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

London > Transport > Rail

(Leading individuals)

Chris JacksonBurges Salmon LLP

Through its Bristol and London offices, Burges Salmon LLP fields a large and dedicated rail team that covers a broad range of issues. Its clients include the UK’s largest train operating groups as well as several of their JV partners. The group is skilled at advising on a range of complex issues relating to rail infrastructure, health and safety and regulatory matters. In addition it has been involved in some of the most significant franchising matters in recent years and has handled many of the UK’s largest rolling stock procurement exercises. Its rail infrastructure practice has also been involved in a range of projects of national importance. Among the key names to note are Simon Coppen who heads the public service contracting unit. Brioney Thomas is another leading figure in the department and heads the transport offering while Chris Jackson leads the firm-wide infrastructure group. Ian Tucker is well regarded for his litigation work and regulatory advice and Chris Simms is also well regarded. Brian Wong was recently promoted to the partnership.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

Burges Salmon LLP handles a range of high-profile and high-value energy, transport, and defence infrastructure projects, with a focus on the domestic market. It stands out from the crowd with its niche knowledge of the nuclear sector and counts the Atomic Energy of Canada and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories among its clientele. The team, which is mainly based in Bristol, is headed by Chris Jackson, who is a name for transport, procurement and health and safety matters. The Edinburgh-based Stuart McMillan is recommended for financing matters, while Lloyd James handles engineering projects in the renewable energy sector, and Brioney Thomas is a notable name for rail infrastructure matters.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Burges Salmon LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ Bristol-based disputes group comprises experts in transport, financial services, insurance, energy and natural resources, agricultural and rural affairs, and business crime and regulatory matters. The group is jointly led by David Hall and Ann Metherall, while Andrew Burnette acts in contractual, banking, company and shareholder disputes. Also highly regarded are ‘trusted‘ food litigation expert Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson, a transport and procurement specialist; Michael Ward, who is ‘tireless and creative‘; and rail regulatory expert Ian Tucker.

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP fields ‘a great team made up of hardworking individuals and strength and depth at all levels’ with ‘a City ethos and skill levels’ which allow for ‘a mature and commercial approach to disputes’. The practice handles the full spectrum of commercial litigation at a national and international level, acting for a client roster of high-profile companies including Virgin, the BBC and the Ministry of Justice. David Hall and Ann Metherall jointly lead the practice, which also fields ‘one of the smartest solicitors aroundAndrew Burnette, food specialist Sian Edmunds, Chris Jackson, who advises on transport and procurement litigation, and Michael Ward, who regularly handles shareholder disputes. Other key names include solicitor advocate Ian Tucker, financial services expert Matthew Walker and Richard Binns, who focuses on procurement disputes. At associate level, Brian Wong is ‘just the sort of litigator you want by your side’ and Caroline Brown is ‘totally on the ball’.