Luke Bowery > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Partner in the Employment unit. Advises employers and employees in both the public and private sectors on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law related matters including executive appointment and severance, equality and discrimination, TUPE, redundancy and restructuring and employment tribunal claims. Recent work includes advising on a number of large scale restructuring projects across multiple sites and/or jurisdictions, defending complex race and disability discrimination employment tribunal claims and providing strategic advice on Board level employment issues including responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Regular speaker at external seminars and events across the UK.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 2004; partner 2014.


Basic French.


Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society


Attended Wycliffe College; Mansfield College, Oxford (BA).


Enjoy travel and all sports including golf, cricket and running.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Employment > Employment: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘pragmatic and thoughtful approach’ is valued by a host of blue-chip corporates and major public sector bodies, ranging from national retailers to governmental departments. The team is headed up by Adrian Martin, who regularly works with a range of leading businesses and public sector bodies on TUPE transfers, outsourcing projects, and associated disputes, among other matters. Senior partner Chris Seaton continues to advise on contentious and non-contentious issues for a host of clients, most recently for those in the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Luke Bowery’s recent engagements include discrimination disputes, executive terminations, and mass redundancies, while James Green is noted for his financial services focus, advising on the employment aspects of major transactions within the sector. Jamie Cameron specialises in ESG employment matters.

South West > Public sector > Education

Burges Salmon LLP‘s strong focus on university-driven mandates is complemented by work for governing institutions such as OFSTED and providers of work-based training and apprenticeships – an area of growing activity for the firm. Matthew Ramus, who leads the Bristol education team, frequently works with the Department for Education on education and children’s services transition projects, among other matters. Luke Bowery‘s contentious and non-contentious expertise notably covers employment tribunal claims, while John Houlden frequently advises on procurement issues for major education projects.  Huw Cooke is recommended for his business immigration expertise.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP is well-regarded for its advice to governing institutions such as Ofsted and the Department for Education, who instruct the team to advise on regulatory proceedings and contractual arrangements in connection with the execution of major outsourcing projects and mergers. The team also offers university clients solid advice on major construction projects, procurement initiatives, and employment matters, especially in connection with pension and immigration issues. Practice head Matthew Ramus leads the team’s relationship with the Department for Education and is well-regarded for his understanding of strategically important education projects. For employment matters, Luke Bowery and Huw Cooke are highly recommended contacts.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

The Bristol-based sports team at Burges Salmon LLP, led by Jeremy Dickerson, is known for advising clients in the horse racing, polo, and motorsports spaces with advice on media rights and sponsorship arrangements. The interdisciplinary team, which includes employment specialists Luke Bowery and Dominic Davis, as well as commercial experts Helen Scott-Lawler and David Varney, assists on employment matters and commercial transactions for clients in the worlds of golf and football.