Xlinks Limited

Pelagic Energy Developments/Constantine Group

Drax

Translink

GLA

University of Bristol

Transport for London

UKAEA

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on its procurement of the Dreadnought class submarines, the largest, most strategically significant programme in the UK defence sector worth more than £30billion.
  • Advising the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) on the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production) PPP project to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant, targeting 2040, with a path to commercial viability of fusion.
  • Advising NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited on its use of rail freight to transport construction materials to the site of a new nuclear power station, Sizewell C. The delivery of this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project will increase the production of reliable, low-carbon electricity to help the UK achieve Net Zero.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

The Bristol-based power practice at Burges Salmon LLP is described as being ‘truly of the industry, with a genuine passion for it’ and has a focus on innovative projects in the sector. The team has strong capabilities in the sector, advising such notable clients as Bristol City Council on complex projects of value in the billions. Renewables are an area of focus for the team; Euan Bremner is noted as being ‘one of renewable energy’s biggest acts and a man you want on your side’, whilst Nick Churchward brings waste-to-energy expertise to the cohort. The team has impressive experience in floating wind work, in particular; it is currently advising on the Erebus project, which is set to be the UK’s largest. Ian Truman has expertise in nuclear work. Energy storage is another specialism and the team is noted as ‘standing above the legal industry pile on’ in this area. Decarbonisation and renewables expert Ross Fairley leads the team alongside Ian Salter and James Phillips.

Practice head(s):

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; James Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Nick Churchward; Camilla Usher-Clark; Will Woodall; Euan Bremner; Ian Truman; Alec Whiter; Peter Ramsden

Testimonials

‘The Burges team stands above the legal industry pile-on in energy storage. Their heritage in the renewable energy development community brings invaluable context when appraising assets and companies. They are truly of the industry, with a genuine passion for it, and the wiles to protect their clients.’

‘Euan Bremner is one of renewable energy’s biggest acts, and a man you want on your side. He is smart, rich with experience, and generous with his expertise. He combines a great mind with a great personality..

‘Alec Whiter is a rising star of energy storage; thoughtful, with growing breadth of vision.’

‘The team provides great personal engagement. They are very commercially aware as well as pragmatic and able to deliver fundable agreements.’

‘Will Woodall and Euan Bremner provide great strength-in-depth and think collaboratively with wider teams in multi-disciplinary deals. They have a very good commercial appreciation of the infra/energy market which they use to get to the nub of the issues.’

‘Alec Whiter has an outstanding and detailed knowledge of the energy market, an incredible work ethic and we suspect is the only person who really understands some of the deals he has drafted for us given their complexity.’

‘Nick Churchward has an excellent commercial approach to the energy/infra market.’

‘The team is supportive – they can also deploy significant resource at minimal notice.’

Key clients

Blue Gem Wind/A JV between Total and Simply Blue

Green Investment Group/Macquarie

Atrato Onsite Energy (listed fund)

Drax

Investec Bank

BayWa r.e. UK Limited

Gresham House

Octopus Renewables

Ocean Winds Offshore

ENGIE

Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Equinor (Offshore Wind)

Nuclear Liabilities Fund

RWE

EDF

ESB

Gravis

Boralex

Progressive Energy

EKU

Orsted

Conrad Energy

Bluefloat Energy

Brookfield

Next Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Progressive Energy and ENI on consenting, real estate matters and regulatory matters for a new carbon dioxide carbon capture linked to hydrogen production and carbon capture as part of HyNet.
  • Advising Bluegem, a Joint Venture between Total and Simply Blue, on the Erebus floating wind project off the coast of Wales which is heralded to be 96MW of floating wind; the largest floating wind project in the UK.
  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF) on its innovative £112.4m acquisition of a 93.2MWp UK-based solar and wind portfolio, bringing its total portfolio of assets to 766MWp.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 2

The ‘excellent range of experience’ at Burges Salmon LLP‘s water practice allows it to handle matters concerning water companies’ operations and infrastructure projects, while also assisting both housing and infrastructure developments in their interactions with existing water infrastructure. On the regulatory front, the firm assists water companies in making applications to Ofwat and other government bodies for licenses, while also advising clients facing investigations. Practice head Michael Barlow has a broad practice, encompassing environmental, waste water and environmental permitting issues, while also representing clients facing regulatory investigations, acting before the courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Testimonials

‘Michael Barlow is a market leader in this area. Clients seek him out.’

‘Excellent range of experience and in-depth knowledge of a specialist area.’

‘Michael Barlow has an outstanding grasp of a complex and specialist area.’

‘The team has a great reputation and delivers high-quality work.’

‘They have in depth knowledge of the water sector.’

‘Excellent leadership, integrity, honesty and knowledge.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Environment Agency

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Severn Trent Water

South West Water

Welsh Water

Albion Water

Work highlights

  • Advised Severn Trent Water on the regulatory and real estate issues arising from its £76m investment in Mansfield to develop sustainable drainage systems as part of the UK’s ‘Green Recovery’ following the COVID pandemic.
  • Advised the Canal & River Trust on changes to the legislation relating to the abstraction of water from rivers (by removal of historic exemptions), and subsequent appeals of six of the licences granted by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales to the Trust.
  • Advised Severn Trent Water (STW) on a management and leasing arrangement with the National Trust which will see the National Trust use its expertise in conservation to enhance sites for visitors, whilst STW will continue to manage the reservoirs and water supplies at the sites.

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based local government practice excels at handling energy infrastructure schemes, having advised the likes of Bristol City Council on major net-zero and renewable energy investment projects, and is also well-equipped to handle other development work in connection with cultural, residential, and transport infrastructure. The team is also capable of advising on contentious and non-contentious procurement work in the course of these development projects. Practice head Gary Soloman is regarded as an expert on planning and compulsory purchase matters and accordingly provides planning and consenting advice on a number of major transport and energy projects. Procurement expert John Houlden is also highly recommended, as is Matthew Ramus, who is a key contact for restructuring work.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Josh Houlden; Matthew Ramus

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Bristol City Council

Environment Agency

Gloucestershire County Council

Greater London Authority

Isle of Anglesey County Council

North Somerset Council

South Hams District Council

Torbay Council

Transport for London

Worthing Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative, bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion-pound programme of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities.
  • Advised Gloucestershire County Council on the major highway improvement scheme at Junction 10 of the M5 motorway, which is needed to address congestion problems in Cheltenham and enable significant growth.
  • Advised South Hams District Council on a potential compulsory purchase order to enable land assembly of part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport at Langage, which aims to create a public and private sector partnership between national and local government, industry, the Port of Plymouth, and major local landowners.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Geared for infrastructure development projects in the capital, Burges Salmon LLP operates across Bristol and London, and has been praised for its ‘great strength in depth’. The practice also handles landlord and tenant work, including disposal and exit strategies, in addition to headquarter moves. Richard Read is sought out by domestic and international investors and occupiers, while Richard Clark advises investment funds clients operating in the industrial and retail, logistics and office arenas. Matt Sims handles business headquarter moves and Will Hall is primarily engaged in corporate occupier and investment mandates, pertaining to the industrial sector. Amy Simpson, Philip Beer and Jessica Garner are noted for their expertise in major regeneration and redevelopment projects, while Ross Polkinghorne was recently promoted to the head of the built environment practice. Gary Soloman oversees the firm’s planning and compulsory purchase team, and Robert Forman represents a plethora of private clients in the rural property sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Read: Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have great strength in depth, with a true partner-led service.’

‘A strong commercial approach to dealing with legal issues.’

Key clients

Virgin Group/ Virgin Management Limited

Beauty Pie

St. James’s Place Wealth Management (SJP)

HMRC

The Financial Conduct Authority

Ordnance Survey

Alpha Group

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Pure Electric

Robuchon Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Advising Virgin Management Limited on their London HQ move and office consolidation project.
  • Advising Beauty Pie on its acquisition of a new HQ office space at Colegrave House, 70 Berners Street. London.
  • Advised the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to its London HQ and its Leeds and Edinburgh offices.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Geared for infrastructure development projects in the capital, Burges Salmon LLP operates across Bristol and London, and has been praised for its ‘great strength in depth’. The practice also handles landlord and tenant work, including disposal and exit strategies, in addition to headquarter moves. Richard Read is sought out by domestic and international investors and occupiers, while Richard Clark advises investment funds clients operating in the industrial and retail, logistics and office arenas. Matt Sims handles business headquarter moves and Will Hall is primarily engaged in corporate occupier and investment mandates, pertaining to the industrial sector. Amy Simpson, Philip Beer and Jessica Garner are noted for their expertise in major regeneration and redevelopment projects, while Ross Polkinghorne was recently promoted to the head of the built environment practice. Gary Soloman oversees the firm’s planning and compulsory purchase team, and Robert Forman represents a plethora of private clients in the rural property sector.

Practice head(s):

Ross Polkinghorne; Philip Beer; Gary Soloman

Testimonials

‘Burgess Salmon are incredibly professional, diligent, and commercially focused, but just as importantly, very friendly and personable to deal with.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is excellent, with a straightforward no-nonsense approach. He provides well thought through practical and commercially focused advice and is great at problem-solving.’

‘We were supported by lawyers who had specialist knowledge and experience.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne has been an excellent adviser over the years. His attention to detail and communication is second to none.’

‘The team is the ‘go-to’ for development work. We’ve partnered with Burges Salmon on multiple transactions, and they are stellar.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is a stand-out practitioner. He is commercial, pragmatic and has a close eye on the details.’

‘They are excellent communicators and diligent in their work.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne and his team always seem to go the extra mile to provide high quality legal advice and services. Ross is a collaborator and very skilled at knowing when and where to bring in other professionals.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority (GLA)

Transport for London

YOO Development

YTL Developments (UK) Limited

University of Bristol

Hodgetts Industrial

St Modwen Properties

Stevenage Borough Council

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

A consortium of landowners comprising Aviva Investors, Land Improvement Holdings and the Diocese of St Albans

ADC Kimberley (Derriford) Limited

Historic England

LPPI Real Estate Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of landowners comprising Aviva Investors, Land Improvement Holdings and the Diocese of St Albans on the development scheme, Linmere.
  • Advising St Modwen on a host of industrial and logistics and housing-led developments across the UK.
  • Acted as a leading advisor to the Greater London Authority on housing-led/mixed-use redevelopment and regeneration projects across London.

Real estate > Environment Tier 2

The Bristol-based environment team at Burges Salmon LLP is experienced in handling matters spanning various sector. Its particular areas of expertise are water, wherein it represents many well-known UK clients on high-profile investigatory matters, and nuclear-related work which frequently involves the team advising on the decommissioning of power stations; nuclear work is Ian Salter‘s area of specialism. Corporate crime specialist Guy Bastable provides contentious capabilities to the team. The ‘excellent’ Michael Barlow, who leads the team, is noted as being ‘a really good, all-round environmental litigator’. Renewables and net-zero-related matters are the focus of Ross Fairley; other key names include senior associate Sarah Sackville Hamilton.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Testimonials

‘The team does diverse work covering regulatory, advisory, public and private law litigation with a very collaborative work ethic.’

