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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Simon Tilling

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Advises on UK and EU environment, energy and product stewardship law with a particular focus on dispute resolution, compliance and corporate defence across the energy, clean-tech and diversified industrials sectors. Caseload encompasses civil litigation, arbitration, judicial review, corporate criminal defence, regulatory appeals and tribunal hearings. Specialisms include environmental compliance, energy sector disputes, international supply chain compliance and product stewardship and information rights.


Trained Burges Salmon (qualified 2006); senior associate 2012. Partner from 2016.


Vice-Chair and Company Secretary of the UK Environmental Law Association.


Attended University of Bristol (BSc Joint Hons Chemistry and Law 2003); University of the West of England (Diploma in Legal Practice 2004).


Enjoys music, cooking and the great outdoors.

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 ‚Äėa large and well-balanced team, with a broad range of specialist skills across many sectors‚Äô. 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¬†‚Äėwealth of knowledge and experience‚Äô. 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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South West: Real estate


Within: Environment

‚ÄėIn terms of practicality and technicality‚Äô, clients rate Burges Salmon LLP‚Äôs environment group as ‚Äėone of the top practices in the nation‚Äô. 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‚Äôs varied client-base. Department head Michael Barlow¬†represented Geo Specialty Chemicals in an unprecedented appeal regarding the company‚Äôs 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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  • 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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
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