Firm Profile > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England

Burges Salmon LLP
ONE GLASS WHARF
BRISTOL
BS2 0ZX
England

Living Wage

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Acting for an array of high-profile clients, Burges Salmon LLP's agriculture and estates practice continues to grow. The sizeable team is notable for its diversity of specialities, with individual lawyers focusing on landed estates, farms, agricultural disputes and tax.  Practice head Tom Hewitt focuses on managing tax, trusts and property advice for landed estates. Sian Edmunds has a practice covering the 'farm to fork' spectrum, handling both contentious and regulatory matters for landowners, agri-businesses and producers. Emma Folkes and Ross Simpson are specialists in agricultural tenancies and highly technical property law. Tim Williams offers a practice focus on the taxation of developable land.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Emma Folkes; Sian Edmunds; Ross Simpson; Tim Williams; Kevin Kennedy; Jim Aveline; Alastair Morrison; Maddie Dunn

Testimonials

‘A proven team who demonstrate technical expertise in their area which is unrivalled by most. They can navigate technical complexities and explain to the layman in a comprehensive but understandable way with good client care.’

‘Tom Hewitt and Tim Williams are both technically excellent in their field and look after their clients with great care and availability. They respond in a timely manner providing solutions to difficult areas.’

‘Simply the best in their field. No one else knows agricultural disputes like they do.’

‘Sian Edmunds – an absolute star in this field, who combines legal expertise with a real instinct for her clients’ needs. Maddie Dunn is a star of the future who already has excellent tactical nous.’

‘The go to firm for rural property advice with a full breadth of service lines to deal with any legal matter, Burges Salmon are the one stop shop. Excellent at cross-team collaboration.’

‘I value Tom Hewitt’s ability to make elderly members of the family feel that he has their interest at heart whilst at the same time being able to advise me on issue that affect the day to day business. It helps that he came initially from a land agency background, albeit some time ago and therefore understands the underlying business from both farmer and landlord perspectives.’

‘Kevin Kennedy is great at managing his team. Maddie Dunn is efficient and has excellent insight into strength and weakness of positions.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose

HSBC

Environment Agency

Earl of Plymouth

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley

Watson’s Dairy

Banking and finance Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive client portfolio comprising regional, national and international banks, financial institutions, corporates and funds. Core areas of expertise are real estate, and energy and finance but the team also advises in the healthcare and private equity space. Richard Leeming also regularly deals with securitisations; he leads the team, which also includes Graham Soar, who is 'always on top of issues.' Rachael Ruane has corporate finance know-how.

Practice head(s):

Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Ruane; Graham Soar; Katie Allen; Victoria Allsopp

Testimonials

‘The finance team has a great knowledge of the energy industry and, having worked with us for a long time, has a full understanding of our business and was able to negotiate financing agreements with very little instructions and supervision.’

‘Graham Soar – he is only involved when appropriate, hence making sure there was no uneccessary time billed by a partner. He is however alway on top of issues and able to argue and negotiate the client’s corners.’

‘Victoria Allsopp is very familiar with the client and able to negotiate with little supervision.’

‘Multi-discipline firm with excellent collaboration between partners to ensure, as funder, we are able to deliver best possible service to our clients. Excellent partner engagement with strong and experienced associate support.’

‘Have worked closely with partner Richard Leeming in both the finance and property teams – provide open communication and regular dialogue on all matters through a transaction, where principal contact open to engaging others in team as necessary. Very strong on advice and guidance at all times.’

 

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Banking Group

UK Fund Manager and Eden Geothermal Limited

EDFI Management Company NV

Santander UK plc

ICG Longbow Senior Debt SA

Kreos Capital VI (Expert Fund) L.P.

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

Bluefield Solar

National Express Group PLC

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's 'superbly professional' dispute resolution team is 'outstandingly good at devising legal strategies' to achieve clients' commercial objectives in corporate and commercial disputes, procurement challenges and judicial review proceedings. The team, which 'combines City levels of experience and skill with the cost savings of a firm in Bristol', is jointly led by 'superb litigator' David Hall and Ann Metherall. The group includes the 'first-rate' Andrew Burnette (who is praised for his 'excellent judgement' in a range of disputes) and sector specialists including Metherall, who is experienced in handling transport and energy sector disputes; Sian Edmunds, who counts the food and agri-business sectors among her focuses; transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson, and 'superb strategist' Matthew Walker, who is known for insurance litigation. The group's strength in depth extends to its more junior ranks, which include recently promoted partner Richard Binns, 'outstanding senior associate' Brian Wong (who counts transport, regulatory and public law matters among his areas of expertise), Caroline Brown and Charlotte Whitaker.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Sian Edmunds; Richard Adams; Brian Wong; Caroline Brown; Matthew Walker; Richard Binns; Chris Jackson; Holly Webb; Annabel Holloway; Emily Geens; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

Burges Salmon is a superbly professional law firm, which combines City levels of experience and skill with the cost savings of a firm in Bristol.

The team is highly motivated, very well-led, extremely hardworking, very bright and extremely easy to work with. In addition, they have a very keen sense of their clients’ commercial objectives and are outstandingly good at devising legal strategies which seek to achieve them.

Brian Wong is an outstanding senior associate, careful, measured and unflappable.’

Andrew Burnette is first rate. He is calm, easy to deal with and has excellent judgement.’

David Hall is a superb litigator. He is diligent, disciplined and hands-on. His engagement with counsel is top-notch.

Matthew Walker (partner) is an outstanding lawyer, very hard-working, acutely aware of his clients’ commercial objectives, a superb strategist, and very pragmatic and easy to work with. In addition, he is excellent at managing clients and their expectations.

The individuals I’ve worked most closely are Caroline Brown (Senior Associate) and Sian Edmunds (Partner). In the matters. I find that Caroline has an excellent command of both the wider picture and the detail, and is always quick to appreciate strategic implications. With her experience and knowledge of both the law and the industry, Sian’s input is always invaluable on difficult judgment calls.

I’ve been impressed with Holly Webb, Annabel Holloway and Emily Geens, who are all meticulous and very level headed in their approach.

Key clients

FirstGroup plc and subsidiaries

John Lewis/Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Ministry of Justice

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP impresses with a broad practice which spans real estate investment and development, portfolio management, property finance, rural estate matters, and Escheat, among others. The team is instructed by occupiers, landowners, and financers as well as public sector clients, retailers, developer and construction companies alike. Practice head Richard Clark‘s ‘communication and client management is excellent‘. Richard Read is well versed in investment and asset management matters and Euan Bremner specialises in advising in the energy space. Legal director Chris Bartlett is another involved practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Ross Polkinghorne; Richard Read; Euan Bremner; Philip Beer; Chris Bartlett; Sally-Anne Hayles

Testimonials

‘The firm since taking on the instruction have been excellent. They have excelled at fee / budget management; communication, client management and interpersonal skills;  commercial minded in negotiations, deal doers not blockers; and technology is top level. The firm is real estate focused and you can tell in their approach and expertise. It has been a breath of fresh air working with them, in what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership.’

‘Good cross-discipline and communication.’

‘Richard Clark and Sally-Anne Hayles are assertive and take control of the negotiation, more than happy to take responsibility in there advice rather than always seeking client approval. This coupled with the fact that they are extremely commercial has made the legal negotiations smooth and have avoided them becoming protracted. Their communication and client management is excellent, it took know time at all to understand our commercial drivers and desired outcomes, and have swiftly gone about achieving them.’

‘The whole team is very engaging and people that you genuinely like as a person not just to work with, which makes everything a lot easier. Their experience, expertise that they bring to the table is second to none.’

‘Rick Read – excellent legal mind complimented by a strong practical approach to commercial issues.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne really knows his stuff and applies it in a really user-friendly way. He has made himself one of our team.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority

Linmere Project

YTL

University of Bristol

St. Modwen Plc

Albion Community Power

Transport for London

Andrew Brownsword / The Royal Clarence Hotel Limited

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Pure Scooters

The Crown Estate

Construction Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's construction practice is home to 'excellent and knowledgeable partners and associates' who advise clients from the nuclear, transport, defence and infrastructure sectors on construction matters. It is regularly involved in significant projects as well as in disputes, and the team is led by energy specialist Steven JamesMarcus Harling is a key name in procurements and the delivery of construction and development projects, while Lloyd James is a versed infrastructure practitioner. Richard Adams 'always has excellent grasp of the details' and director Jessica Evans 'has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the technical issues' William Gard retired in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Harling; Richard Adams; Jessica Evans; Lloyd James; Karen Paley

Testimonials

‘An all round excellent and responsive firm, with excellent and knowledgeable partners and associates who understand clearly the issues, providing clear guidance about the best routes to navigate complex matters. They are practical, pragmatic and understand the commercial realities faced by clients.’

‘This is an excellent team. Very supportive, full of ideas, and keen to share knowledge to help our members.’

‘Depth of expertise, responsiveness, solutions-focussed approach.’

‘Very customer focussed. The team pro-actively engage with the client team, assess need and provide robust, sound and considered advice. They are fully aware and discuss latest proceedings and rulings to ensure advice is up to the minute. Fully collaborative with workshops and meetings held in a free flowing way to ensure all aspects and areas are covered. Response times to queries are always good and you feel a genuine approach to listen and respond to client concerns and comments where no question is silly. Solid approach to carbon management and reduction and the client team receive regular invites to talks and meetings on wider legal areas of interest.’

‘Richard Adams is an excellent lawyer. He is a calm and clear thinker who understands very complex matters and makes them simple for others to understand. He always has excellent grasp of the details and provides clear, practical solutions to complex matters and provides clear leadership when navigating factually and technically complex disputes. It is always a pleasure to work with Richard and he inspires confidence in those around him.’

‘Jessica Evans has the ability to quickly get to the heart of the technical issues. Jessica has proven to be a good strategist, running her team well under tight timescales and she is a stickler for perfection both in the work of her team and her appointed experts. Needless to say, these qualities lead to good results.’

‘Richard Adams and Karen Paley – both absolutely superb lawyers and good fun to work with.’

‘Very responsive, very on top of the detail, highly engaged and well-prepared.’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Transport for Wales and Welsh Government

Eden Geothermal

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Specialists in high-value private wealth work, the team at Burges Salmon LLP represents individuals and families, including aristocrats and hyper-wealthy ex-pats, in the full array of contentious trust and probate matters. In addition to its high-value national level work, the firm has a strong local presence, in particular for its work with agricultural disputes. Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs co-lead the practice area, both of whom handle high stakes cases that are frequently international. Senior associate Caroline Emslie also has significant experience handling international disputes work as well.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Kennedy; Justin Brigs

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Emslie; Sian Edmunds

Testimonials

‘Sian Edmunds – fantastic to work with, very thorough, very bright.’

‘Absolutely at the top of the field in the South West – and indeed nationally.’

‘Sian Edmunds – legally and tactically astute, and not afraid to get stuck into the detail of a case.’

;What makes the Burges Salmon team stand out is how driven they are to support their clients in contentious trusts issues. They are insightful in their advice, and proactive in seeking solutions for complex and difficult situations. They never shy away from the difficult questions, and are accessible. The team is well structured and leveraged, with support and input at all levels. They are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon is second to none. The quality of advice given and their interpretation of the law is first class. I have not come across a team to match or exceed the high level of service and advice as that received from Burges Salmon.’

‘The Burges Salmon private client trusts team is exceptional, first rate from top to bottom. They have real expertise in what is a very technical legal area, a fantastic work ethic and great interpersonal skills – they’re a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Justin Briggs is really excellent, with a great strategic instinct combined with technical expertise.’

‘Caroline Emslie is exceptional, with excellent judgement, technical expertise and insight.’

Key clients

Earl of Plymouth

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's corporate team has a stellar reputation among clients and peers for its work in the energy sector, where it has expertise in transactions involving nuclear and renewables. The group has a growing offering in the technology sector, as well as a steady stream of work relating to hospitality, education and transport. Public M&A is another area where the team stands out, drawing on its capital markets expertise. Jointly taking the lead, Rupert Weston is a specialist in public and private M&A, while Nick Graves is a corporate transactional lawyer with additional expertise in corporate governance issues and transformation projects for public sector clients. Camilla Usher-Clark is singled out by clients for her knowledge in co-operatives and alternative investment structures. Mark Shepherd leads the private equity offering. Other notable team members include Chris Godfrey, who heads the corporate and financial institutions department; Richard Spink, who has notable expertise in the private equity sector; and directors Tim Roberts and Alex Lloyd.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:

Richard Spink; Chris Godfrey; Camilla Usher-Clark; Mark Shepherd; Tim Roberts; Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

Working in this environment this firm is able to call on resources to cover all aspects in the corporate and commercial sector.

All of the staff are easy to work with and demonstrate a desire to get the job done. The specific mandate we work together on provides many challenges and the firm are able to deal with anything that comes their way.’

A sensible and pragmatic firm, focused on getting the deal done. They are very knowledgeable about the renewables sector and work well with the other side.’

Camilla Usher-Clarke leads the team, stays involved where necessary and is accessible. She takes a relaxed approach and flags the key points, with a view to getting a deal across the line.

We have worked with Burges Salmon’s corporate and commercial team in Bristol for over ten years and have had no hesitation in recommending them to other business contacts. The corporate team has the best breadth of experience and extensive specialist knowledge that we have come across within the sectors in which we operate. There are a number of fantastic partners who grasp often complex issues with ease and always give considered advice in a timely and helpful manner.

Camilla Usher Clarke is, from our perspective, the most knowledgeable legal professional with regards to cooperatives and community benefit societies.’

The team is a pleasure to work with, offering a proactive and agile approach to solving the legal issues that we are facing.’

Alex Lloyd provided excellent transactional support, advising on complex issues with confidence and experience.’

Key clients

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Virgin Group

John Lewis Partnership

Bluefield Solar

FirstGroup plc

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

ITM Power plc

Muzinich & Co

Corporate tax Tier 1

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is 'proactive and able to think creatively to find the best solution'. It is most noted for providing clients with tax planning advice on inbound investments, fund formation, real estate transactions and corporate restructurings, assisting a variety of national and international clients from the Bristol office. Jointly leading the department are transactional tax specialist Sarah Lane, who has 'tax knowledge that goes way beyond any legal tax issue', and Ian Carnochan. After joining from Stephenson Harwood in November 2020, consultant Hilary Barclay provides additional expertise in tax issues related to corporate transactions and restructuring, while senior associate Jessica Chesterfield is building a strong real estate tax practice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Lane; Ian Carnochan

Other key lawyers:

Hilary Barclay; Jessica Chesterfield

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, effective and willing to engage in in-depth negotiations with counterparties. They have a very good knowledge on tax issues that may arise for renewable assets and were able to work very effectively with the external tax advisers.’

The team has always been very responsive. They are easy to work with and show a great approach to client service.’

The team’s main strengths are finding practical solutions to complex problems, and explaining the law in a way that is easy to understand. They are proactive and able to think creatively to find the best solution.’

Sara Lane has tax knowledge that goes way beyond any legal tax issue as she has a background as a tax adviser at a Big 4 firm. This makes her role absolutely unique as she is able to work independently with tax advisers, and grasp, explain, negotiate and draft extremely complex tax issues.’

Sarah Lane responds quickly to queries and provides practical advice. She is proactive and commercially aware, and she always looks for a better solution even after we think we have found the best answer. She is reliable and I never have to chase her for a response. Sarah is professional and approachable, and I like working with her.

Sarah Lane is incredibly knowledgeable on the tax aspects of M&A activities, financing, restructuring and cross-border transactions. She always gives a very thorough and well-reasoned analysis with a clear recommendation.’

Key clients

Bluefield Capital Partners

First Trenitalia

Louis Capital Markets

Yeo Valley

The Crown Estate

Forsa Energy

Bank Leumi

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Gresham House

Virgin Group

BSW plc

Crime: fraud Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based business crime and regulatory investigations team has expertise across the financial criminal law piece, assisting clients with issues connected with the proceeds of crime, anti-money laundering and bribery matters, and regulatory compliance. Cross-border investigations are a key area of expertise, particularly in relation to the financial services sector. The 'first-classDavid Hall leads the group, representing international corporates and financial institutions in matters involving allegations against their directors and employees. Guy Bastable is another key lawyer with recent experience representing clients in environmental criminal cases. Associates Sam Aldous and Laura Beament are both well versed in financial criminal regulation.