‘Michael Barlow has excellent client care skills, measured judgment, is a thoughtful litigation strategist and a curious and ambitious lawyer who will explore all avenues.’

‘The Burges Salmon environmental litigation team is perhaps the best in England for this kind of work. They’ve got real experts, with the backing of a good firm to resource litigation matters when the work needs extra lawyers brought in.’

‘Michael Barlow is excellent – a really good, all-round environmental litigator. He is tough in litigation but knows where to compromise in mediation to get the best for his clients. He is a good leader and has such in-depth knowledge that he is able to play a key role in environmental disputes alongside counsel.’

‘Burges Salmon’s team is headed up by Michael Barlow, with Guy Bastable leading on Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions. Burges Salmon represents major corporate clients in all manner of environmental investigations, and uses judicial review proceedings to great tactical effect.’

‘Guy Bastable is a strategic genius in high-demand. He is a heavyweight in the field and Boards utterly respect his candid no-nonsense approach to litigation. Senior associate Sam Aldous is Guy’s right hand man. He is incredibly bright and knowledgeable on all his cases, bringing a good sense of humour to his work.’

Key clients

FirstGroup

Canal and River Trust

EDF Energy Ltd

Severn Trent Water

South West Water

Koch Industries (and subsidiaries including Georgia Pacific LLC)

John Lewis

JG Pears Group/Tigerfert

ENGIE

Affinity Water

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 2

Handling both non-contentious matters and a range of litigation, Burges Salmon LLP is a go-to for advice on broadcasting rights exploitation, television clearance, commercial arrangements and IP - the latter being an area of particular specialism for team head Jeremy Dickerson, who has recently handled UK and European trademark applications and registrations for the BBC. Helen Scott-Lawler advises clients on commercial contracts, advertising, marketing, brand protection and sponsoring, while Emily Roberts comes recommended for her contentious capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Scott-Lawler; Emily Roberts; Chloe Perea Poole; Richard Hugo

Key clients

BBC

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery, Inc.

Eurosport

Virgin Group

20th Century Studios

UKTV

Valleyfest

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Fakenham Racecourse

3tone Group

Racehorse Association

Apetito

Work highlights

  • Acting as UK trademark counsel for Discovery and Eurosport, advising on clearance, registry proceedings and UK enforcement issues.

Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 2

Although Burges Salmon LLP operates across a broad range of real estate assets, the team demonstrates particular accomplishment in respect of hospitality, leisure and renewable energy assets. Practice head and co-founder of the Edinburgh office Robert Forman is a regular advisor to developers, funders and investors in acquisition, disposal, leasing, development and secured lending matters. Director Claire MacLean provides the team with more firepower in investment and development transactions, as well as landlord and tenant agreements.

Practice head(s):

Robert Forman

Other key lawyers:

Claire MacLean; Fay Lamb

Key clients

Pandox AB

London & Regional

AroundTown Hotels

Atlas Hotels

Baywa-re

A&O Hostels

LRC Group

Realty Inc

Zetland Capital Partners

West Ranga Property Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Atlas Hotels on the £62m acquisition of a portfolio of six hotels across Scotland.
  • Advising Drax on the real estate aspects of the £500m extension to the Cruachan power station.
  • Advising West Ranga on the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of Cazoo sites across the UK.

Real estate > Planning Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP‘s planning team is led by the Edinburgh-based Craig Whelton, an expert in the consenting of major infrastructure, residential and energy projects; it is a regular port of call to housebuilders, energy sector and strategic land clients on a range of matters, including planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews. The team also includes newly promoted senior associates Lynsey Reid, who acts on major developments across the UK, and Patrick Munro, an expert in offshore wind consenting matters.

Practice head(s):

Craig Whelton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team dealt with a planning appeal very professionally.’

‘Craig Whelton and Lynsey Reid were attentive and reassuring when dealing with complex matters pertaining to a planning appeal.’

‘Key practice in the Scottish field that punches well above their weight in terms of numbers.’

‘Great expertise and business acumen.’

‘Craig Whelton has an exceptional ability to find right angle in cases.’

Patrick Munro and Lynsey Reid are highly capable and rising stars.’

Key clients

Drax

CALA Management Limited

West Craigs Limited

ENGIE

Avant Homes (Scotland) Limited

Northbank Farm Development Limited

National Highways

Loch Long Salmon Limited

Canal & River Trust

Wind 2 Limited

Kellas Midstream Limited

Glen Turner Limited

Gladman Developments

Work highlights

  • Advising Drax on the Cruachan 2 pumped storage hydro Scheme, which is a 400MW extension to the iconic Cruachan “Hollow Mountain” hydro scheme in Argyll, Scotland.
  • Continues to advise West Craigs Limited on the 1,400 house scheme in West Edinburgh, as well as a new primary school, healthcare centre and retail development.
  • Advising Harbour Energy on the Viking CCS carbon capture and storage project.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

The 'quality of a London firm but at regional prices', Burges Salmon LLP‘s Bristol-based practice fields experts in disputes involving commercial contracts, reputation management, professional negligence, product liability, multi-jurisdictional scenarios, ADR, and arbitration. The group also acts in business crime and real estate disputes. David Hall handles mega-value cases;  Ann Metherall focuses on the transport and energy sectors; Andrew Burnette 'has an excellent market reputation'; Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker are transport and procurement specialists; Michael Ward 'provides great client service'; and Richard Binns is a commercial disputes expert. Former partner Sian Edmunds departed for Cargill in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Chris Jackson; Ian Tucker; Michael Ward; Richard Binns; Brian Wong; Matthew Walker; Caroline Brown; Amy Cornelius; Annabel Holloway; Hannah Miller; Lucy Hannett; Andrew Matheson; Kelly Whittaker

Testimonials

‘An excellent offering with super smart lawyers and the skill set to match the best – the quality of a London firm but at regional prices.’

‘Andrew Burnette has an excellent market reputation.’

Matthew Walker is a superb strategist and brilliant on the law.

‘ A great, cohesive team and a brilliant service.’

‘People who actually seem (and are) invested in what is best for the client.’

‘Caroline Brown and her team are all first class. Commercially minded and astute!’

‘Hardworking, technically skilled, very client focused, and great team players.’

‘Michael Ward provides great client service and great strategic overviews.’

Key clients

Cobb Europe

Trustees of the Cobb Pension Scheme

PNE

Orsted Onshore UK

URE Energy Limited

PSGS Trust Corporation

Astrel 1 UK Loan

Atos IT Services UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for Atos IT Services UK in a high-profile procurement challenge against the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and the Meteorological Office, in relation to the latter’s 2020 procurement of a weather and climate forecasting supercomputer.
  • Acted for Astrel 1 UK Loan & Others, in relation to a surveyor negligence claim against Cushman & Wakefield for significantly over-valuing two neighbouring mansions in London’s  St James’ Park, which stood as security for a £30m bridge-to-sell loan to a developer.
  • Acted for URE Energy in its dispute with Notting Hill Genesis (UK housing association) over the termination of a long-term electricity supply agreement.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

The hotels and leisure group at Burges Salmon LLP - spanning London, Bristol and Edinburgh - comprises of sector specialists from a range of legal disciplines, including employment, intellectual property, real estate and litigation. Instructed by various clients, ranging from investors, banks and lenders, to hotel owners and operators, developers and leisure-orientated companies, the team is well versed in M&A, financing, portfolio management advice and commercial arrangements. With significant expertise in corporate finance, Rupert Weston co-heads the hotels team, and is also heavily involved in the transport team, advising on M&A and joint ventures. Real estate lead Richard Read, co-heads the team with Weston, advising international and UK investors and occupiers. Splitting his time between London and Edinburgh is third co-head Robert Forman, who focuses on commercial property transactions. Katie Allen acts on finance transactions in the built environment and hotels sector.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Weston; Richard Read; Robert Forman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Katie Allen is a really hands-on practitioner. She has a very practical and commercial approach to transactions. It has been a really enjoyable experience working opposite her.’

Key clients

Zetland Capital

Pro-Invest Group

Virgin Group

Tristan Capital

Hamilton Hotels

YTL Hotels

Brownsword Hotels

Leumi UK

Coutts & Co

Darwin Leisure Property Fund

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

The ‘excellent‘ team at Burges Salmon LLP combines experience in a range of coverage disputes with firmwide strength in the construction, transport, energy and financial services sectors. Matthew Walker leads the team from Bristol ‘with his great experience and commercial sensibility’, and is particularly experienced regarding construction insurance claims.  The team has notable experience in the financial services industry, working with the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Wenn

Testimonials

‘The insurance litigation team at Burger Salmon are formidable – bright, hard-working, and capable of managing long and complex matters without a hitch.’

‘Matthew Walker leads the team with his great experience and commercial sensibility.’

‘Senior Associate Christopher Wenn is a very clever, very capable litigator, always thinking about the next strategic step.’

‘Specialist in construction insurance with a good knowledge of the area.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon are really excellent – very bright, extremely personable, down ot earth and approachable, and excellent lawyers.’

‘Matthew Walker is extremely bright, a quite outstanding lawyer, a brilliant strategist with great commercial acumen – and a great pleasure to work with.’ 

Key clients

Costain Group plc

Jaguar Energy Guatemala LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

FirstGroup plc

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Financial Services Compensation Scheme on a portfolio of claims against defaulted SIPP Operators and their PI Insurers via the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Led by Justin Briggs and Kevin Kennedy, the team at Burges Salmon LLP, 'combines great technical knowledge of the law with commercial insight’. It is ‘able to go toe to toe with the top private client teams and often come out on top’. The group continues to act in some of the largest and most challenging contentious trusts and probate matters in the country. It has an enviable client base of wealthy individuals (including some aristocratic families), landed estates and high-net-worth international figures. Sian Edmunds has left the firm for an inhouse position.

Practice head(s):

Justin Briggs; Kevin Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Emslie

Testimonials

‘Kevin Kennedy is one of the most outstanding qualities (besides his expertise and professionalism) that Kevin Kennedy brings to the table is his empathy.  We had the same connection when we were first introduced to his associate Caroline Emslie.’

‘Both Kevin and Caroline were engaged and as much as they were empathetic, they were also very transparent. They did a great job managing our expectations on both fronts (case and costs).’

‘Kevin Kennedy is a real expert with years of experience. He has good client handling skills and really fights his client’s corner.’

‘Probably the best resourced firm in the region with excellent levels of staffing and support and high-level expertise across a wide range of subjects. Kevin Kennedy not only has an excellent legal mind but is also extremely pragmatic.’ 

‘On top of the detail, responsive and a pleasure to work with. Caroline Emslie is down to earth, easy to approach and always committed to getting the right result.’

‘Caroline Emslie is an absolute star. Fantastic judgment, great tactical awareness and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kevin Kennedy is all over the facts, great management of client expectations. Caroline Emslie is great to work with, understands the pressures on all members of the team.’

