03 April 2017

Burges Salmon has announced it will appoint five new partners on 1 May 2017. The five appointments take Burges Salmon to a total of 88 partners and reflect the firm’s work in a number of selected markets where its knowledge, experience and skills deliver highly effective solutions to its clients’ complex needs.

Emma Folkes will become a partner in the firm’s real estate team. She joined Burges Salmon in 2007 and specialises in high value agricultural, residential and commercial property in the countryside. This includes investment property, landed estates and greenfield development sites, advising individuals, institutional and corporate clients on a wide variety of transactional matters.

Ian Tucker and Michael Ward will become partners in the firm’s dispute resolution department.

Ian joined Burges Salmon in 2004 and has over 12 years’ experience of court litigation and alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, expert determinations, mediation and regulatory appeals. In addition to general commercial litigation, Ian specialises in procurement, judicial review and transport disputes for large corporates and other commercial organisations. Ian has advised clients in the rail industry on all forms of dispute resolution including access disputes and industry and regulatory appeals.

Michael joined the firm in 2013. He specialises in resolving complex government, shareholder and corporate disputes both domestically and internationally. Michael has also acted on pro bono cases representing a number of charities particularly in the fields of healthcare and disability.

The fourth new partner, Chris Worrall, is an experienced EU competition and antitrust lawyer and joins Burges Salmon's competition team, having previously been a senior associate at Clifford Chance. Chris has over 10 years' experience in all aspects of competition law including antitrust investigations, cartels, abuse of market power and merger control. He has worked on numerous high profile antitrust matters and specialises in a range of sectors with a particular focus on financial services, media, travel, healthcare and retail.

Jeremy Bell joins Burges Salmon as a partner in the firm’s funds and asset management team. Previously a partner in the investment funds group at Ashurst, Jeremy’s practice includes advising on the structuring and formation of private investment funds across the alternative asset classes (private equity/venture capital, debt, real estate and infrastructure). This includes advising on carried interest arrangements and structuring and establishing management/advisory vehicles. Jeremy also advises investors on investment into funds.

Burges Salmon’s Managing Partner, Peter Morris, says:

"We are delighted to welcome these excellent lawyers to the partnership. We have a unique model and collaborative culture at Burges Salmon, and we look forward to seeing all of our new partners thrive in this environment."

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