Chris Jackson > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Work Department

Rail, disputes and regulatory.


Chris is the firm’s Head of Infrastructure and a Partner in the Transport team. He is recognised as a leading lawyer with a track record of success in complex commercial and regulatory projects and disputes. He has national recognition in three areas – the transport industry, public procurement (including complex procurement challenges for both authorities and bidders) – and health and safety. He has been closely involved in policy, strategic and operational work (and in developing the firm’s strong specialist practices) in each of these areas. He also oversees a number of projects relating to intelligent transport systems, transport technology and Connected and Autonomous Mobility.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1990; partner Burges Salmon 1997.


Law Society; Solicitor-Advocate (Civil).


Educated at Cambridge University (MA Hons Law).


Swimming, golf and mountain biking.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

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 litigatorDavid Hall and Ann Metherall. The group includes the ‘first-rateAndrew 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 strategistMatthew 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 associateBrian Wong (who counts transport, regulatory and public law matters among his areas of expertise), Caroline Brown and Charlotte Whitaker.

South West > Transport > Rail

(Leading individuals)

Chris JacksonBurges Salmon LLP

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.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

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.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

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-workingAnn MetherallAndrew Burnette, food litigation expert Sian Edmunds, transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker.

London > Transport > Rail

(Leading individuals)

Chris JacksonBurges Salmon LLP

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.