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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Keith Beattie

Tel:
Work 0117 939 2203
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Commercial; projects.

Position

Partner specialising in PFI/PPP projects and commercial contracts. Having previously worked in the London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices of Linklaters, and as an in-house legal adviser at Amerada Hess, Keith has wide-ranging experience of projects, project finance and commercial contracts in the UK and overseas, primarily in the defence, transport, infrastructure and energy sectors. Key clients include the Ministry of Defence, FirstGroup Plc and Babcock.

Career

Trained Linklaters; qualified 1999; assistant, projects group Linklaters London, Singapore, Hong Kong 1999-2000 and 2001-04; in-house lawyer Amerada Hess 2000-01; Crown prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service Bristol 2004-05; associate, commercial department Burges Salmon 2005-08, partner 2008.

Member

Law Society.

Education

Attended Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland; University of Liverpool (1995 LLB Law and German); College of Law, Chester (1996 LPC).

Leisure

Triathlon, cycling and running.


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Keith Beattie - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Project finance and PFI

Burges Salmon LLP acts for public and private sector clients on the procurement, development and funding aspects of high-profile projects. The team also draws on the experience of practitioners in areas such as renewable energy, transport, waste management and water. Practice head Ian Salter is a recognised name nationally for his nuclear law expertise. Elsewhere, defence sector mandates are on the increase, with Mark Paterson, Keith Beattie and Matthew Ramus being active practitioners in this space. Ramus is also experienced in projects with a nexus to the education sector. Brioney Thomas is the go-to contact for rail clients, which include passenger operators, freight operators, rolling stock manufacturers and government authorities.

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Burges Salmon LLP

  • 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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