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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Justin Briggs

Tel:
Work 0117 902 2720
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Commercial disputes.

Position

Head of pensions litigation, leading a team of six other litigators specialising in this area. Advice on all areas of contentious pensions claims. Also advises on contentious trusts matters and financial services claims.

Career

Trained Veale Wasbrough Vizards; qualified 1995; assistant solicitor specialising in professional negligence 1995-97; Burges Salmon 1997, associate 1999 working in professional negligence with contentious pensions work; in 2000 specialised exclusively in pensions litigation; partner 2005.

Member

Association of Pensions Lawyers; former chairman South West Committee.

Education

Attended Cardiff University (1992 Law and Economics); College of Law, Chester (1993 Solicitors Finals); Bristol University (2003 Postgraduate Diploma in Pensions Law).

Leisure

Keen cyclist, hill walker, skier and long distance runner.


London: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Burges Salmon LLP's pensions practice is 'easily comparable to some of the best City firms' and 'fields a team of strong tactical thinkers who step up to the plate every single time'. Richard Knight and the 'genuinely fantasticJustin Briggs lead the non-contentious and contentious teams respectively; Knight recently advised on equalisation issues and Briggs represented the affected members and representative beneficiary of the Safeway Pension Scheme in an equalisation claim that has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Other key names to note include 'highly analytical' legal director Suzanne Padmore, 'incredibly knowledgeable' public sector pension specialist Michael Hayles, regulatory and funding expert Clive Pugh, who is 'the star of the team'; Tim IllstonAlice Honeywill and Susannah Young.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP’s predominantly claimant-focused practice operates across its London and Bristol offices and is noted for its experience in making claims on behalf of lenders. It also acts for private clients, companies and large financial institutions in claims against professional advisers across the banking, legal, pensions, construction, environmental consultancy, energy, accountancy and auditing, cyber, tax, brokerage, actuarial, IT and fund management sectors. The team is continuing to advise Nationwide Building Society on a £35m portfolio of claims arising from debts in its commercial lending book, concerning negligent advice provided by surveyors and solicitors in connection with commercial property transactions; it is also continuing to advise Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International on a £10m claim against Mercer, examining the negligent drafting of pension scheme rules. HR Trustees, as trustee of the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme, is continuing to instruct the team on a £30m claim against Aon Consulting. Department head Andrew Burnette is ‘commercial, effective and on the ball’; Justin Briggs is experienced in claims involving pension providers and consultants; Kari McCormick heads the financial services team; and senior associate Matthew Walker handles disputes in the construction, accountancy and financial services sectors.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP's ‘proactive and responsive’ Kevin Kennedy  ‘cuts through the legal issues, fights his clients’ cases aggressively but appropriately. His client care is impeccable’. Justin Briggs, who specialises in complex commercial and private onshore and offshore trusts litigation, ‘has his eye constantly on what is best for the client’. Senior associate Rachel Pinn  ‘always provides first-class advice’ and the ‘very responsive’ Caroline Emslie  (an associate) ‘sets out the legal arguments with clarity’. The team is acting in various matters involving high-value trusts or estates, often with significant multi-jurisdictional issues.

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South West: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

The ‘accessible, knowledgeable and responsive’ practice at Burges Salmon LLP  provides advices on all pensions matters for trustee and employer clients across the public and private sectors. Clients include AT&T, Honda, Siemens, Toshiba, Department for Education and UK Atomic Energy Authority. Clive Pugh acted successfully acted for the trustees of the Silentnight scheme in a Judicial Review brought against the Pensions Regulator in relation to the case. Partner Richard Pettit  advised Brunel Holdings Pension Scheme on one of the largest ongoing moral hazard investigations by the Pensions Regulator. Tim Illston advised on the merger of five legacy-defined benefit and hybrid pension schemes with a total value of over £1bn. The ‘knowledgeable, supportive and accessibleAlice Honeywill advised University of Oxford Staff Pension Scheme on a large-scale benefit restructuring. The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Michael Hayes advised FirstGroup in relation to consolidation of its pension assets in to the local government pension scheme (LGPS). Susannah Young  advised the trustees of the Leonardo Pension Schemes in relation to its transition to a new administrator. Practice head Richard Knight and Justin Briggs are also recommended.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP acts mainly for claimants in professional negligence cases. It is particularly adept making claims for lenders and has experience advising in various sectors such as financial services, legal, pensions, construction, environmental, energy, accountancy, tax, actuarial, IT and fund management. It also advises on cases of cyber-security breaches and regulatory interventions. The ‘highly recommended’ Andrew Burnette heads the team; he is ‘in complete control of his cases’ with ‘a strategic overview and an eye on the client’s commercial imperatives’. Partner Kari McCormick focuses on financial services disputes and in particular negligence claims against FS regulated firms. Justin Briggs focuses on disputes and litigation in relation to pensions, trusts and tax. He recently advised HR Trustees in a claim against Aon Consulting which related to errors in the closure of a defined benefit pension scheme. This led to an increase in liabilities for the client, the value of the case is estimated to be £30m. Other clients include Co-operative Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Nomura International, Volvo Group UK and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Justin Briggs - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

The ‘excellent’ Burges Salmon LLP has ‘a longstanding and deserved reputation in property, contentious probate, trusts and associated work’Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs head up the practice, which often works across jurisdictions and on trusts or estates worth well over £100m. Kennedy is ‘excellent in agricultural and property cases and in trust and contentious probate work’, and Briggs specialises in offshore trust litigation, advising representative beneficiaries and on applications to rectify trust documentation. Sian Edmunds deals with contentious trusts matters, often relating to her contentious agricultural practice. Senior associate Katherine King  specialises in trusts disputes relating to both commercial and private wealth trusts. Associate Caroline Emslie provides ‘excellent trial preparation and client care’.

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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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