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Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage
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

Simon Tilling

Tel:
Work 0117 902 7794
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Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Environment.

Position

Head of environmental law team. Advises on UK and EU environment and product stewardship law including operational compliance, risk management in transactions, regulatory investigations, enforcement and criminal defence, regulatory appeals, tribunal hearings, judicial review and environmental civil claims. Expertise in waste management; environmental permitting; air quality; contamination and remediation; and nuisance claims. Particular specialism in product compliance regimes such as REACH, BPR, WEEE and RoHS. Dual-qualified enabling him to practice throughout England and Wales and Scotland.

Career

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

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Enjoys music, cooking and the great outdoors.


South West: Real estate

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Within: Leading individuals

Simon Tilling - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Environment

Burges Salmon LLP's specialist environment team has a first-rate reputation for advising clients on particularly complex regulatory issues. Clients turn to the firm for assistance with challenging matters involving regulators, such as the refusal of permits, litigation, prosecutions and other challenges. In addition to advising large regional and national clients, the firm also generates mandates from global organisations. The ‘experiencedSimon Tilling handles a large volume of contentious work. The ‘incredibly competentMichael Barlow, who heads up the practice, handles all aspects of environmental compliance, energy efficiency, contaminated land and environmental permitting. Ross Fairley advises on issues concerning infrastructure, energy, waste, lender liability and contaminated land, and also represents clients charged with environmental offences. Ian Salter is recommended for his work in the nuclear sector.

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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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