‘A superb team of contentious trust lawyers based primarily in Bristol but providing London-quality advice. Extremely adept at managing highly complex litigation. Kevin Kennedy is the standout individual at the firm. One of the best trust litigators in England who has excellent technical skills and is also very good at managing complex litigation.’

Key clients

Trustees of the St Fagans No 1 and No 2 trusts

Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce

Robert Sofer

Work highlights

  • Acted for the trustees of a landed estate (led by the Earl of Plymouth) in their successful defence of a proprietary estoppel claim brought in an attempt to frustrate the trust’s multi-million pound development of a new garden city outside Cardiff.
  • Acted for Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce in a highly charged application to replace her brother, Tom, Viscount Savernake, as executor of their late mother’s will.
  • Advised Robert Sofer, an Australian resident, on a significant breach of trust claim made against a Swiss trust company, relating to a trust established by Mr Sofer’s father. A High Court claim was issued, and at an early stage Mr Sofer was successful in the Court of Appeal following an adverse interlocutory decision.

Private client > Family Tier 3

At Burges Salmon LLPclients are impressed by 'the cohesion of the team under the impeccable leadership of Sarah Hoskinson’. The family law group is best known for its work on complex financial settlements following relationship breakdowns and divorce proceedings. The nimble team frequently handles very high-value cases nationally and internationally, and its work is focused on complex financial settlements and asset restructuring for wealthy individuals. Richard Handel is a key member of the London offering and he advises clients on arrangements for children, as well as on complicated financial arrangements which often have international elements.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Handel; Hannah Petherick; Mary Gaskins; Alison Hawes; Hebe Thorne

Testimonials

‘Sarah Hoskinson is more than a match for any other top tier solicitor in London, as well as the dynamic leader of the firm’s peerless operation in the South West.’

‘Burges Salmon is a national firm with particularly strong roots in London and Bristol, and the quality of the individuals is high.’

‘Richard Handel is an excellent black-letter lawyer with exceptional technical skills and judgment.’

‘Burges Salmon’s family law presence in London is increasing and they are respected by their peers. Richard Handel is extremely well liked and an impressive operator.’

‘Super team who are the go-to people for complicated, cross-jurisdictional pension cases. Sarah Hoskinson is amazing. Incredible depth of knowledge, especially in complicated pension matters. She is the person you want on your side to guide and inform you to achieve the desired outcome.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is fiercely bright and highly technical. There is nothing Sarah does not know about pensions! She is a tough opponent but always constructive and sensible. She is instructed on many complex big money cases and handles them superbly.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson and Richard Handel are very straight talking and, whilst fighting for their clients, not aggressive and always looking for a way to settle if at all possible. Hannah Petherick is sensible, strategic and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Mary Gaskins is a standout lawyer. She has a superb legal mind with great attention to detail. She understands the key issues in a case which enables her to see the answer to a case early on. She is an asset on any case.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The ‘truly excellentJohn Barnett heads a large and dedicated private wealth team at Burges Salmon LLP with lawyers based in Bristol and London. The group has immense experience of complicated and cross-jurisdictional work for individuals and trusts. Suzanna Harvey provides tax advice to a wide range of clients, from high-net-worth individuals to leading private banks and other financial institutions. Jim Aveline leads the firm’s family business team. Beatrice Puoti left the firm in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

John Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Jim Aveline; Suzanna Harvey; Emma Heelis-Adams; Catherine de Maid; Edward Hayes

Testimonials

‘Great breath and depth of technical knowledge and a very likeable and helpful team’.

‘John Barnet and Emma Heelis-Adams are both very experienced and technically outstanding solicitors. They are also two of the nicest people that you could hope to meet’.

‘Approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. Jim Aveline: Approachable, efficient and knowledgeable. Good to have on your side’.

‘Hugely approachable and engaging team. Catherine de Maid – hugely knowledgeable and my South African clients love her!’.

‘Very approachable team very quick response time and as the firm is outside London their fees are very competitive. Advice is clear and concise’.

‘Suzanna Harvey and Ed Hayes are both excellent lawyers and very happy to discuss matters informally beforehand and are therefore good sounding boards.’

‘Knowledgeable and market leading’.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 3

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP is well-regarded for its advice to governing institutions such as Ofsted and the Department for Education, who instruct the team to advise on regulatory proceedings and contractual arrangements in connection with the execution of major outsourcing projects and mergers. The team also offers university clients solid advice on major construction projects, procurement initiatives, and employment matters, especially in connection with pension and immigration issues. Practice head Matthew Ramus leads the team’s relationship with the Department for Education and is well-regarded for his understanding of strategically important education projects. For employment matters, Luke Bowery and Huw Cooke are highly recommended contacts.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:

Luke Bowery; Huw Cooke; John Houlden; Marcus Walters

Testimonials

‘Strong, knowledgeable, efficient.’

‘Marcus Walters is an unfailingly helpful, generous expert.’

Key clients

Ascent

Bath Spa University

Birmingham Children’s Trust Limited

Birmingham City Council

Bud Systems

Cardiff University

Gemba

OFSTED

Office for Students

QS

Reading Borough Council

Shareholders of Firebrand Training

The Department for Education

The Safeguarding Company Limited

Trustees of the Cardiff University Pension Fund

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

W H Ireland Ltd

York St John University

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Education on major Children’s Services restructuring programmes and “Alternative Delivery Models” for central and local government.
  • Advised the University of Bristol on a new £300m campus development in Bristol city centre.
  • Advised the Trustees of the Cardiff University Pension Fund on a significant proposal by the sponsoring employer to make benefit changes to the scheme following a strategic review, including closing the scheme to new joiners and amending revaluation/increase provisions.

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP houses a team of ‘extremely knowledgeable, hard-working‘ practitioners who regularly advise on public private partnerships, with notable clients including Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance. Patrick Parkin leads the team with his longstanding expertise in advising NHS Trusts and hospitals on procurement projects. Richard Binns frequently handles arbitrations and disputes for independent social and healthcare providers. Lucy Pegler was promoted to partner in 2022, and often advises clients on collaborative procurement matters and framework agreements.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They work in small teams of extremely knowledgeable, hard-working individuals. This ensures everyone is up to speed.’

‘The team has a strong understanding of the contractual approach that the NHS takes when procuring goods and services from healthcare companies, and they apply this knowledge in a commercially pragmatic way.’

Key clients

Spire Healthcare plc

DHSC

Care Quality Commission

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Cambridge Perfusion LLP

Ludlow Street Healthcare

Ludlow Street Investment Corp.

GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

Somerset Care

NHS Shared Business Services

Eucalyptus

Cumulus Oncology Limited

Nodus Oncology Limited

Neurochase Therapeutics Limited

Cobalt Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on its collaborative procurement, alongside its NHS partners Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham, to have access to private hospital theatres for the treatment of cancer patients.
  • Advised Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on the structuring, drafting and negotiation of a $100m zero-dose immunisation programme with non-governmental organisations to immunise children across marginalised communities, as well as on the IP elements of an agreement with MIT.
  • Advising Spire Healthcare on competition law, including merger control and compliance matters.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP operates across a range of areas including nuclear technologies, transport, defence, and renewable energy. Leading the firm’s construction department is Steven James, who focuses on non-contentious construction matters in the nuclear, renewable energy, and commercial real estate spheres. Lloyd James and James Horton augment the non-contentious team with their focus on renewable energy construction and infrastructure projects respectively.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd James; James Horton

Testimonials

‘Very capable organisation with a lot of experience and valuable lessons learnt. They have shown their strength in the FIDIC DMIC contract type.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon are clearly well-informed on the project, and maintain a strong relationship with the in-house legal team, often highlighting areas of concern.’

‘In over a year of working together, James Horton has always delivered to quality and met agreed timelines. Based on feedback from the supplier, it is clear that James has a great working relationship with his counterpart on the supplier’s side, facilitating negotiations for the supply chain team.’

‘Accommodating and adaptable. Open to feedback – I requested a more diverse team for my project, and Burges Salmon were instantly responsive and supportive. They “get” startups much better than most straitjacketed law firms and are building an increasingly impressive practice area in the clean energy and distributed energy resources sector.’

‘James Horton is empathetic – a rare quality in the legal world – and able to advise non-traditional, innovative businesses. Able to draw on existing body of work and knowledge and apply to novel commercial circumstances.’

‘The team were commercial and responsive, with a flexible approach which marked them out as an excellent choice.’

‘They displayed good judgement, patience and determination in dealing with some tricky issues and personalities.’

‘Very personable and easy to communicate with.’

Key clients

Eden Geothermal and Gravis

Energia

AEG Presents

Cardiff Parkway

Reactive Technologies

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Ministers

Cayman Islands Government (CIG)

National Highways

Atrato

Green Lithium Refining

Severn Trent Water Limited

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Birmingham City Council

Drax

Energy Storage Battery clients including BayWa, JLEN/Foresight, GIG, Macquarie, Eku Energy, Energia, et al.

Lloyds Bank PLC

Fern Trading Group Limited

PP08 Finance Ltd

Work highlights

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

The planning team at Burges Salmon LLP handles a large number of NSIPs across various sectors, including rail, highways, and pipelines, with Elizabeth Dunn taking a lead role in the consenting of these schemes. The practice handles a range of energy projects, and solar is a particular growth area for the team; Julian Boswall has significant experience in both energy and transport projects and ‘brilliant‘ senior associate Jen Ashwell advises on the consenting of local authority-led transport and regeneration schemes. Practice head Gary Soloman takes a lead role in the team’s increasing CPO work as an expert in the planning, compulsory purchase, and compensation aspects of regeneration projects, large-scale developments, and highway proposals. Alex Minhinick, also an expert on CPO compensation matters, was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Julian Boswall; Elizabeth Dunn; Alex Minhinick; Jen Ashwell; John Arthur; Cathryn Tracey; Daniel Whittle; Paula McGeady

Testimonials

‘Jen Ashwell is a brilliant associate, one of the best team leaders I have worked with, a skilful lawyer and skillful motivator.’

‘Gary Soloman is an excellent team leader, wise and very bright. Cathryn Tracey has a sharp mind with very good judgement.’

‘Jen Ashwell is superbly efficient. Daniel Whittle demonstrates very clear thinking.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with have been in place for over 10 years which provides both continuity as well as a mutual understanding of needs, building trust and respect. This includes Gary Solomon and Paula McGeady.’

‘Alex Minhinick’s clear, calm advice has been essential to managing the risks and meeting procedural requirements. He provides an actual, measured answer which is implementable and makes decision making as a client far easier. Alex knows his industry and is always at the forefront of networks and knowledge.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn is very responsive and is also helpful. She works collaboratively with her clients to find pragmatic and sensible resolutions to any issues that are identified. Liz is also proactive with advice.’

