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Four new partners named at Burness Paull

9 August 2019

Commercial law firm Burness Paull has announced three promotions to partner, along with one new lateral partner hire.

Energy lawyers Neil Bruce and Peter Ward, and Lynne Gray in the Health & Safety & Corporate Crime team, are promoted, while IP, commercial and competition lawyer Colin Miller joins from DWF.

Mr Ward, a regulatory specialist, is an expert in matters relating to grid connection, regulatory compliance, power purchase and offtake arrangements. Mr Bruce is a real estate specialist experienced in advising developers, funders and landowners in relation to renewable energy projects across a spectrum of technologies. Both are involved with large industrial users of electricity, and with developers on a number of groundbreaking, subsidy free renewable energy projects.

Ms Gray has expertise advising senior management teams among the international oil & gas sector in crisis response, contentious health & safety enforcement (including criminal prosecutions), fatal accident inquiries and regulatory and compliance work including anti-bribery and corruption. As a partner she will lead the expansion of this specialist offering, with a particular emphasis on the wider energy sector, engineering and food & drink.

Mr Mller's arrival will expand the firm’s tech sector capacity, which has seen revenues grow by over 50% in three years with a string of client wins.

Burness Paull's partner strength is now 73, and the firm employs more than 540 people in total.

The firm also confirmed that it has appointed a record 25 newly qualified lawyers, representing a retention rate of 88% of trainees.

Managing partner Tamar Tammes commented: "We have made a significant investment in our Developing Leaders Programme and have promoted at least four new partners from that pool each year for the last three years.

"Those internal promotions, the record numbers of newly-qualified lawyers we have retained and the calibre of people we have been able to attract to the firm underline the commitment we have to developing high-performing talent that can deliver exceptional legal services."

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