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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Richard Leeming

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Partner and head of banking; specialises in the following areas: acquisition finance, corporate banking; property finance and securitisation. Clients include HSBC, ICG Longbow, Lloyds Banking Group, National Express Group and RBS.


Trained Ashurst Morris Crisp; qualified (England) 1993 and (Scotland) 2016; joined Burges Salmon 1994; partner 2000.


Attended University of Southampton (1988 History, Politics and Economics); College of Law, Chester (1989-91 CPE and LSF).


Rugby, running, cycling and Nordic skiing.

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Headed by Richard Leeming, the Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP benefits from 'extensive experience' for clearing banks (including Lloyds and RBS) as well as borrowers (National Express Group plc) across a wide array of primarily mid-market finance mandates. As well as a significant flow of general corporate lending instructions, the team also has niche expertise advising on financings across the real estate and energy/infrastructure sectors.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong reputation for lender-side work, particularly for acting for traditional UK clearing banks; its client base also includes a range of international banks, investment banks and funds. The team is active across a variety of asset classes, including hotels, housing, student accommodation, healthcare and agricultural properties, and also has Islamic finance expertise. The team is led by Paul Browne and Richard Leeming.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Leeming - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Banking and finance

Key sectors of focus for Burges Salmon LLP’s mid-market banking practice include energy and infrastructure, real estate, transport, food and agriculture, leisure, insurance, housing and healthcare. With the firm opening an Edinburgh office, which operates alongside the Bristol and London offices, the firm is on a strong footing to serve clients across the UK and further afield internationally. In addition to undertaking finance work for lenders, it has also established relationships with a large number of household name corporate borrowers. Practice head Richard Leeming, who specialises in corporate banking and real estate finance, acts for clearing banks, investment banks and private banks, as well as debt funds. Recently promoted partner Katie Allen is 'bright, capable and pleasant to work with'. 'Very efficient' Rachael Ruane is also recommended for her project finance and asset finance expertise.

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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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