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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

William Gard

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Construction and engineering – energy and infrastructure.


Will is a chartered civil engineer as well as a solicitor, practising arbitrator and adjudicator and has over 30 years' infrastructure projects experience. He chairs the firm's infrastructure group and leads the construction and engineering team. Will specialises in engineering and infrastructure projects procurement and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise in the design, construction and operation of energy, water, utilities, transport and other infrastructure projects. Will's practice includes advising on the merits of potential claims to troubleshooting on complex projects and ultimately formal proceedings if necessary. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Will is a specialist in arbitration and adjudication and leads the firm's Arbitration practice area. He is a registered member of the TeCSA, Institution of Civil Engineers and Law Society panels and has been appointed as adjudicator/arbitrator on over 100 occasions over the last 20 years. Will is also the current Chairman of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors' Association.


Chartered civil engineer 1991; Solicitor 1995; partner Bevan Ashford 1998; partner Burges Salmon 2003 to date.


Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Chairman of the Technology and Construction Court Solicitors' Association.


Attended Marlborough College; University of London (1985 BSc (Eng); Civil Engineering); Common Professional Examination (1992); Law Society Finals (1993).


Member of Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Burnham and Berrow Golf Club.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Water

Burges Salmon LLP 's Bristol-based water practice leader Michael Barlow continues to provide ongoing commercial liability advice to water supply company Affinity Water with regards to the HS2 project, the route of which is due to cut through a number of the client's assets. Ofwat appointed the firm to oversee its procedures and processes in connection with PR19 as part of its Water2020 programme, Gary Soloman is currently acting for the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust in a £20m scheme for the implementation of innovative fish passes in the Severn and its major tributary. Other key names include experienced litigator and environmental law specialist Simon Tilling , infrastructure practice head William Gard and Steven James .

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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: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Burges Salmon LLP is well known throughout the region and nationally for its strength in major energy and infrastructure projects, with the team involved in many of the largest and most sensitive projects across the UK. Brioney Thomas is advising Abellio on all aspects, including funding, of rail and depot works for the East Anglia and West Midlands rail franchises. Thomas is also instructed by Transport for Wales. Also in the transport space, Lloyd James is acting for Costain Group in connection with the development of the M4 relief road in South Wales. Headed by Ian Salter, the team has unique expertise in nuclear energy projects. Gary Soloman is assisting Isle of Anglesey County Council with all aspects of its role in the development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Mark Paterson is advising the Ministry of Defence in relation to the highly publicised Trident project. Additional contacts include William Gard, Keith Beattie, and Nathan Curtis.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

William Gard - 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 collegiateMarcus 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. 

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