‘Julian Boswall’s profile within the industry is particularly high as he chairs the Renewables UK Offshore Consents and Licensing Group. This means that he is very up to speed on all issues that affect the wider industry, and he is well connected and knows who to talk to about various issues.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn and Cathryn Tracey are the standout team members for us. In both cases their calm confidence is backed by genuine expertise.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

National Highways

YTL Property Holdings

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Torbay Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council

TfL/GLA

Bute Energy

Equinor

Drax

RWE Renewables

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

South Hams District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising GLA on the development of the Gallions Quarter site located between the Royal Docks and River Thames near Beckton, leading on all aspects of planning, highways and CPO advice.
  • Advising the Transport Infrastructure Planning Unit on making its decisions on Transport and Works Act Orders and non-National Highways DCO applications.
  • Advising Equinor New Energy Limited on the application for an order to grant development consent to construct, operate, maintain, and decommission two offshore wind farms known as the Sheringham Shoal Extension Project and the Dudgeon Extension Project.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP continues to handle a steady stream of national and international acquisitions, high-value private equity transactions, and complex joint ventures; with particular strength in the energy, technology, life sciences and biotech sectors. The team is led by Danny Lee, who specialises in M&A and brings ‘first-rate’ experience of the renewables sector in particular. Corporate director Joanna Monaghan is also instrumental, who as well as transactional work, offers significant experience in corporate governance and company law. Malcolm Donald joined from Stronachs LLP in November 2022, bringing extensive experience in the energy sector, especially relating to the energy transition and renewables.

Practice head(s):

Danny Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are very receptive to investing the time to get to know their client’s business and introduce their multidisciplinary team to cover all future needs across company law, investments, employment, IP, property etc.’

‘Great team that give fantastic advice. Clients feel in very safe hands at every point of the process.’

 

Key clients

Progressive Energy

BSW Timber

Shareholders of C.P. Hart & Sons

Circularity Capital

CNG Fuels

Eider Vertical Farming

Engie

Inverleith

Renesola Power

Cumulus Oncology Ltd

Atlas Hotels

Aistetic

The Electric Car Scheme

Reevoy

Farmison Group Limited

Calcivis

Nodus Oncology Limited

Cytomos Limited

Albert Health

EQUANS

Fitzwalter Capital

Brookfield

Panoramic Growth Fund

Global Energy Group

Octopus Investments Ltd

Dick Brothers Forestry Limited

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd

Ooni Limited

Milne & Hackney

Foresight

Infinis Energy

TINZ

William Grant & Sons

Climate Transition Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Progressive Energy in connection with the £1bn project to build and operate a low carbon hydrogen production facility.
  • Advised private equity firm, Circularity Capital, on its £10m investment into circular fashion business, Advanced Clothing Solutions.
  • Advised private equity firm, Inverleith, on its acquisition and investment in the company behind Eden Mill Gin, St Andrews Brewers.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Known for its aptitude in rail, public sector, energy and financial services matters, Burges Salmon LLP has made further strides into sectors such as music, film and entertainment, food and drink, and sport, including long-term logistic contracts, CRM and loyalty scheme arrangements, and catering contracts. Helen Scott-Lawler has been active across the full breadth of practice matters, collaborating with her projects and construction colleagues for large transport and nuclear matters, and being the key representative to clients such as John Lewis Partnership and The Racecourse Association. Director Richard Hugo has a notable portfolio of commercial mandates, including multiple cross-border instructions involving the United States, while senior associate Neil Connor-McLaren is steadily gaining a reputation for his proficiency in licensing, marketing and sponsorship arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership

Central Government

Phillips 6

FirstGroup

Bath & Body Works

University of Bristol

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Yeo Valley

Scottish Professional Football League

Bristol City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Waitrose on the renewal of its partnership arrangements with Welcome Break for Waitrose stores at motorway service areas.
  • Advised the Ministry of Defence in respect of Skynet: the UK government’s biggest current space project.
  • Advised Bristol City Council on its ‘City Leap’ initiative: a “first of a kind” in the U.K, aimed at bringing together private sector and community partners to deliver on a long-term multibillion programme of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP  acts for a robust client-base comprised of AIM-listed companies on fundraisings and other transactions, including public M&A, IPOs, secondary fundraisings, demergers and capital reorganisations. The team is also noted for its advice in relation to regulatory and compliance issues. Corporate expert Nick Graves leads the team alongside Rupert Weston, who focuses his practice on corporate finance and equity market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves; Rupert Weston

Key clients

Gooch & Housego plc

ITM Power plc

Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc

Peel Hunt LLP

WH Ireland Limited

Genus PLC

Stockdale Securities

Premier Miton Group plc

FirstGroup plc

EDP Renewables Europe, S.L.U.

Work highlights

  • Advised Milton Group PLC on its potential bid for River & Mercantile Group PLC.
  • Advised ITM Power PLC on a strategic partnership with Vitol Holdings SARL for Motive Fuels Limited.
  • Acted for WH Ireland on the original AIM flotation of Northcoders Group plc. The team advised on a secondary fundraising for the company by way of an accelerated bookbuild.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

The ‘extremely proactive’ and ‘competent’ practitioners at the Bristol-based corporate practice at Burges Salmon LLP are noted for their capabilities in energy and technology M&A. Beyond these sectors, the team is experienced in cross-border work in the hotels and leisure, education, healthcare and food and drink arenas. Practice co-chair Nick Graves – a key contact for the firm’s hotels and leisure work – is experienced in M&A, joint ventures, and corporate and regulatory advice pertaining to listing rules and takeover code. Fellow co-chair Rupert Weston is recommended for assistance with M&A, joint ventures, equity market transactions and regulatory issues. Richard Spink is highly praised for his ‘exceptional advice’ and ‘balanced and pragmatic advice.’ Other key figures include Dominic Davis, who specialises in corporate finance work; Mark Shepherd, who heads the private equity team and also advises public and private companies on various transactions; and Camilla Usher-Clark, who specialises in energy, power and utilities work. Chris Godfrey has now adopted a consultant role.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Weston; Nick Graves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Richard Spink and his team are really responsive and competent. They act as deal makers and are very good at negotiation.’

‘A large team with a detailed understanding in dealing with complex elements of projects. They are extremely proactive and willing to go the extra mile to make transactions happen.’

‘All members of the team support our business like it’s their own. Honestly couldn’t mention a specific team member as they all contribute equally to supporting us.’

‘Their level of understanding, legal capabilities, communication and in particular, attention to the file, was unparalleled. Communication with all parties involved was also exceptional. I am happy to name Dominic Davis and Julie Book as extremely dedicated, bright, knowledgeable and trustworthy.’

‘The team have completed many deals in our industry and have great knowledge of the challenges of these transactions, hence they make sure things don’t get missed that would cause any delays to the deal. All colleagues that I have worked with are also exceptional at protecting their clients whilst being pragmatic where appropriate to ensure the deal gets completed without risk to the client.’

‘Richard Spink has worked on a number of deals for me over the last 15 years. He has provided exceptional advice, ensured my interests are protected whilst ensuring every single transaction reached a successful conclusion and did not fall over.’

Key clients

Octopus

Virgin Group

Zetland Capital LLP

Bluefield Solar

FirstGroup plc

Darwin Alternatives

Phillips 66

Atrato Partners

ITM Power plc

Trivela Group LLC

Progressive Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Saltus on its acquisition by Preservation Capital Partners, a significant transaction in the wealth management sector.
  • Advised leading green hydrogen player, ITM Power PLC on a strategic partnership and joint venture with Vitol Holdings SARL in relation to Motive Fuels Limited.
  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund on its innovative £112.4 million acquisition of a 93.2MWp UK-based solar and wind portfolio.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP handles new premises licence applications, variations and regulatory issues arising from multi-million-pound acquisitions and disposals of licensed premises. In recent months, the team is handling an increase in application-related instructions from hotels, entertainment venues, and restaurants. Practice head Joanne Attwood – well-versed in all manner of licensing, gambling, and gaming issues – is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Attwood

Testimonials

‘All round solid regional law firm. Quality!’

‘Joanne Attwood – exceptional. Great relationship with clients.’

‘Jo Attwood is an expert in her field. Outstanding knowledge and levels of service.’

‘Well resourced, highly regarded firm with top notch staff and legal know how and experience.’

‘Joanne Attwood is a stand-out lawyer with significant experience in the sector and outstanding legal knowledge and commercial awareness. Clients warm to her pragmatic, professional and highly competent manner.’

Key clients

English Heritage

Historic England

University of Bristol

Atlas Hotels Limited

London and Regional Group Hotel Holdings Ltd

Titan Investment Atlas Limited

Zetland Capital

Canadian & Riverside Estates/ Canadian & Portland Estates

Private Individuals

Work highlights

  • Advised English Heritage on a complex Premises Licence major variation application for a London heritage site.
  • Advised University of Bristol on a new application for a Premises Licence within their licensed portfolio of Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates.
  • Advising a hotel franchise group on the multi-million-pound acquisition of multiple licensed hotel properties covering various licensing regimes.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

The structured finance practice at Burges Salmon LLP is ‘proficient, with great attention to detail, and gets the job done‘. Clients note that ‘the team is highly knowledgeable and work around the client’s needs‘. The firm is a key adviser on derivatives matters for numerous high-profile clients such as Lloyds Bank, Investec Bank, and Barratt Homes. Experienced partner Graham Soar leads the practice and is frequently called upon to advise on the negotiation of ISDA master agreements and related credit support agreements. He recently worked with director Alistair Rattray to assist Investec with £30m senior secured term loan facilities made available to SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT) for the purpose of financing its investment in a portfolio of anaerobic digestion (AD) assets in the UK. The loan featured a loan-linked swap and required advice on a suite of ISDA, intercreditor and facility documentation to implement the hedging policy.

Practice head(s):

Graham Soar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We’ve worked with Burges Salmon for a number of years –  they are proficient, display great attention to detail and get the job done.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and work around the client’s needs. They’re engaging and always available for support. We’ve found them to be useful counsel for various pieces of advice.’

Key clients

Investec Bank plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Julian Hodge Bank

Barratt Homes

Work highlights

  • Advised Investec Bank on the senior secured term loan facilities made available to SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT) for the purpose of financing its investment in a portfolio of anaerobic digestion (AD) assets in the UK.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP has an established regulatory practice due to its broader financial regulatory expertise, with the firm’s regulatory team often acting on cutting-edge projects and new insurance products. The promotion of Martin Cook to partner in May 2022 enhances the team’s insurtech capabilities, joining Matthew Walker who heads the Bristol-based practice and his broad non-contentious insurance experience. Tom Dunn heads the work in funds and financial regulation and advises a number of clients in FCA and PRA related matters in the insurance sector.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial and legal knowledge to guide clients through contention and non-contentious matters alike.’

‘Matthew Walker is one of the best in the area.’

The Team is a blend of financial regulatory expertise, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the commercial underpinnings of contracts of insurance. Matt Walker has led Burges Salmon’s advice in this area, and been complemented by Tom Dunn\’s deep regulatory knowledge and Anna Davis’ prior in-house expertise at a large insurance firm.’

Matt Walker, being a litigator, is very methodical in the advice he provides, and is clear on potential adverse outcomes associated with advice options put forward and how these can be mitigated.’

