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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work 0117 939 2000
Fax 0117 902 4400
Bristol, London

Roger Bull

Work 0117 902 2701
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Employment unit.


Partner and head of the employment unit. Advises on all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, including executive severance, industrial relations, discrimination, TUPE, employment tribunal claims (including conduct of advocacy) and restructuring projects. Recent work includes advising a number of FTSE 100 companies on their response gender pay and holiday pay developments as well as advising on a number of high profile executive exits. Regularly lectures to external bodies including CIPD, the ILS and EELA. Also provides client employment law training to employers including FirstGroup plc, the Bank of Ireland, Ascent Flight Training and others. University of Bristol. Has been a director of At-Bristol, a local charitable science centre, since 2008.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1997; employment team 1997; associate 2000; partner 2003.


French (basic).


Employment Lawyers Association; European Employment Lawyers Association.


Attended Taunton School; Hertford College, Oxford (BA).


Running and walking.

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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is best known for its regulatory strength in equestrian sports; it has experience in constitutional and governance issues, integrity, anti-doping and financial regulatory work. Horseracing specialist Laura Claydon defended Jockey Club Racecources in High Court proceedings brought by bookmakers regarding the establishment of betting areas as Cheltenham Racecourse. Other longstanding clients of the team include Bristol City FC and the Racecourse Association; Virgin Sport is a new client. As well as football and horseracing, motorsport is an area of experience for the firm. The department is led by anti-doping and integrity expert Jeremy Dickerson, who counts Gunn & Moore as a client. Roger Bull has experience in sports-related employment work, Helen Scott-Lawler is a commercial and media rights expert, and senior associate James Pheasant is recommended for regulatory and anti-doping work.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

Roger Bull - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Employment: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP  advises employers across the UK and internationally on the full range of employment law matters, including sensitive and high-profile disputes and complex, cross-border matters. The practice handles matters across the defence, transport, financial services, education, retail and public sectors. Key clients include The Crown Estate, FirstGroup, Ofgem, University of Bristol and Bank of Ireland. The practice acts for the John Lewis Partnership on employment tribunal claims, including unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, race discrimination, breach of contract, harassment and wrongful dismissal. Other highlights included advising Thomson Reuters on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Partner Adrian Martin led for BAE systems on a major restructuring involving 2,000 potential redundancies. Luke Bowery who is ‘incisive and understanding’ and ‘easy to work with’, acts for Babcock International Group, on complex employment tribunal claims, restructurings and gender pay gap reporting. The team is led by Roger Bull and Chris Seaton and is praised for its ‘invaluable insight’.

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Within: Immigration

Burges Salmon LLP  advises employers on the full range of business immigration such as obtaining and maintaining sponsors’ licenses, immigration strategy, immigration audits and the prevention of illegal working, and advising on the immigration implications of corporate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. The firm also acts as representatives on the sponsor management system and advises on procedures and policies needed to ensure compliance with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. It also advises high-net-worth individuals and their dependants on visa requirements often under the Tier 1 category. Suzanna Harvey has assisted EU nationals with immigration following the Brexit vote and also non-EU nationals with their immigration status. Roger Bull  heads the team and advised Wavepower on immigration strategy and in relation to a Tier 2 visa application. Clients include Computershare Investor Services, Insure & Go/Mapfre, Babcock International Group, Bank of Ireland, University of Bristol and Avon Rubber.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

Burges Salmon LLP provides ‘excellent overall service’ and the team ‘delivers what is promised in terms of skill, bench depth, breadth of offering and value for money’. Matt Ramus heads the team and specialises in commercial projects, restructuring and business transformation, he is ‘an excellent lawyer who inspires confidence and trust’. Roger Bull focuses on employment law and senior associate Huw Cooke focuses on employment related aspects of corporate and commercial transactions such as redundancies and restructuring, changing terms and conditions of employment and senior-level exits. Recent highlights include advising the department for education (DfE) on intervention projects relating to local authority-run children’s services that were failing. This involves transferring services to not-for-profit entities. It also advised the University of Bristol of the acquisition of land for its new £300m campus in Bristol city centre. Other clients include University of Exeter, University of West of England, Bath Spa University, OFSTED and Birmingham Children’s Trust.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Burges Salmon LLP advises on regulations, rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, integrity and anti-doping, and financial regulation. Clients include national and international federations, international teams and athletes. The firm is adept at handling disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Helen Scott-Lawler led on advising a group of independent racecourses on a media rights deal with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Another highlight includes advising Jeremy Noseda against a claim of equine doping brought by The British Horseracing Authority, after evidence was presented there was no suggestion of cheating and a much reduced fine was administered. Laura Claydon is adept at advising key stakeholders and regulatory bodies in the horse racing industry. Roger Bull deals with sports-related employment law. Jeremey Dickerson heads the team and specialises in anti-doping and integrity issues. James Pheasant left the firm. Clients include The Racecourse Association, Bristol City Football Club, Unicorn Products, Bristol Rovers Football Club and Virgin Sport.

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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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