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Burges Salmon LLP


Burges Salmon LLP - Bristol
  • 1 Glass Wharf
  • Bristol
  • Bristol
  • UK
  • BS2 0ZX
  • Senior Partner Alan Barr
  • Managing Partner Peter Morris
  • Number of partners 79
  • Number of other fee earners  293
  • Total staff  667

THE FIRM Burges Salmon is a leading UK law firm with a global reach. It prides itself on its ability to offer a broad range of high quality legal services to a national and international client base, which ranges from FTSE listed companies, to government departments and public bodies, to executives and high net worth individuals. The firm has offices in both Bristol and London, and offers clients the same high quality services from either location. With a reputation for 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. In May 2014, four new partners were made up by the firm: Rachael Ruane (banking and finance), Tom Dunn (investment funds and financial services), Sian Edmunds (disputes and litigation) and Luke Bowery (employment). The promotions reflect the firm’s continued growth in key areas such as banking, financial services, food, farming and land and employment. Corporate Responsibility: Burges Salmon collaborates with a wide range of organisations to build strong, sustainable relationships that have a lasting impact across three main areas: community, education and environment. The firm was a founder member of the Legal Sector Alliance.

Banking & Finance: Advising on corporate banking, asset finance, regulation, structured finance, corporate turnaround, securitisations, derivatives, real estate finance and project finance.
Commercial: Advising on general commercial, UK/EU competition, regulation, projects, procurement, IP, sports and technology, media and telecoms across a wide range of industry sectors.
Corporate: Acting on a broad range of complex transactions for public and private companies, financial institutions, partnerships, co-operatives and individuals, advising on M&A (public and private), private equity, equity capital markets and joint ventures.
Disputes & Litigation: Specialising in corporate, financial services, environment, rail, real estate, construction, health and safety, sports, media, IP, insolvency, pensions, insurance and professional negligence.
Employment: Working with a wide range of UK and multinational employers handling complex projects including business restructures and outsourcings in multiple jurisdictions, as well as day to day issues.
Energy & Natural Resources: Offering highly regarded specialist niche practices across renewables, oil and gas, power and electricity generation, resource and waste management and water. The firm is also widely recognised for its national and international nuclear expertise.
Financial Services: Operating across a range of specialist areas including regulatory, banking, corporate, insurance, tax, pensions and disputes, asset management and investment funds, creating a genuinely industry focused service.
Food, Farming & Land: Providing a formidable service right across the food production chain, of which farming is an integral part. The firm’s comprehensive range of services include advice on tenancy litigation, estates and tax planning and co-operative law.
Infrastructure: Offering award-winning expertise across the infrastructure sector including energy, education, rail, justice/emergency services, defence, transport and central/local government. Advice includes procurement, planning, construction, project finance and statutory regulation.
Pensions & Incentives: Working across more than 600 pensions schemes across the UK, the firm has one of the largest national pensions practices comprising 36 lawyers. Private Client: Providing an expanding UK and international client base with advice on tax and succession planning; trusts, wills and probate; tax compliance and investigations and family/co-habitation advice. Also advising a number of banks/trust companies as clients, and has specialist remuneration and charities units.
Rail: Advising owners and train operating companies on industry changes, bids for passenger rail franchises and rolling stock procurements. The firm also advises train operating companies and their insurers on major rail accidents and offers a 24 hour emergency response service.
Real Estate: Advising high profile national and international clients. With lawyers qualified in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this team consistently works on some of the UK’s most demanding transactions.
Tax: Providing 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:

CLIENTS Burges Salmon’s clients include well-known organisations such as The Crown Estate, Eurostar, Discovery Channel, Lloyds Banking Group, the Co-operative Group, Babcock International Group, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and FirstGroup.

INTERNATIONAL: The firm works across all parts of the UK and in all the major European and international jurisdictions. Its objective is to provide its clients with excellent service and advice, working with other high-quality, independent law firms around the world to meet their international needs, where relevant.

  • Practice Areas  
  • Banking & Finance Richard Leeming
  • Commercial Helen Scott-Lawler
  • Competition Laura Claydon
  • Construction Marcus Harling
  • Corporate Richard Spink
  • Corporate Tax Nigel Popplewell
  • Disputes & Litigation Paul Haggett
  • Employment Roger Bull
  • Environment & Planning Michael Barlow
  • Health & Safety Ann Metherall
  • IP Jeremy Dickerson
  • Partnerships John Barnett
  • Pensions & Incentives Richard Knight
  • Planning Gary Soloman
  • Private Client Catherine Hallam
  • Regulatory Ian Salter
  • Sectors  
  • Aerospace & Defence Mark Paterson
  • Banks & Building Societies Paul Browne
  • Corporate Turnaround Patrick Cook
  • Energy (Inc Renewables) Ross Fairley
  • Financial Services Chris Godfrey
  • Food, Farming & Land William Neville
  • Infrastructure Will Gard
  • Insurance Kari McCormick
  • Leisure Richard Read
  • Nuclear Ian Salter
  • Products & Funds Tom Dunn
  • Rail Chris Jackson
  • Real Estate Colin Ligman
  • Sport Mark Gay
  • Technology, Media & Telecoms Andrew Dunlop
  • Transport Chris Jackson
  • Community Engagement John Houlden
  • Pro Bono Philip Davey