Matthew Ramus > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Partner specialising in public sector outsourcing, alternative delivery models and infrastructure projects for both the public and private sectors. In particular, Matthew has led on a number of major projects in the defence, central government, local government, emergency services and education sectors.


Trained Collyer Bristow, qualified 2002, assistant 2002-04; associate Burges Salmon 2005, senior associate 2009, partner 2012.


Law Society.


Attended King’s College, Taunton; University of Leeds (1996 BSc); College of Law, York (1999 CPE, LPC).


Running, golf.

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South West > Public sector > Education

Burges Salmon LLP‘s strong focus on university-driven mandates is complemented by work for governing institutions such as OFSTED and providers of work-based training and apprenticeships – an area of growing activity for the firm. Matthew Ramus, who leads the Bristol education team, frequently works with the Department for Education on education and children’s services transition projects, among other matters. Luke Bowery‘s contentious and non-contentious expertise notably covers employment tribunal claims, while John Houlden frequently advises on procurement issues for major education projects.  Huw Cooke is recommended for his business immigration expertise.

South West > Public sector > Local government

Burges Salmon LLP‘s multifarious local government team covers local authority pension schemes, the outsourcing of children’s services and major regeneration projects – the latter often goes hand in hand with the compulsory purchase expertise present at the firm. Practice head Gary Soloman is an authority on the compensation aspects of regeneration projects. John Houlden is a key contact for complex local authority mandates, advising on issues such as procurement and state aid matters. Matthew Ramus possesses considerable experience advising on major Children’s Services restructuring programmes. Additional names to note in the Bristol-based team include Emma Andrews, Paula McGeady and Sarah Sutherland.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP is well-regarded for its advice to governing institutions such as Ofsted and the Department for Education, who instruct the team to advise on regulatory proceedings and contractual arrangements in connection with the execution of major outsourcing projects and mergers. The team also offers university clients solid advice on major construction projects, procurement initiatives, and employment matters, especially in connection with pension and immigration issues. Practice head Matthew Ramus leads the team’s relationship with the Department for Education and is well-regarded for his understanding of strategically important education projects. For employment matters, Luke Bowery and Huw Cooke are highly recommended contacts.

London > Public sector > Local government

Burges Salmon LLP‘s Bristol-based local government practice excels at handling energy infrastructure schemes, having advised the likes of Bristol City Council on major net-zero and renewable energy investment projects, and is also well-equipped to handle other development work in connection with cultural, residential, and transport infrastructure. The team is also capable of advising on contentious and non-contentious procurement work in the course of these development projects. Practice head Gary Soloman is regarded as an expert on planning and compulsory purchase matters and accordingly provides planning and consenting advice on a number of major transport and energy projects. Procurement expert John Houlden is also highly recommended, as is Matthew Ramus, who is a key contact for restructuring work.