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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Nicky Howarth

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Financial settlements on divorce, dealing with complex cases, including cases with business, pension and trust issues. Advises on children law cases; including relocation cases and financial provision for children. Advises on pre and post marital agreements.


Qualified in 2002. Previously worked at TLT and Irwin Mitchell, Bristol. Jonied Burges Salmon in November 2016.


Resolution; Resolution's Property, Tax and Pension Committee; Bristol Resolution; Committee Member and former Secretary of Bristol Resolution.


Attended University of Bristol and Guildford College of Law. Lives in Bristol.

South West: Private client


Within: Family

Burges Salmon LLP is ‘in a league of its own', according to clients. Asset protection - particularly where international or offshore assets are involved - is the firm’s forte. Practice head Sarah Hoskinson specialises in international divorce cases: her highlights included advising a non-domiciled wife on a complex consent order and international tax advice regarding a BVI company in a Guernsey-based trust; a financial dispute regarding a £67m landed estate; and a £30m pre- and post-nuptial agreement concerning inherited and illiquid assets. Consultant Alison Hawes - a new recruit from Irwin Mitchell last year - is ‘a strategic, great negotiator’ who is experienced handling complex, high-value financial matters arising from relationship breakdown; she recently acted for a husband in a £75m divorce settlement involving international properties, which also included multi-generational asset protection via prenuptial agreement. ‘Pragmatic’ senior associate Nicky Howarth handles private children's law and cross-border cases, and recently advised a husband in €15m French divorce proceedings with complex cross-border children and financial elements.

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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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