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Euan Bremner

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Real Estate & Energy Projects.


Partner who is chair of the firm’s Energy, Power & Utilities sector group. A real estate lawyer by trade qualified in all three UK jurisdictions (England/Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acting for developers, investors and funders of UK energy projects (including onshore and offshore wind, large and small scale biomass, wave/tidal, solar/PV, hydro, anaerobic digestion, energy from waste, deep geothermal and battery storage projects). Also the Head of Real Estate for Scotland and Northern Ireland leading a team dealing with investment, development, real estate finance and corporate occupier transactions in those jurisdictions.


Trained Ledingham Chalmers, Aberdeen; qualified Scotland 2000; notary public in Scotland 2000; joined Burges Salmon 2002; qualified England 2004; partner Burges Salmon 2007; qualified Northern Ireland 2009; Writer to Her Majesty’s Signet 2017.


Law Society; Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of Northern Ireland; WS Society; Scottish Lawyers in London; Scottish Renewables.


Attended Robert Gordon’s College, Aberdeen; University of Aberdeen (1997 LLB Hons; 1998 Diploma in Legal Practice); College of Law, London.


Cricket, football and rugby.

South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

Euan Bremner - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Commercial property: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP is widely regarded as one of ‘the best legal firms in the region’ and ‘compares very well to the more expensive Magic Circle firms’. The team, which is split into specialist sub-groups, is regularly involved in major development projects, strategic land deals and procurement, infrastructure property mandates and investment transactions. Richard Clark heads the cross-department real estate sector group and advised Aerium Finance on its acquisition of units in a Jersey Property Unit Trust (JPUT), which was financed by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and an ultra-high-net-worth shari’ah investor. The development practice is headed by the ‘invaluableRoss Polkinghorne, who is advising Change Real Estate on all real estate aspects of the £200m mixed-use regeneration project at Redcliff Quarter in Bristol. Similarly, Philip Beer is acting for the Greater London Authority in relation to its development partner arrangements with a Chinese developer for the £1.7bn regeneration project at Royal Albert Dock in east London. Richard Read, who leads the property investment group, assisted Virgin Active with the disposal of 16 health and racquet clubs to David Lloyd Leisure. Colin Ligman heads the wider real estate department, which includes Euan Bremner and senior associate Drew Nesbitt.

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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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