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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Chris Jackson

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Rail, disputes and regulatory.


Chris chairs the firm's Transport Sector Group and oversees the work of the sector in Rail, Highways, Aviation and Ports/marine. He is recognised as a leading lawyer with a track record of success in complex commercial and regulatory projects and disputes. He has national recognition in three areas - the transport industry, public procurement (including complex procurement challenges for both authorities and bidders) - and health and safety. He has been closely involved in policy, strategic and operational work (and in developing the firm's strong specialist practices) in each of these areas. He also oversees a number of projects relating to intelligent transport systems, transport technology and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1990; partner Burges Salmon 1997.


Law Society; Solicitor-Advocate (Civil).


Educated at Cambridge University (MA Hons Law).


Swimming, golf and mountain biking.

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Burges Salmon LLP 'stands out for its transport expertise' and is 'easily one of the best for health and safety mandates in the rail sector'; London and South Eastern Railway and FirstGroup are clients. The group is also highly regarded for its construction expertise with recent highlights including acting for a large construction company in a HSE investigation following a road bridge collapse. Ann Metherall heads up the department and is 'an excellent lawyer and safe pair of hands with unmatched experience'; other key individuals include transport team head Chris Jackson, who is a risk specialist; food and agri-business expert Sian Edmunds, and 'extremely able' senior associate Matt Kyle, who 'is shrewd, conscientious and thinks deeply about his cases'.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong offering for regulatory work in the insurance sector and is noted for advising clients on transactional insurance. The practice is also at the forefront of a number of innovative projects, particularly in relation to driverless cars, which will almost certainly have far-reaching consequences for insurers going forward. Chris Jackson advised South Gloucestershire Council in connection with Venturer, a UK-funded research project set up to investigate public acceptance of driverless cars, and the team also acted for AXA in relation to Flourish, a similar research project. Kari McCormick heads the team, and brings experience and expertise in insurance coverage matters, including insurance issues arising out of corporate and banking transactions such as warranty and indemnity insurance, credit insurance, and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. She recently acted for major client Ecclesiastical Insurance Office on a number of agreements relating to its insurance services.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

The team at Burges Salmon LLP provides commercial and regulatory advice in a range of fintech fields, and is active in cutting-edge areas. Legal director and group head Sarah Kenshall, who counts payments, AI, data analytics and smart technologies as particular areas of focus, arrived from Axiom in December 2017; she advised the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank of England and Grant Thornton on adopting more efficient approaches to regulatory reporting. The team also advised R3CEV, a global consortium of financial institutions, on developing blockchain-based smart contract templates. Financial services regulatory expert Tom Dunn is often active in the space. Outside of more conventional fintech, Chris Jackson and Kari McCormick advised AXA on the insurance liability aspects of driverless cars. Senior associate Adrian Shedden departed in December 2017 to become a consultant at Keystone Law and Simmons & Simmons.

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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô rail department is active across regulatory, franchising and procurement work, in addition to major infrastructure and rolling stock projects. The¬†‚Äėpragmatic and knowledgeable‚Äô ¬†Brioney Thomas¬†heads the rail practice and advised Abellio on its successful bid for the West Midlands rail franchise as part of West Midlands Trains, a JV that includes JRE and Mitsui. Thomas also advised West Midlands Trains on its successful bid for the West Midlands franchise.¬†Thomas acted alongside rail infrastructure head Philip Beer¬†for Transport for Wales and the Welsh government on the award of new rail franchise for Wales and the Borders. Head of rail franchising Simon Coppen¬†advised FirstGroup on First MTR South Western Trains‚Äô successful bid for the South Western franchise; he also advised on the procurement of a fleet of new trains to support First MTR South Western Trains‚Äô successful bid for the South West passenger rail franchise, and is advising First Rail Holdings on its West Coast franchise bid submission. Other key figures include rail health and safety head Ann Metherall,¬†Keith Beattie,¬†Ian Tucker,¬†Rachael Ruane¬† and transport head Chris Jackson. Legal director Chris Simms¬†joined in 2017 from Abellio UK. Legal director Edward Barratt¬†was recently promoted.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

With a growing team and increasingly international focus, Burges Salmon LLP¬†is ‚Äėamong the best, if not the best, in the South West when it comes to high-value commercial litigation‚Äô. Department head David Hall¬†successfully defended The National Crime Agency in the face of ¬£220m worth of compensation applications made on behalf of an Israeli businessman, who had been convicted in Israel of economic crimes. Specialising in fraud, professional negligence and banking claims, Andrew Burnette¬†advised a state-owned Irish company operating in the energy sector on a multimillion-pound claim for misrepresentation and breach of warranty following the client‚Äôs acquisition of a UK waste treatment business. The team is also involved in high-profile domestic instructions. Indeed, Ann Metherall¬†is instructed by a subsidiary of a listed transport company in relation to a highly publicised fatal incident. Kari McCormick, who is ‚Äėadept at handling heavy multi-party litigation‚Äô, is advising Financial Services Compensation Scheme on its ongoing PPI recovery project. Additional contacts include Chris Jackson¬†and Laura Claydon, the latter of whom has experience in antitrust litigation. Ian Tucker¬†and Michael Ward¬†were promoted to partner and senior associate Lucy Redman¬†joined from Linklaters LLP.

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South West: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

‚ÄėMarket leaders in the South West‚Äô, Burges Salmon LLP¬†advise clients on operational safety, governance, risk management, regulatory matters, safety authority investigations and prosecutions. It also advises commercial landlords and public sector clients on safety issues. Recent work includes acting for a construction company in relation to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into a road bridge collapse, and representing a utility company in relation to a death of a member of the public who fell from a disused water tower. Food safety is a niche area for the practice;¬†Sian Edmunds¬†provides advice around issues including contamination, product liability and product recall. Ann Metherall¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėextremely competent in the field‚Äô. Chris Jackson¬†advises on all aspects of safety compliance. Matt Kyle¬†and Charlotte Whitaker¬†are also recommended. Clients include The Crown Estate, London and South Eastern Railway, FirstGroup and John Lewis Partners.

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South West: Transport


Within: Rail

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on all aspects of rail transport including regulatory, commercial, safety and strategy issues. Clients include train operating companies and rolling stock manufacturers such as Eurostar International, Northern Ireland Railways Company, Transport for London, Association of Train Operating Companies and Travelers Insurance Company. Head of Rail Brioney Thomas¬†led on advising Abellio on its bid for the west midlands rail franchise, this was a joint venture that included JRE and Mitsui and was worth ¬£1b. Simon Coppen¬†led on advising FirstGroup on a joint venture with MTR Holdings to acquire the South Western franchise, this deal will involve ¬£1.2b of investment over seven years. Another highlight includes acting for Transport for Wales in relation to its procurement of the next Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government, this deal is worth between ¬£3b and ¬£5b. Philip Beer¬†is head of rail infrastructure, Ian Tucker¬†was promoted to partner, Edward Barratt¬†was promoted to legal director, he has ‚Äėcommitment, transparency and wide and deep subject knowledge‚Äô. Chris Jackson¬†heads the transport sector and specialises in industry policy and strategy developments. Ann Metherall¬†specialises in health and safety matters. Chris Simms¬†joined as legal director from Abellio. The team provides ‚Äėa very high quality of service, promptly turning work round to support the pace of active negotiations with broad knowledge and tailored advice‚Äô.

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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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