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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
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Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
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Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Matthew Ramus

Tel:
Work 0117 902 7183
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Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Commercial/projects.

Position

Partner specialising in public sector restructuring and infrastructure projects for both the public and private sectors. In particular, Matthew has led on a number of major public/private partnerships transactions in the defence, local government, emergency services and education sectors.

Career

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

Member

Law Society.

Education

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

Leisure

Running, golf, rugby.


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Burges Salmon LLP¬†is 'excellent, responsive and knowledgeable'¬†and¬†is one of the ten firms that has been appointed to the ‚Äėone-stop shop lot‚Äô for the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. Matthew Ramus¬†leads the group; Roger Bull¬†handles employment advice; and Marcus Harling¬†advises on construction and procurement projects. The team advised the University of Oxford on a joint venture with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which included advising on corporate, partnership, IP and licensing issues. It is also advising universities on funding matters, including one in respect of the funding for the construction of new research facilities. Some of its clients include the Department for Education, the University of Bristol, York St John University and the University of the West of England.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Burges Salmon LLP's team of public law and local government practitioners is made up of a number of ex-local government lawyers. Its expertise covers advice on planning, regeneration schemes and work includes matters such as advising on waste and recycling projects. Gary Solomon and Michael Hayles head the public law group; Matthew Ramus  takes on outsourcing and PFI work; Nick Churchward  specialises in energy matters and Michael Hayles  specialises in pensions. It has been advising the Department for Education on statutory interventions in respect of local authority-run children's services in Sunderland, Sandwell and Birmingham as a result of continued failings in the provision of these services.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

‚ÄėProfessional and easy to work with‚Äô,¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises local authorites on various legal issues including statutory powers, constitutional issues and schemes of delegation, cprocurement, planning and compulsory purchase and compensation. Gary Soloman¬†heads the team and specialises in regeneration and compulsory purchase work. John Houlden¬†deals with regulated procurement, state aid and European funding projects. Marcus Harling¬†focuses on procurement issues in relation to infrastructure and built environment sectors. Matthew Ramus¬†is adept at handling commercial projects, alternative delivery models (ADMs), PPP and PFI projects. Tom Dunn¬†deals with local government pension schemes. Ross Polkinghorne¬†led on advising Stevenage Borough Council on the selection of a development partner for a mixed use redevelopment of Stevenage town centre. Other highlights for the practice included advising Isle of Anglesey County Council on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and new 400kv grid connection.

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Legal Developments by:
Burges Salmon LLP

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of ‚ā¨50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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