Practice head(s):

David Hall

Other key lawyers:

Michael Ward; Guy Bastable; Sam Aldous; Laura Beament

Testimonials

David Hall and Michael Ward both have first-class reputations in the field of civil fraud and I cannot recommend them more highly. They think strategically and offer solutions to complex problems.’

My main contact has been with David Hall. I have always found David to be thoroughly professional in his dealings with myself and my firm.’

David Hall has extremely good judgement, well considered, very knowledgeable, good with clients.’

Key clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Acting for a strong base of FTSE 100 and international clients, Burges Salmon LLP offers the full range of top-level employment services. The practice advises on major restructurings and compliance matters, while also handling 'technically complex' litigation. The team's core strengths include its work with financial service companies, as well as its experience with defence, energy, transport and public sector employers. The team, which is praised for its 'collaborative' and' proactive' approach, includes Chris Seaton and Luke Bowery, who advise on a broad range of matters, and James Green, who often works with financial services clients. The 'top notch' Adrian Martin leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Chris Seaton; Luke Bowery; James Green; Huw Cooke

Testimonials

‘Adrian Martin is very knowledgeable and practical. ’

‘James Green is a highly experienced employment lawyer. We have worked with James for a number of years and have sought his advice on a wide range of employment issues. He is an expert in his field, provides practical and prompt legal advice and is a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Adrian Martin is top notch and is always sensible and commercial when giving a view. ’

‘Very good team with significant expertise in TUPE matters and other technically complex litigation.’

 ‘As a senior associate, Huw Cooke is consistently cheerful, commercial, pragmatic, supportive and an intuitive strategic thinker. An invaluable member of your in-house team.’

‘We have work with the employment team at Burges Salmon for many years. They understand our organisation and also the sector in which we work. They are proactive in identifying and helping us to manage changes that impact our business. ’

‘The employment team’s key strengths are expertise, the practical application of that expertise, and partnership working. I have rarely worked with an external legal team that can embed itself so well into the culture of an organisation and yet retain such objectivity and insight. Their collaborative working, particularly during the pandemic, has been outstanding.’

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters / Refinitiv

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Causeway CSP Limited

Reiss

Ofgem

HS1

The Racecourse Association

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Spire Healthcare Group plc

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

Quartz Media Inc

Office for Students

Affinity Water

Optegra

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 1

The Burges Salmon LLP group impresses with deep know-how in procuring, developing and funding significant projects, often in the transport, defence and energy areas. In the latter, the team is particularly experienced in nuclear power projects as well as solar, wind, and energy from waste matters. Practice head Ian Salter and Ross Fairley are the respective experts in those areas. The client roster includes public and private sector clients. Keith Beattie is especially known for his  financing expertise and other key practitioners are Julian Boswall, Mark Paterson and the 'very talented' senior associate Alec Whiter.

Practice head(s):

Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fairley; Keith Beattie; Julian Boswall; Mark Paterson; Matthew Ramus; Alec Whiter

Testimonials

‘Well managed team, even virtually. Business-minded advice. Proactive communication. Strength built with excellent collaboration with in-house capabilities of client.’

‘ Leader in the renewables sector. A ‘go to’ firm with vast experience across a variety of technologies.’

‘Excellent client focused service that is timely, creative in solutions and practical in application’

‘ In addition to excellent legal knowledge, uniquely in my experience the team has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the sectors it operates in (particularly energy) therefore the operating environment, the key commercial and regulatory issues and the key players. These additional actors make their advice stand out from the rest.’

‘ Ian Salter is exceptional – very easy to work with and the first person to call when solid, dependable and clear advice is needed.’

‘The team are highly professional experts in their field. They manage to deliver complex legal advice in a plain English, easy-to-understand manner. They consistently (and enthusiastically) work to meet our very tight deadlines, turning around huge volumes of detailed drafting. They are also really nice people!’

‘Alec Whiter – He is thoroughly lovely. Nothing is ever too much trouble. He is also a very talented and clearly very clever individual.’

‘Ross Fairley – A really top chap and brilliant lawyer. He is engaging and enthusiastic.’

 

Key clients

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

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

ENGIE

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

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

Environment Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP fields a 'large team of environmental experts', which covers the full range of environmental matters. Areas of expertise are nuisance proceedings, environmental liability, damage claims and chemicals. The client portfolio includes national and International, public and private energy companies and organisations. Team leader Simon Tilling 'stands out in his combination of environmental and product chemistry regulation expertise.'  Ross Fairley and Ian Salter both have long-standing experience in the field. Michael Barlow specialises in the energy sector. Senior associate Joanne Attwood is another highlighted key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tilling

Other key lawyers:

Ian Salter; Ross Fairley; Michael Barlow; Joanne Attwood; Tom Gillett

Testimonials

‘Legal advice for UK chemicals regulations is becoming increasingly important since the UK left the EU and developed its own regimes. The team at Burges Salmon have quickly identified a need to develop expertise in this area to support and advise their clients and associates.’

‘I have worked with Tom Gillett & Simon Tilling and have found them both to be diligent and knowledgeable in this developing area. As well as providing clear advice on a one to one basis, I also find their contributions in seminars and panel discussions useful and valuable. ’

‘Very good and engaged. Proactive in informing clients of latest developments.’

‘Large team of environmental experts that ensures a wide range of perspectives to be taken into consideration.’

‘Deep subject matter expertise (environment, product chemistry, safety), diverse perspectives, very sensible rates.’

‘Simon Tilling stands out in his combination of environmental and product chemistry regulation expertise, his business sensibilities, familiarity with the organization and predilections of governmental authorities, and his practical advice in consideration of both. Ann Metherall likewise on an esoteric safety issue, has exercised deep expertise, a command of the locations and content of source information, ready familiarity with the applicable legal process, and objective legal counsel.’

‘The team works efficient, swift/fast and practical advices. Their knowlegde is really good.’

‘We are always happy to work with Simon Tilling. We worked as a team in various matters and that worked really good. Simon has really good knowlegde of environmental law and the practice of clients, he works fast and efficient.’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries (U.S. headquartered global business)

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

EDF Energy

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Ingenious (investment fund with renewable energy projects portfolios)

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

EU and competition Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's 'pragmatic' and 'responsive' competition practice is centred around the firm's sweet spots of retail and transport, although it also handles matters for a number of utilities clients. Merger clearance is a core competency for the group, which has substantial experience handling matters before the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The team is also well versed in investigations and compliance matters, where it has recent experience in a major cartel investigation. Other active areas of the practice include antitrust litigation and state aid. The department is led by Chris Worrall, an expert in antitrust matters. John Houlden is the team's state aid expert and in 2020 advised the UK government on Covid vaccine procurement. Director Noel Beale is recommended for his work for utilities clients.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Noel Beale

Testimonials

‘Clear expertise in the team. Pragmatic guidance. Collaborative approach and responsive to client need.’

‘John Houlden has an excellent understanding of the public sector and is a safe pair of hands for sound advice. Overall, we can depend on John’s team to provide responsive and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

Clarks

SCISYS Group plc

Advent International

Loop Interiors

Canal & River Trust

UK Atomic Energy Agency

United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI)

Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Waitrose and John Lewis

Family Tier 1

Highly regarded for its work on family separation and children’s matters, the family law team at Burges Salmon LLP focuses on high value and complex cases. While the firm has a strong base in Bristol and connections to the local market, it attracts a mixture of prestigious London and international clients. Sarah Hoskinson leads the team, focusing her practice on asset protection with complex or international elements, including pre and post-nuptial agreements. Alison Hawes has extensive experience in this region, focusing her practice on advising farm families and family businesses. Hannah Petherick is also well regarded with an expanding practice in children’s law, including international resettlement.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Petherick; Alison Hawes; Mary Gaskins

Testimonials

‘The Burges Salmon family team is amongst the very best in England – more than a match for any of the London-based national firms.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is a star, with a winning combination of instinct, intellect and integrity. Hannah Petherick is also excellent.’

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West and London. It also has a strong team in other areas so can cross-refer and stay within the firm.’

‘Hannah Petherick punches well above her weight . She is exceptionally personable and skilled in family cases.’

‘Alison Hawes has vast experience and excellent judgement.’

‘An outstanding and highly knowledgeable team. Deals with all aspects of family law particularly complex cases involving pensions and an international element.’

‘Sarah Hoskinson is an outstanding and highly skilled lawyer with specialist pension knowledge. Top drawer and a pleasure to work with.’

Health and safety Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP offers clients significant experience in both civil and criminal health and safety matters. It is well known for its strong rail safety practice, led by group head Ann Metherall, which advises on a significant number of rail accident cases across the UK. Sian Edmunds leads the firm's unique food safety group. This segment combines expertise in health and safety law and product liability to work with food manufacturer clients. The firm also works with a range of prestigious farming, retail, engineering and government clients.

Practice head(s):

Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Sian Edmunds

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Immigration Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong immigration practice which supports both businesses and individuals. For businesses, the team offers a full set of services, covering visas, sponsorship, compliance with UKVI requirements, the implications of Brexit and integrated HR support relating to immigration. Meanwhile, its individual support offers advice on visa clearance and various naturalisation schemes for high-value individuals, as well as complex UK immigration tax issues. Adrian Martin, who heads the overall employment team, supervises the immigration department which is led by Huw Cooke.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin 

Other key lawyers:

Huw Cooke

Testimonials

‘We work with a number of partners and associates at Burges Salmon across different sectors and find all of them excellent in terms of availability, experience and accurate helpful input, counsel and legal advice for our business.’

‘The firm has a good diverse range of experience in the private client space, particularly where there is an international element involved.’

Key clients

Insure & Go/Mapfre

Clarivate Analytics

Babcock International Group

University of Bristol

Horatio Investments Limited

Signet Jewelers

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Praised as being 'incredibly proactive', Burges Salmon LLP's broad client portfolio includes banks and financial institutions, corporates, funds, distresses investors and pension trustees. It equally spans numerous industries, such as renewable energy, real estate, hotels and healthcare. A special area of expertise is insolvency matters involving pension law issues. Practice head Andrew Eaton has longstanding experience in national as well as international distressed situations. Director Emily Scaife is 'a rising star with a great profile in the space.' She handles corporate restructurings in the public and private space. Colin Ligman is noted for structuring and securing loan facilities.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Eaton

Other key lawyers:

Colin Ligman; Emily Scaife; Nick Middleton

Testimonials

‘The restructuring and insolvency team takes a very commercial view in how they look at situations. They take the legal requirements and then overlay a commercial aspect which makes it easier for non-lawyers to relate and understand the available options. They work seamlessly with other Burges Salmon functions – notably banking and corporate who we work with. They are incredibly proactive and offer really strong value for money being as they are not based in London. I would say you get a London silver circle offering for significantly less cost.’

‘I have worked with both Andy Eaton and Emily Scaife. They are both first class, Andy is a seasoned pro and Emily is a rising star with great profile in the space. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.’

‘Emily Scaife was outstanding. She was incredibly diligent on a very complicated and time pressured case. The restructuring would never have happened without her.’

‘Burges Salmon’s team is reliable, efficient and knowledgeable with approachable team members. They have built an excellent reputation in the region and outside of it and have been involved in many of the landmark cases in our region so their breadth of experience is unrivalled in Bristol.’

‘Andy Eaton, Emily Scaife and Nick Middleton are wonderful people who have formed good relationships and are easy to engage with. They are excellent specialists and listen to their clients and advise appropriately.’

Key clients

Adelie Foods Limited (in administration)

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Bakers & Baristas UK Limited

Beulah London Ltd

FTI Consulting LLP

FRP Advisory

Deloitte LLP

Trustees of the Beales DB Pension Scheme

Intellectual property Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP‘s IP department acts for an enviable roster of clients, including Starbucks and the BBC, for which the team plays an important role in portfolio management issues. The ‘astute, dynamic and approachable‘ team is active across the contentious and non-contentious piece, being instructed in numerous trade mark, passing-off and copyright claims before the High Court and Court of Appeal. Jointly heading the group are Jeremy Dickerson, ‘a trusted subject matter expert‘ who is an expert in passing-off cases, and Helen Scott-Lawler, who has substantial experience on the advisory side. Newly promoted partner Emily Roberts has a strong contentious IP practice, recently acting in a number of big-ticket copyright and trade mark-related proceedings. Senior associate Georgina Shaw is recommended for trade mark portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw; Richard Hugo

Testimonials

Rapid, concise, technically correct and commercially astute advice from a lovely team.

They’re all very good at what they do, they know what kind of advice we want and don’t over or under-serve.’

The team at Burges Salmon has consistently delivered great advice, work product and results for a difficult matter. They are extremely responsive and communicate effectively with the business, legal and senior management, making the job of in-house counsel easier.’

This practice is unique because it is made up of astute, dynamic and approachable individuals whose output in terms of legal advice is always on point, practical and tailored to both our immediate needs and our needs going forward.’

Emily Roberts was superb in the provision of advice and management of our claim, tailoring her advice to our business so we were quickly able to understand the risks and agree an approach to resolve the matter. Emily was quick, on point, and practical when dispensing legal advice at all times.’

User friendly, client focused, and very knowledgeable.’

Jeremy Dickerson is a trusted subject matter expert whose views we value enormously.’

Georgina Shaw is an up-and-coming star who is thorough and knowledgeable and inspires great confidence in her clients.’

Key clients

BBC and BBC Studios Ltd

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Discovery, Inc. (Discovery Channel and Eurosport)

Starbucks Corporation

Brocade Communications Systems, LLC. (subsidiary of Broadcom, Inc.) & Avago Technologies International Sales Pte Ltd

John Lewis and Waitrose

L Brands: Victoria’s Secret, PINK, and Bath & Body Works,

Virgin Enterprises Limited (Virgin Group)

Tesla

Santa Barbara Polo Club

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The 'reliable and business-focused' technology and communications team at Burges Salmon LLP is best known for advising on the implementation of complex IT projects, with a specialism in outsourcing. Director David Varney's clients include multinational vendors and scale-up providers. In director Lucy Pegler, the team has a specialist in telecoms and IT projects in the transport space, while senior associate Marcus Clayden has developed expertise in advising financial services and energy sector clients. The department is led by the 'very recommendableAndrew Dunlop, an accomplished expert in outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

David Varney; Lucy Pegler; Marcus Clayden

Testimonials

Very reliable and business focused. A strong grasp of the client’s needs is translated into legal solutions.’

Andrew Dunlop is very recommendable, and not only for outsourcing work. He has a high level of responsiveness that is paired with extensive experience and a good view on the corridors for what is possible in an individual case.

Burges Salmon do genuinely seem to put the client first – they are always responding swiftly with individual absences covered appropriately. They are not precious or sensitive to shifting deadlines, hasty requests or changes in direction, and will flag up cost estimates in advance.’

I’ve been really impressed by Marcus Clayden – he familiarised himself very quickly with a complex and long contract and collaborated well in an objective way with our service provider’s legal team.’

‘A good blend of technical and commercial expertise and legal skills help to make the IT/tech team at Burges Salmon a good partner.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

FirstGroup PLC

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

Licensing Tier 1

In Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP's team, praised as being 'particularly strong commercially', is most noted for advising on large licensed estate portfolios, hotels, and leisure and hospitality venues. The group has expertise in the licensing aspects of M&A transactions, as well as the licensing regimes for alcohol, entertainment and gambling. In addition, the team is called upon for caravan site, taxi and marriage licensing issues, as well as licences for houses in multiple occupation and vehicle licences. The department is led by senior associate Joanne Attwood, whom clients rate as 'an exceptionally capable lawyer with profound knowledge of licensing'. Fellow senior associate Stephen Lavington is an expert in environmental permitting.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Attwood

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lavington

Testimonials

‘Particularly strong commercially and supported by a large full-service firm.’

‘Always a very professional approach.’

‘Very professional and approachable and the attention to detail is excellent.’

‘Joanne Attwood provided exceptional service and contact was readily available.’

‘Joanne Attwood is a standout licensing practitioner. An exceptionally capable lawyer with profound knowledge of licensing, Joanne provides a client-focused service. Her empathy with her clients’ needs and aspirations, coupled with her legal and practical skills, allows her to plan how best to achieve her clients’ goals.’

