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VWV

NARROW QUAY HOUSE, NARROW QUAY, BRISTOL, BS1 4QA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 925 2020
Fax:
Fax 0117 925 2025
DX:
7831 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk

Matthew Burgess

Tel:
Work 0117 314 5338
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk
VWV

Work Department

Litigation and Employment

Position

Partner

Career

How Can Matthew Help You?

Matthew has over 25 years' experience in private practice, in-house at a FTSE 100 and, between 2008 and 2014, as General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council.

Matthew led ISC's successful challenge to the Charity Commission's approach to public benefit in 2010/11, in a judicial review described as 'the most significant case in charity law for 50 years'. 

Originally a corporate lawyer, Matthew has branched out to develop experience in school regulation and inspection, charity law, safeguarding, student immigration and effective governance.  He has been a fierce advocate for independent schools in the media and with Government, most notably the Department for Education and UK Visas and Immigration.

Matthew is a member of our International education team in Bristol and provides specialist advice on UK education sector investment and compliance with UK immigration rules by school sponsors.

Meeting Your Needs

Matthew combines more than a decade of practical and hands on experience as a corporate lawyer with a deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the independent sector. He has been a purchaser of legal services for the last nine years and understands client needs, setting high standards for himself and his team. As a former governor of Brighton College and Newland House, he helped both achieve excellent inspection reports and was instrumental in a range of strategic decisions, including domestic and international expansion.

What Others Say

'Matthew has worked tirelessly to promote the independent sector and has been an extremely effective advocate for our schools.' - Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, ISC.

Member

Matthew is a member of our International education team in Bristol and provides specialist advice on UK education sector investment and compliance with UK immigration rules by school sponsors.


South West: Human resources

Immigration

Within: Immigration

VWV Bristol advises on all aspects of immigration law across all sectors with a particular focus on services to technology companies and the education sector, acting for independent schools and higher education establishments. Consultant Matthew Burgess is particularly adept at assisting independent schools with Tier 4 compliance. Associate Judith Hockin  advises on all aspects of immigration such as family applications, appeals, judicial reviews and corporate immigration issues. Senior associate Tom Brett Young heads the team and specialises in advising employers on immigration and nationality law. Recent highlights include acting for a university to prevent its Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 sponsor licenses being revoked. The firm also assisted a high-net worth individual who wanted to invest money in a UK company.

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