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Burges Salmon LLP

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Nuclear energy and environment.


Partner, head of Nuclear Law unit; advises on all aspects of nuclear energy projects with particular expertise in nuclear law. Head of Projects Department.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1992; partner 1999.


Board Member, International Nuclear Law Association (INLA); Chair INLA UK; Member Nuclear Industry Association and chair of its Legal and Financial Affairs Working Group.


Educated at King’s School, Rochester; Bristol University (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Environment

(Hall of Fame)

Ian SalterBurges Salmon LLP

The ‘practical, cost-effective and very commercially orientatedBurges Salmon LLP covers environmental matters across sectors including energy, transport, chemicals, real estate, infrastructure and projects, as well as being active in the public sector. The team specialises in environmental regulatory work and provides ‘first-class lawyers’. Simon Tilling leads the team and advises on operational compliance, regulatory investigations, enforcement and environmental civil claims. Also notable are Michael Barlow, who has ‘long experience of this area and a keen eye for detail‘; nuclear specialist Ian Salter; Ross Fairley, who is particularly well known for renewables work; and senior associate Joanne Attwood, who has expertise in contentious and non-contentious environmental and regulatory issues.

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

(Hall of Fame)

Ian SalterBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is known for advising public and private sector clients on procuring, developing and funding projects in the transport, energy and defence sectors. The firm is particularly experienced in nuclear power, as well as providing expertise in renewables and waste management projects. Ian Salter is an expert in the field of nuclear regulation and international nuclear law. He co-leads the team with Ross Fairley, who specialises in environmental and low carbon projects. Also notable in the area are Keith Beattie, Mark Paterson, Julian Boswall and senior associate Alec Whiter.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure (PFI and PPP)

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive cross-sector infrastructure practice with a particular focus on the energy, transport, and defence sectors. The practice is involved in key nuclear energy projects in addition to significant offshore wind projects. Within the transport sector, the firm acts for London Underground, FirstGroup, Abellio Greater Anglia. Chris Jackson heads the firm’s infrastructure team. Ian Salter remains a key contact for nuclear energy projects. Other key individuals include Brioney Thomas, Elizabeth Dunn, and Lloyd James.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

(Leading individuals)

Ian SalterBurges Salmon LLP

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP‘s national energy practice has notable nuclear power and renewables expertise with further experience in handling conventional power and utilities regulatory work, onshore and offshore wind power and solar developments, and biomass projects. ‘Strong commercial lawyerRoss Fairley and Ian Salter, who ‘is exceptional by any standard and the go-to nuclear specialist‘ jointly lead the team, which has a full service offering across core energy aspects and emerging technologies including battery storage issues and waste-to-energy plants; Nick Churchward is particularly sought after for the latter. Associate Ian Truman is ‘the rising star of the group in the energy sector‘, focusing on nuclear energy matters. Julian Boswall and Elizabeth Dunn are also of note.

London > Real estate > Environment

(Hall of Fame)

Ian SalterBurges Salmon LLP

At Burges Salmon LLP, the full range of environmental services is provided to clients, with particular expertise in handling environmental litigation and environmental regulatory issues for large businesses. From public sector institutions to regulators and clients spanning the transport, infrastructure, nuclear, fossil and renewable energy sectors, the group’s client base receives advice on climate change and emissions markets, major industrial plant closures, decommissionings, contaminated land issues, regulatory investigations and environmental compliance work. The firm also has a large dedicated environmental litigation team, which acts in regulatory appeals, judicial reviews, environmental claims, and risk and remediation claims. Splitting their time between Bristol and London, vastly experienced practitioners include ‘thoughtful and incisive‘ practice head Simon Tilling, ‘first-class‘ energy specialist Michael Barlow, decommissioning and nuclear liability expert Ian Salter, and Ross Fairley, who is particularly active in renewable energy mandates.