Key clients

University of Bristol

Darwin Group

Canadian and Portland Estates

Loungers Holdings Ltd

PRS Operations Limited

Private Individuals and Independents

Local government Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP offers 'high quality, pragmatic and accessible legal advice' to local government clients; those often instruct the team in regeneration, planning and environment matters. Other areas of expertise are local authority pension scheme work and the firm has a dedicated net-zero services team. Practice head Gary Soloman is a specialist in CPOs. John Houlden has experience in State Aid and procurement matters. Matthew Ramus is a 'first class lawyer' and director Paula McGeady is strong in planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Harling; John Houlden; Matthew Ramus

Testimonials

‘Really excellent and friendly service, modern and inclusive team working and collaboration, reflective leadership.’

‘Good knowledge base and expertise. Strong customer service ethos. Flexible, collaborative approach.’

‘Approachable, helpful and highly knowledgeable. Their understanding of the nature of social care and education services enables them to work with clients to ensure robust arrangements are in place to improve outcomes and practice.’

‘Matt Ramus has a knack with clients and is a first class lawyer. He makes complex legal issues look simple. You would want him on your side when negotiating as he is very intuitive and insightful.’

‘This practice has a real and in-depth understanding of local government. It provides high quality, pragmatic and accessible legal advice. Gets to the heart of the matter promptly and connects with clients with ease and skill.’

‘Gary Solomon – excellent partner with spot on client care skills, puts client and the case before himself and the firm; goes the extra mile; excellent communication and resourcing; patient and reflective leadership.’

‘John Houlden is very pragmatic, responsive and considers issues from all angles. Also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Approachable, helpful and highly knowledgeable. Highly experienced lawyers specializing in the establishment of safe, legal and sustainable Children’s Trusts that are focused on improvement and outcomes.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council Children’s Trust

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Kent County Council

Greater London Authority

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Bristol City Council

Cornwall Council

North Somerset Council

ESB Asset Development

All Wales LGPS Pool

Torbay Borough Council

Media and entertainment Tier 1

For the team at Burges Salmon LLP, broadcasting is a key area of expertise. The group advises on television and film broadcasting rights and television programme clearance issues, names and logos. The group also has significant expertise in intellectual property, with clients in the media and music sectors. Advertising and marketing are another area of specialism, and the team advises a range of corporates on regulatory issues arising from campaigns and sponsorships. The department is jointly led by Jeremy Dickerson and Helen Scott-Lawler. Newly promoted partner Emily Roberts has a strong media disputes practice, while Georgina Shaw is the name to note for trade mark issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw; Richard Hugo

Key clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery Channel

Sam Branson / Sundog Pictures

Eurosport

Virgin Group (including Virgin Enterprises Limited, Virgin Media, Virgin Care)

Glastonbury Festival

Endemol Shine

20th Century Studios (Disney subsidiary, previously 20th Century Fox)

Play Sports Network (owner of Global Cycling Network)

Pensions Tier 1

With the largest dedicated pensions team in the South West, Burges Salmon LLP is extremely well regarded for its work with high quality public and private sector clients, acting for large multinational firms and large government legal panels. The team is particularly regarded for its regulatory pensions work, much of which is led by partner Clive Pugh. It also has strong experience de-risking pension plans, as well as working with personal pension schemes. Susannah Young represents a broad array of high-quality clients and director Catrin Young is well regarded for her work with multi-employer pension schemes. Richard Knight heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Richard Knight

Other key lawyers:

Clive Pugh; Michael Hayles; Richard Pettit; Alice Honeywill; Susannah Young; Suzanne Padmore; Justin Briggs; Catrin Young

Testimonials

‘Great strength throughout the team. The associates are very knowledgeable and the partners are fully engaged from day one and remain so. This involvement greatly assists with the efficient running of the case. ’

‘They combine technical knowledge with a commercial approach. Clive Pugh is simply fantastic. Catrin Young is also superb – she has a great eye for detail and is always fully on top of the minutiae.’

‘Personal service from a diverse and engaged team’

‘Value for money, fully aware of financial restraints’

‘Clive Pugh is commercial and knowledgeable. He makes pensions fun, is pragmatic, cuts through everything to help give the client good, solid advice. no waffle or sitting on the fence.’

‘Responsive, forward-thinking, professional partner and supporting team constantly adding value to Trustees discussions in both formal and informal meetings.’

‘They are approachable and knowledge of our scheme is shared among the members of our team. They allow and encourage their employees to develop their skills. They keep us up to date about current developments in the field and how they will impact us.’

‘ The team know each other’s strengths and are able to present a joined-up solution to issues. There is also a strong feeling that they really understand their client and any fee constraints that may exist ’

Key clients

Honda

Wessex Water Pension Scheme

Silentnight

Cardiff Bus

Bernard Matthews

Luton Airport Pension Scheme

Transport for Wales

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education

University of Oxford

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

With a varied client base spread across Bristol, London and further afield, Burges Salmon LLP offers a variety of wealth management services. Its strong offering across trust restructurings, complex tax issues and traditional probate matters allows it to offer an 'exceptionally efficient and innovative' service. A core area of expertise is the team's work with landed estates, while its international client base is continuing to grow. Beatrice Puoti and John Barnett co-head the practice, specialising in private client tax work and international tax and estate planning work respectively. Associate Tim Williams works in the taxation of developed land and recently promoted Catherine De Maid focuses on philanthropy and South African clients.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Puoti; John Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Tim Williams; Catherine De Maid; Tom Hewitt; Suzanna Harvey; Jim Aveline

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally efficient, innovative and very well versed in the complexities of personal tax and trusts.’

‘Tom Hewitt is very bright and is able to explain complex ideas in a clear and succinct manner. He was able to provide very good advice and was very focused on what was best for us, his clients.

‘The team has a very pragmatic approach to provide solutions to technical matters and delivers a professional service of a very high standard.’

‘Catherine de Maid has the perfect combination of being a good technician with high professional standards while also being very personable and being someone that clients can relate to. This is a very important quality in the Private Client space.’

‘I have experienced that the private client team at Burges Salmon are very knowledgeable and are clearly used to working in a cross-border context. They keep a very close client contact so that the client really feels taken care off. ’

‘They are very client-minded and have a pleasant pragmatic approach that is appreciated by clients but without losing the technical details out of sight. I would definitely recommend them to clients that are confronted with UK issues arising in the field of taxation and the area of private clients.’

‘Great team of professionals from a broad range of backgrounds. Excellent teamwork, very approachable, responsive and always willing to help.’

‘John Barnett is a fountain of knowledge. He is patient and always willing to assist others. He explains complex tax matters in an easy to understand format, often using very creative diagrams.’

‘A go-to team for me as a resource on private client matters and particularly the intricacies of UK tax for UK-connected international clients.’

Key clients

PraxisIFM

Planning Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP is highlighted for its strong expertise in the full life cycle of nationally significant infrastructure projects in the energy and infrastructure space; as well as in handling CPOs. Its impressive client portfolio includes local authorities and developers, which call upon the team in advisory, strategic and contentious matters. It is led by Gary Solomon who can offer extensive know-how in regeneration projects, developments and highway proposals. Energy-specialist Patrick Robinson, NSIP-experts Elizabeth (Liz) Dunn and Julian Boswall as well as senior associate Laura Fuller are integral team members.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robinson; Elizabeth (Liz) Dunn; Laura Fuller; Julian Boswall; Alex Minhinick

Testimonials

‘Quite simply, the serenity and control that they present to me as a client. It gives me enormous assurance to see the team in control, doing what they said they would and providing high quality advice. I get a real sense that lessons have been learnt from experience and that they are being utilised for my benefit.’

‘Capable and responsive.’

‘Collaboration between depts. is very strong. BS have seamlessly drawn across numerous legal specialism to provide clear and direct advice to us and importantly been able to communicate this as part of the negotiations.’

‘Very efficient with excellent knowledge and case management.’

‘Excellent experience and knowledge from key individuals with respect to the NSIP regime.’

‘Patrick Robinson is excellent; thoughtful about case strategy and excellent with clients.’

‘Alex Minhinick is my main point of contact and has become a trusted advisor. Alex provides assured advice, spots potential issues and works very well with my team. He does so with an easy charm that fits well with the way we go about our business.’

‘Concise and clear communication in negotiations; detailed understanding of all the documentation; kept the legal points of detail between the solicitors so the key commercial points remain the focus of the discussions.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

Highways England

YTL Property Holdings

Historic Royal Palaces

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Wallace Land Investment and Management Limited

Torbay Borough Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council

TfL/GLA

Sofia Offshore Windfarm Limited

Equinor

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Professional negligence Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP predominantly acts for claimants, with particular expertise in claims brought by lenders, including an impressive roster of banking clients, against solicitors and surveyors. The group also has 'significant and growing experience' in pensions professional negligence claims for pension schemes and their trustees. Private wealth is another area where the group stands out in relation to contentious trusts and tax work. 'Brilliant' department head Andrew Burnette leads on lender-side work. Justin Briggs is a specialist in pension-related claims, often working alongside Suzanne Padmore. Senior associate Caroline Brown is building a solid reputation for complex negligence and fraud claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:

Justin Briggs; Suzanne Padmore; Caroline Brown

Testimonials

The team specialises in providing an excellent service at prices that are lower and more competitive than the big London firms but without any compromise on quality. They have significant and growing experience in professional negligence claims concerning advisers to pension schemes.

Justin Briggs has both excellent technical pensions knowledge and the ability to manage high-value and complex commercial litigation and achieve excellent results.’

Burges Salmon has a unrivalled profile (nationally and regionally) in acting in professional negligence claims, often in a pensions and/or financial services context. They have in-depth technical knowledge of the underlying relevant statutory/regulatory regime and market landscape, as well as the litigation expertise and nous to run the professional negligence claim.’

The team at Burges Salmon is first rate and I have been particularly impressed at the ability to break down a hugely complicated matter and identify the numerous issues involved, which were then individually analysed. Their ability to recollect small details in documents reviewed months earlier which took on a new significance as the matter developed was simply astonishing.’

They are far better set up to handle significant pieces of litigation than most (if not all) other regional firms due to their size and structure and the technological recourses at their disposal.

Andrew Burnette is a brilliant lawyer with a big brain. He is someone I would feel comfortable going to for advice. He’s also very commercially astute and gives pragmatic advice. A well-respected leader good at managing the team that work under him.

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Property litigation Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP fields a team of 'creative and versatile thinkers.' The members are often active in lease and dilapidation disputes, insolvency-related matters, estate litigation and proceedings arising out of renewable energy projects. Practice head James Sutherland is a go-to counsel for  landlords and occupiers, financial institutions and high net worth individuals. Chris Preston is well versed in advising landowners and operators in issues arising from the Electronic Communications Code. Senior associate Lucy Redman also handles forfeiture/possession claims. Richard Bedford left to for Ebery Williams LLP in May 2020 and David Benjamin joined Foot Anstey in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

James Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Chris Preston; Lucy Redman; Rebecca Lee

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon performs strongly in this practice area. They provide high quality commercial advice which adds real value to the client. Not only are they very knowledgeable of the law but they deliver advice successfully in the context of the commercial dispute and the negotiations.’

‘Impressive versatility taking on a case where most of the legal aspects where relatively clear cut but an unsophisticated client in distressed personal circumstances required careful handling. Adapted well to changing requirements and priorities and keeping focused on a sound legal strategy even when the viewpoint and priorities offered by the client were often varied and unpredictable.’

‘All of the people that have worked with us at Burges Salmon have been incredibly creative and versatile thinkers. This is essential when dealing in property litigation. They also have very good technical, legal knowledge, which provides the foundation for such advice.’

‘James Sutherland at Burges Salmon LLP is simply excellent. He is approachable and accessible and provides clear succinct high quality commercial advice. James has a strength of really understanding the commercial context of a situation, adding real value with his advice. His quality of work and response times are impressive. James is also very personable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘James Sutherland offered clear advice on strategy and dealing with the litigation counterparties involved – pros, cons and recommendations laid out concisely, backed up by experience.’

‘Rebecca Lee is to be noted for handling difficult characters well and showing remarkable patience.’

‘The people listen to the problem and offer very good advice. They are prepared to think outside of the box in order to come up with a solution. They are also prepared to advise against litigation and not waste the client’s money.’

Key clients

FTI Consulting (acting as administrators of Côte Restaurants Group Holdings Limited)

Goldman Sachs International

Severn Trent Water

Transport for Wales

John Lewis / Waitrose

Virgin Clubs Ltd

East Hampshire District Council

Sutton Harbour Holdings

Deloitte LLP (acting as administrators of Adelie Foods Group)

Harving Limited

The Crown Estate

BDO LLP

Nordic Entertainment Group

Savile Row Investments Unit Trust

Rail Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP offers its clients 'an unparalleled level of support and experience for anyone working in the Rail Industry.' The team is well versed in franchising operations, rolling stock procurements, projects and infrastructure, and regulatory matters. Its client portfolio includes British train operating groups, their joint venture partners and government bodies. Ian Tucker, Chris Jackson, Brioney Thomas, Simon Coppen, Ann Metherall, Philip Beer and Chris Simms lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Tucker; Chris Jackson; Brioney Thomas; Simon Coppen; Ann Metherall; Philip Beer; Chris Simms

Other key lawyers:

Brian Wong; Lydia Cullimore

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the industry and an understanding of how our business works.’

‘Chris Simms brings practical and commercial rail experience outside of a pure legal background, having also worked for both the ORR and for one of the largest UK passenger rail Owning Groups as legal counsel.’

‘The Burges Salmon Transport – Rail practice offers an unparalleled level of support and experience for anyone working in the Rail Industry. The knowledge of the partners and associates around franchising, licensing, general railway legislation both current and historic ensures that the best advice and strategy can be obtained easily and resolution achieved quickly and effectively.’

‘Simon Coppen stands out as the lead for rail regulation and franchising matters his deep and extensive knowledge of all areas of the industry, throughout the privatisation period, is a clear advantage to any Rail professional.’

‘I have found the Rail team at BS to be both extremely knowledgeable and detail focused. This wrapped inside an astute wrapped of commerciality. When we place demands on the team they have all always responded and delivered beyond expectations.’

‘Ian Tucker is an exceptional individuals to work with. He understands our business, the industry (with all its vagaries!). They listen incredibly well and respond with improvements to the brief in terms of looking at the issue or problem laterally and comprehensively. The output is high in terms of content and speed of reply.’

‘Philip Beer is highly respected for his considered advice and integrity.’

‘Chris Jackson is a class act and a very experienced transport and public procurement lawyer lawyer. He navigated the tricky waters of the Rail Franchising Litigation with consummate skill and always appropriately and highly effectively.’

 

Key clients

FirstGroup and its TOCs

Abellio Transport Holdings and its TOCs

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands plc

Rail Delivery Group

Transport for London

Investec

London Underground

Sport Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP's team has expertise in horse-racing, football and motorsports matters, with a strong regulatory offering that spans rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, integrity issues and anti-doping. Jeremy Dickerson leads the group, which also includes IP lawyer Helen Scott-Lawler, who advises on managing and exploiting IP, media rights and data in sport. Associate Neil Connor-McLaren is a commercial contracts expert who often advises on sponsorship arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Scott-Lawler; Neil Connor-McLaren

Key clients

The Racecourse Association

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Scottish Premier Football League

Education Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP's members are 'lawyers with high levels of technical expertise'. The team's client portfolio comprises universities, governing institutions, the DofE and local councils. Under the lead of projects specialist Matthew Remus, it covers outsourcings, spin-offs and mergers, employment disputes and IP matters. Another area of expertise is advising providers of apprenticeships and on-site skills trainings. Luke Bowery specialises in employment law.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:

Luke Bowery; Marcus Harling; John Houlden

Testimonials

‘The key strengths in terms of the HE sector are the teams: background knowledge of research funding which provides a solid foundation for advice on issues such as state aid and procurement; collaborative working; and speed of response in urgent matters.’

‘Experts in children’s social care and education. Specifically in relation to statutory duties, scrutiny and oversight, governance arrangements between Councils and Children’s Trusts. Approachable, helpful and highly knowledgeable. Their understanding of the nature of social care and education services enables them to work with clients to ensure robust arrangements are in place to improve outcomes and practice.’

