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Burges Salmon LLP

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Nick Churchward

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Energy and environment.


Specialist in resource and waste management, fuelled renewables, energy 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: UK Marks and Spencer plc, Octopus Investments, Isle of Man Government, Estover Energy, Palm Paper, Cayman Islands Government, M&G Investments, Isle of Wight Council. 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; Anaerobic Digestion and Bioesources Assocation.


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.

London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Burges Salmon LLP's team of public law and local government practitioners is made up of a number of ex-local government lawyers. Its expertise covers advice on planning, regeneration schemes and work includes matters such as advising on waste and recycling projects. Gary Solomon and Michael Hayles head the public law group; Matthew Ramus  takes on outsourcing and PFI work; Nick Churchward  specialises in energy matters and Michael Hayles  specialises in pensions. It has been advising the Department for Education on statutory interventions in respect of local authority-run children's services in Sunderland, Sandwell and Birmingham as a result of continued failings in the provision of these services.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Burges Salmon LLP is considered by many as ‘the go-to firm in the South West for pioneering energy deals’ in the nuclear and renewables sectors. The department is differentiated by its prestigious nuclear practice, which includes legal director Ian Truman and Ian Salter, who have experience in major national nuclear projects. In the renewables space, Julian Boswall is acting for Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) in connection with Hornsea Project One, which is the largest offshore wind project currently under construction in the world. In another key renewable mandate, Ross Fairley acted for Nuon Renewables in relation to the Pen y Cymoedd project, which is the largest wind farm ever constructed in England and Wales. Fairley also advised Maas Capital on its joint venture project with Solarplicity to install solar rooftop facilities to provide energy to roughly 800,000 housing association tenants nationwide. The department is also assisting Wave Hub with a variety of ongoing marine, energy and regulatory concerns, and is increasingly active in conventional power projects. Its growing water practice is led by Michael Barlow. Also recommended are Nick Churchward, who has experience in anaerobic digestion projects, energy regulatory expert James Phillips, Nathan Curtis and associate Alec Whiter.

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Legal Developments by:
Burges Salmon LLP

  • 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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