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Burges Salmon is one of the UK’s last remaining big-hitting regional independents. It operates from a single office in Bristol although much of its work comes from outside the South West region. It was for many years Bristol’s leading player, with Osborne Clarke its nearest challenger, although the growth of the city as a legal hub has since seen numerous London firms attempt to muscle in to the market. A move from the city centre to a custom-built office opposite

Burges Salmon is one of the UK’s last remaining big-hitting regional independents. It operates from a single office in Bristol although much of its work comes from outside the South West region.

It was for many years Bristol’s leading player, with Osborne Clarke its nearest challenger, although the growth of the city as a legal hub has since seen numerous London firms attempt to muscle in to the market.

A move from the city centre to a custom-built office opposite Temple Meads station was delayed somewhat due to the recession but did eventually go through.

Peter Morris took over as managing partner in 2010 and. Under his leadership, turnover grew by 43.3 per cent from £60.7m to £87m, while profit per equity partner (PEP) increased from £414,000 to £523,000. He stepped down in 2018 to be replaced by head of employment Roger Bull.

Its reputation as Bristol’s pre-eminent firm allowed it for many years to run a “Sardines/Salmon” recruitment campaign, which contrasted London commuters packed into a Tube carriage with the West Country’s open spaces. The firm also played on its name with salmon-pink notepaper and fish-themed branding.