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Burges Salmon LLP

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Health and Safety


Head of the firm’s Dispute Resolution unit. Specialises in strategic health and safety and risk management, liability claims and commercial disputes. At the heart of Ann’s work is support to clients in infrastructure businesses; in particular the transport, construction, energy and industrial sectors.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 2000; partner 2008; previously railway civil engineer 1985-96.


Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Health and Safety Lawyers Association.


Attended Portsmouth Polytechnic (1985 BSc Hons Engineering Geology and Geotechnics); Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1992); University of the West of England (1997-1998 postgraduate diplomas in law and legal practice).


Enjoys running, swimming and cycling.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Employment > Health and safety

(Leading individuals)

Ann MetherallBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP fields a sizeable team and is well known for its expertise in the rail sector. This expertise extends into the aftermath of serious accidents. The team also has particular experience in food safety laws and is well equipped to oversee food safety issues, product liability and advise on relevant regulations. The practice is led by Ann Metherall. Another name to note is Sian Edmunds; she is known for her food and agricultural specialisms. Partner Guy Bastable joined the practice from BCL Solicitors LLP.

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.

London > Employment > Health and safety

(Hall of Fame)

Ann MetherallBurges Salmon LLP

The health and safety team at Burges Salmon LLP offers broad sector expertise drawing on resources from across the firm. The team has an especially strong presence in relation to the transport and food sectors, while also doing a significant amount of work for the construction, water, chemicals and renewables clients. All lawyers on the team are experienced civil litigators with a regulatory specialism, allowing them to act on both the criminal and civil issues arising from serious health and safety incidents. Ann Metherall leads the team and is one of the UK’s top names in the rail sector for health and safety issues. Recent addition Guy Bastable is the former head of corporate crime at BCL Solicitors LLP and Sian Edmunds is a leading expert in health and safety issues relating to food and drink. Senior associate Charlotte Whitaker  is regularly involved in high profile investigations and litigations under intense public scrutiny.