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Burges Salmon LLP

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Michael Barlow

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Advises both public and private sector clients on all  aspects of UK and EU environmental law. Has significant experience of contentious work (both criminal and civil) and regulatory compliance, and particular  expertise in the law of nuisance, including flooding claims and statutory nuisance. Also deals with sustainable development and has been very involved in the development of energy efficiency policy.


Trainee at Burges Salmon 1994-96, assistant solicitor 1996-2000; assistant solicitor at Bevan Ashford 2000-01; associate at Burges Salmon 2001-2009; made partner 2009.


The Law Society of England and Wales; UK Environmental Law Association.


Attended University of Bristol (1991 BA Classics); University of West of England (1992-94 CPE and LPC)


Running, hockey and tennis.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The Bristol-based practice at Burges Salmon LLP is led by Laura Claydon and has significant sector experience in transport, retail, sport and healthcare sectors, among others. Claydon represented Somerfield Stores and Co-Operative Group in a judicial review claim brought against the CMA, as successor to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), in respect of the OFT’s  conduct in relation to an investigation into potential infringements in the retail pricing of tobacco products. The team strengthened in June 2017 with the hire of Chris Worall from Clifford Chance LLP, who has assisted a number of well-known clients including Abelllio and Yeo Valley since joining the practice. Michael Barlow was instructed by OFWAT on the development of its main regulatory work for the water and sewerage sector.

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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: Environment

Burges Salmon LLP's has ‘a large and well-balanced team, with a broad range of specialist skills across many sectors’. Team head Michael Barlow has a national reputation in relation to flooding claims, but also specialises in all aspects of environmental litigation including warranty and indemnity claims, nuisance claims, defending criminal prosecutions and regulatory disputes with the Environment Agency. Barlow led advice to GEO in relation to a unique appeal (and previously untested issue) in connection with their obligations under a Climate Change Agreement (CCA). Litigation and enforcement specialist Simon Tilling is praised for his ‘wealth of knowledge and experience’. Tilling was instructed by Hazrem Environmental Ltd, a waste management business, whose application for an environmental permit had been refused on the grounds that emissions of nitrogen oxides would adversely affect the health of local residents. He also advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on numerous arrangements being made for its substance registrations before the May 2018 REACH deadline. Ian Salter is a leading regulatory lawyer in the nuclear sector. Ross Fairly is recommended for due diligence and general corporate environmental law. New panel appointments this year include Koch Industries, John Lewis Partnership and BT.

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Within: Planning

Noted for its ‘strong leadership and excellent resourcing’, the team at Bristol-based Burges Salmon LLP specialises in major infrastructure projects, particularly in the power and energy sector. Gary Soloman heads the team, which advised Isle of Anglesey County Council on all aspects of the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Elizabeth Dunn is acting for a JV between RWE innogy and Statkraft on the £224m Triton Knoll Electrical System, connecting the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the southern North Sea to the National Grid. Julian Boswall successfully obtained a DCO for Highways England for the £200m M20 J10A project, which involves the construction of a new junction. Michael Barlow, senior associate Laura Fuller and associates Kristen Read and Jen Ashwell are also recommended.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Burges Salmon LLP is considered by many as ‘the go-to firm in the South West for pioneering energy deals’ in the nuclear and renewables sectors. The department is differentiated by its prestigious nuclear practice, which includes legal director Ian Truman and Ian Salter, who have experience in major national nuclear projects. In the renewables space, Julian Boswall is acting for Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) in connection with Hornsea Project One, which is the largest offshore wind project currently under construction in the world. In another key renewable mandate, Ross Fairley acted for Nuon Renewables in relation to the Pen y Cymoedd project, which is the largest wind farm ever constructed in England and Wales. Fairley also advised Maas Capital on its joint venture project with Solarplicity to install solar rooftop facilities to provide energy to roughly 800,000 housing association tenants nationwide. The department is also assisting Wave Hub with a variety of ongoing marine, energy and regulatory concerns, and is increasingly active in conventional power projects. Its growing water practice is led by Michael Barlow. Also recommended are Nick Churchward, who has experience in anaerobic digestion projects, energy regulatory expert James Phillips, Nathan Curtis and associate Alec Whiter.

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South West: Real estate


Within: Leading individuals

Michael Barlow - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Environment

‘In terms of practicality and technicality’, clients rate Burges Salmon LLP’s environment group as ‘one of the top practices in the nation’. The firm is most active in industry sectors with considerable environmental risks, such as energy and real estate development and transportation, and the environment team has developed formidable regulatory expertise to service the firm’s varied client-base. Department head Michael Barlow represented Geo Specialty Chemicals in an unprecedented appeal regarding the company’s obligations under a climate change agreement. The highly recommended Simon Tilling helped advise The European Commission in evaluating the adequacy of its REACH regulations in addressing microplastic pollution in the cosmetic industry. Acting alongside Ross Fairley, Tilling also assisted a major energy company with the decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant. The group has also been increasingly involved in corporate noise pollution claims. Other key figures include Ian Salter and James Phillips.

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Energy efficiency in the UK: legal changes and commercial impact

December 2015. By Michael Barlow

In recent years various UK governments have made commitments at international, European and national levels to reduce overall emissions of greenhouse gases including through the promotion of energy efficiency. These high-level commitments have impacted both commercial and domestic energy consumers through the introduction of regulation, taxation and incentives aimed at helping to meet these commitments.? [Continue Reading]

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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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