Justin Briggs > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Commercial disputes.


Specialist in Pension and Private Trusts Disputes and Head of the Pensions Disputes team.


Qualified 1995; Burges Salmon 1997, Associate 1999 working in professional negligence with contentious pensions work; Partner 2005.


Association of Pensions Lawyers; former chairman South West Committee.  Member of ACTAPS.


Attended Cardiff University (1992 Law and Economics); Bristol University (2003 Postgraduate Diploma in Pensions Law).  


Keen cyclist.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Justin BriggsBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP in Bristol fields ‘a truly expert pensions team, that is an obvious choice for high-value pensions litigation‘, with recent experience handling prominent cases, including high-profile professional negligence claims and high-value equalisation cases. The team has a sizeable roster of trustee and employer clients across the public and private sectors, with expertise in small self-administered scheme (SSAS) and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) disputes, and the related financial services and tax work. Rectification and construction claims are another area of expertise, as are declaratory claims. Justin Briggs jointly heads up the group with Suzanne Padmore, and both are adept across the spectrum of pensions disputes. Clive Pugh is an expert in pensions regulatory and funding matters, while senior associate Amy Khodabandehloo is increasingly known for handling pensions-related professional negligence claims.

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP has a primarily claimant-focused practice, covering a range of areas of professional negligence including claims concerning pensions, lawyers and surveyors. The team has of late seen a surge in claims in relation professional advice during the Covid-19 pandemic. Andrew Burnette is the head of the practice, specialising in claims against solicitors, surveyors, auditors and financial services professionals – he splits his time between London and Bristol. Justin Briggs has a track record of work on pensions claims.

London > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP is a ‘very impressive outfit’ that is co-led by Justin Briggs and Kevin Kennedy. It continues to act in some of the biggest and most complex contentious trust and probate matters in the country, attracting a broad client base of high-net-worth individuals including aristocratic families and wealthy international figures. Sian Edmunds is also well-regarded for her work across a broad spread of trusts and estate litigation work as well for her agricultural law disputes expertise.

South West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Leading individuals)

Justin BriggsBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP advises a range of prestigious clients on both a national and an international basis. The team is led by both Justin Briggs and Kevin Kennedy. Briggs specialises in the avoidance and resolution of disputes pertaining to trusts, tax and private wealth. Kennedy is well versed in the representation of clients before the Court of Appeal. Another notable individual includes Caroline Emslie who handles international disputes concerning trusts, wills, tax planning and estate administration.

South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP‘s claimant-side practice stands out for its work in the pensions sector, where Suzanne Padmore and Justin Briggs act for trustees and employers in litigation against consultants, administrators, legal advisors and actuaries. Beyond pensions, the team is also engaged to handle claims against financial advisors and solicitors in relation to private wealth advice; practice head Andrew Burnette has an additional specialism in acting for lenders in professional negligence claims. Burnette is praised for his ‘keen eye for detail’.