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Public Inquiries Senior Associate

Burges Salmon
Bristol (City Centre), Bristol
Closing date
6 Sep 2024

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Experience Level
5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification

Job Details

Senior Associate

Burges Salmon are offering an opportunity for an experienced Solicitor of at least 6 years' PQE  to join our leading team of specialist public inquiries, investigations, and inquests lawyers in Bristol. In this role, you can expect high quality work that has an impact on a national and international scale.

The Team

You would be joining a team of specialist investigation, inquest and public inquiry lawyers operating at the top of the market. The team is highly regarded and known for their sensitive, pragmatic and strategic approach to dealing with complex and high-profile investigations, including matters of national interest.

We are expanding our team due to an increase in instructions particularly in the area of public inquiries work. In joining Burges Salmon, you can expect to work and develop alongside market-leading experts on an enviable diet of complex and engaging public inquiries with opportunities to also be involved in inquests and investigations. Due to the firm's reputation and status, the team regularly tenders for and wins public work of the highest quality.

You will have the opportunity to collaborate with others in the 100+ strong Dispute Resolution department in order to provide excellent client service across the board.

What Others Say:

The team is Band 1 ranked in Chambers and recognised as a leading firm in both Litigation and specifically Public Law disputes.

‘An excellent offering with super smart lawyers and the skill set to match the best – the quality of a London firm but at regional prices.' (Legal 500, 2024).

"Burges Salmon has a highly commended team of well-reputed practitioners, known for handling high-value national and international disputes" (Chambers, 2023).

"[They are] renowned for high-profile disputes with a significant political dimension" (Chambers, 2023).

The Firm

Our working environment is professional yet progressive, where quality of work and quality of life go hand-in-hand. Our collaborative approach to how we do business is totally refreshing. It's what attracts some of the best legal minds in the industry and it's why our people love working here.

We are proud to have received an Investors in People - Platinum Accreditation and have recently been voted by our people as RollOnFriday's ‘Firm of the Year to Work for 2023', having also achieved the same in 2022.

We're committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working, and full time or part time working patterns. We have a successful hybrid working model, which provides another way for our people to work with flexibility.


  • Building the Culture: Embrace your role as a role model to enhance Burges Salmon's workplace. Set the cultural tone and support change initiatives.
  • Delivering Results: Achieve personal goals, align contributions with overall priorities, and manage resources effectively to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Growing our People: Actively develop your team, enhance expertise in your field, and deepen your knowledge and skills.
  • Developing our Business: Network to foster collaboration and referrals.

What you'll need

  • Relevant experience working on large scale public inquiries (investigation and inquest experience also considered)
  • Be a strong team player, with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to manage a complex and varied workload effectively
  • Be self-motivated and willing to learn
  • Experience of leading others to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Must be a SRA or Law Society of Scotland registered lawyer


Click here for a full overview of our brilliant reward package and find out more about the benefits of a legal career with Burges Salmon, here.

We're committed to finding the right person for this role and we're open to discussing flexible working, full time or part time working patterns.

It's important to us that our organisation represents the diverse community in which we operate and we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and identities. As a Disability Confident employer we will provide a fully accessible recruitment process.

Get in touch!

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Chris Jenkinson - 0117 307 2246 - for an informal and confidential conversation.


Standing with you. Ambitious for you.

Standing with you, we’re ambitious to provide the best service for you – and it’s ambition with purpose. 

In a rapidly changing world, our commitment to environmental sustainability, and our social, inclusion and diversity responsibilities, are central to that purpose – enabling us to support you with your own response to these opportunities.

We’re down-to-earth, straightforward and strategically switched-on. You benefit from our specialism in complex legal areas, along with market sector expertise that’s as deep as it is focused.

We’re always accessible, always responsive. Between you and us, there are no barriers. 

Above all, you’ll find our commercial edge is matched by a genuine caring culture – for you, for our people and for the wider communities around us.

It’s what makes us a law firm you can trust. One you’ll enjoy working with.  

Our vision

Our vision is to be the market-leading independent UK law firm that provides the best proposition for its people and its clients.

By focusing on the markets and areas of expertise where we have extensive knowledge and experience, we achieve the best outcomes for our clients, who range from large organisations, entrepreneurial businesses and public sector bodies, to individuals, families and their global wealth. We are trusted to help them with everything from their everyday legal needs to their business critical issues and all points in between.

  • UK-wide: We have lawyers who are qualified to work in all three legal jurisdictions in the UK – England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • International: Across the world, we work with a select number of like-minded independent law firms – our Preferred Law Firm network.
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