Key clients

Shepherds Friendly Society

The Ecclesiastical Group

The Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The MAPFRE group

Lombard International Group

Hodge Limited

The Financial Conduct Authority

Zego

The Saltus Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the Saltus Group, an insurance distributor and adviser, on its definitive agreement with Preservation Capital Partners to become the major shareholder of our client.
  • Advised the Ecclesiastical group on its preparation for funeral plan regulation by the FCA.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP is instructed on product liability matters from a range of industries including manufacturing, commerce, food and drink. The firm is particularly well-versed in issues relating to medical products, tobacco products and toys. The team is headed by Andrew Burnette who is best known for his claimant professional negligence work while Brian Wong is knowledgeable in the general product safety framework.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Smooth processes, felt they work client first, quick responses, high quality of work.’

‘Always a good balance between professional and good in terms of relationship level.’

Key clients

Baxter Storey

Agropecuaria Montelibano SA

Rad Power Netherlands BV

Apetito

Ooni

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Agropecuaria Montelibano SA, a large scale Honduran melon producer and exporter, on Food Standard Agency proceedings following an outbreak of salmonella in the UK and EU.
  • Assisted Boxine / tonies UK Limited in relation to the product safety risks arising from a shipment of products that had gone missing whilst in transit in the UK, and were being sold unlawfully on Amazon and eBay.
  • Advised a prominent German research institution on a potential contract with a sponsor for investigational medicinal products to be used in clinical trials in the UK.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

The ‘very experiencedBurges Salmon LLP professional negligence team primarily focuses on claimant-side disputes. The firm is one of the leading practices in pensions professional negligence work. The practice is headed by Andrew Burnette, a specialist in significant claims against solicitors, surveyors, auditors, and financial services professionals. Other key names include Justin Briggs, Suzanne Padmore, and Kelly Whittaker, who are described as ‘excellent both in terms of their knowledge and experience, and their responsiveness both to counsel and the clients.’

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:

Justin Briggs; Suzanne Padmore; Caroline Brown; Amy Khodabandehloo; Kelly Whittaker

Testimonials

‘The Burges Salmon team has acted in a wide range of professional negligence cases.’

‘The Burges Salmon professional negligence team are very experienced not only in professional negligence work but also the underlying subject matter, e.g., insurance, pensions, etc. They have real strength and depth.’

‘I have worked a lot with Justin Briggs, Suzanne Padmore and Kelly Whittaker. They are all excellent both in terms of their knowledge and experience, and their responsiveness both to counsel and the clients.’

‘Justin Briggs has in-depth knowledge of negligence relating to pensions schemes and is a very experienced litigator. Able to add real value in complex cases through the strength of his legal analysis and attention to detail.’

‘Kelly Whittaker is an excellent litigator who is building up extensive experience of professional negligence actions – she operates well above her years and is totally dedicated to the cases she works on.’

‘They have been involved in the biggest pensions prof neg cases of recent years and so really know what they are doing in this area. Their case load is very prestigious which reflects their standing in the market.’

‘Justin Briggs is a brilliant lawyer and quite an academic thinker which means he adds real value to a case overall.’

‘Kelly Whittaker is a phenomenally hard worker.’

Key clients

PSGS Trust Corporation Ltd

Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & Others

Ten Financial

Work highlights

  • Advised Astrel 1 UK Loan S.A.R.L & others on a sizeable surveyor negligence claim against a market leading firm regarding the overvaluation of two neighbouring mansions in St James’ Park, London, which stood as security for a £30 million bridge-to-sell loan.
  • Represented the Trustees to the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme in a high-value claim against a leading pensions consultancy and an international law firm stemming from errors committed in the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual and in implementing other scheme changes.
  • Instructed by Ten Financial LLP and its principal in connection with claims brought by two former clients in the Commercial Court regarding failed investments.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Geared for infrastructure development projects in the capital, Burges Salmon LLP operates across Bristol and London, and has been praised for its ‘great strength in depth’. The practice also handles landlord and tenant work, including disposal and exit strategies, in addition to headquarter moves. Richard Read is sought out by domestic and international investors and occupiers, while Richard Clark advises investment funds clients operating in the industrial and retail, logistics and office arenas. Matt Sims handles business headquarter moves and Will Hall is primarily engaged in corporate occupier and investment mandates, pertaining to the industrial sector. Amy Simpson, Philip Beer and Jessica Garner are noted for their expertise in major regeneration and redevelopment projects, while Ross Polkinghorne was recently promoted to the head of the built environment practice. Gary Soloman oversees the firm’s planning and compulsory purchase team, and Robert Forman represents a plethora of private clients in the rural property sector.

Practice head(s):

Richard Clark

Testimonials

‘Richard Read is outstanding. Commercially minded, responsive and intellectually rigorous.’

Key clients

Darwin Alternative’s Leisure Property Fund

Aerium Group / Knight Frank Investment Management

LPPI Real Estate Group (Local Pensions Partnership Investments)

Aviva Investors, Lands Improvement Holdings, St Albans Diocese

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

CSL (a JV between IV Real Estate and a family office)

West Ranga Property Group Limited

Larch Life No.1 (UK) LTD and Larch Boss LTD

Hodgetts Industrial

Zetland Capital

Octopus Investments

Gresham House Housing BSI LP and Rise Homes

Pandox

Farmcare Trading and The Wellcome Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Darwin Alternative’s Leisure Property Fund on the refinancing of the Fund which invests in UK holiday parks.
  • Advising Aerium Group in relation to their UK-wide real estate portfolio.
  • Advising West Ranga on the sale and leaseback of a portfolio of five Cazoo sites across in the UK.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 4

Praised for its ‘expert knowledge', Burges Salmon LLP‘s fintech practice covers a broad range of transactional and advisory work including financial regulatory advice, blockchain and cryptocurrency issues, equity investments and payments matters. Practice head Martin Cook is noted for his capabilities in regulatory work and big-ticket technology transactions. Joanna Monahan is well placed to advise on transactions involving platform-based services. Corporate specialist Alex Lloyd is equipped to advise on fundraisings and corporate governance matters, while Brandon Wong is a key contact for financial services regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cook

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Monaghan; Alex Lloyd; Brandon Wong; Niall Mackle

Testimonials

‘Expert knowledge, friendly, and very responsive and collaborative.’

‘I have found Niall Mackle one of the very best, collaborative, and client focused associates I’ve worked with – he has been absolutely brilliant.’

‘Alex Lloyd and Martin Cook have been supportive partners with great in-depth expertise and quick communication.’

An all-round great team.

 

Work highlights

  • Advising an African-headquartered banking group on a major digital and technology transformation project.
  • Acting for an international payments firm on its UK authorisation and operational establishment.
  • Advising a wealth management platform on its launch and the development of new product propositions.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP represent high profile clients in various disputes in the High Court, in addition to advising on infringement, brand enforcement, and strategic matters. ‘Client focused’ practice head Jeremy Dickerson has recently assisted clients with a number of trade mark infringement proceedings, while Helen Scott-Lawler handles transactional IP mandates. ‘Whip-smart’ Emily Roberts is well-versed in the realms of brand management, trade marks, and copyright disputes, particularly in relation to software, attracting a strong roster of clients. Georgina Shaw departed the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jeremy Dickerson is our go-to for complex IP matters. He is a subject-matter expert, extremely client focused and gives very clear and robust advice.’

‘The team is simply outstanding. They respond rapidly to questions and requests for assistance, are deeply knowledgeable about UK and EU IP law, and are very reasonably priced.’

‘Emily Roberts is simply one of the best IP lawyers I’ve worked with. She is whip-smart and focuses on business-oriented outcomes.’

‘The team as a whole is superior. They only ever bring their A game and are brilliant both in terms of legal knowledge and commercial skill and expertise.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson has a wealth of experience and it shows. He is commercially fierce whilst pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Emily Roberts is commercially minded and gives no nonsense advice.’

‘A very strong IP practice outside London.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson is a good team leader, with excellent legal and tactical skills.’

Key clients

Ordnance Survey

Harrods

BBC and BBC Studios Ltd

Tesla

Discovery, Inc (Discovery Channel and Eurosport)

Starbucks Corporation

Victoria’s Secret/PINK

Bath & Body Works

Eurostar

Funko

Montane

Ooni

Harbour Energy PLC

Aritzia

GWR / FirstGroup

Virgin

Santa Barbara Polo Club

Work highlights

  • Obtaining positive judgments for the Santa Barbara Polo Club in complex High Court and Court of Appeal trade mark infringement proceedings.
  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
  • Acting as trade mark Counsel to a number of major US brands including Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Discovery, advising on clearance, portfolio management, and enforcement.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP is well-versed in the IT and telecoms arena, with an extensive client base consisting of digital businesses, technology vendors and FTSE companies. The practice is developing its service offering to areas such as fintech, digital healthcare, agritech, energy-tech and cybersecurity. Andrew Dunlop, who has experience in IT outsourcing, jointly leads the team alongside David Varney and Lucy Pegler, who has expertise in the transport-tech and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop; David Varney; Lucy Pegler

Testimonials

‘Good in-depth commercial knowledge.’

Key clients

ATOS

British Standards Institute

Embark

Thesis

Mark43, Inc

BDO

Smart Buildings Limited

Erika Technologies

PinguinoPonics

Work highlights

  • Advised Mark43 on its expansion into the UK, which involved the sale of its SaaS product (public safety software solution) to Cumbria constabulary.
  • Acted for Embark Group on a number of complex and business critical IT arrangements associated with its sale to Lloyds Banking Group for £395 million.
  • Acted for tax, auditing and business services advisory firm BDO LLP on its outsourcing agreement with Exponentials and the implementation of its cloud back up services via Acronis’ SaaS products.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP advises on advertising campaigns, sponsorships and marketing initiatives, with recent work encompassing intellectual property, disputes and content production agreements. Key names in the firm's Bristol base include Helen Scott-Lawler .

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

With a particular strength advising on financing transactions concerning renewable energy and infrastructure projects, Burges Salmon LLP also has a solid track record when it comes to real estate, leveraged deals, corporate and acquisition finance. Stuart McMillan leads the practice and was also appointed head of the firm’s infrastructure group in May 2022, reflecting his ability to complete innovative financial transactions in that sector.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McMillan

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to work with, close to the business issues and pragmatic.’

‘Stuart McMillan is solution-oriented, delivers hands-on advice and is always happy to help clients.’

‘Pragmatic without professional compromise.’

‘The well-connected Stuart McMillan is knowledgeable and draws on market experience.’

‘The Scottish team is down to earth and easy to deal with.’

‘Their sector focus is highly specialised, and they have a great handle on how the world works from an asset-based lending point of view.’

‘Stuart McMillan is a friendly and professional partner who is commercially minded and not one to “sit on the fence” – he provides clear-cut, concise advice and always explains in detail the rationale when guiding on decisions.’

