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Burges Salmon LLP

Environment

4 ranked lawyersBand 1South WestUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent environment team with a full-service offering and outstanding regulatory credentials acting for a host of large corporates. Broad sector expertise from energy and natural resources to education. Equipped to advise on water and flooding issues, nuclear schemes and chemicals, among other matters. Offers further strength in air quality and noise nuisance disputes.

Strengths

A client says: "They have a wonderful network of all types of skills and can bring in consultants from this network. They help the client arrive at a wider view of the solutions available."

Another reports that the team is "very experienced in all aspects of environmental law," and that in the course of negotiations the lawyers are "very tough when they need to be, but not difficult for the sake of it."

Work highlights

Acted for Great Western Railway in defence of statutory noise nuisance proceedings arising from its operations at its Reading depot.

Notable practitioners

Ian Salter 's expertise in matters relating to nuclear power is well known, and he routinely advises clients on issues related to site decommissioning and clean-up along with newbuilds and waste disposal.
"A high-flying expert in radioactive and nuclear industry environment work."

Michael Barlow specialises in environmental litigation. He frequently represents public and private sector clients facing potential criminal prosecution, as well as in regulatory disputes with the Environment Agency. He also provides a wide range of compliance advice relating to waste, energy efficiency and water regulations.
"Michael is very client-centred. He never feels pushed into making a decision; he is very deliberate and good at knowing who needs to be involved at a particular time, saving the clients cost and time. He is also a great technical lawyer." "Very intelligent and commercially focused."

Ross Fairley is particularly focused on advising clients in the energy and utilities sectors. He has notable expertise in issues relating to site decommissioning, including contaminated land claims, environmental liability and water rights.
"Ross is very good at commercial environment law work."

Simon Tilling is a dedicated environment specialist and provides advice on the full span of environmental regulation. He regularly defends clients in litigation and criminal proceedings brought by the Environment Agency.
"Commercially sound and pragmatic, Simon is very effective at resolving cases." "Simon Tilling is super, especially on chemicals regulation. He's really committed to environment law." "He is a very good technical lawyer and clear and conscientious. He is good at managing risk and expectation, and at keeping the client on the right side of the law."

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Burges Salmon LLP

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1 Glass Wharf

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS2 0ZX

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South West

Environment


Michael Barlow
Band 1
Ross Fairley
Band 2
Simon Tilling
Band 1