Richard Spink > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Work Department

Corporate Finance.


Heads the firm’s Corporate and Financial Institutions Department. Has continued to advise on a variety of UK and cross-border deals this year, acting for a range of corporates, institutions and individuals. Richard continues to be a member of the firm’s international committee.


Trained Freshfields; qualified 1991; Freshfields 1991-93; joined Burges Salmon 1994; partner 1999.


Law Society; Bristol Law Society.


Educated at Cambridge University (1987 MA Law) and (1988 LLM Public International Law); College of Law, Guildford.


Cricket, cycling and rowing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

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

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

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

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

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

South West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol

(Leading individuals)

Richard SpinkBurges Salmon LLP

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