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Burges Salmon LLP, Nick Churchward, Bristol, ENGLAND

Nick Churchward

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Energy and environment.


Specialist in resource and waste management, fuelled renewables, district heat and power supply and regulation. Experience includes: public and private sector waste to energy projects, waste and feedstock supply agreements, waste regulatory advice, energy regulatory advice, renewables regulatory advice, offtake agreements, on-site and export power purchase agreements, gas purchase agreements, corporate PPA structures, commercial energy supply agreements. Clients include: Cayman Islands Government, M&G Investments, Low Carbon Limited, Marks and Spencer plc, Octopus Investments, Isle of Man Government, Estover Energy, Moixa, Recycling Technologies, Renewi, Teg.Co GmbH. Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and Scotland.


Trained at Bevan Brittan 1998-2000. Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2000. Solicitor, Projects/PFI, Bevan Ashford, 2000-01. Solicitor, Project Finance, Lovells 2001-04. Associate, Projects/PFI, Bevan Brittan, 2005-07. Associate, Energy, Burges Salmon, 2007-09; Senior Associate, 2009-13; Partner, 2013 to date. Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland, 2017.




Law Society; Law Society of Scotland; Chartered Institute of Waste Management; Renewable Energy Association.


Educated at University of West England, Bristol (1993-97, LLB Hons, Law and European languages; 1997-98, Post Graduate Diploma in Law).


Enjoys mountain biking, travel and food.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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