‘Burges Salmon have worked very hard on their relationship with us and as a consequence understand in great detail what is important to us and our clients, ensuring that the work they produce for us reflects those and protects our best interests with very little peripheral guidance.’

Key clients

Oak Corporate Credit Designated Activity

Bank of Scotland plc

Ooni Limited

Brookfield Global Renewable Energy

Forsa Energy Gas Acquisitions Holdco 5 L

Birch Corporate Credit Designated Activity Company

Blackfinch Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Scots counsel for Oak Corporate Credit Designated Activity Company in relation to a term loan facility provided to facilitate the financing of the MBO of Northwind 5S (Holdings) Limited, which operates Goals Soccer Centres throughout the UK.
  • Acted for Bank of Scotland plc as lender on a £16.7m property development facility for a housing development in Corstorphine Edinburgh.
  • Acted for Ooni Limited as Borrower on a £50m facility agreement with HSBC and Silicon Valley Bank to enable it to further invest and expand its fast-growing pizza-oven business.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy (excluding oil and gas) Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP draws on specialists from a range of practice areas to provide a full-service energy offering, encompassing expertise in regulatory matters, renewables, banking, corporate and dispute resolution. Craig Whelton leads the team and regularly provides planning and consenting advice on some of the largest energy projects in Scotland.

Practice head(s):

Craig Whelton

Testimonials

‘Great engagement and fun to deal with.’

‘Good personalities for lawyers.’

‘Burges Salmon has a relatively small energy practice, which brings advantages in the context of a responsive and personalised service.’

‘They are knowledgeable in terms of offshore wind development in both England and Scotland.’

‘They work within the scope provided and there are no billing surprises at the end of the transaction.’

‘Craig Whelton is an approachable and personable partner who provides timely and helpful advice.’

‘Craig Whelton is a significant asset to the firm, particularly in terms of Scottish project development.’

‘The team is highly responsive to queries and provides excellent strategic project advice.’

Key clients

Progressive Energy

CNG Fuels

Engie

Renesola Power

Fitzwalter Capital

Brookfield Global Renewable Energy Advisor Limited

Ampyr Energy

Drax

Falck Renewables

Bluefloat

ESB

Wind 2 / Solar 2

Work highlights

  • Advising Drax on all aspects of the 400MW extension to the iconic Cruachan hydro scheme.
  • Advising Progressive Energy Limited in relation to a joint venture with Essar Oil UK, in respect of which the joint venture vehicle will produce low carbon hydrogen at Essar’s Stanlow Refinery in Cheshire, for use across the HyNet region.
  • Advised a client on a complex PPA and real estate agreement with Edinburgh Airport, which will see renewable energy generated and used at the Airport.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 5

Always client-centric, always available‘, Burges Salmon LLP frequently handles buy and sell-side transactions for management teams, sponsors, and investor clients. Based between Bristol and London, practice head Mark Shepherd has most recently worked with portfolio companies in the automotive and leisure sectors. Danny Lee – who divides his time between London and Edinburgh – is experienced in both buyouts and investment transactions, while Richard Spink is a key port of call for the firm’s ultra-high-net-worth client base. Legal director Tim Roberts is also recommended. Andrew Mills, former head of PE at MJ Hudson, joined the team in April 2023. All named lawyers are based between Bristol and London unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shepherd

Testimonials

‘The team were proactive in reaching out and seeking to understand our needs and interests. Worked diligently and effectively within a complicated transaction to deliver the end goal.’

‘Danny Lee was entrepreneurial in seeking to work for us, diligently seeking to understand our needs with regards to transaction structure and drafting.’

‘A business that supports a diverse workforce and from that workforce creative solutions are delivered. Always client centric, always available. Great value for money.’

‘Tim Roberts is an exceptional practitioner.’

‘Richard Spink provides great client service.’

‘The team are exceptional at protecting their clients whilst being pragmatic where appropriate to ensure the deal gets completed without risk to the client.’

‘Richard Spink has worked on a number of deals for me over many years. He has provided exceptional advice, ensured my interests are protected whilst ensuring every single transaction reached a successful conclusion and did not fall over. He is very easy to work with, has very high integrity and now understands what is and is not important to me when negotiating a deal.’

Key clients

Zetland Capital Partners

Livingbridge

Inverleith

Panoramic Growth Equity

Circularity Capital

LDC

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as UK counsel in advising private equity backed svt Holding GmbH on its acquisition of UK-based Technical Fire Safety Group Limited.
  • Advising management of Trustmarque Solutions Limited on their equity investment alongside One Equity Partners (OEP) following OEP’s acquisition of Trustmarque Solutions.
  • Acting for Octopus investments (through Fern Healthcare Holdings Limited) on the acquisition of Elivia Homes Limited.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 5

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP handles a considerable amount of investor-side venture work as an offshoot of the firm’s broader private equity and corporate finance offering. The team has particular expertise in core areas of sector focus for the firm as a whole, including tech, financial services and energy, with the ‘exceptional’ Richard Spink appreciated for his ability to provide ‘commercial advice’ to institutional investors, as well as a considerable amount for family offices. Mark Shepherd  heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The client-centric team provides creative solutions.’

‘The exceptional Richard Spink is very easy to work with and provides commercial advice.’

‘The advice we seek is relevant, practical and actionable – it’s super important that we get proactive support. The support we get is first class.’

‘All the team we work with take time to develop a strong understanding of our business and our objectives. Consequently, I always feel that advice and support is appropriately tailored, relevant and practical. It’s a real strength of the team that this approach to building relationships with clients extends to the team working with the partner.’

Key clients

Zetland Capital Partners

Livingbridge

Inverleith

Panoramic Growth Equity

Circularity Capital

LDC

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised EQUANS UK Holding Limited on its investment in specialist net zero digital start up OnGen Limited alongside Scottish Enterprise and Innovate UK.
  • Advising Eider Vertical Farming on a £50m investment by Slate Asset Management.
  • Advised long-standing client, inland surfing company, The Wave, on its significant investment from Sullivan Street Partners.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP advises alternative lenders in the mid-market space, and is known for its strength in hotel, student accommodation and healthcare asset classes, which are the focus of its lead partner, Paul Browne. Fellow senior partner Richard Leeming has a long track record acting for the majority of the UK’s clearing banks as well as investment banks, debt funds and private banks.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne

Other key lawyers:

Richard Leeming

Testimonials

‘The people within Burges Salmon’s real estate are arguably their greatest strength. They are highly personable individuals and provide relevant solutions to problems. They speak the language of lenders.’

Very knowledgeable, excellent value.’

Key clients

Whiteoaks Capital Limited

Portobello Starboard Ltd

Lloyds Bank plc

PP08 Finance Ltd

Fern Trading Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whiteoaks Capital Limited as Borrower on facility agreement to in relation to the refinance of 40 Berkeley Square, Bristol.
  • Acted for Portobello Starboard Limited as borrower in relation to the provision by OakNorth Bank of term facilities of up to £40m. Portobello Starboard is a pub operating company backed by the London-based private equity firm Zetland Capital.
  • Advising on a £20,000,000 revolving loan and term loan facility to Eden Living Holdings Limited for the purpose of acquiring a portfolio of residential properties.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

With 'fantastic knowledge and strategic thinking', Burges Salmon LLP is a strong choice for a host of major public and private sector clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities across commercial and residential property litigation. Practice head James Sutherland is a key contact for some of the firm's most high profile clients - from investment banks to utilities providers - with recent engagements including arbitration proceedings and disputes concerning cladding. Chris Preston is particularly noted for his experience with developer and retail clients, as well as local authorities in London and beyond. Other names to note include Sarah Taylor, who clients regard as 'a good negotiator' with a 'very good understanding of client's needs.' All named lawyers work between the firm's offices in London and Bristol.  

Practice head(s):

James Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Chris Preston; Rob Bailey; Sarah Taylor; Penny Shannon

Testimonials

‘Rob Bailey and Emily Geens are both deserving of special mention for their intellect and approachability’

‘Very well-established with a very strong body of senior experience. The quality of legal advice and efficiency is always exceptionally high throughout the team. I would confidently rate them as excellent.’

‘James Sutherland is extremely dedicated and gives a top quality service. Chris Preston is an excellent lawyer – commercially, intellectually and practically. Rob Bailey is so dedicated and hard working, a delight to work with and really good. Sarah Taylor is hard working and lovely to work with. Penny Shannon is very professional and a talented lawyer.’

‘Fantastic knowledge and strategic thinking. Huge confidence that all bases are covered.’

‘Very helpful, constructive team with deep market knowledge and practical advice. Billing visibility is excellent and has a good price-performance ratio. We are always happy to collaborate with the team.’

‘Sarah Taylor is an excellent lawyer with very good understanding of client’s needs. She is a good negotiator and extensively helped us to resolve a real estate related dispute. We would always happily work with her again.’

Key clients

Transport for London

John Lewis Partnership

The Crown Estate

Greater London Authority

Virgin Management

Transport for Wales

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Hewlett Packard

Abellio

St Modwen

Rail Delivery Group

Church Commissioners

Historic England

English Heritage

Competition and Markets Authority

HM Revenue and Customs

Ordinance Survey

Financial Conduct Authority

Ministry of Defence/Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Office for Students

Severn Trent Water

South West Water

Affinity Water

EDF

Harbour Energy

Innovation City (London) Ltd (Delancey as asset managers)

Skanska

Canadian & Riverside Properties

Gravis Capital Management

Taper Building Residential Leaseholder Association

Bristol City Council

Kent County Council

East Hampshire County Council

Torbay Council

Bristol University

Teachers Building Society

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advised Wasps Rugby Club and its administrators, FRP, in relation to the administration of the club and the sale of the lease of the Coventry Stadium.
  • Advised St Modwen on contentious issues across its logistics portfolios including projects at Locking Parklands and Access 8.
  • Advised Severn Trent on numerous transactions, including on contentious Electronic Communications Code issues relating to its regulated telecoms mast portfolios and on a multi-million pound dispute brought by a developer in relation to a development site in the Midlands.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

Employment Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP’s Edinburgh team works in close collaboration with the firm’s Bristol office when advising large businesses across the financial services, hotel and leisure, food and drink, and transport sectors. The group’s contentious workload includes employment tribunal claims, where practice head Katie Russell is an essential contact, in addition to senior executive issues and internal investigations; on the non-contentious side, typical instructions include transactional and TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Katie Russell

Other key lawyers:

Eilidh Wood

Testimonials

‘I rate Katie Russell highly – excellent knowledge of employment law and an enthusiastic contributor to the matters we work on. She has a very pragmatic and balanced approach.’