‘Luke Bowery’s responsiveness and empathy with the sector; gives excellent relevant advice.’

‘Approachable, helpful and highly knowledgeable. Highly experienced lawyers specializing in the establishment of safe, legal and sustainable Children’s Trusts that are focused on improvement and outcomes.’

‘Lawyers with high levels of technical expertise and adaptable, allowing them to provide thorough and reasoned advice in challenging situations, in tight timescales.’

Key clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Health Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP is praised for providing 'high quality expert advice' to healthcare clients. The team is well positioned in advising private sector institutions on the interface with the public sector, and combines banking and finance, M&A, dispute resolution and real estate experience. Practice head Patrick Parkin specialises in commercial contracts and regulatory matters. John Houlden has longstanding expertise in procurements. Recently promoted partner Richard Binns is acting in contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Richard Binns

Testimonials

‘The team have good healthcare knowledge, they are flexible and always available. Managing such a portfolio presents many challenges and they are able to assist in all areas particularly in the asset disposal process we are undertaking.’

‘High quality expert advice delivered in a time cost effective manager.’

‘The Burges Salmon team were highly effective in advising a contract negotiation, and were very pragmatic in having consideration of issues beyond the purely legal when constructing their advice. Their turnaround times were excellent, communication was effective and the drafting of high quality.’

‘The team were pragmatic and flexible. They supported the rapid development of unfamiliar agreements, being clear to highlight the public sector risks and worked collaboratively to assist in the mitigation of these.’

‘We remain very impressed with Patrick Parkin. He is responsive, knowledgeable and a professional.’

Key clients

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (and its Vaccine Taskforce)

Department for Health and Social Care

Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

Guys and St Thomas’ Enterprises Limited

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

Cobalt Health

LOCSU

Primary Eye Care

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for many of the largest and most important institutional landowners, estates and agri-businesses nationally on substantial and complex matters. The impressive team advises on the full range of matters including the sale and purchases of agricultural property and substantial landed estates. It also receives a steady flow of sizeable instructions including in the past year appearing in the Court of Appeal, High Court and advising on an arbitration concerning a large-scale development on agricultural land. Tom Hewitt heads the department that includes Sian Edmunds who advises landowners, agri-businesses and producers on a range of contentious and regulatory issues. Jim Aveline is skilled at advising on various tax, estate and succession matters. Kevin Kennedy and Ross Simpson  are also key members of the team. Other areas of expertise include advising on subsidies and tenancy issues as well as renewable energy schemes, planning and environment issues.

Practice head(s):

Tom Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Sian Edmunds; Jim Aveline; Kevin Kennedy; Alastair Morrison; Ross Simpson; Maddie Dunn; Tim Williams

Testimonials

‘A very proactive team.  The lawyers get to the nub of the issue quickly and come up with practical and helpful solutions.  They are top drawer when it comes to Agricultural And Estates practice. Tom Hewitt has an excellent understanding of the issues and the practicalities surrounding them, giving clear and concise advice.  Great team to work with more generally‘.

‘The team has acted in an incredibly calm and professional manner. I have been very impressed with how the team has guided the whole process through very turbulent waters. The advice is easy to understand unlike many of its competitors. Jim Aveline approaches his work in an incredibly calm and non confrontational manner when dealing with really difficult problems‘.

The team is really, really impressive and has an extremely detailed knowledge of this area. Kevin Kennedy is an extremely impressive partner, having a detailed knowledge of this area of the law. He has a thorough  knowledge of this area of law, demonstrates great experience and he serves his clients with great care and attention. Maddie Dunn, a Senior Associate, is also highly impressive. She is incredibly well organised and efficient. From what I have seen, she seems to be completely on top of her cases‘.

‘The team is incredibly efficient and well prepared – I really value how organised and collaborative the lawyers are in their approach‘.

‘It is simply the top firm in this area – not only do the lawyers know the law backwards, they are intimately familiar with the day to day practical issues faced by their clients. Sian Edmunds (partner) and Maddie Dunn (associate) have a mass of real world experience in dealing with agricultural and estates issues‘.

‘Professional and technically excellent but very personable. Large quality team, ensures full resourcing of jobs – usually a senior partner supported by a very capable associate. Provides continuity and availability. Alastair Morrison is one of the most experienced and respected lawyers in the farms and estates market, yet admirably modest and collegiate in his approach to working with other professionals’.

Very diligent, Ross Simpson is very capable and a good communicator‘.

‘The agricultural and estates team at BS has a wealth of experience in an area where an understanding of the complexities and technicalities is paramount to good advice. The lawyers present their advice in an understandable way for the layman and provide timely guidance. Tom Hewitt and Tim Williams are experts in their field and understand the complexities of advising on agriculture and estates‘.

 

Key clients

The Crown Estate

National Trust

The Leckford Estate (owned by John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose)

HSBC – on secured agricultural lending

Environment Agency

Earl of Plymouth

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

The Woodland Trust

Yeo Valley – including family farming business

Watson’s Dairy

Environment Tier 1

With its large team of dedicated experts, Burges Salmon LLP is able to offer its diverse roster of UK and international clients an exceptionally strong regulatory practice. The team handles complex contentious and non-contentious matters, including issues surrounding chemicals and waste regulation, industrial emissions and carbon offsetting as well as contaminated land issues. Practitioners in the team split their time between Bristol and London, led by the 'extremely talented' Simon Tilling, who advises on all facets of UK and EU environmental law. Ross Fairley plays a leading role in the area of renewable energy, while Ian Salter stands out for his expertise in nuclear law and nuclear waste issues. Michael Barlow, who now heads the energy sector practice, is also a key member of the team. The environmental litigation side of the practice was strengthened by the arrival of corporate crime specialist Guy Bastable from BCL Solicitors LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Tilling

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; Michael Barlow; Guy Bastable

Testimonials

‘The environmental team, headed by the extremely talented and kind Simon Tilling – a rare combination for lawyers – is, to my knowledge, simply the best in the whole of the UK. Not a single Magic Circle firm can match them. Not only do they know the ins and outs of environmental law, they can also grasp the technicalities of environmental law. They cover anything, from local planning law to nuclear law. They follow recent evolutions and trends in the subject- matter as no other law firm does. Finally, they always seek to find a pragmatic solution. Not all law firms do that. I repeat, they are simply the best.’

‘Simon Tilling is not only an extremely talented lawyer, in addition he is also a trained chemist. This combination makes him the perfect lawyer for issues which are not only legally complex, but also complex from a technical point of view.’

‘The team are highly responsive, knowledgeable and objective. They work together well to provide seamless support on key issues even if time pressures are significant.’

‘What stands out is the responsiveness of the individuals. Simon Tilling is willing to work out of hours where necessary to address pressing issues. He is also able to leverage other expertise across the practice where necessary.’

‘Learned, clear, efficient counsel regardless of the complexity or esoteric nature of a matter.’

‘Simon Tilling, in particular, is especially effective in gaining an understanding of the client’s business, challenges and culture, and invariably providing a product that is both high quality and appreciative of those client aspects.’

‘A sound and reliable environmental team for high-value, complex litigation. Vary capable handling of large claims, savvy commercial judgement and a relaxed style that can only come from being top of their game.’

‘Mike Barlow is calm, diligent, tough and circumspect in high-value and complex environmental litigation. He provides really attentive client care, has strong commercial awareness, and keeps on top of case detail as well. Lovely to work with.’

Key clients

First Group, First Greater Western Ltd

Koch Industries

KPMG

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW)

ENGIE (formerly GDF Suez)

EDF Energy

Canal & River Trust

National Trust

Ingenious

GYPC Ltd and Great Yarmouth Port Authority

University of Bristol

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Rail Tier 1

Operating across Bristol and London, the large and 'very knowledgeable and skilled' transport team at Burges Salmon LLP continues to advise clients including major train operators, Transport for London, Transport for Wales and Eurostar on franchising, major rolling stock procurements and rail disputes. It is also known for its work on rail infrastructure, health and safety and regulatory matters. Simon Coppen is head of franchising and 'a key thought-leader in the industry'. Head of transport Brioney Thomas has 'deep knowledge and experience' advising on franchising and procurement. Infrastructure group head and safety and risk specialist Chris Jackson advises on major public incidents and inquiries, while Ian Tucker was recently promoted to head of rail. Chris Simms deals with regulatory and commercial matters, Philip Beer deals with major rail projects, and Ann Metherall is an expert in health and safety and real estate work.

Practice head(s):

Ian Tucker; Chris Jackson; Brioney Thomas; Simon Coppen; Ann Metherall; Philip Beer; Chris Simms

Testimonials

Leadership with huge experience in the field. Nothing is too much trouble and their availability is exceptional.’

Simon Coppen is clearly a key thought leader in the industry and hugely respected by his counterparts and clients. Always available, responsive and provides considered advice with excellent commercial insight.’

Brioney Thomas is a very personable and effective lawyer, with deep knowledge and experience, which she deploys well.’

Burges Salmon have a very knowledgeable and skilled transport team, with strength and depth.’

Deep knowledge of the rail ecosystem, from privatisation onwards.’

Excellent in-depth subject matter knowledge on rail franchise and associated commercial and litigation expertise.’

Simon Coppen has an encyclopaedic knowledge but is also very pragmatic, commercial and risk focused. He is supported by an excellent and knowledgeable team who are very responsive and proactive.’

‘Chris Jackson provides highly valuable commercial litigation experience, with careful consideration for tactics and approach.’

Key clients

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

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

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands plc

Rail Delivery Group

Transport for London

Investec

London Underground

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Several of the key commercial property lawyers at Burges Salmon LLP split their time between the firm’s London and Bristol offices, predominantly operating from the latter. Richard Clark acts for both public and private sector clients; he fronts the investment and asset management offering and is supported by Richard Read who specialises in student accommodation, hotel and leisure-related transactions, in addition to those involving mainstream classes. The group is also geared to handle a range of development projects; Ross Polkinghorne directs particular attention to large-scale sustainable regeneration schemes and the wider team is also adept in all facets of landlord and tenant work such as rent reviews, dilapidations, sale-leasebacks, headquarter moves and lease terminations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne; Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Richard Read; Philip Beer; Matthew Sims

Testimonials

‘High quality legal advice and deep knowledge of the industry, at competitive rates.’

‘Richard Read is supported by a team of associates and provides top quality advice in a very cost-effective manner.’

‘Strong commercial acumen. They offered our business support during pandemic which was appreciated and recognised.’

Ross Polkinghorne, Richard Clark and Ashley Davies are an excellent team. Diligent, commercial. They understand development process and can see beyond individual issues to wider context.

‘The team is large and diverse and brings in partners from around the business as required to inform the deal.’

‘The team are available, knowledgeable and offer pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Greater London Authority

Linmere Project

YTL and YTL Hotel Group

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Albion Community Power

Transport for London

Andrew Brownsword

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Pure Scooters

The Crown Estate

Health and safety Tier 2

Ann Metherall leads Burges Salmon LLP's health and safety team.  The practice has been strengthened by regulatory investigation and corporate crime specialist, Guy Bastable. Formerly head of the corporate crime & regulation team at BCL Solicitors LLP , Bastable's  major disaster and fatal accident corporate advisory practice strengthens the team's already leading rail sector practice.  His wider work in food safety and hygiene, and environmental protection also bolsters food and agribusiness specialist,  Sian Edmunds' contamination, liability and product recall offering. Whilst the practice focuses on food, transport and farming, the expertise of the members is broad, both in alternative sectors, and in providing a single outfit for criminal and civli litigation. The combined offering allows for continuity of care and expertise for the firm's private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds; Guy Bastable; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

‘Superb teamwork – strong management, clear lines of communication, strength and depth across the board.’

‘Burges Salmon have an exceptionally strong team dealing with health and safety and inquest work. They offer a rare combination of specialist legal knowledge and real industry expertise. Their attention to detail and case preparation is outstanding.’

‘The arrival of Guy Bastable at Burges Salmon will lend great support to an already well-recognised practice. Guy has dealt with numerous fatal accident cases and has a depth of experience and expertise in dealing with these most serious of cases.’

‘Ann Metherall – extremely bright, committed and hard-working; an excellent manager.’

‘Ann Metherall (Partner) is superb at managing complex cases. She has a clear-sighted approach to strategy and tactics, is always on top of the detail, and displays real energy and passion for getting the right result for her clients. Her down-to-earth approach makes her a pleasure to work with.’

‘Charlotte Whitaker and Lloyd Nail [transport] both deserve individual recognition in this field for their knowledge of the law, their client-management skills, their case-preparation, and sound judgement’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

London and South Eastern Railways

FirstGroup PLC

John Lewis Partnership plc

Healthcare Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP advises central government and independent healthcare providers on matters such as contract procurement, dispute resolution, and governance matters, as well as advising on healthcare related transactional work. In 2020, it advised the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre in relation to collaborating with Oxford Biomedica.  Department head Patrick Parkin was made partner in May 2020 and deals primarily with commercial contracts and regulatory work in healthcare. Notably, he advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the development and manufacture of Covid-19 vaccines. In May 2021 Richard Binns was promoted to partner. He deals with high-profile healthcare commercial disputes and public procurements.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Parkin

Other key lawyers:

Richard Binns

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon have a excellent knowledge of healthcare legislation. They also provide a very personal and reactive service’

‘Patrick Parkin has been outstanding. He has a great understanding of our needs when dealing with the complexity of NHS contracts.’

‘Richard Binns – very experienced, through and a good strategic litigator’

Key clients

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (and its Vaccine Taskforce)

Department for Health and Social Care

Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

Guys and St Thomas’ Enterprises Limited

Optegra Eye Healthcare

Virgin Care

Cobalt Health

LOCSU (Local Optical Committee Support Group)

Primary Eye Care

Infrastructure Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP handles large complex infrastructure work, with a particular focus on the energy, transport, and defence sectors. The firm advises procurers, developers, funders, landowners and the supply chain across a range of sectors. A forte for the group is advising public and private sector clients on procuring, developing and funding innovative projects. Bristol-based Chris Jackson is head of the infrastructure team.

Practice head(s):

Chris Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; Matthew Ramus

Key clients

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

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

ENGIE

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

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

Local government Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP provides full-service advice to local governments, but is particularly known for its specialist advice on planning and environmental law, especially regarding reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy sources. The team is also experienced  at dealing with local authority pension schemes. Practice leader Gary Soloman has advised local authorities on matters such as a new nuclear power station project, as well as major regeneration and highway proposals. John Houlden advises on significant procurement and state aid projects, while Marcus Harling advises on procurement and construction matters. Additionally, partner Tom Dunn and associate Gareth Malna advise on UK pension and regulated investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

John Houlden; Marcus Harling; Tom Dunn; Gareth Malna

Testimonials

Burges Salmon has the knowledge, skills, experience and focuses on the customer. It is able to explore and establish new and different governance arrangements in the complex local authority context.’

The team is open, available, smart, supportive and challenging in the right proportions. Calm manner, easy to work with.’

Key clients

Birmingham City Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Northamptonshire County Council Children’s Trust

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Kent County Council

Greater London Authority

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Bristol City Council

Cornwall Council

North Somerset Council

ESB Asset Development

All Wales LGPS Pool

Torbay Borough Council

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

The Burges Salmon LLP pensions offering is split across contentious and non-contentious, with both teams working closely together across the London and Bristol offices for a UK-wide client base. Richard Knight is head of the non-contentious practice, prolific in handling matters such buy-in projects, consolidations, and funding negotiations. The 'simply excellent' Clive Pugh advises on funding and regulatory matters. Richard Pettit and Michael Hayles advise major trustees and employers in the energy and transport sectors, while Alice Honeywill advises SIPP and SSAS providers. Justin Briggs  helms a disputes practice that has acted in a number of industry significant matters. Suzanne Padmore supports the litigation practice, which  offers the full range of disputes work and manages rectification and construction claims, and related professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Richard Knight

Other key lawyers:

Michael Hayles; Richard Pettit; Clive Pugh

Testimonials

‘They are a fantastic team. Personable, technically excellent, collaborative. We see them more as an ally, who we look to refer work to, rather than a competitor.’

