Keith Beattie > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Commercial; projects.


Partner specialising in projects and commercial contracts. Having previously worked in private practice in Hong Kong and Singapore, and as an in-house legal adviser in the oil and gas industry, Keith has wide-ranging experience of projects, project finance and commercial contracts in the UK and overseas, primarily in the defence, transport, infrastructure and energy sectors. Key clients include the Ministry of Defence, Ascent Flight Training and Lockheed Martin.


Trained Linklaters; qualified 1999; assistant, projects group Linklaters London, Singapore, Hong Kong 1999-2000 and 2001-04; in-house lawyer Amerada Hess 2000-01; Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service Bristol 2004-05; associate, commercial department Burges Salmon 2005-08, partner 2008.


Law Society.


Attended Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland; University of Liverpool (1995 LLB Law and German); College of Law, Chester (1996 LPC).


Triathlon, cycling and running.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

(Leading individuals)

Keith BeattieBurges Salmon LLP

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

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

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