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Bristol law firm sees further growth with partner appointments

31 March 2021
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Burges Salmon has appointed of five new partners, across key growth areas including Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Projects.

These May 2021 partner promotions continue the progress made over recent years by the firm in improving its gender balance in senior leadership roles in line with the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

The appointment of these five new partners, three of whom trained at the firm, brings the firm’s total number of partners to 99 as of 1 May 2021.

Victoria Allsopp specialises in project finance with a particular focus on energy (renewables, including wind, solar, gas and waste) and infrastructure projects.

New partner Emily Scaife has experience working on a wide range of banking and finance issues with a particular emphasis on complex restructuring and insolvency matters in the private and public sectors.

These two promotions take the firm’s Banking and Finance team to eight partners in total, with a 50:50 partner gender balance.

Also from the firm’s Dispute Resolution team, new partner Richard Binns advises private and public sector clients on commercial disputes.

Emily Roberts specialises in intellectual property and advises clients from a wide range of industries on the protection and enforcement of their IP rights.

Chris Chesterman advises public and private sector customers and contractors on complex commercial transactions and projects, with a focus on the defence, space and nuclear sectors.

Burges Salmon’s Managing Partner, Roger Bull, said: “It is great to be able to announce our next cohort of high-quality partners at Burges Salmon. Through the commitment of our people, and by working together and supporting each other, we were determined to come through the pandemic stronger and more ambitious than ever to succeed. These appointments continue to build on our strategy for growth and reflect the resilience and ambition that we have shown as a firm during the challenges of the past 12 months.

“I am also delighted that this year’s appointments reflect the progress we are making in addressing the gender balance within the partnership. Gender equality remains a priority for our leadership teams and we’re working hard to create an environment at Burges Salmon that is inclusive and diverse, and where everyone can thrive and achieve their potential.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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