‘Large team with real strength in depth. Technical pensions know-how, industry specific knowledge and across the board expertise means that they are able to offer an excellent service in relation to schemes of any size.’

Clive Pugh is simply excellent: he displays a masterful ability to see what a problem is in practice and what the solution might be. He delegates brilliantly. ‘

Key clients

Honda (Trustees)

Wessex Water Pension Scheme

Silentnight (Trustees)

Cardiff Bus

Bernard Matthews

Luton Airport Pension Scheme (Trustees)

Transport for Wales

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Department for Education (Employer)

University of Oxford (Trustees)

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

The Burges Salmon LLP pensions offering is split across contentious and non-contentious, with both teams working closely together across the London and Bristol offices for a UK-wide client base. Richard Knight is head of the non-contentious practice, prolific in handling matters such buy-in projects, consolidations, and funding negotiations. The ‘simply excellent’ Clive Pugh advises on funding and regulatory matters. Richard Pettit and Michael Hayles advise major trustees and employers in the energy and transport sectors, while Alice Honeywill advises SIPP and SSAS providers. Justin Briggs  helms a disputes practice that has acted in a number of industry significant matters. Suzanne Padmore supports the litigation practice, which  offers the full range of disputes work and manages rectification and construction claims, and related professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Justin Briggs, head of pensions disputes

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Padmore; Clive Pugh; Richard Pettit

Testimonials

‘Excellent teams led by Richard Petitt and Suzanne Padmore. Working collaboratively together on a wide range of issues, which require a number of skillsets.’

‘The pensions team is very competent and works well together. They have people who know all about every aspect of pensions and I have not yet come across an issue that they cannot deal with. Partners are readily available and hugely able but the assistants are first class and can deal with most aspects.’

Key clients

Gleeds UK and the Trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme

First Rail Holdings Ltd and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited (FTWC)

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

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

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

Honda Group – UK Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

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

Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council

Cobb Europe Limited and the Trustees of the Cobb Pension Scheme

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP is considered an industry leader in the nuclear power arena and is singled out for its ‘depth of experience and knowledge’, both nationally and internationally. Split between Bristol and London, the group handles the full gamut of work across renewable energy, onshore and offshore wind projects, and solar power, with a notable specialism in the energy regulation area. Practice head Ian Slater is rated highly by clients; he co-chairs the group with Ross Fairley who specialises in low carbon projects. The team has core strength in clean energy work. Nick Churchward is the go-to expert in waste-to-energy matters, Camilla Usher-Clark handles renewable energy M&A, while legal director Ian Truman is a key name for international nuclear law; he was previously deputy general counsel of the Hinkley Point C Project.

Practice head(s):

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter 

Other key lawyers:

Ian Truman; Camilla Usher-Clark; Nick Churchward

Testimonials

‘We were working in an entirely new market, for which no robust legal contracts are yet available. The Burges Salmon team took the time to research and understand the marketplace, they considered the key issues and they dealt with these in a sensible, straight-forward and pragmatic way.’

‘Detailed knowledge of the issues, working relationships with regulators, open and communicative team.’

‘Camilla Usher-Clark is the star of the team.’

‘Ross Fairley is extremely informed and right on the ball. He thinks tactically as well as strategically and delivers.’

‘Ian Truman is easygoing and relaxed – he puts clients at ease, as does his pin-sharp knowledge and experience. Ian is expert in international and UK nuclear law and regulation, complemented with practical, in-house experience on large complex nuclear projects.’

‘This is the most experienced, knowledgeable, specialist and skilled team I have ever worked with in the energy sector. Second to none. Camilla Usher-Clark is the star of the team.’

‘Very competent and very easy to work with – their communication and client relationship management is the best I have encountered. They take time to understand the client and build strong, lasting relationships. In terms of delivery and particularly invoicing, the team is competitive and offers flexible options. They see each new client as a potential long term relationship and act accordingly.’

’Ian Salter is exceptional – a one-off. Spot-on technical advice – always practical and savvy. I use Ian for more than just strict legal advice – his opinion is valued on commercial and business matters and he is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Green Investment Group

ESB

RWE Renewables

Investec

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Statkraft

ENGIE

Anesco

ERG

Equinor

Retail funds Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP's client roster includes many of the market's most prominent names, including St James' Place, FundRock Partners and Marlborough Fund Managers. Authorised investment funds are a notable area of strength, as is reflected by the fact that the firm acts for roughly 80% of the host Authorised Corporate Director market. The team is led by Bristol-based partner Tom Dunn, who has a strong focus on the structuring, establishment, and operation of regulated funds, alongside notable in-house financial services regulatory expertise. Associate Alex Gillespie is also heavily involved in advice to open-ended regulated funds, and is a key contributor to industry events and thought leadership.

Practice head(s):

Tom Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Alex Gillespie

Testimonials

Detailed knowledge, flexibility, achieving tight deadliness, negotiation strategy.

Key clients

St. James’s Place

Praemium

Marlborough Fund Managers

Investment Fund Services

FundRock Partners

Premier Asset Management

Investment Funds Direct (t/a Ascentric)

All Wales LGPS Pool

Local Pensions Partnership

WAY Fund Managers

Water Tier 2

Burges Salmon LLP is prominent in water and waste management projects of national significance, and it attracts key instructions from clients such as Severn Trent Water and Welsh Water Plc. The group is led by Michael Barlow, who is highlighted for his expertise in environmental compliance, water supply and waste issues. Noel Beale (who was formerly the director of legal services at Ofwat) is the name to note for competition and regulatory advice, and also for representation in investigations and arbitration proceedings. The team provides a full service offering across construction, employment and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:

Noel Beale; Joanne Attwood

Testimonials

‘The team has a real understanding of the industry and the key issues and objectives of the company. They are helpful, able to pitch their advice at the right level and work collaboratively with clients.’

‘Mike Barlow – has a calming presence in a crisis and offers really practical commercial advice whilst applying the legislation.’

‘The ability of this team to understand the technical issues within the legal and regulatory framework is outstanding. This allows them to develop and negotiate legal solutions that are both practical and pragmatic in terms of implementation.’

’Michael Barlow has a comprehensive and deep understanding of the law and regulation surrounding the use and disposal of water in England & Wales, as well as flood risk and drainage. His straightforward, clear and no nonsense approach makes him easy to work with and understand.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Severn Trent Water

South West Water

Welsh Water

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Several of the key commercial property lawyers at Burges Salmon LLP split their time between the firm’s London and Bristol offices, predominantly operating from the latter. Richard Clark acts for both public and private sector clients; he fronts the investment and asset management offering and is supported by Richard Read who specialises in student accommodation, hotel and leisure-related transactions, in addition to those involving mainstream classes. The group is also geared to handle a range of development projects; Ross Polkinghorne directs particular attention to large-scale sustainable regeneration schemes and the wider team is also adept in all facets of landlord and tenant work such as rent reviews, dilapidations, sale-leasebacks, headquarter moves and lease terminations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne; Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Ross Polkinghorne; Philip Beer

Testimonials

‘High quality legal advice and deep knowledge of the industry, at competitive rates.’

‘Richard Read is supported by a team of associates and provides top quality advice in a very cost-effective manner.’

‘Strong commercial acumen. They offered our business support during pandemic which was appreciated and recognised.’

Ross Polkinghorne, Richard Clark and Ashley Davies are an excellent team. Diligent, commercial. They understand development process and can see beyond individual issues to wider context.

‘The team is large and diverse and brings in partners from around the business as required to inform the deal.’

‘The team are available, knowledgeable and offer pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Linmere Project

Transport for London

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Stevenage BC

Kinetic Capital Ltd

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Particularly known for its involvement in energy, transport, defence and heavy infrastructure projects, Burges Salmon LLP offers expertise in a number of specialist sectors. It is often instructed in relation to mega infrastructure projects, acting on behalf of government bodies. Steven James heads the team, focusing on nuclear and civic works projects. He is supported by Lloyd James, who focuses on high-value, complex infrastructure projects, and Marcus Harling, who often advises on procurement and delivery issues on rail and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd James; Marcus Harling

Testimonials

‘The unique and standout aspect was the quality of the personal interactions mixed with the ability to absorb complex technical information to produce legal documents accommodating that information, in a way that demonstrated deep understanding.’

‘Depth of knowledge regarding regulations and contracting norms in the offshore wind sector.’

‘Burges Salmon have a very strong construction team. They are proactive, commercially minded and really partner with us to deliver on our objectives. They understand how we operate and what our priorities are from a construction and wider business perspective.’

‘Lloyd James not only delivers excellent legal advice but also partners with our in-house team to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget. He has a great ability to explain legally complex subjects and explain them clearly.’

‘The practice has a good understanding of the structure of the project. They have a multi-disciplined team with specialist knowledge in each of the areas required for infrastructure projects.’

‘We have been working for many years with Lloyd James and his team because they are very responsive and give hands-on advice that is based on outstanding knowledge of market standards and economic acumen. Lloyd and his team are always straight to the point.’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Transport for Wales and Welsh Government

Eden Geothermal

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP receives a steady flow of instructions in a variety of large and complex contentious trusts and probate matters and attracts a broad client base of high-net-worth individuals including some aristocratic families and wealthy international figures. Kevin Kennedy is adept at handling cases with an international component. Justin Briggs routinely handles the most challenging of cases where considerable sums of money are at stake. Recently it has been handling multiple disputes where there are novel legal issues and trust assets worth hundreds of millions.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Kennedy; Justin Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Sian Edmunds; Caroline Emslie

Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable and leaves no stone unturned. Sian Edmunds is practical and determined in pursuing the right result.’

A team whose core focus and experience is in this area. The team can call on colleagues from other departments and make it all seamless. It is the recognised leader in this field, and quite rightly so. Kevin Kennedy – simply excellent and one of the best. I have worked with Kevin for over six years and he has been consistently top rate. Focuses on the key issues, and does not get bogged down in minutia. Commercially minded and appreciates what the client wants to achieve.’

Excellent reputation in the field, coupled with superb partner engagement. Sian Edmunds is a star individual – she has a real tactical awareness which means she understands how to get her clients the outcome they need without necessarily fighting all the way to trial.’

Very capable team at all levels, and a pleasure to work with. Very strong on probate disputes and complex administrations. Justin Briggs – a very capable partner with excellent legal knowledge and good judgment. Caroline Emslie – a standout associate who is going to be a star. Performs well beyond her experience, manages day-to-day complex litigation superbly, and is a joy to work with.’

‘This team is exceptional, and provides a service which rivals that provided by the leading firms in this area. It combines excellent technical knowledge with the ability to give accessible, practical advice to its clients, while working tirelessly on their behalf. Provides an absolutely first-rate service. Justin Briggs provides invaluable strategic insight to his cases, combined with excellent technical knowledge. Caroline Emslie is a truly exceptional associate, one of the best I have ever worked with. Her judgment is excellent. The entire team is dedicated and works incredibly hard on behalf of clients.’

‘Fantastic strength in depth, leaders in their field. Kevin Kennedy is great with clients, and tactically astute.’

‘This is a very capable team able to deal with complex and high-value disputes. Justin Briggs is both very client-friendly and a very talented lawyer with a strong grip of the legal technicalities.’

Kevin Kennedy is an excellent all round practitioner with wide experience.’

Key clients

Robert Sofer

Earl of Plymouth

Education: institutions Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP's education team acts for many of the UK's leading universities, as well as governing institutions including OFSTED and the Department for Education, and providers of apprenticeships and work-based training. The practice advises universities on the spin-off of new businesses, campus building developments, employment disputes and IP work. Key areas of strength include restructurings, complex tribunal claims, and discrimination and whistleblowing cases; the department also excels in large outsourcings.  Practice head Matthew Ramus specialises in complex education sector projects.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Ramus

Other key lawyers:

Luke Bowery; Marcus Harling; John Houlden

Key clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

OFSTED

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP works with a range of clients in the sector including international investors, leading banks, and hotel and leisure funds, as well as hotel owners and operators. The practice has seen a substantial increase in the volume and value of work originating outside the UK. Clients benefit from the full service firm's wider expertise, which includes strengths in M&A, investment and development, property finance, portfolio management and a wide range of commercial arrangements. Rick Read heads the team, while Rupert Weston leads the specialist hotels group.

Practice head(s):

Rick Read; Rupert Weston

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of very capable lawyers. Incredibly responsive, hands-on and commercial.’

‘Very results-oriented and always going the extra mile to achieve the optimum results for their clients.’

‘Deep industry knowledge, strong commercial acumen, very “user friendly” and client focused.’

Key clients

Danolly Investments Limited

Rule Investments Limited

Darwin Leisure Development Fund

Andrew Brownsword Hotels

Bakers + Baristas UK Limited

Muzinich & Co

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Based in Bristol, the insurance team at Burges Salmon LLP acts for policyholders in the construction, transport, energy and financial services industries. ‘Standout partnerMatthew Walker heads up the practice and has particular expertise in construction insurance and warranty and indemnity claims. The team is praised as being ‘highly effective at devising successful strategies for achieving their clients' commercial objectives.’

Practice head(s):

Matthew Walker

Testimonials

‘Matthew Walker is the standout partner for high-value coverage disputes.’

‘The insurance team at Burges Salmon is outstanding. They are very bright and extremely knowledgeable, highly experienced, and highly effective at devising successful strategies for achieving their clients’ commercial objectives.’

‘Matthew Walker is an extremely able lawyer, very hard-working, a superb manager of a team, very easy to work with, and highly effective at achieving his clients’ commercial objectives.’

Key clients

Costain Group plc

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance Limited

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Partnership Tier 3

Based in Bristol and headed by 'particularly astute litigator' Sian Edmunds, Burges Salmon LLP’s partnerships practice works closely with colleagues in the private wealth and corporate departments when advising on non-contentious matters. On the contentious side, expertise in farming partnerships disputes is provided by Edmunds, Kevin Kennedy and senior associate Maddie Dunn, while Chris Seaton and Adrian Martin deal with contentious exits and misconduct allegations. Chris Godfrey provides input at the LLP agreement drafting stages.

Practice head(s):

Sian Edmunds

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Kennedy; Maddie Dunn; Chris Seaton; Adrian Martin; Chris Godfrey; Justine Reid

Testimonials

Kevin Kennedy is realistic, with excellent client focus and impeccable preparation.

‘A strong team where partners are closely involved. Real legal expertise coupled with excellent engagement.

Sian Edmunds is a particularly astute litigator, who understands how to get the best result for her clients even without court action.

They clearly care for their clients’ interests.

Justine Reid is excellent. A real pleasure to work with and very supportive, providing information and updates when required.

Key clients

Swiss private bank owned by a Brazil-headquartered group

James Russell Gray

Planning Tier 3

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP's planning team acts on behalf of a wide-ranging client base, with particular strengths in the public sector assisting local councils and national bodies. The team regularly advises on CPO promotions, urban extensions and redevelopments, NSIPs and has significant expertise in nuclear and alternative energy projects, with Elizabeth Dunn and Julian Boswell being key contacts in this area. Practice head Gary Soloman has expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation of large-scale developments and highway proposals. Patrick Robinson is an experienced planning inquiry and higher court advocate.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Robinson; Elizabeth Dunn; Julian Boswall

Testimonials

‘I enjoy working with Burges Salmon because they are attuned to the needs of the business. They are approachable, helpful, friendly, supportive. This collaborative approach is invaluable.’

‘Burges Salmon’s planning practice is unique in a number of ways including a significant number of experienced planning solicitors creating the ability to flex personnel on the project and seamless access to experts in the adjacent fields of environment, property, corporate structures and construction.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon LLP has a real strength in renewable energy and advising other industrial clients. They really know how to use litigation to achieve results for their clients. They are good communicators and very easy to work with.’

‘Liz Dunn is very experienced and knowledgeable, a key go-to person, who can consider questions and provide advice which factors in other matters for the client’s consideration. Provides good representation at examinations and has a collaborative nature.’

‘Elizabeth Dunn and Patrick Robinson provide exceptional service. Their advice is accurate, promptly delivered, sensible and solution-oriented. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Patrick Robinson is a very experienced partner with deep insight into the merits of bringing legal challenges.’