Key clients

HS1 Limited

BAE Systems plc

Sterlite Technologies UK Ventures Ltd

Inverleith LLP

TCR Group

Babcock International Group

Atlas Hotels

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup PLC

National Composites Centre

Reiss Limited

Department for Education

The Racecourse Association

Work highlights

  • Advising HS1 on a number of sensitive employment matters.
  • Provided Babcock Group’s UK businesses with day-to-day employment advice on a large-scale restructuring/redundancy process.
  • Advised Atlas Hotels on employment matters pertaining to the £63m acquisition of a portfolio of six hotels across Scotland.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP's tax team works closely with other departments within the firm to provide key support on major corporate and real estate transactions. Team lead Ian Carnochan covers all areas of corporate, real estate, and commercial tax, and is experienced in both domestic and international transactions. Hilary Barclay has expertise in corporate and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ian Carnochan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Barclay; John Barnett

Testimonials

‘Have been referred across on several occasions (to Hilary Barclay and Ian Carnochan) and been impressed with technical knowledge and commitment to client service.’

‘Ian Carnochan is a real scholar of the field and able to anticipate likely challenges HMRC might raise. Hilary strikes me as a good combination of technical expertise and pragmatism.’

‘Genuine Magic Circle pedigree but set within a real world, practical approach. They are also great people to work with!’

‘Hilary Barclay is simply brilliant. She leaves no stone unturned and I always feel that I am getting a solid, well thought out view every time.’

‘Clear advice, flexibility, and prompt follow up.’

‘Ian Carnochan – strong technical ability, commercial focus and diligent write-ups.’

Key clients

Bluefield Solar Income Fund

Founder shareholders of Firebrand Training Limited

Arena Coventry (Administrators)

svt Holding GmbH

Virgin Management Limited

Embark Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bluefield Solar Income Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of solar and wind assets across the UK from a UK-based fund. We also assisted with a refinancing of the Bluefield group in contemplation of the transaction.
  • Advised the ACL Companies and joint administrators, Andrew Sheridan and Raj Mittal, partners at specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory, on the pre-pack sale of the ACL Companies’ business and assets, including ownership of the Coventry Building Society Arena, to entities controlled by Frasers Group Plc.
  • Advised Virgin Management Limited (VML) in connection with its acquisition of the iconic Whitfield Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London for use as the Virgin Group’s new London headquarters.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team at Burges Salmon LLP possesses wide-ranging expertise in all manner of merger clearance mandates, investigations, state aid, subsidy control, and procurement matters, earning specific praise for its ‘excellent experience in NSIA notifications.’ The practice assists clients across a range of sectors including technology, financial services, healthcare and utilities. Splitting his time between the London and Bristol offices, practice head Chris Worrall is regularly instructed by a number of household names on the competition aspects of complex and high-profile acquisitions. John Houlden is noted for his expertise in state aid and subsidy control work, while senior associate Shachi Nathdwarawala has developed particular expertise in the financial services and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Shachi Nathdwarawala

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable good value for money.’ 

‘An experienced and knowledgeable team with a diverse range of legal backgrounds means that all angles are considered when providing advice to clients.’

‘Chris Worrall is a very experienced partner who brings a calm approach and good judgment to all matters.’

‘Excellent experience in NSIA notifications.’

‘Chris Worrall and Shachi Nathdwarawala – very user friendly and efficient.’

Key clients

DHL

Co-operative Group Limited

Spire Healthcare

Department for Transport – Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles

ComfortDelGro/Metroline

Alten

UK Research and Innovation

John Lewis/Waitrose

Loop Interiors

Embark Group

Work highlights

  • Secured CMA clearance for DHL in relation to its €1.5 billion acquisition of global freight forwarding group Hillebrand.
  • Advised ComfortDelGro (owners of Metroline and Scottish Citylink) in relation to its acquisition from Stagecoach Group plc of inter-city coach businesses including Megabus.
  • Advised Spire Healthcare on its acquisition of Claremont Hospital.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP has demonstrable experience in the fintech and insurance sectors, in addition to advising on employment-related financial services regulation issues, unregulated funds and regulated lending matters. Tom Dunn leads the practice and advises on the structuring, establishment, operation and winding up of UK regulated investment funds. Martin Cook, who spearheads the firm’s fintech offering, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Tom Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cook; Anna Davis; James Green

Testimonials

‘Tom Dunn and Anna Davis have in-depth knowledge of the FCA regulatory regime, and are always on top of current themes and regulatory developments. They are able to share market insight, given their client base, and affiliations with industry bodies.’

‘The team is timely in their responses, terms of engagement are clear including billing rates and fixed fee work. The team lead appoints the right support in terms of knowledge and advice.’

‘Anna Davis is professional, provides timely responses and quickly understands the business issues.’

Key clients

FundRock Partners Limited

Mattioli Woods

Royal London

St. James’s Place

The Embark Group

The Ecclesiastical Group

The Financial Conduct Authority

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The Mainspring Group

The Marlborough Group

The Saltus Group

The Shepherds Friendly Society

The Octopus Group

The Wales Pension Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised the Embark Group, one of the fastest growing digital retirement and savings businesses in the UK, on its conditional sale to Lloyds Banking Group for £390 million.
  • Advised the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on the introduction of the new Overseas Funds Regime, which was announced by HMT to enable non-UK funds that have equivalent regulatory protections to a UK UCITS to be marketed to retail investors in the UK.
  • Advised St. James’s Place (SJP), a UK wealth management businesses on the launch of four new fund-of-funds and on its preparation to comply with the Uncleared Margin Rules.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP‘s banking litigation practice consists of ‘very capable litigators‘, acting for clients across the full spectrum of disputes related to financial institutions, including derivatives, securitisations, and acquisition finance. Mis-selling cases, and providing advice to financial service providers who are under investigation by the FCA are also strengths of the unit. Team leader Andrew Burnette has a practice focusing on company and shareholder litigation, with in-depth knowledge of the banking sector. Further key contacts include David Hall and Matthew Walker.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very capable litigators.’ 

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Astrel Point Zero and Astrel 1

Work highlights

  • Advised an alternative lender on a claim against Cushman & Wakefield for negligent overvaluation of two high-value residential properties in London.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP offers a comprehensive practice, covering employment tribunal claims relating to harassment, discrimination and wrongful dismissal as well as complex redundancy and restructuring programmes on the non-contentious side, with its work on the employment aspects of the administration and sale of Coventry City’s CBS arena being a standout example. Adrian Martin, an expert on the TUPE and employment aspects of corporate transactions and outsourcing, leads the team. The experienced Chris Seaton is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Chris Seaton; James Green

Testimonials

‘Adrian Martin is extraordinarily knowledgeable – what sets him apart from other competitors I have worked with is his ability to work across all levels within my team. Nothing is ever too much.’

‘They are an extremely personable team. They enable us to feel secure.’

‘The responsiveness of the team is excellent. We are a small organisation and that can normally mean we fall down the chain of importance. I have never experienced that with this team – they are excellent.’

 

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Spire Healthcare Group plc

Reiss

Ofgem

HS1

The Racecourse Association

Unispace Global Limited

University of Bristol

PGA European Tour

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

TCR Group

Scottish Building Society

Affinity Water

Optegra

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Royal Horticultural Society

Sterlite Technologies

Progressive Energy Limited

Imperva UK Limited

Food and Drink Federation

Sport England

Government Property Agency

Ordnance Survey

Work highlights

  • Advising the FCDO on the employment aspects of the procurement process for UK and European Facilities Management Services across multiple jurisdictions as part of the FCDO’s wider design, development and implementation of a new dynamic purchasing systems valued at up to £1.5 billion.
  • Advises Babcock International Group on the full range of employment and HR issues across its c.34,000 employee global workforce.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

Based in Bristol but by no means limited to purely regional work, the ‘very friendly and knowledgeable’ team at Burges Salmon LLP handles national, and increasingly international work, for banks and borrowers particularly in areas of firmwide sector focus. Energy, infrastructure and real estate are particular sweet spots, with the team regularly engaged to provide bilateral and syndicated loans to facilitate projects/transactions in those industries. Restructuring and insolvency partner Andrew Eaton heads up the overarching banking and finance team that includes well-respected real estate finance practitioner Richard Leeming .

Practice head(s):

Andrew Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Richard Leeming; Graham Soar; Rachael Ruane; Katie Allen; Victoria Allsopp; Alistair Rattray

Testimonials

‘A very friendly and knowledgeable team, which displays a “can do” attitude.’

Key clients

Investec Bank

Whiteoaks Capital Limited

Alma I SICAV

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

New Road Solar Limited

Work highlights

  • Continued to support Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited with its development of a £120m mainline train station between Cardiff and Newport.
  • Advised Investec Bank on the senior secured term loan facilities made available to SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWIFT) for the purpose of financing its investment in a portfolio of anaerobic digestion (AD) assets in the UK.
  • Advised a subsidiary of Bluefield Solar Income Fund as borrower on a £200m revolving credit facility to be used for the purpose of refinancing existing debt, and the acquisition of one of the most attractive onshore wind and solar portfolios in the UK, together with a group restructure and re-organisation.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP has 'deep and practical knowledge of UK rail, its structure, contracts and stakeholders', ensuring that it is well-placed to advice both lenders and borrowers on complex transactions. Chris Simms, who is a 'market leader in rolling stock projects',  co-heads the team alongside Brioney Thomas , with both regularly handling major rolling stock procurement and financing work for many of the country's largest train operating companies.

Practice head(s):

Brioney Thomas; Chris Simms

Other key lawyers:

Chris Lewis

Testimonials

‘Deep and practical knowledge of UK rail, its structure, contracts and stakeholders. Particular focus and skill set around rolling stock contracts and leasing.’

‘They provide well considered and sensible advice. They are not condescending to non-lawyers and are easy to get on with.’

‘The team was pragmatic, helpful and committed to get our transaction done to a challenging timetable. Where problems arose they proposed helpful and creative solutions to move the deal forward.’

‘Chris Simms has a very practical, pragmatic and professional approach. He is a market leader in rolling stock projects and managing the contractual interface between OEM, operator and owner.’

Key clients

Transport for Wales (TfW) / Transport for Wales Rail Limited (TfWRL)

First Greater Western Limited trading as GWR

First TransPennine Express Limited trading as TransPennine Express

Transport for Wales (TfW)

First MTR South Western Trains

West Midlands Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government on the recast of TfWRL’s maintenance arrangements across the three new TfW Stadler fleets.
  • Advised First Greater Western Limited/GWR on the negotiation and entry into rolling stock leasing arrangements in connection with the award of a new National Rail Contract from the Department for Transport.
  • Advised Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited in connection with the major new station development and regeneration scheme at Cardiff Parkway, which is expected to see over 800,000 passengers a year.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

The Bristol-based sports team at Burges Salmon LLP, led by Jeremy Dickerson, is known for advising clients in the horse racing, polo, and motorsports spaces with advice on media rights and sponsorship arrangements. The interdisciplinary team, which includes employment specialists Luke Bowery and Dominic Davis, as well as commercial experts Helen Scott-Lawler and David Varney, assists on employment matters and commercial transactions for clients in the worlds of golf and football.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Key clients

Trivela Group LLC

PGA European Tour

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

The Racecourse Association

Fakenham Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Acting for Trivela Group LLC on its acquisition of a majority interest in Walsall Football Club in June 2022.
  • Acting for the PGA European Tour on employment aspects of two commercial projects this year; A collaboration agreement with a sports marketing agency relating to tickets, hospitality, consumer experience and associated marketing/technology; and a services agreement for the provision of contact centre and associated customer support in connection with ticket sales for their tournaments.
  • Acting for Fakenham Racecourse on its new multi-year, media rights arrangements with Racecourse Media Group.

