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Burges Salmon makes four partner promotions and adds Travers Smith partner to boost key growth areas

Top 50 UK law firm Burges Salmon has promoted four individuals to partner, and made one lateral hire from Travers Smith, in a move to build up what it sees as its key growth areas.

The appointments made across the firm’s real estate, environment, pensions and banking sectors will come into effect on May 1, bringing the firm’s partner headcount to 85.

Burges Salmon pension lawyers Susannah Young, who qualified in 2005, and Alice Honeywill, who qualified in 2007 were added to the partnership. Young has a particular focus on providing trustees of both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, while Honeywill specialises in technical aspects of pensions law and pensions tax.

Sally Jupp has been promoted to partner within the firm’s real estate team. Qualifying in 2005, Jupp specialises in real estate finance and corporate restructuring and insolvency for investment and development lenders. Meanwhile Simon Tilling will take up the role of partner in the firm’s projects department. Advising on all aspects of environmental law, Tilling qualified in 2006.

Burges Salmon managing partner Peter Morris (pictured) described Young, Honeywill, Jupp and Tilling as ‘highly competent lawyers who we have known for many years’.

Andrew Eaton joins the firm’s banking practice in its corporate restructuring and insolvency team from Travers Smith where he was a restructuring partner. Described by The Legal 500 as ‘calm, hardworking and effective’, Eaton’s work includes advising Promethean Investments on the acquisition of Albemarle & Bond out of administration.

Morris added: ‘The skills and expertise that he has built up over the years in this key area will complement and strengthen our corporate restructuring and insolvency team.’

Revenue was up by 6% to £80.8m from £76.5m in Burges Salmon’s 2014/15 financial results while profit per equity partner jumped 11% to £485,000.

The promotions in full: 

Alice Honeywill, pensions

Sally Jupp, real estate

Simon Tilling, projects

Susannah Young, pensions