Key clients

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Environment Agency

Historic England

National Trust

Department for Transport

Highways England

YTL Property Holdings

Historic Royal Palaces

Stratford-on-Avon District Council

Skanska

Wallace Land Investment and Management Limited

Torbay Borough Council

Progressive Energy Limited

North Somerset Council

TfL/GLA

Sofia Offshore Windfarm Limited

Equinor

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Retail and consumer Tier 3

Burges Salmon LLP is particularly adept at handling restructuring and insolvency mandates, IP issues and corporate transactions for a stellar client base that includes some of the UK’s leading retailers. Real estate retail lead Matthew Sims is a key name in the group, which also includes IP expert Jeremy Dickerson, who has considerable expertise in matters relating to trade marks, patents and copyright. Andrew Eaton, meanwhile, has extensive experience in advising on insolvencies and other distressed situations. Other names to note are Helen Scott-Lawler and Chris Worrall, who focuses on competition mandates.

Practice head(s):

Matt Sims; Helen Scott-Lawler; Jeremy Dickerson; Andy Eaton; Chris Worrall; Adrian Martin

Key clients

John Lewis & Partners

Waitrose & Partners

Co-operative Group Limited

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Starbucks Corporation

John Lewis and Waitrose

L Brands: Victoria’s Secret, PINK, and Bath & Body Works

Reiss

Santa Barbara Polo Club

Beulah London Ltd and subsequently liquidators from Quantuma

Trustees of the Silentnight Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Beales Pension Scheme

Administrators (FRP Advisory) of Energie Corporation Limited (and subsidiaries)

Commercial contracts Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP’s cross-departmental commercial group utilises the firm’s national network to act for a range of clients from across the rail, public, energy and financial services sectors; examples include John Lewis Partnership, UK Government departments and Phillips 66. Team leader Helen Scott-Lawler is notably active in the retail, food and drink and consumer industries, Brioney Thomas leads the transport practice, and Simon Coppen heads up the firm’s franchising work.

Practice head(s):

Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Brioney Thomas; Simon Coppen; Richard Hugo

Testimonials

‘The commercial contracts team is very easy to work with. They have a very practical focus and advice is always structured in a way that addresses business needs and deliverables.’

‘Client focused and adaptive to needs. Understand sector.’

‘Richard Hugo takes time to understand our aims and where we want to be, focusing on what is practically possible, and making the legal fit with that. We’ve thrown him some challenging issues relating to complex outsourcing and IP arrangements in a regulated sector and he has never failed to deliver. Richard is a true business partner, creative and forward-thinking in approach.’

Key clients

John Lewis Partnership including John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners

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

Phillips 66 (JET petrol stations)

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (First CapitaConnect, First Greater Western, ScotRail, First/KeolisTranspennine and Hull Trains)

William Grant & Sons

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Yeo Valley

Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL)

Bristol City Council

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice houses specialists in transport, financial services, pensions and insurance, as well as energy and natural resources, business crime, and agricultural and rural affairs. The team's key figures include commercial and financial disputes specialist David Hall, the 'extremely bright, committed and hard-working' Ann MetherallAndrew Burnette, food litigation expert Sian Edmunds, transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson; Ian Tucker; Michael Ward; Matthew Walker

Testimonials

Superb teamwork, strong management, clear lines of communication, and  strength and depth across the board.

An ambitious team, which delivers London service at regional rates.

Burges Salmon has a highly integrated team of experienced and extremely able lawyers who are not only very bright, but immensely hard-working, and highly attuned to the commercial objectives of their clients.

They offer a rare combination of specialist legal knowledge and real industry expertise, and their attention to detail and case preparation are outstanding.

David Hall excels in commercial litigation. He stays close to the matter, leads the team with second-to-none skills, and exceeds clients’ expectations.

Ann Metherall is extremely bright, committed and hard-working – an excellent manager.

Andrew Burnette is tactically astute, calm and reassuring.

Andrew Burnette has very good judgement.

Key clients

FirstGroup (and subsidiaries)

John Lewis

Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Ministry of Justice

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Several of the key commercial property lawyers at Burges Salmon LLP split their time between the firm’s London and Bristol offices, predominantly operating from the latter. Richard Clark acts for both public and private sector clients; he fronts the investment and asset management offering and is supported by Richard Read who specialises in student accommodation, hotel and leisure-related transactions, in addition to those involving mainstream classes. The group is also geared to handle a range of development projects; Ross Polkinghorne directs particular attention to large-scale sustainable regeneration schemes and the wider team is also adept in all facets of landlord and tenant work such as rent reviews, dilapidations, sale-leasebacks, headquarter moves and lease terminations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Clark

Other key lawyers:

Richard Read; Matthew Sims; Chris Preston

Testimonials

‘High quality legal advice and deep knowledge of the industry, at competitive rates.’

‘Richard Read is supported by a team of associates and provides top quality advice in a very cost-effective manner.’

‘Strong commercial acumen. They offered our business support during pandemic which was appreciated and recognised.’

Ross Polkinghorne, Richard Clark and Ashley Davies are an excellent team. Diligent, commercial. They understand development process and can see beyond individual issues to wider context.

‘The team is large and diverse and brings in partners from around the business as required to inform the deal.’

‘The team are available, knowledgeable and offer pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Darwin Leisure Fund

Andrew Brownsword / The Royal Clarence Hotel Limited

The Crown Estate

The Church Commissioners

Aerium Group

Savile Row Investments Unit Trust

FTI Consulting (acting as administrators of Côte Restaurants Group Holdings Limited)

West Ranga Property Group

Knight Frank Investment Management

Derivatives and structured products Tier 4

Based in Bristol and London, Burges Salmon LLP has a busy derivatives practice that 'always provides comprehensive advice with clear guidance on actions to be taken'. The firm is a key adviser to high-profile clients, among them many FTSE 100 corporates and global brands, on derivatives matters. It also handles a growing workload for investment funds, pension funds and pension fund trustees. Practice head Graham Soar has a multi-faceted practice that spans corporate banking, project finance, derivatives, securitisation and debt capital markets. Senior associate Alistair Rattray plays a key role in leveraged finance and derivatives transactions. Together, they acted for a large project company in the interest rate hedging for a multimillion-pound facility agreement in respect of the funding of a 140MW UK solar portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Graham Soar

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Rattray

Testimonials

‘Always provides comprehensive advice with clear guidance on actions to be taken.’

‘Graham Soar has gone out of his way to provide support at short notice, even where he has had a full schedule.’

Key clients

FirstGroup plc

Octopus Renewable Infrastructure Trust

GCP Infrastructure Investments

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong profile among AIM-listed companies, NOMADs and brokers. With Nick Graves and Rupert Weston at the helm, the team handles IPOs, secondary fundraises, corporate transactions and the associated regulatory and compliance matters. The firm is notably prominent in the energy sector; in one highlight, a cross-practice group advised longstanding client Bluefield Solar (a UK-focused income fund listed on the London Stock Exchange that invests primarily in solar assets) on its acquisition of Bradenstoke Solar Park Limited.  Elsewhere, in the financial services arena, the firm acted for AIM-listed fintech company Nucleus Financial Group PLC on a £145m bid for the company by James Hay Holdings.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves; Rupert Weston

Other key lawyers:

Chris Godfrey; Dominic Davis

Key clients

Gooch & Housego plc

ITM Power plc

Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc

Peel Hunt LLP

WH Ireland Limited

SciSys Group plc

Stockdale Securities

Premier Miton Group plc

FirstGroup plc

Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited

Nucleus Financial Group plc

Family Tier 4

Sarah Hoskinson leads 'a great and growing team' at Burges Salmon LLP. 'With its base in Bristol and a foothold in London it neatly covers both sides of the country'. The team has particular expertise in asset protection issues (such as nuptial agreements). Hoskinson is skilled at advising on pension issues that arise on divorce and at handling financial cases with significant assets and international elements. Director Richard Handel advises wealthy individuals on divorce, private children matters and on asset protection.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hoskinson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Handel; Mary Gaskins; Hannah Petherick

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon is a rare example of a regional heavyweight which has made a serious impact on the central London family market. The firm absolutely holds its own against the more established central London practices, having only broken into central London in recent years. Head of department, Sarah Hoskinson, is a stand out performer. Sarah has taken the family department to the next level, assisted by Richard Handel and the excellent Mary Gaskins‘.

‘Burges Salmon has a first class family team. The lawyers handle generally high value divorce cases in a constructive and intelligent manner. Sarah Hoskinson is a star individual. She is fiercely clever and has real technical expertise, particularly in relation to pensions but at the same time is friendly and constructive‘.

‘Richard Handel deals with cases with skill, sensitivity and great expertise. He fights his clients’ corners when necessary but adopts a pragmatic and sensible approach to assist clients in reaching a resolution out of Court‘.

‘The family team  is expanding in London and offers clients excellent advice in a new location. Richard Handel is considerate and pragmatic. He knows the points to pursue on his client’s behalf and the points to concede in order to get the best possible settlement for them. He is great at looking at the bigger picture in a case‘.

‘Very committed to clients. Works to try and settle without court being involved. Sarah Hoskinson is tenacious and does everything possible to get the right outcome for her clients.  Mary Gaskin is a pleasure to work with and focuses on the most pragmatic way to bring things to a conclusion‘.

‘Richard Handel is fantastic – his calm manner complements his determination to do the best for his clients – a quiet ferocity’.

‘Sarah Hoskinson is a tour de force with boundless energy. She is someone who likes to win and will strive to achieve the best for her clients‘.

‘Under the leadership of Sarah Hoskinson this firm delivers excellent advice – value for money in a supportive and sensible manner. Sarah Hoskinson is fabulous, manages difficult clients elegantly’. 

 

Fintech Tier 4

At Burges Salmon LLPMartin Cook (who joined from WorldRemit in December 2020) leads the fintech practice. The team's work covers blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, payments and lending, data protection and cyber security, among various other areas. Also notable is that it handles a significant amount of government policy-related work and is at the forefront of legislative developments in the fintech arena. Sarah Kenshall moved to BPE Solicitors LLP in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cook

Other key lawyers:

Mark Shepherd; Tom Dunn

Testimonials

‘Martin Cook is very amenable and easy to work with.’

‘They are always quick to respond and have a very commercial mindset, which we really like.’

‘The team is great and has relevant experience in all key areas related to our business.’

‘Burges Salmon were very quick to support us and assist with finding the best outcome.’

‘Martin Cook is extremely commercial – he quickly identifies and works towards solutions for the business but, equally, he knows the law and regulatory landscape extremely well so is comfortable setting boundaries and working within them.’

‘Strong sector knowledge within fintech and payments more generally.’

‘City quality work from a Bristol base makes this a go-to practice for great quality work at great value.’

‘They understand the pace and dynamic environment of a fintech and have proved to be extremely responsive and accommodating with last minute requests and tight turnaround times.’

Key clients

Ascentric (Investment Funds Direct Limited)

Villa Plus Limited

World First (UK) Limited

Think Money Limited

Honda Finance

Currency Global

Embark Group

Phillips 66

Faster Payments

Recognise Financial Services

Kreos Capital Partners

Bolt Bikes London Limited

Marlborough Group

Praemium

Parmenion

St James’s Place Wealth Management

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP’s team undertakes regulatory and corporate work for clients such as Royal London, MAPFRE and Lombard. It also advises on a range of commercial issues, such as outsourcings and the distribution of insurance products. Matthew Walker, who made partner in mid-2020, is an expert in the regulatory aspects of M&A, as well as warranty and indemnity policies. Tom Dunn is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Tom Dunn

Testimonials

The team is incredibly driven and knew exactly how to protect and maintain our interests as we navigated our way through difficult negotiations against an aggressive timetable.’

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

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

Lombard International Group

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

The Bristol-based IP and media practice at Burges Salmon LLP is equally strong on litigation and non-contentious matters. Co-head Helen Scott-Lawler advises on a range of licensing, distribution and brand strategisation projects for media, publishing and retail clients. Co-head Jeremy Dickerson, newly promoted partner Emily Roberts and senior associate Georgina Shaw appear in the High Court and IPEC on trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, recently for national broadcasters in defence proceedings. The team excels in the digital copyright space, particularly for litigation on behalf of major US clients.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw

Testimonials

The firm has an international practice and the quality of the service is as good as any magic circle/major London law firm. It is the law firm I would always choose.

Jeremy Dickerson has a wealth of experience in litigating for well-known luxury brands. Can deal with a case at an international level and provides the best advice you can get from both a legal and commercial perspective.

Emily Roberts is driven, commercial, very astute, will fight hard for her clients.

Jeremy Dickerson – accessible, knowledgeable, very commercial advice.

Georgina Shaw – accessible, knowledgeable, very commercial advice.

The people I have worked with are just very nice, approachable, yet intelligent and knowledgeable people. I always find them a joy to work with and trust the quality of the work product that they produce. I have worked with Jeremy Dickerson and Emily Roberts both of who are very commercially minded and pleasant people to work with.

Key clients

BBC and BBC Studios Ltd

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Discovery, Inc.

Starbucks Corporation

Brocade Communications Systems, LLC. (subsidiary of Broadcom, Inc.) & Avago Technologies International Sales Pte Ltd

John Lewis and Waitrose

L Brands: Victoria’s Secret, PINK, and Bath & Body Works,

Virgin Enterprises Limited (Virgin Group)

Tesla

Santa Barbara Polo Club

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP handles a range of large-scale IT projects, in which it tends to act for domestic and international companies acquiring business-critical technology. Practice head Andrew Dunlop is particularly well-regarded for his role in IT outsourcing transactions, advising large corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors. Associates David Varney and Lucy Pegler are also core members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

David Varney; Lucy Pegler

Testimonials

‘Significant experience in outsourcing as well as in traditional software deals.’ 

‘Andrew Dunlop offers the experience, flexibility and client focus that we need’

 

 

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

FirstGroup PLC

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

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

Burges Salmon LLP works collaboratively across its Bristol, London and Edinburgh sites on a range of M&A deals for clients in sectors including renewable energy, tech, and healthcare. Practice head Nick Graves advises both public and private companies on all types of corporate transactions, with recent highlights including disposals of joint venture interests for blue-chip research foundations. Camilla Usher-Clark is central to the firm's energy, power and utilities team, regularly leading on strategic acquisitions for major domestic suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Nick Graves

Other key lawyers:

Camilla Usher-Clark; Chris Godfrey; Dominic Davis; Richard Spink; Mark Shepherd; Rupert Weston; Jonathan Eves

Testimonials

‘We worked on a transaction with Dominic Davis and his team and found them to be incredibly client focused, pragmatic and a joy to work with. They went above and beyond on multiple occasions to not only meet client deadlines, but also to talk both the client and our team through technical points on the transaction. Even under significant time pressure during the transaction they remained calm, relaxed and enjoyable to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dom and his team to anyone looking for a high quality corporate lawyer and someone who will lead them through a complex M&A process with calmness, understanding and humour.’

‘Burges Salmon are a mid-market focused law firm and they understand very clearly the specific needs and challenges of the owner managed businesses vs large corporates. What impressed me most was not only the quality of the people and the advice but also the culture, personality and style of the team. They made the complex simple and the stressful significantly less stressful. They were collaborative and collegiate in their approach and they made an extremely fast moving and complex deal simple for both the client and us as corporate finance advisors.’

‘They have a very good knowledge of your activity field, which makes the difference compared to their competitors.’

‘The team is legally extremely skilled and has a strong commercial understanding which is key in their approach to transactions. Highly experienced, driven and energetic. I highly recommend them.’

‘Camilla Usher-Clark is a sheer pleasure to work with. She is very skilled in her legal analysis and commercial approach in doing deals. Constructive and very capable. I can only give her my highest recommendations.’

‘Easy to work with on all levels, highly knowledgeable M&A lawyers but most of all trustworthy, and have the experience to give sound advice with solutions and options from varied angles and perspectives so it is easier to make an informed decision.’

‘High levels of integrity, approachable, knowledgeable and giving sound, impartial advice not based on earning more fees. Highly trustworthy which is crucial in building good relationships.’

‘A very good team – very dynamic.’

