27 March 2020

Reflecting the firm’s continued growth and commitment to operating effectively and delivering excellent client service, Burges Salmon is pleased to announce the appointment of six new partners, bringing the firm’s total number of partners to 96 as of 1 May 2020.

Catherine de Maid becomes a partner in the firm’s International Private Client team. Catherine leads the firm’s Philanthropy team and specialises in international tax, trusts and estate planning advice for a wide range of clients, from high net worth individuals to trust companies and other institutions.

Also from the firm’s International Private Client team, Emma Heelis-Adams joined Burges Salmon as a trainee. She specialises in providing tax advice to high net worth and ultra-high net worth international clients, advising individuals who are UK resident but not UK domiciled and non-UK residents. She also advises private banks. Emma’s advice covers personal taxation and cross-border succession planning, including drafting Wills to cover assets in multiple jurisdictions.

New partner Patrick Parkin, who also joined the firm as a trainee, specialises in commercial projects, public procurement and regulatory matters, with a focus in Healthcare and Technology. He advises UK and international private sector Healthcare and Technology providers, as well as a variety of public sector clients including central government bodies.

Specialising in land and rural property, Ross Simpson becomes a partner in the firm’s Real Estate team. Ross’ practice is predominantly landowner focused. His specific areas of expertise are in advising landowners on strategic land (including landowner-led development work), rural property law and Scottish land and estates. His clients include traditional land and estate owners, family trusts, farming partnerships and institutions. Ross is dual qualified to practise in Scotland and England and Wales.

Matt Walker becomes a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. He specialises in managing disputes and handling regulatory investigations and enforcement situations arising out of the finance sector, with a growing practice in the field of accountancy and audit. He also advises businesses on their contentious and non-contentious insurance needs.

Building on the firm’s growth in Scotland, the sixth new partner, Katie Russell, joins the firm’s Employment team as a partner in May from Shepherd and Wedderburn. Katie will be based in the firm’s Edinburgh office and she is dual qualified in Scotland and England & Wales having a UK-wide practice.

Burges Salmon’s Managing Partner, Roger Bull, says: “Our focus at Burges Salmon remains very clear: we are fiercely proud of our independence and we are committed to being an exceptional law firm for our clients and an exceptional place to work for our people.

“Building on these foundations, I am delighted to announce the appointment of these six fantastic lawyers to the partnership who will each help us continue to deliver this vision.

“I am also really pleased to welcome Katie to Burges Salmon, who will be an excellent addition to our growing team in Scotland.”

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