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Burges Salmon LLP

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

Matthew Ramus

Tel:
Work 0117 902 7183
Email:
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 is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Burges Salmon LLP has 'unrivalled experience' in the full range of education matters and is noted as being one of ten firms appointed to the national legal services framework agreement for the higher education sector. The team has particular expertise in the project arena, where practice head Matthew Ramus is active. The team also includes head of public sector John Houlden; Michael Hayles; head of corporate Richard Spink; Tim Roberts; and employment lawyer Luke Bowery.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Burges Salmon LLP acts for public and private sector clients on the procurement, development and funding aspects of high-profile projects. The team also draws on the experience of practitioners in areas such as renewable energy, transport, waste management and water. Practice head Ian Salter is a recognised name nationally for his nuclear law expertise. Elsewhere, defence sector mandates are on the increase, with Mark Paterson, Keith Beattie and Matthew Ramus being active practitioners in this space. Ramus is also experienced in projects with a nexus to the education sector. Brioney Thomas is the go-to contact for rail clients, which include passenger operators, freight operators, rolling stock manufacturers and government authorities.

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South West: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Burges Salmon LLP advises on the spin-off of new businesses for universities, the development of new campus buildings, employment disputes and intellectual property issues. The team stands out in particularly complex and innovative projects, such as the outsourcing of education services from local authorities to new children’s services trusts. Matthew Ramus, who is 'highly knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient’, focuses on restructurings and business transformation projects. The ‘competent and very diligent’ Marcus Harling acts as a key contact for university clients. Luke Bowery utilises his employment expertise in advising both employers and employees in the education sector.

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Local government

Within: Local government

Housing a number of former local authority lawyers, Burges Salmon LLP provides a comprehensive range of services, which includes advice to local authorities on statutory and constitutional interpretation of powers, corporate and commercial work, public procurement, infrastructure projects, and waste and energy projects. The team also has particular expertise in planning and environmental work and pension schemes. In addition to acting for local authorities, other clients include central government departments and bodies, as well as government-owned organisations. The practice is led by planning expert Gary Soloman, who advises on local authority, regeneration and compulsory purchase matters. John Houlden specialises in in procurement, state aid and project funding. Matthew Ramus, Marcus Harling and senior associate Paula McGeady are also highly recommended.

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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 €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 €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €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 €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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