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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, London

Andrew Burnette

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Commercial disputes.


Dispute resolution partner at Burges Salmon LLP. Specialises in fraud and professional negligence/liability, banking disputes, shareholder disputes, contractual/warranty claims and product liability. Particular expertise in securing urgent injunctive relief. Has led successful proceedings up to the Court of Appeal and also experienced arbitration, expert determination and mediation. Able to act as supervising solicitor for parties wishing to execute search orders.


Burges Salmon 2001 to date; qualified 2003. Partner since 2012.


International Bar Association; Professional Negligence Lawyers' Association.


Attended Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe; University of East Anglia (LLB Hons); Nottingham Law School.


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a range of civil fraud matters and has recently handled cases of employee fraud, mortgage fraud, VAT carousel fraud, cyber-attacks, and theft and misuse of proprietary industry information. The firm recently successfully defended the National Crime Agency (NCA) against compensation claims from an Israeli businessman worth £220m. It also continues to act for Nationwide Building Society in a range of cases including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Head of unit David Hall is ‘tough as nails’, Andrew Burnette is also recommended. Michael Ward was promoted to partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'With the resources to handle large-scale litigation', Burges Salmon LLP's key practice areas include representing banks in disputes involving facilities, derivatives and hedging, securitisation, acquisition finance, investment management, and professional negligence. Other notable areas are insolvency advice and security recovery; the mis-selling of financial products and services; advising financial services providers that are the subject of enquiries, investigations or enforcement proceedings; and investigations and proceedings relating to fraud, money laundering, sanctions, bribery and corruption, including acting for regulators. Bristol-based unit head David Hall is 'very commercial and pragmatic in his approach', Andrew Burnette is 'very energetic and commercially minded', and Kari McCormick is also a key contact.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP’s predominantly claimant-focused practice operates across its London and Bristol offices and is noted for its experience in making claims on behalf of lenders. It also acts for private clients, companies and large financial institutions in claims against professional advisers across the banking, legal, pensions, construction, environmental consultancy, energy, accountancy and auditing, cyber, tax, brokerage, actuarial, IT and fund management sectors. The team is continuing to advise Nationwide Building Society on a £35m portfolio of claims arising from debts in its commercial lending book, concerning negligent advice provided by surveyors and solicitors in connection with commercial property transactions; it is also continuing to advise Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International on a £10m claim against Mercer, examining the negligent drafting of pension scheme rules. HR Trustees, as trustee of the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme, is continuing to instruct the team on a £30m claim against Aon Consulting. Department head Andrew Burnette is ‘commercial, effective and on the ball’; Justin Briggs is experienced in claims involving pension providers and consultants; Kari McCormick heads the financial services team; and senior associate Matthew Walker handles disputes in the construction, accountancy and financial services sectors.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

With a growing team and increasingly international focus, Burges Salmon LLP is ‘among the best, if not the best, in the South West when it comes to high-value commercial litigation’. Department head David Hall successfully defended The National Crime Agency in the face of £220m worth of compensation applications made on behalf of an Israeli businessman, who had been convicted in Israel of economic crimes. Specialising in fraud, professional negligence and banking claims, Andrew Burnette advised a state-owned Irish company operating in the energy sector on a multimillion-pound claim for misrepresentation and breach of warranty following the client’s acquisition of a UK waste treatment business. The team is also involved in high-profile domestic instructions. Indeed, Ann Metherall is instructed by a subsidiary of a listed transport company in relation to a highly publicised fatal incident. Kari McCormick, who is ‘adept at handling heavy multi-party litigation’, is advising Financial Services Compensation Scheme on its ongoing PPI recovery project. Additional contacts include Chris Jackson and Laura Claydon, the latter of whom has experience in antitrust litigation. Ian Tucker and Michael Ward were promoted to partner and senior associate Lucy Redman joined from Linklaters LLP.

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South West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Burges Salmon LLP acts mainly for claimants in professional negligence cases. It is particularly adept making claims for lenders and has experience advising in various sectors such as financial services, legal, pensions, construction, environmental, energy, accountancy, tax, actuarial, IT and fund management. It also advises on cases of cyber-security breaches and regulatory interventions. The ‘highly recommended’ Andrew Burnette heads the team; he is ‘in complete control of his cases’ with ‘a strategic overview and an eye on the client’s commercial imperatives’. Partner Kari McCormick focuses on financial services disputes and in particular negligence claims against FS regulated firms. Justin Briggs focuses on disputes and litigation in relation to pensions, trusts and tax. He recently advised HR Trustees in a claim against Aon Consulting which related to errors in the closure of a defined benefit pension scheme. This led to an increase in liabilities for the client, the value of the case is estimated to be £30m. Other clients include Co-operative Bank, Nationwide Building Society, Nomura International, Volvo Group UK and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

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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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