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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Marcus Harling

Work 0117 939 2206
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Construction and engineering.


Partner. Works extensively in infrastructure and real estate development advising on all aspects of procurement and delivery of projects and the resolution of disputes.


Qualified 1985; joined Burges Salmon 1986; partner 1992.


Trustee of the Architecture Centre; member Technology and Construction Solicitors Association.


Attended University of Exeter (1981 LLB Hons).

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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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Burges Salmon LLP is 'excellent, responsive and knowledgeable' and is one of the ten firms that has been appointed to the ‘one-stop shop lot’ for the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. Matthew Ramus leads the group; Roger Bull handles employment advice; and Marcus Harling advises on construction and procurement projects. The team advised the University of Oxford on a joint venture with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which included advising on corporate, partnership, IP and licensing issues. It is also advising universities on funding matters, including one in respect of the funding for the construction of new research facilities. Some of its clients include the Department for Education, the University of Bristol, York St John University and the University of the West of England.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

Regional firm Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘a very polished and sophisticated service,’ with all members of the team splitting their time between London and the firm’s HQ in Bristol.  William Gard heads the London construction team, specialising in energy, transport and infrastructure projects. On the contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the £3.8bn PFI-funded Greater Manchester Waste Project, and the design and construction contracts of the 42 waste facilities across 27 different sites therein. Recently promoted partner Richard Adams is ‘clever and incisive.’ On the non-contentious side, the team advised new client Highways England on the £1.4bn A303 Stonehenge tunnel project.  Marcus Harling (‘very experienced, smooth and sophisticated) is acting for the The Crown Estate on a central London development and is leading the firm’s panel relationship with the Greater London Authority. Steven James has ‘excellent client skills and a very good eye for what is and is not a good argument’; recent work includes advising a major water utility on an agreement between the client and a project company for a major infrastructure development, including the letting of three framework agreements. The team also has expertise in the renewables sector, particularly solar PV and energy storage deals; it is advising Marks and Spencer on the deployment of rooftop solar arrays across its stores. Lloyd James is a key contact.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

‘Professional and easy to work with’, Burges Salmon LLP advises local authorites on various legal issues including statutory powers, constitutional issues and schemes of delegation, cprocurement, planning and compulsory purchase and compensation. Gary Soloman heads the team and specialises in regeneration and compulsory purchase work. John Houlden deals with regulated procurement, state aid and European funding projects. Marcus Harling focuses on procurement issues in relation to infrastructure and built environment sectors. Matthew Ramus is adept at handling commercial projects, alternative delivery models (ADMs), PPP and PFI projects. Tom Dunn deals with local government pension schemes. Ross Polkinghorne led on advising Stevenage Borough Council on the selection of a development partner for a mixed use redevelopment of Stevenage town centre. Other highlights for the practice included advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and new 400kv grid connection.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Marcus Harling - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Construction

The team at Burges Salmon LLP can ‘stand up to any national practice’. Headed by William Gard, the construction department is involved in many of the UK’s largest transport and energy infrastructure projects, and also has an experienced contentious practice. Indeed, Gard represented a household name UK retailer in long-running arbitration proceedings, which recently settled. On the non-contentious side, Gard advised Costain on the design and construction contracts for the Greater Manchester Waste Project, which comprises 42 waste facilities across 27 sites. The ‘pragmatic and collegiate’ Marcus Harling advises The Crown Estate and various joint venture partners on the construction aspects of numerous London projects, including the 260,000 ft2 St. James’s Market mixed-use development. Lloyd James is assisting Highways England with the procurement of construction contracts for its A303 Stonehenge expressway. The team is also engaged in a momentous national energy project. Senior associate Matthew Crossley joined the team from TLT. Other key clients include Babcock, Hochtief and Engie.

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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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