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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work 0117 939 2000
Fax 0117 902 4400
Bristol, London

Patrick Cook

Work 0117 307 6807
Burges Salmon LLP

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Banking and finance.


Specialist restructuring and corporate insolvency lawyer, with extensive experience in the banking and finance sector, the pensions sector, energy, agriculture and food, hotels and hospitality, retail and real estate.


Trained Denton Hall & Burgin; qualified 1981; partner (insolvency, restructuring, corporate banking) Osborne Clarke 1986-2007; head of restructuring and insolvency, Taylor Wessing 2007; partner Burges Salmon 2010.




R3; Insolvency Practitioners Association; Insolvency Lawyers Association; INSOL; INSOL Europe; NARA; New York State Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Financial Institutions & Insolvency Committee of the Insolvency Section of the IBA.


Attended Abingdon School; Oxford University, Pembroke College (1978) MA in jurisprudence.


Rugby coach and referee.

South West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Burges Salmon LLP’s corporate restructuring and insolvency team is ‘definitely a market leader outside of London’ and ‘can compete alongside most City firms’. Headed by the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Andrew Eaton, the department regularly handles international debt restructurings and is often involved in US-facing matters by way of its transatlantic restructuring and insolvency group. Eaton acted for Agent Provocateur and 17 of its international subsidiaries on the global bankruptcy and restructuring of its international business; this involved multiple wind-downs and a Chapter 11 process in the US. Eaton also advised a government department in relation to a distressed statutory service provider. Patrick Cook is providing English law advice to an Italian law firm in relation to the insolvency of an Italian client with an English subsidiary. Colin Ligman and James Sutherland are key figures in the real estate restructuring group. Senior associate Emily Scaife is noted as ‘a great up-and-coming restructuring lawyer’. Additional clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, BDO, and Nationwide Building Society.

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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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