Burges Salmon partner promos dip to three after bumper 2012 round

Burges Salmon has promoted three lawyers to partner in its Bristol headquarters from 1 May including two with an energy and environment emphasis.

The firm has added tax and trusts specialist Suzanna Harvey, energy projects lawyer Nick Churchward and regulatory and commercial lawyer James Phillips, who joined the firm as a trainee in 2001 and focuses on the renewable energy, nuclear and oil and gas sectors.

Harvey is the third female lawyer to make partner at Burges Salmon in the last year after planning lawyer Liz Dunn and family lawyer Sarah Woodsford were promoted in 2012 in the firm’s largest-ever round of new partners (2 April 2012). Seven associates were promoted last year after four were added in 2011, none in 2010 and one in 2009.

Burges Salmon managing partner Peter Morris said in a statement: “James and Nick will play an integral role in the continued growth of our award-winning energy and environment team and Suzanna is at the leading edge of our international wealth structuring work. All three lawyers will make significant contributions to the success of the firm in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile, fellow South West firm Foot Anstey has made one partner promotion, adding Exeter commercial disputes and brand protection lawyer Peter Singfield to its partnership after making up three in 2012.