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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Chris Seaton

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Burges Salmon LLP

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The firm's senior partner and also a partner in the Employment team dealing with the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment work; experienced tribunal advocate and adviser to a number of multinational companies based in the USA and Europe. In 1998 was seconded to US firm, Steel Hector Davis. Chair of the firm's international committee and a member of the firm's board of management.


Royal Navy Officer 1979-90; trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1993; partner 1999; head of employment 1999-2011; member of the firm’s management board 2011 to date; senior partner from May 2017.


Basic French.


Employment Lawyers Association; European Employment Lawyers Association; Industrial Law Society; International Bar Association; Bristol Employment Tribunal Users Committee; employment law policy adviser to the CBI; Fellow Royal Society of Arts.


Attended City University (1983 BSc Hons); Wolsey Hall, Oxford (1990 CPE); University of the West of England (1991 LSF Hons).


Sailing, skiing, music and squash.

South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol

Within: Employment: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP  advises employers across the UK and internationally on the full range of employment law matters, including sensitive and high-profile disputes and complex, cross-border matters. The practice handles matters across the defence, transport, financial services, education, retail and public sectors. Key clients include The Crown Estate, FirstGroup, Ofgem, University of Bristol and Bank of Ireland. The practice acts for the John Lewis Partnership on employment tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, breach of contract, harassment and wrongful dismissal. Other highlights included advising Thomson Reuters on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Partner Adrian Martin led for BAE systems on a major restructuring involving 2,000 potential redundancies. Luke Bowery who is ‘incisive and understanding’ and ‘easy to work with’, acts for Babcock International Group, on complex employment tribunal claims, restructurings and gender pay gap reporting. The team is led by Roger Bull and Chris Seaton and is praised for its ‘invaluable insight’.

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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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