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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work 0117 939 2000
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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Jeremy Dickerson

Work 0117 902 2728
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

IP; commercial disputes.


Partner in dispute resolution department and head of the firm's IP group. Main clients include Victoria's Secret, Harrods, Virgin, Starbucks, BBC and Discovery Channel. Guest lecturer in passing off on the Oxford University IP Diploma.


Trained Rooks Rider; qualified 1992; Hammonds 1992-99; partner 1999-2002; partner and head of UK IP group. DLA 2002-05; partner Burges Salmon 2006.


French (medium).


INTA (committee member); CIPA; ITMA; MARQUES; ECTA; PTMG.


Educated at Beechan Cliff School, Bath; Middlesex University 1989 (LLB Hons).


Tennis, squash and golf.

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Burges Salmon LLP's defamation and reputation management team acts for a broad client base with a focus on corporate and public sector claimants. The firm has 'good all-round knowledge' and advises on threats published by a wide array of media outlets including more radio broadcasts and newspaper articles as well as tweets and other user-generated content. IP expert Jeremy Dickerson leads the practice; the 'efficient and user-friendly' senior associate Richard Binns advises on online issues and social media.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Burges Salmon LLP provides 'London-quality representation from its Bristol base'. The group has an impressive client base including well-known national and international brands, and has particular experience advising on trade mark, passing off and copyright matters. Jeremy Dickerson, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, jointly leads the team with commercial partner Helen Scott-Lawler.

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Within: Sport

Burges Salmon LLP's sports group has a niche in representing clients in the betting, horseracing and sailing sectors, advising on contractual and commercial aspects of deals, employment matters, joint ventures and designing and implementing new technology. The team also handles sponsorship deals on behalf of private companies and provides advice to governing bodies and clubs on contractual, structural and funding matters.  IP partner Jeremy Dickerson specialises in sponsorship, merchandising, litigation and anti-doping.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Burges Salmon LLP acts for major international brands and has a particularly strong list of US-based clients, including Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and the Discovery Channel. The ongoing expansion of its practice is evidenced by the fact that the firm was recently appointed to the IP panels of John Lewis/Waitrose and the BBC/BBC Studios. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson is experienced in both transactional and contentious issues; his expertise includes the protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark infringement and portfolio management. Helen Scott-Lawler has advised RAC and Fever-Tree on technology transfer and IP issues relating to sponsorship and advertising. Senior associate Emily Roberts specialises primarily in contentious IP and often supports Dickerson on infringement matters.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Burges Salmon LLP acts for clients from throughout the media and entertainment industry, including television broadcasting, music, publishing and social media. It also has a first-rate reputation in the advertising and marketing sphere. The team, which is led by Jeremy Dickerson, handles a notably high volume of work for media clients, particularly in relation to the protection and enforcement of IP rights. In the broadcasting space, the team advises major international media companies on TV show clearances, the exploitation of related merchandise and dispute resolution. Director Emily Roberts is another notable individual.

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Within: Sport

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong profile in football, motorsport and horse racing. Its team has an excellent track record of completing commercial deals and handling disputes in all three areas. The broader workload encompasses advice to clients governance issues, anti-doping and financial regulation. Cricket and rugby are other areas where the group has been active recently. Jeremy Dickerson, who heads up the firm's IP and sports team, is highly experienced in sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and contentious sporting matters. Recently promoted senior associate Chris Davies is a name to note.

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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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