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Burges Salmon LLP

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Nigel Popplewell

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Partner and joint head of the corporate tax unit dealing with a wide variety of direct and indirect tax issues affecting corporates, financial institutions and entrepreneurs; includes advice to property owners (both institutional and private), tax planning for developments, PFI and international transactions; represents clients before the First Tier Tax Tribunal, and experienced in assisting clients under investigation by tax authorities.


Trained Clarke Willmott & Clarke; qualified 1989; partner 1994; partner Burges Salmon 1999; fee paid tax judge of the First Tax Tribunal 2015.


Attended Radley College, Oxford; Selwyn College, Cambridge (1979 MA); CTA (Fellow).

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Popplewell - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Corporate tax

Burges Salmon LLP’s tax department is often involved in corporate mandates and large UK property transactions. John Barnett and department head Nigel Popplewell recently acted for a UK investment manager in connection with a £14m debt restructuring as part of a corporate rescue of two defaulted energy holding companies, the shareholders of which held tax advantaged investments that needed to be protected in the ensuing acquisitions of those companies by a third party buyer. Similarly, Barnett is advising a well-known dairy product producer on the preliminary tax issues of a corporate restructuring following a demerger. Popplewell has particular expertise in property-related taxation and advises The Crown Estate on a wide variety of VAT and SDLT issues. The team also has experience of remuneration taxation and tax planning in the context of family wealth. Nicola Manclark left the firm for Ashfords LLP.

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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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