- Senior Partner: Alan Barr
- Managing Partner: Peter Morris
- Number of partners: 77
- Number of other fee earners: 347
- Total staff: 618
THE FIRM Burges Salmon is a leading UK law firm with global reach. The firm is committed to delivering excellent client service, working with clients to support their business needs irrespective of the jurisdiction. Where necessary the firm works with independent law firms in other countries that share its high standards of expertise and client service delivery.
The firm’s national and international client base ranges from private individuals to government departments and FTSE 100 companies. Its clients include well-known organisations such as The Crown Estate, Eurostar, Helius Energy, Lloyds Banking Group, Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and FirstGroup.
With a reputation for delivering technical excellence and commercially sound advice, the firm’s partners focus on building strong relationships with clients,working with them to agree the right legal team to meet their business needs. This approach ensures its lawyers really understand the issues that clients face in their markets and leads to the provision of appropriate, expert and tailored advice.
During 2011/12, the firm made its largest ever round of partner promotions, making-up seven new partners: Andrew Burnette (Disputes), Jim Aveline (Wealth Structuring), Liz Dunn (Planning), Matt Ramus (Projects), Michael Hayles (Pensions), Sarah Woodsford (Family Law) and Will Woodall (Real Estate). This supplemented several strategic lateral hires to further extend the firm’s expertise in areas including UK/EU competition law (Matthew O’Regan), sports litigation and international arbitration (Mark Gay), and insurance (Kari McCormick).
Corporate Responsibility: Burges Salmon is committed to supporting and enhancing local communities and aspires to the highest environmental standards. The firm was a founder member of the Legal Sector Alliance.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance: The Banking Team advises on corporate banking, asset finance, regulation, structured finance, insurance, corporate turnaround, securitisations, derivatives, property finance and project finance.
Commercial: The Commercial Team advises on general commercial, UK/EU competition, regulation, projects, procurement, IP, sports, technology and ecommerce across a wide range of industry sectors.
Corporate: The firm provides a full service to corporate and business clients including M&A, takeovers, flotations and equity financings, private equity, advisory and joint ventures.
Employment: The firm has one of the largest employment teams in the UK and works with a wide range of UK and multinational employers. It has considerable experience of handling complex projects including business restructures and outsourcings in multiple jurisdictions as well as day to day employment issues.
Energy & Natural Resources: Burges Salmon has a market leading practice with what is widely recognised as the leading UK nuclear law practice and also one of the country’s leading renewables teams. Its environment and carbon law teams are top-ranked nationally in the major directories.
Financial Services & Products: The firm’s specialist financial services lawyers provide expert advice on a range of matters in the sector from regulatory compliance through to product design, development and distribution. The firm has a particular expertise in regulated funds such as UCITS.
Food, Farming & Land: Recognised as the UK’s leading practice, Burges Salmon’s food, farming and land team provide a comprehensive range of services including advice on tenancy litigation, estates and tax planning and co-operative law.
Infrastructure: The firm’s specialist lawyers provide award-winning expertise across the infrastructure sector including nuclear, waste, renewables, education, justice/emergency services, defence, transport and central/local government. This includes advising on procurement, planning, construction, project finance and statutory regulation.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Burges Salmon’s disputes practice focuses on commercial disputes,with specialisms including corporate, banking, financial services, rail, property, construction, engineering, health and safety, sports, defamation and media, IP, insolvency, pensions, insurance and professional negligence.
Pensions & Incentives: Burges Salmon now fields one of the largest pensions teams in the UK, advising public, private sector and pension trustee clients on all aspects of related law.
Private Client Services: The team provides an expanding UK and international client base with advice about tax and succession planning; trusts, wills and probate; tax compliance and investigations and family/co-habitation advice. It advises a number of banks/trust companies as clients, and has specialist remuneration and charities units.
Real Estate: The award-winning UK real estate practice goes from strength to strength.With a host of high profile national and international clients, and with lawyers qualified in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, it consistently works on some of the UK’s most high profile and demanding transactions. The large real estate team is enhanced by leading teams in construction, planning, environment, investment funds, dispute resolution, UK and international tax and real estate and corporate finance.
Tax: This award-winning team provides direct or indirect commercial tax advice to corporates, private clients, public sector organisations and intermediaries, as well as entrepreneurs and other Burges Salmon departments and sectors. It also has extensive experience of representing clients in tax disputes with HMRC.
RECRUITMENT The firm is always interested in hearing from individuals across all practice areas.Contact Katy Main, Recruitment Manager, on (0117) 902 7797 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.