Key clients

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Virgin Group

BSW Timber

Bluefield Solar

FirstGroup plc

University of Oxford

Phillips 66

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy/UKRI

ITM Power plc

Muzinich & Co

John Lewis Partnership

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Based in Bristol, the IP and media team at Burges Salmon LLP counts broadcasting as a key area of strength, with it advising clients on a range of matters, including broadcasting rights exploitation, IP, commercial and regulatory issues. The practice is also noted for its expertise in the advertising and marketing space, where it acts for major retailers and broadcasters, transport, healthcare and energy clients. Jeremy Dickerson, who is experienced in contentious and transactional IP matters, co-heads the practice with Helen Scott-Lawler. The latter practitioner advises clients on commercial contracts, advertising and marketing law, brand protection and sponsorship issues. Recently promoted partner Emily Roberts and senior associate Georgina Shaw are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw; Richard Hugo

Key clients

BBC

BBC Studios Ltd

Discovery Channel

Sam Branson/Sundog Pictures

Eurosport

Virgin Group

Glastonbury Festival

Endemol Shine

20th Century Studios

Play Sports Network

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Burges Salmon LLP has a dedicated team that is spread between Bristol and London. It continues to excel at UK landed estate work as it acts for many of the UK’s substantial and best known landed estates and a large slice of the country’s aristocracy. It now also acts for a significant and growing number of the international super-rich and is increasingly involved in some of the most complex international trust restructuring work. Beatrice Puoti and John Barnett co-head the department. The 'exceptionally great' Jim Aveline is recommended for his advice to family businesses as well as international trust companies and banks.

Practice head(s):

Beatrice Puoti (Partner, Head of Private Wealth); John Barnett (Partner, Head of Partnerships and Private Client Services)

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Burges Salmon has been assisting a landed estate I manage which is going through a very difficult time. Jim Aveline approaches his work in a very quiet professional manner guiding trustees through the many troubled waters that have been thrown in their way. He is definitely the man to have in a crisis‘.

‘The team covers a range of technical issues, and the members are readily accessible. Catherine is a great technician with a practical approach to her clients and advice‘.

The UK private client tax capabilities at Burges Salmon are excellent across many disciplines. The lawyers are an extremely collaborative group, and place an emphasis on the clients’ interests. They also place an emphasis on developing their associate team, which has strengthened their offering significantly. My main points of contact are Beatrice Puoti, John Barnett and Suzanna Harvey within the partner team. They all have a very good mix of excellent technical strength and an ability to build empathetic relationships with their clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to clients with an international focus‘.

‘The level of technical competence of the team is outstanding. Coupled with its practical application makes it a formidable team. It is our “go to” firm of solicitors. I have dealt mainly with John Barnett who is an extremely able and competent solicitor. His ability to identify a problem and provide a practical solution is exceptional. My wife has also dealt with Catherine de Maid who she describes as a pleasure to deal with and someone of great ability‘.

Technically very strong but also very practical and approachable. Suzanna Harvey – always very good at explaining very technically complicated matters in a way most ordinary people can understand. Very practical and does not sit on a fence which is a good thing. Catherine de Maid – softly spoken but really knows her stuff!’.

Strength and depth. Very good technical skills- Jim Aveline; John Barnett‘.

This is a really strong team in a sector that many firms do not do well. They have chosen to maintain a deep knowledge of trusts which represent a vanishing specialism elsewhere, but is vital for HNW and UHNW clients who will generally retain historic trust structures. Jim Aveline is a stand-out relationship-builder in this area, maintaining an excellent bedside manner whilst still being able to draw alongside opposing family members and navigate through difficult and contentious matters‘.

Strong technical expertise. Client friendly.  A number of advisers excel in their client service. John Barnett, Suzanna Harvey, Beatrice Puoti and Emma Heelis-Adam‘.

Key clients

PraxisIFM

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

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP acts for a range of PE houses in investments, buyouts, and disposals; the practice also advises management teams on transactions. As well as handling deals in the technology and hospitality sectors; the practice has a particular focus on infrastructure, with energy, transportation, and telecommunications transactions featuring heavily in its work. Mark Shepherd leads the practice, which frequently collaborates with the Edinburgh team headed by Danny Lee.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Danny Lee; Richard Spink

Testimonials

‘Bristol-based with local knowledge.’

‘Richard Spink – very commercial and easy to deal with. Good understanding of client needs.’

‘We valued their depth and breadth of experience.’

Key clients

ECI Partners

Gresham House British Strategic Investment Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

LDC (Managers) Limited

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Tiger Infrastructure Partners

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

The team at Burges Salmon LLP, which is noted for being 'completely committed to the client and the best outcome', has niche expertise in the food and drink sector. It is instructed by manufacturers, distributers and retailers in food safety and labelling matters, product recalls and withdrawals, and a wide range of product liability disputes. Sian Edmunds is a dedicated specialist in this field, and leads the team with commercial law practitioner Helen Scott-Lawler. Simon Tilling advises on product standards, compliance and regulation.

Practice head(s):

Sian Edmunds; Helen Scott-Lawler

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Simon Tilling

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with and very thorough. Completely committed to the client and the best outcome, however difficult the circumstances.’

‘Sian Edmunds is extremely knowledgeable and quick to grasp complex scientific issues and knows their significance and how to act on them. Sian is a pleasure to work with as well as always having her clients’ interests at the forefront.’

‘The firm have a very wide breadth of experience in the industry and are highly respected in the sector. The team structure not only strengthens the contribution made to the case but ensures that resources are used efficiently and effectively. The team are very adept with technology and are good at not losing sight of the commercial objectives.’

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP's contentious construction team is known for its high-value work, often handling megaproject disputes. It frequently acts for purchasers and suppliers in relation to transport, energy and infrastructure projects. Steven James leads the team and is supported by 'standout partner' Richard Adams, who is known for his full range of disputes advice.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Richard Adams

Testimonials

‘An excellent and responsive team who are a pleasure work with. Make the complicated clear and simple as it can be, giving clear direction and focusing on the end game. Great thinkers and strategists.’

‘Richard Adams is outstanding and fantastic to work with. He brings clarity to complexity, knows what to do and how to get there. An incredibly safe pair of hands and an exceptionally clear thinker. He represents the pinnacle of excellence.’

‘They are a very vibrant team with loads of energy. They are great to work with and deal with everything with a smile.’

‘Richard Adams is a standout partner. Extremely switched-on and picks up complex technical issues with ease.’

‘There is a high quality of solicitor across the team. Junior solicitors take responsibility at an early stage and conduct litigation effectively.’

‘Richard Adams is a great leader.’

Key clients

Costain

Highways England

Crown Commercial Service

Transport for London

AEG

Serco/Abellio

National Trust

HSBC

Transport for Wales and Welsh Government

Eden Geothermal

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Professional negligence Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP 's professional negligence team is led by Andrew Burnette in Bristol, and the practice has particular experience advising lenders making claims against professional advisers such as solicitors and surveyors. It is also strong on  pensions professional negligence claims, acting for pension funds and their trustees. Justin Briggs  has particular expertise in professional negligence claims involving pension-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:

Justin Briggs; Suzanne Padmore

Testimonials

‘They are a well-regarded practice in the litigation area.’

‘They have carved out a niche representing Trustees/ Rep Bens in pensions prof neg cases at competitive prices compared to London firms but with no loss of quality.’

‘ The team led by Justin Briggs was outstanding – I would also mention the first rate contributions of Suzanne Padmore. They broke down a hugely complex matter into comprehensible parts and then provided a most thorough examination of the issues that were for and against what we were trying to achieve. I do not recall us ever being on the back foot as a result of any point put forward by the other side – quite the opposite we were always in a position to respond quickly to points given the prior consideration of the facts of the case.’

‘Andrew Burnette is first and foremost a real person, and by that I mean he does not come across as a typical lawyer; he comes across as a close and trusted friend. I have come to rely on him for advice in both my business and personal life.’

‘Justin Briggs has a wealth of experience in pensions prof neg work, gets fantastic results and always gets the strategy right.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Property finance Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP's 'very experienced' real estate finance team operates from London and Bristol, predominantly acting for banks and, increasingly, alternative lenders in development and refinancing mandates. Practice co-head Paul Browne has substantial expertise in handling transactions involving hotels, student accommodation and healthcare facilities. Richard Leeming also leads the team and is active in representing clearing banks, investment banks, debt funds and private banks. Katie Allen and Sally Jupp are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Paul Browne; Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:

Katie Allen; Sally Jupp

Testimonials

‘The team at Burges Salmon is very experienced, demonstrated by the variety and quality of deals they work on and the commercial approach taken in relation to the advice they give.’

‘Consistent and commercial and a pleasure to work with.’

‘They know their clients well and are a real pleasure to work with. I would particularly recommend Katie Allen and Richard Leeming.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

DRC Capital

Gravis Partners LLP

ICG Longbow

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

National Westminster Bank

Bank Leumi UK Plc

Barratt Developments Plc

Kinetic Capital Limited

Heritage Square Limited

Puma Property Finance Limited

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

Burges Salmon LLP acts for corporate clients in matters involving various domestic and foreign enforcement agencies, including the FCA. It also handles employee fraud, regulatory compliance and due diligence in the context of transactions. The practice group is headed up by David Hall, and was recently strengthened at partner level by the promotion of Matthew Walker and the lateral hire of Guy Bastable from BCL Solicitors LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Hall

Other key lawyers:

Guy Bastable; Matthew Walker

Testimonials

The firm has a real expertise in regulatory investigations and corporate crime. The particular fact which I regard as a key strength is that they are prepared to do civil recovery work for the enforcement agencies.

Exceptional – industry knowledge, analysis of facts, identification of key issues, strategy formulation and robust counsel.

Burges Salmon are a highly reputable firm with expertise in many different areas of practice. My primary contact has been David Hall. I have found them to be a thoroughly professional outfit with excellent client care skills.

Guy Bastable is one of the most experienced and skilled operators in this field. He is highly intelligent and a supreme strategist.

Guy Bastable has vast experience representing corporate entities and he uses this to great effect. He gives straightforward and clear advice which is always soundly based.

David Hall is an excellent lawyer. Extremely approachable. He fights tirelessly for his clients.

Key clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Reputation management Tier 5

Burges Salmon LLP advises high-profile corporate and public sector clients on a range of defamation and privacy issues. Led by Jeremy Dickerson, the practice also has experience in dispute resolution, including ADR, bringing and defending defamation proceedings, and dealing with the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Richard Binns advises on online issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Richard Binns

Key clients

The Met Office

The Cayman Islands Government

Venture capital Tier 5

Headed out of Bristol by Mark Shepherd, and aided by a growing offering from the firm's Edinburgh office, Burges Salmon LLP's 'flexible, helpful and approachable' team is well versed in advising its investor-focused client base, which includes conventional VCTs, pension funds and family offices, on investments in core areas of industry strength including the energy and infrastructure sectors. On the investee front, the firm has visibility among start-ups, primarily by virtue of its involvement in several accelerator programmes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Shepherd

Other key lawyers:

Danny Lee; Richard Spink; Joanna Monaghan; Alex Lloyd

Testimonials

The firm shows an engagement and willingness to get involved with the start-ups.’

The team is very flexible, helpful and approachable.’

The people we have dealt with have been very knowledgeable about their subject area and good at communicating the important stuff, offering opinion and experience as well as dealing in facts.’

Key clients

Kreos Capital

Beechbrook Capital LLP

Mobeus Equity Partners LLP

LDC (Managers) Limited

BGF (formerly Business Growth Fund)

Octopus Investments Limited

Ingenious Investments

Vitry Enfant

Bridges Fund Management

Causeway Capital

Administrative and public law Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP's 'very responsive and sharp' practice is particularly well-known for advising public sector bodies on major projects, spanning numerous sectors, including the education, defence, energy and transport industries. Of particular note, the firm successfully represented First Trenitalia West Coast Rail in rail franchising litigation, which involved the defence of several procurement challenges. Gary Soloman specialises in planning applications, compulsory purchases and compensation matters, while John Houlden is singled out for his expertise in procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman; John Houlden

Testimonials

‘The team was incredibly strong, and absolutely pivotal in the success of our actions. Combining highly impressive technical knowledge (including a great deal of regulatory expertise they developed specifically for the purpose of this JR) with strategic insight and a sound (and in my experience unusual) understanding of business commercial objectives, they delivered an outstanding service and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone contemplating an administrative challenge in the energy sector and beyond.’

‘The team is very responsive and sharp. Issues are well thought through and advice is easy to follow.

‘John Houlden – responsive, sharp, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of the public sector which enables them to provide pragmatic, risk-based advice which clients can easily apply.’

Key clients

First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd

OFGEM (The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets)

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

The Department for Education

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

South Gloucestershire Council

Greater London Authority and Transport for London

Ministry of Defence

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Former Qila Energy Group Entities

Larkfleet Energy

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

'More than capable of dealing with the City giants', Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP has a strong track record advising clearing banks and large listed corporates across a range of financings and is appreciated for the 'knowledge and attention to detail in respect of complicated group banking arrangements'. As well as regularly advising banking clients, team head Richard Leeming also continues to pick up work for corporate clients of the firm, including National Express Plc, for which he has been particularly active of late advising with regard to various amendments to its revolving credit and bilateral facilities.

Practice head(s):

Richard Leeming

Other key lawyers:

Graham Soar; Rachael Ruane; Katie Allen; Victoria Allsopp

Testimonials

Although the team operates out of Bristol they are more than capable of dealing with the City giants.’

Knowledge and attention to detail in respect of complicated group banking arrangements.’

‘Provide excellent level of advice on guidance on the structuring of deals and the associated security package. Work collaboratively with lender and borrower/borrower’s counsel to ensure all parties fully understanding and accepting of agreed positions.’

Key clients

HSBC

Lloyds Banking Group

UK Fund Manager and Eden Geothermal Limited

EDFI Management Company NV

Santander UK plc

ICG Longbow Senior Debt SA

Kreos Capital VI (Expert Fund) L.P.

Cardiff Parkway Developments Limited

Bluefield Solar

National Express Group Plc

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP's banking and financial services litigation practice acts for and against banks and alternative lenders in national and global disputes. David Hall leads the practice which includes corporate litigator Andrew Burnette, assists banking clients in recoveries, professional negligence and fraud claims, and senior associates Caroline Brown and Hannah Miller.

Practice head(s):

David Hall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Caroline Brown; Hannah Miller

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Corporate tax Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a broad range of inbound investments, fund set up and investment issues, real estate transactions and corporate restructurings. Sarah Lane has a strong contentious and non-contentious practice, with particular expertise in alternative funds. Ian Carnochan offers tax advice to a wide variety of corporates, private equity houses, real estate companies, regulated funds, and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Lane; Ian Carnochan

Other key lawyers:

John Barnett

Testimonials

Burges Salmon are quick to respond to my questions with practical and accurate advice. They don’t waste time telling me what I already know, so they always add value.’

The team is quick to understand what I need from them, and they tailor their advice accordingly. They are practical and commercially aware.’

Key clients

Bluefield Capital Partners

First Trenitalia

Louis Capital Markets

Yeo Valley

The Crown Estate

Forsa Energy

Bank Leumi

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Gresham House

Virgin Group

BSW plc

Employers Tier 6

Working between the firm's London and Bristol offices, Burges Salmon LLP's employment team routinely assists high-profile multinational and FTSE-100 companies, drawn from the financial services, defence, transport, education, retail, healthcare, energy and utilities and public sectors. Handling the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious work, including restructurings, sensitive Employment Tribunal claims, and day-to-day employment advice, the team is overseen by Adrian Martin, who 'really understands what the client wants and delivers great commercial results.'

Practice head(s):

Adrian Martin

Other key lawyers:

Chris Seaton

Testimonials

Burges Salmon have incredibly close and supportive relationships with their clients and are real sector specialists, particularly in defence and utilities. Their lawyers are unstuffy and approachable.’

A really strong team with great technical knowledge and commercial acumen.’

Adrian Martin really understands what the client wants and delivers great commercial results.’

Adrian Martin has excellent judgement.’

