Burges Salmon shortlisted in three categories at national legal awards

Burges Salmon shortlisted at the Legal Week British Legal Awards 2017 for its work in energy, pensions and private client.

12 October 2017

The energy, pensions and private client teams from Burges Salmon have been shortlisted in the Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year, Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year and Private Client Team of the Year categories at the forthcoming Legal Week British Legal Awards 2017.


The firm’s energy, power and utilities team has received a shortlisting for its work on a deal that has been heralded by the UK government as helping thousands of the UK's poorer households reduce their energy bills.

Burges Salmon advised MAAS Capital Renewables B.V. (MCR) in relation to a joint venture partnership between it and Solarplicity Limited in a residential asset company set up to install rooftop solar for supplying thousands of tenants of Housing Associations in the UK.

The investment will unlock £1 billion solar panel installation programme that could result in annual energy savings of up to £192 million for 800,000 households. Over 1,000 new jobs will be created to install solar panels on social housing across England and Wales and 100,000 households will receive panels over the next 18 months, reducing their energy bills to an average of £240.

Led by energy sector partners Jonathan Eves and Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon’s energy, corporate, construction, projects, and real estate teams acted for MCR on all aspects of the project.


The regulation and investigation of pensions issues is going through a significant change, with increased interest and involvement across government and by the Pensions Regulator.

This notable shift is reflected in increased levels of investigation, targeted select committee hearings and also the stated commitment by Theresa May that additional powers are to be considered for the Regulator.

The Burges Salmon pensions team is at the forefront of pensions regulatory investigations, currently working for the trustees of Silentnight and Bernard Matthews and on other high profile pensions regulatory cases including Brunel (Coats Group), Great Lakes and Desmonds.

The team’s shortlisting for this award reflects the strength and depth of Burges Salmon’s pensions regulatory and investigations work, which is led by pensions regulatory partners Clive Pugh and Richard Pettit.

Private client

2016/17 saw the introduction of changes to UK non-dom tax legislation, with substantial implications for high net-worth and ultra high net-worth clients. Penalties for offshore tax matters are also being introduced under the new Requirement to Correct.

Burges Salmon has one of the largest teams of lawyers dealing with non-doms anywhere in the UK and it has received this shortlist for its work, which has gained industry recognition nationally and internationally, in managing the changes.

The team has in the past year advised: 

  • 400+ international individuals
  • Worth c. £17 billion
  • On transactions worth £10 billion
  • Financial institutions with £8 billion of assets under management.

Winners of The Legal Week British Legal Awards will be announced at an awards dinner at Finsbury Square on Thursday 30 November 2017.

For more information, please visit The British Legal Awards website.

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