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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Sian Edmunds

Work 0117 902 7187
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Sian is a specialist advisor to food and drink, consumer product and agricultural businesses. She heads our Food and Drink team and acts for business across the supply chain; from agri-businesses and primary producers to manufacturers, processors, food service operatives and retailers. Sian provides regulatory advice on labelling and packaging, food safety and product safety issues. She acts for clients facing trading standards and environmental health enforcement proceedings and provides a full range of dispute resolution services to her clients; including claims arising from product liability issues, product recalls and withdrawals and contractual disputes. Sian advises on partnership disputes, particularly in the agricultural sector, and on disputes and arbitrations concerning agricultural tenancies and land ownership, including succession applications and notices to quit. 


Trained Osborne Clarke; qualified 2000; Bevan Brittan 2005; Burges Salmon 2010 to date.


British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC); RABDF; Agricultural Law Association (ALA); Food and Drink Federation; Food Law Group.

Advisory Board Member of Happerley Limited, a food transparency business;


Attended University of Birmingham (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 PGDip).

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

The team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP handles the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious partnership issues, including advising on 1890 Act partnerships, LLPs, quasi-partnerships, fund structuring and the use of partnerships in private tax planning. The group has particular expertise in disputes involving farming and agri-businesses, for which it is instructed by clients nationwide. Sian Edmunds leads on partnership disputes, Chris Godfrey heads investment fund-led work, while John Barnett has substantial experience advising private clients on partnerships in relation to family businesses and succession planning.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice 'has great market presence in disputes, excellent knowledge of the law and is very hardworking'. It fields specialist litigators in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, IP and pensions. David Hall heads the team, which also includes Kari McCormick, Andrew Burnette, Chris Jackson, Sian Edmunds and Michael Ward.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Burges Salmon LLP has been historically associated with work in the rail sector, but has of late been growing its presence in the retail and construction spaces. Practice head Ann Metherall - 'who stands out as a partner who has her finger on the pulse' is based in Bristol and has a strong reputation on rail matters. Other notable names from the Bristol office include Chris Jackson, who has a similar emphasis on rail, and Sian Edmunds who focuses on the food and beverage and consumer sectors.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP has considerable experience in the food and drink industry, where it acts for an impressive client portfolio. It covers the full gamut of product liability matters, including compliance, recalls and reputation management, as well as disputes with suppliers and distributors over faulty products, and investigations. Sian Edmunds has a strong track record in the field. Andrew Burnette is a key name for civil fraud, professional negligence and product liability matters.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Leading individuals

Sian Edmunds - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Agriculture and estates

The 'highly skilled' team at Burges Salmon LLP  handles the sale and purchase of agricultural property and landed estates, assists with subsidies and tenancy issues, advises on agricultural development and also has expertise in tax and succession planning. The firm also focuses on advising on regulatory issues regarding the food supply chain. The 'excellent' Sian Edmunds has experience as a litigator and arbitrator, including the handling of contractual and partnership disputes. Emma Folkes acts for farmers and investors on the restructuring of agricultural estate portfolios.

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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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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