Key clients

Babcock International Group plc

Thomson Reuters / Refinitiv

BAE Systems plc

John Lewis Partnership

FirstGroup plc

Bank of Ireland

The Crown Estate

Causeway CSP Limited

Reiss

Ofgem

HS1

The Racecourse Association

Endemol Shine

University of Bristol

Spire Healthcare Group plc

Government Legal Department

Transport for Wales

Quartz Media Inc

Office for Students

Affinity Water

Optegra

UK Atomic Energy Authority

EU and competition Tier 6

Burges Salmon LLP is best known as one of Bristol's strongest competition firms, though it also frequently serves clients in London. Chris Worrall, as departmental head, splits his time between the London and Bristol offices and primarily advises on merger control and FDI clearance issues. Associate Shachi Nathdwarawala arrived from Simmons & Simmons in July 2020, giving the firm a full time presence in London.

Practice head(s):

Chris Worrall

Other key lawyers:

Shachi Nathdwarawala

Testimonials

‘The team take a very collaborative approach to advice giving and are professional and specialists in the area. They understand the need to act quickly and come up with solutions almost immediately’

‘Accessibility and approachability is key. The individuals that make up the team are easily accessible and approachable and it often feels like they are an extension to our in-house team.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Limited

Clarks

SCISYS Group plc

Advent International

Loop Interiors

Canal & River Trust

UK Atomic Energy Agency

United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI)

Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Waitrose and John Lewis

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP has a strong fintech focus, advising investment platform providers on day-to-day regulatory issues, and matters arising from blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Insurance regulation is another core area of expertise, and lawyers are often called upon to advise on the creation and distribution of insurance products to retail customers. The group also has expertise in pensions regulation. Taking the lead is Tom Dunn, who focuses on regulation in financial services and products for the retail market. Chris Godfrey is a funds expert who has expertise in FCA-regulated LLP structures.

Practice head(s):

Tom Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Chris Godfrey; Jeremy Bell; Martin Cook

Testimonials

The team continues to offer speedy robust and accurate legal advice in every legal transaction they undertake for us.’

The team has specialists who are very knowledgeable in our area of the industry which means they quickly know what we are looking to achieve and will also highlight other areas which may be of concern or should be considered. In the majority of cases they have already carried out previous work on the items needed, meaning that timeframes are quick and it has always been one of the same two people I deal with which is great for continuity.’

Key clients

St. James’s Place

FundRock Partners Ltd

Rathbone Investment Management Limited

Financial Services & Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Marlborough Fund Managers

City of London Group plc

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

Embark Group

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Premier Asset Management Group plc

Sport Tier 6

The key names within Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘excellent, practical and commercial’ sports team operate from Bristol and are principally focused on horse racing, football and motorsport. The keystone of the practice is its regulatory work, covering drafting, constitutional, governance and anti-doping affairs, though the group has also made significant strides of late in terms of its brand management offering. Jeremy Dickerson fronts the department, calling upon his vast experience in sponsorship, merchandising, advertising, media and internet issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Scott-Lawler

Testimonials

‘Excellent practical and commercial advice.’

‘Very responsible and happy to help. Jeremy Dickerson is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

The Racecourse Association

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Scottish Premier Football League

Transport finance and leasing Tier 6

Benefiting from 'deep UK rail experience and expertise', Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP provides a 'highly competent and commercially astute service' to operators and government entities across a range of operational, regulatory and transactional matters. Team head Brioney Thomas regularly handles rolling stock financing and procurement work for many of the country's most prominent train operating companies.

Practice head(s):

Brioney Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Chris Simms; Chris Lewis; Jacob Preisner

Testimonials

‘The firm has deep UK rail experience and expertise.’

Highly competent, commercially astute and always willing to go the extra mile.’

Deep knowledge of the UK rolling stock market, both at Government and DfT level, through to operator and owner requirements.’  

Chris Simms takes a pragmatic approach and uses his experience from different parts of the UK rail industry.’

Key clients

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

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

Welsh Government / Transport for Wales

Northern Ireland Railways Company (trading as Translink)

Eurostar International Limited (trading as Eurostar)

Rock Rail East Midlands Plc

Rail Delivery Group

Private funds

Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP has a solid record in mid-market private equity fundraising and advice to investment managers, with a particular focus on winding up funds at the end of their lifespans. The team is led by Jeremy Bell.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Under the leadership of Bristol-based Andrew Dunlop, Burges Salmon LLP advises large corporate clients on a range on data protection and cybersecurity matters, including data breaches.

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. By having one base for all of its people, Burges Salmon maintains a collaborative and cohesive culture which underpins the quality of its work and client service. In short, the firm hires, trains and retains the best people to work together to serve clients and provide them with the best possible experience.

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Chris Seaton
Managing Partner Roger Bull
Banking and Finance Andrew Eaton
Commercial Helen Scott-Lawler
Corporate Nick Graves
Dispute Resolution Ann Metherall
Employment Adrian Martin
Private Client Services John Barnett
Projects Ian Salter
Real Estate Services Paul Browne
Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations David Hall
Competition Chris Worrall
Construction and Engineering Steven James
Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Andrew Eaton
Defence Mark Paterson
Education Matthew Ramus
Environment 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 Walker
Intellectual Property and Media Jeremy Dickerson
International Trade Paul Browne
Pensions Services Richard Knight
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Gary Soloman
Procurement and State Aid John Houlden
Retail Matthew Sims
Sport Jeremy Dickerson
Tax John Barnett
Technology and Communications Jeremy Dickerson
Energy Power and Utilities Michael Barlow
Financial Services Richard Leeming
Infrastructure Chris Jackson
Net Zero Cross Sector Initiative Ross Fairley
Private Wealth Beatrice Puoti
Public Sector John Houlden
Real Estate Richard Clark
Transport Brioney Thomas
Community Engagement John Houlden
Pro Bono Michael Hayles
Recruitment Holly Fey 0117 307 6360
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 Joanne Attwood  photo Joanne Attwood Heads up Burges Salmon’s Licensing practice. Advises clients on all issues arising…
 Jim Aveline  photo Jim Aveline Partner in Private Client Services department. Specialises in tax and estate planning…
 Michael Barlow  photo Michael Barlow Advises both public and private sector clients on all aspects of UK…
 John Barnett  photo John Barnett Head of Private Client Services department. Provides a full range of tax…
 Keith Beattie  photo Keith Beattie Partner specialising in projects and commercial contracts. Having previously worked in private…
 Philip Beer  photo Philip Beer Philip has over 20 years of experience in advising public and private…
 Jeremy Bell  photo Jeremy Bell Head of the Private Equity Funds practice at Burges Salmon LLP.  We…
 Julian Boswall  photo Julian Boswall Advises on planning, highways and compulsory purchase. Particular experience in transport, regeneration,…
 Luke Bowery  photo Luke Bowery Partner in the Employment unit. Advises employers and employees in both the…
 Euan Bremner  photo Euan Bremner Member of the firm’s Partnership Committee (main Board).  A real estate lawyer…
 Justin Briggs  photo Justin Briggs Specialist in Pension and Private Trusts Disputes and Head of the Pensions…
 Paul Browne  photo Paul Browne Heads the firm’s real estate group of over 100. In addition to…
 Roger Bull  photo Roger Bull Managing Partner since May 2018. Previously partner and head of the employment…
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 Ian Carnochan photo Ian Carnochan Ian Carnochan is a partner in the tax team and leads the…
 Nick Churchward  photo Nick Churchward Partner in Projects Department. Nick has 20 years’ experience advising on energy…
 Richard Clark  photo Richard Clark Head of Burges Salmon’s cross-departmental Real Estate Sector Group, having led the…
 Simon Coppen  photo Simon Coppen Simon has advised rail industry members on the full range of legal…
 Dominic Davis  photo Dominic Davis Dominic is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance team. His practice…
 Jeremy Dickerson  photo Jeremy Dickerson Partner in dispute resolution department and head of the firm’s IP group.…
 Andrew Dunlop  photo Andrew Dunlop Leads Burges Salmon’s Outsourcing Group and also head of the firm’s GDPR…
 Elizabeth Dunn  photo Elizabeth Dunn Advises on all aspects of planning law including major infrastructure, highways and…
 Tom Dunn  photo Tom Dunn Specialist in investment funds and financial services regulatory work and head of…
 Andrew Eaton  photo Andrew Eaton Andrew heads the Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency team at Burges Salmon. He…
 Sian Edmunds  photo Sian Edmunds Sian is a specialist advisor to food and drink, consumer product and…
 Jonathan Eves  photo Jonathan Eves Partner in the corporate finance team with a particular focus on corporate…
 Ross Fairley  photo Ross Fairley Specialist in renewable, Net Zero and environmental projects. Covers areas such as…
 Emma Folkes  photo Emma Folkes Partner working within the firm’s Food and Farming team and specialising in…
 William Gard  photo William Gard Will is a chartered civil engineer as well as a solicitor, practising…
 Mary Gaskins photo Mary Gaskins Financial settlements on divorce, dealing with complex asset cases, including farming cases…
 Chris Godfrey  photo Chris Godfrey Corporate and funds partner; head of the firm’s Corporate and Financial Institutions…
 Nick Graves  photo Nick Graves Partner and Head of Corporate Finance, specialising in UK corporate finance and…
 Paul Haggett  photo Paul Haggett Partner and former head of Disputes, Environment and Planning department. Practice focused…
 David Hall  photo David Hall David is Head of the 120 lawyer strong Disputes, Planning & Construction…
 Marcus Harling  photo Marcus Harling Partner – Construction, Engineering, Procurement and Development. Provides strategic advice on all…
 Suzanna Harvey  photo Suzanna Harvey Partner in international tax and trust unit of Private Client Services department.…
 Alison Hawes  photo Alison Hawes Family law, with particular emphasis on complex assets and/or businesses. Specialism in…
 Michael Hayles  photo Michael Hayles Pensions partner advising trustees and employers in respect of all aspects of…
 Tom Hewitt  photo Tom Hewitt Head of Burges Salmon’s Food and Farming team. Advises on tax and…
 Alice Honeywill  photo Alice Honeywill Specialises in pensions law and advises trustees and employers on all aspects…
 Sarah Hoskinson  photo Sarah Hoskinson Financial settlements on divorce, dealing with complex asset cases and international family…
 John Houlden  photo John Houlden Advises on procurement, state aid, projects, competition and regulatory issues on a…
 Chris Jackson  photo Chris Jackson Chris is the firm’s Head of Infrastructure and a Partner in the…
 Lloyd James  photo Lloyd James Lloyd is a partner in the construction and engineering unit. He joined…
 Steven James  photo Steven James Partner in and Head of the Construction and Engineering group, and dual-qualified…
 Sally Jupp  photo Sally Jupp Sally advises clients across the real estate sector on real estate finance,…
 Kevin Kennedy  photo Kevin Kennedy Partner advising on private client/trust and agricultural disputes.  Recent cases include Sofer…
 Richard Knight  photo Richard Knight Head of the firm’s Pensions practice and provides a full range of…
 Richard Leeming  photo Richard Leeming Partner; acting for lenders on real estate finance transactions and fundings. Clients…
 Colin Ligman  photo Colin Ligman Specialist in real estate aspects of investment, development and rail infrastructure funding…
 Adrian Martin  photo Adrian Martin Partner specialising in employment law and head of the employment law team.…
 Ann Metherall  photo Ann Metherall Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution unit. Specialises in strategic health and…
 Alastair Morrison  photo Alastair Morrison Partner responsible for non-contentious rural property; sale, purchase, lease and mortgage of…
 Richard Owen  photo Richard Owen Partner in charge of the landowner development unit, acting exclusively for landowners…
 Suzanne Padmore  photo Suzanne Padmore A specialist in pensions and financial services litigation. Pensions expertise covers a…
 Mark Paterson  photo Mark Paterson Partner specialising in infrastructure projects and general commercial law. Mark acts for…
 Richard Pettit  photo Richard Pettit Richard advises companies and pension scheme trustees on issues including moral hazard…
 James Phillips  photo James Phillips Leading dual-qualified energy law expert. Provides regulatory and commercial legal advice to…
 Ross Polkinghorne  photo Ross Polkinghorne Partner specialising in Real Estate Development. Advises both the private and public…
 Clive Pugh  photo Clive Pugh Advises trustees and employers on all aspects of pensions law and is…
 Beatrice Puoti  photo Beatrice Puoti Beatrice is the head of Burges Salmon’s Private Wealth sector and a…
 Matthew Ramus  photo Matthew Ramus Partner specialising in public sector outsourcing, alternative delivery models and infrastructure projects…
 Richard Read  photo Richard Read Rick is ranked as a leading individual in London for corporate occupier…
 Patrick Robinson  photo Patrick Robinson A partner in the firm’s planning unit. Solicitor advocate in the civil…
 Rachael Ruane  photo Rachael Ruane Partner in the Banking and Finance group. Rachael advises financial institutions, funds,…
 Ian Salter  photo Ian Salter Partner, head of Nuclear Law unit; advises on all aspects of nuclear…
 Emily Scaife photo Emily Scaife Emily is a finance lawyer with a particular focus on complex corporate…
 Helen Scott-Lawler  photo Helen Scott-Lawler Partner and head of Commercial Group, specialising in intellectual property and commercial…
 Chris Seaton  photo Chris Seaton The firm’s Senior Partner and also a partner in the Employment team…
 Mark Shepherd  photo Mark Shepherd Heads the firm’s Private Equity team. Advises institutions, management teams and investee…
 Ross Simpson photo Ross Simpson Partner in Real Estate specialising in strategic land and rural property. Undertakes…
 Matthew Sims  photo Matthew Sims Heads the firm’s retail team and specialises in UK real estate investment,…
 Graham Soar  photo Graham Soar Partner in the Banking and Finance group. Advises clients including financial institutions,…
 Gary Soloman  photo Gary Soloman Partner and head of Burges Salmon’s planning and compulsory purchase team. Recent/current…
 Richard Spink  photo Richard Spink Heads the firm’s Corporate and Financial Institutions Department. Has continued to advise…
 James Sutherland  photo James Sutherland Head of Burges Salmon’s Real Estate Disputes team Main Areas of Practice:…
 Brioney Thomas  photo Brioney Thomas Brioney is a partner and Head of the firm’s Transport sector. She…
 Simon Tilling  photo Simon Tilling Advises on UK environment, chemicals and product standards law including operational compliance,…
 Ian Tucker  photo Ian Tucker A specialist in rail and wider transport law and regulation and a…
 Camilla Usher-Clark  photo Camilla Usher-Clark Camilla’s practice covers M&A, joint ventures, private equity, restructurings and general corporate…
 Matthew Walker photo Matthew Walker Partner – Financial Services, Regulatory Investigations, Corporate and Commercial Disputes, Insurance Recent…
 Rupert Weston  photo Rupert Weston Specialises in corporate finance and company law. Experience includes advising on mergers…
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 Chris Worrall photo Chris Worrall Chris Worrall is a partner and head of the competition team at…
Number of UK partners : 99
Number of other UK fee-earners : 443

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

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

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

Our priorities

  • Gender

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

  • Ethnicity

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

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

  • LGBT+

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

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

  • Social mobility

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

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

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

  • Disability

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

We also support our people in establishing diversity networks:

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

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

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

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

The Lex 100 Verdict

Burges Salmon ‘offers some of the best training in Bristol’. For the South West firm’s trainees, the prospect of ‘high-quality, varied work and good pay whilst generally retaining a work/life balance’ was just too good to ignore. Two Lex 100 Winner medals have been awarded to Burges Salmon for job satisfaction and, thanks to the ‘consistently high retention rates’, for confidence of being kept on. Recruits appreciate that the firm ‘takes a genuine interest in its trainees’ and champions an open-door policy, where ‘people make time for you; they want to get to know you and are more than willing to explain things to you’. The ‘cake trolley (when we’re in the office….)’ deserves a special mention too. But ‘whilst the firm overall tries to promote a healthy work/life balance, these expectations can vary between departments and there are teams in which long hours are the norm’. ‘Painful admin work’, ‘disclosure projects in litigation’ and ‘the highly stressful completion of a deal’ were some of the low points of the training contract so far. Having to start during, or spending large chunks of their training contracts remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic was also lamented, especially as this has led to ‘a lack of osmosis learning’. Thankfully, trainees have still managed to get involved in some interesting work, which has led to best moments such as ‘attending court (albeit virtually)’, ‘taking part in mediations and trustee board meetings’ and ‘completing a multi-million-pound deal in my first seat’. To work at a firm which will ‘make you feel included as a member of the team from day one’, research Burges Salmon.