Guy Bastable > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Financial Crime; POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture; Health & Safety; Administrative & Public Law; Environment. Regulatory investigations; corporate crime; financial crime; Coroner’s inquests; public inquiries. Corporate manslaughter; health and safety; fire safety; food safety;  environmental protection; consumer protection and trading standards. Serious fraud; tax fraud; money laundering; bribery and corruption; insider dealing and market abuse. AML/ABC compliance; recovery of the proceeds of crime (restraint; confiscation; cash seizure; unexplained wealth; civil recovery); judicial review of the actions of investigators. Crisis management; corporate and director liability; corporate internal investigations; corporate engagement with regulators; responding to complex investigations and prosecutions.


Qualified as a barrister at the Chambers of William Clegg QC, 1999. Joined BCL Solicitors LLP, 2000; partner, 2007. Joined Burges Salmon LLP as a partner, 2021.


Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates; Fraud Lawyers Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; Health & Safety Lawyers Association; UK Environmental Lawyers Association; Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud

(Leading Individuals)

Guy Bastable – Burges Salmon LLP

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

South West > Real estate > Environment

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

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Hall of Fame)

Guy BastableBurges Salmon LLP

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

London > Real estate > Environment

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