Finance > Investment funds

Real estate > Construction: contentious

Burges Salmon LLP operates across a range of areas including nuclear technologies, transport, defence, and renewable energy. Leading the firm’s construction practice is Steven James, who focuses on non-contentious construction matters. Richard Adams heads the contentious practice, providing insights into disputes within the built environment, infrastructure, and energy and utilities sectors, while Jessica Evans contributes her experience in handling complex construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Richard Adams; Jessica Evans; Tom Weld; Karen Paley

Testimonials

‘The Burges Salmon team are excellent. They know their stuff and are assiduous in working to achieve client objectives.’

‘I have worked closely with Jessica Evans, who is excellent.’

‘Burges Salmon stands out as construction lawyers who have a growing practice due to the calibre of their team. They benefit from a very knowledgeable, highly talented and dedicated senior management team, who lead by example, all of whom are supported by experienced and particularly well-informed senior associates, associates and solicitors.’

‘Richard Adams is a heavy hitter who is very highly respected inside the firm and externally. He has a great understanding of the construction industry, and is extremely professional, experienced, knowledgeable and very personable. Director Tom Weld is a very accomplished lawyer who interacts well with clients.’

‘Very personable team and good to work with. Very friendly and responsive. Put the client’s needs first. Work well with external experts.’

‘Both Richard Adams and senior associate Karen Paley are good to work with. Very personable and responsive to the client’s requirements.’

‘Steven James – very calm and knowledgeable. Richard Adams – very personable and approachable, but also shrewd and technically strong’

‘Jessica Evans is approachable, responsive to questions even if raised on an ad-hoc basis and gives good, pragmatic advice.’

Work highlights

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

At Burges Salmon LLP, the focus is predominantly on representing the FSCS, with recent highlights including acting on a portfolio of claims against defaulted SIPP operators and their insurers. Matthew Walker is the key name to note.

Employment > Employee share schemes

Equity incentive plans and enterprise management incentives are two central pillars of Burges Salmon LLP’s employee share schemes practice. Edinburgh-based Nigel Watson leads the team.

Scotland > Finance > Banking and finance

With a particular strength advising on financing transactions concerning renewable energy and infrastructure projects, Burges Salmon LLP also has a solid track record when it comes to real estate, leveraged deals, corporate and acquisition finance. Stuart McMillan leads the practice and was also appointed head of the firm’s infrastructure group in May 2022, reflecting his ability to complete innovative financial transactions in that sector.

Practice head(s):

Stuart McMillan

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to work with, close to the business issues and pragmatic.’

‘Stuart McMillan is solution-oriented, delivers hands-on advice and is always happy to help clients.’

‘Pragmatic without professional compromise.’

‘The well-connected Stuart McMillan is knowledgeable and draws on market experience.’

‘The Scottish team is down to earth and easy to deal with.’

‘Their sector focus is highly specialised, and they have a great handle on how the world works from an asset-based lending point of view.’

‘Stuart McMillan is a friendly and professional partner who is commercially minded and not one to “sit on the fence” – he provides clear-cut, concise advice and always explains in detail the rationale when guiding on decisions.’

‘Burges Salmon have worked very hard on their relationship with us and as a consequence understand in great detail what is important to us and our clients, ensuring that the work they produce for us reflects those and protects our best interests with very little peripheral guidance.’

Key clients

Oak Corporate Credit Designated Activity

Bank of Scotland plc

Ooni Limited

Brookfield Global Renewable Energy

Forsa Energy Gas Acquisitions Holdco 5 L

Birch Corporate Credit Designated Activity Company

Blackfinch Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Scots counsel for Oak Corporate Credit Designated Activity Company in relation to a term loan facility provided to facilitate the financing of the MBO of Northwind 5S (Holdings) Limited, which operates Goals Soccer Centres throughout the UK.
  • Acted for Bank of Scotland plc as lender on a £16.7m property development facility for a housing development in Corstorphine Edinburgh.
  • Acted for Ooni Limited as Borrower on a £50m facility agreement with HSBC and Silicon Valley Bank to enable it to further invest and expand its fast-growing pizza-oven business.

Burges Salmon is an ambitious, sustainable and inclusive firm that ensures its clients, people and wider communities flourish. Burges Salmon’s vision is to be the market-leading independent UK law firm that provides the best proposition for its people and its clients.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Senior partner: Chris Seaton
  • Managing partner: Roger Bull
  • Number of partners: 110
  • Number of other fee-earners: 420
  • Total staff: 1,000+

CONTACTS

Core expertise

  • Banking and Finance: Andrew Eaton
  • Commercial: Helen Scott-Lawler
  • Corporate: Nick Graves
  • Dispute Resolution: Ann Metherall
  • Employment: Adrian Martin
  • Private Client Services: Jim Aveline
  • Projects: Ian Salter
  • Real Estate Services: Richard Read

Specialist expertise

  • Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations: David Hall
  • Competition: Chris Worrall
  • Construction and Engineering: Steven James
  • Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency: Andrew Eaton
  • Defence: Mark Paterson
  • Education: Matthew Ramus
  • Environment: Michael Barlow
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): Michael Barlow
  • Financial Services Regulation: Tom Dunn
  • Food and Farming: Tom Hewitt
  • Health and Safety: Ann Metherall
  • Healthcare: Patrick Parkin
  • Hotels Leisure and Tourism: Richard Read
  • Insurance: Matthew Kaltsas-Walker
  • Intellectual Property and Media: Jeremy Dickerson
  • International Trade: Paul Browne
  • Pensions services: Richard Knight
  • Planning and Compulsory Purchase: Gary Soloman
  • Procurement and Subsidy Control: John Houlden
  • Retail: Matthew Sims
  • Sport: Jeremy Dickerson
  • Tax: John Barnett
  • Technology: Jeremy Dickerson

Sector expertise

  • Built Environment – Ross Polkinghorne
  • Energy and Utilities: James Phillips
  • Financial Services: Richard Leeming
  • Infrastructure: Stuart McMillan
  • Net Zero: Ross Fairley
  • Private Wealth: Suzanna Harvey
  • Public Sector: John Houlden
  • Transport: Brioney Thomas

 

  • Community Engagement: John Houlden
  • Pro Bono: Matthew Sims
  • Recruitment: Holly Fey (Tel: 0117 307 6360)

DIVERSITY

Diversity and inclusion are integral to our firm wide strategy. Our culture is open, collaborative and inclusive, enabling us to recruit, retain and motivate the highest calibre of people. It is important to us that all of our people feel that they can be themselves at work.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Group supports the delivery of the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy and meets on a regular basis to ensure our priorities are being met. We have diversity and inclusion ambassadors and a number of internal diversity networks.

We advocate for equality and fairness and participate in various networks and charters. These include The Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the Bristol Equality Charter, the Woman in Business Charter and the Race at Work charter. We are committed to being an accessible and inclusive organisation and working with other businesses and organisations to share good equality practice and improve. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed employer and are committed to supporting our disabled employees and ensuring our recruitment opportunities are accessible to all.

We are an accredited Living Wage Employer as we believe all of our people deserve fair pay.

Our priorities

  1. Improving gender diversity in senior roles

We are particularly focused on the development and progression of our female lawyers and business professionals. Our career focussed training equips our future talent with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to make informed decisions about their own progression.

We have worked with the Law Society on their Women in Leadership in Law study and we have collaborated with Thomson Reuters as part of their Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law programme, exploring factors that may be contributing to the loss of female talent and the steps needed to address this.

  1. Improving ethnic diversity across the firm

We are committed to increasing ethnic diversity across the firm, recognising the importance of cultural awareness and reaching out to different sections of the community. Race is a visual and obvious difference, as a protected characteristic, where possible we utilise blind recruitment practices and have invested in unconscious bias training.

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

  1. Supporting and developing our LGBT community

We utilise guidance from Stonewall and other LGBT+ organisations as a tool for continuous improvement and to enhance our inclusion of LGBT+ colleagues.

We are proud sponsors of the Bristol and Edinburgh Pride Festivals each year, marching in the parades and taking part in the festivals themselves. We are winners of Best Law Firm 2017 and 2018 at the Bristol Pride Awards.

  1. Improving inclusivity for those with disability

We have partnered with the West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) to help us better understand disability in the workplace and accessibility so that we take the appropriate actions.

As a Disability Confident employer we are keen to play an active role in building understanding around disability and accommodating people’s different needs to draw upon the widest talent pool.

  1. Social mobility and widening access to the profession

We are committed to improving social inclusion and access to the legal profession. We are founder members of the Social Mobility Pledge and the Social Mobility Business Partnership and signatories of PRIME. We raise aspirations of young people in the local community through our Working with Schools programme.

We have partnered with Rare Recruitment, using their Contextual Recruitment System which allows us to consider applicants’ achievements in the context in which those achievements were gained, taking into consideration several socioeconomic factors including postcode, school quality, and eligibility for free school meals.

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. We hold open evenings for students and their parents to inform them about our apprenticeships and we visit a number of state schools in the region.

Diversity Networks

We support our people with a number of internal diversity networks:

  • BProud is our well established LGBT+ network. BProud welcomes both LGBT+ members and allies. The network promotes a culture where everyone is able to be open about their sexual orientation. BProud members run and attend many LGBT+ events through the year.
  • BCultured is our BAME network, established in 2018. BCultured aims to promote ethnic diversity and inclusion across all aspects of the firm. Through reverse mentoring, BCultured has helped us to build awareness and better understanding of different cultural perspectives and experiences.
  • Family Matters is a network that has been established for those with caring responsibilities in the firm. Family Matters aims to provide a space for people to discuss and share experiences openly and hold regular information events.
  • BEnabled is open to anyone who identifies as disabled, cares for someone with a disability or has a general interest in this area and wants to support the Firm in being an accessible and inclusive place to work. The aim of the forum is to ensure that our working environment is supportive, accessible and suitable for all of our people.
  • BBalanced is our gender network to help support better gender balance, to identify actions and working practices that better support and enable women in the workplace and to help direct certain benefits, traditionally geared towards a specific gender, more fairly to all.

We are thrilled that the firm was crowned the RollOnFriday ‘Best Law Firm to Work at 2023’, for the third year in a row. This win is particularly positive as it’s based purely on our people’s individual views of the firm and is a further reflection of the amazing culture that we have all built together at Burges Salmon.

 

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Kevin Kennedy photo Kevin Kennedy Partner advising on private client/trust and agricultural disputes.  Recent cases include Sofer…
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Suzanne Padmore photo Suzanne Padmore A specialist in pensions and financial services litigation. Pensions expertise covers a…
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Rachael Ruane photo Rachael Ruane Partner in the Banking and Finance group. Rachael advises financial institutions, funds,…
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