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Burges Salmon LLP

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Ross Fairley

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Environment and renewable energy.


Specialist in environmental and renewable energy projects. Covers areas such as wind, wave and tidal, biomass, energy storage, solar and biofuels. On environment, covers all aspects of regulation and particularly contaminated land and environmental enforcement.


Trained Allen & Overy, admitted a solicitor 1993; partner 2001. Joined Burges Salmon as a partner in 2004. Regularly speaks on environmental and renewable energy matters.


Law Society of England and Wales; Scottish and Northern Irish qualified; Renewable UK, Scottish Renewables; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.


Educated at Leicester University (1990 LLB).


Sports (particularly hockey and cricket); driving an old Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite and renovating a Morris Cowley ‘flatnose’.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The cross-departmental power team at Burges Salmon LLP 'provides excellent and seamless service, has market-leading knowledge knowledge of the renewables sector and fields sizeable, responsive and innovative resources'. Corporate finance partner Jonathan Eves , construction specialist Lloyd James and Will Woodall 'are all experts in solar PV and energy storage deals' and 'go above and beyond to meet clients' expectations'. Along with highly sensitive and complex new-build nuclear mandates, the team - jointly spearheaded by 'true expert' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter - recently continues to advise Orsted on the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and acted for Maas Capital in its partnership with Solarplicity for the installation of rooftop solar facilities to feed housing associations across the UK. Also notable is Fairley's ongoing counsel to Wave Hub regarding marine, regulatory, real estate, construction, insurance and commercial contracts issues; and Gary Soloman and Julian Boswall continue to represent a local authority in its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station with a new connection grid.

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London: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Leading individuals

Ross Fairley - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Energy

Burges Salmon LLP¬†is considered by many as ‚Äėthe go-to firm in the South West for pioneering energy deals‚Äô 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 √ėrsted (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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South West: Real estate


Within: Environment

‚ÄėIn terms of practicality and technicality‚Äô, clients rate Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs environment group as ‚Äėone of the top practices in the nation‚Äô. The firm is most active in industry sectors with considerable environmental risks, such as energy and real estate development and transportation, and the environment team has developed formidable regulatory expertise to service the firm‚Äôs varied client-base. Department head Michael Barlow¬†represented Geo Specialty Chemicals in an unprecedented appeal regarding the company‚Äôs obligations under a climate change agreement. The highly recommended Simon Tilling¬†helped advise The European Commission in evaluating the adequacy of its REACH regulations in addressing microplastic pollution in the cosmetic industry. Acting alongside Ross Fairley, Tilling also assisted a major energy company with the decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant. The group has also been increasingly involved in corporate noise pollution claims. Other key figures include Ian Salter¬†and James Phillips.

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Electricity market reform: an update on contracts for difference

March 2016. By Ross Fairley

The Energy Bill, legislating for the government’s electricity market reform (EMR), finally became the Energy Act in December 2013. The government initially announced its proposals back in December 2010. This legislation, three years in the making, is central to the government’s energy policy and its stated aims of keeping the lights on, keeping energy bills affordable and decarbonising energy generation. Over the past three years, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have issued an ever-increasing stream of papers. More recent papers have disclosed some key shifts in original thoughts on implementation, the latest being prompted by EU state aid guidelines.? [Continue Reading]

Renewable incentives in the UK: wholesale legal reform and grace periods

October 2015. By Ross Fairley

Following the May 2015 election, the UK government has commenced a wholesale reform of the way in which renewable energy is supported and incentivised in the UK. This reform appears to have been shaped by a drive to slash costs and, as with the early closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) to large solar PV generating stations (LSGS) (generating stations with an installed capacity greater than 5 MW) in March 2015, the proposed changes are likely to lead to a short-term boom in renewables deployment, followed by a run-off period where fewer generating stations are accredited under specific time-limited exemptions (commonly referred to as grace periods). [Continue Reading]

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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©
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