New appointment at legal specialists

Former general secretary of the ISC, Matthew Burgess is to join Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ leading independent education practice

Independent schools expert Matthew Burgess will join the education and charities team at Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) on 3 November. Matthew is a leading source of legal and regulatory guidance for the independent schools sector, formerly the general secretary of the Independent Schools Council. 

Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, said: “Matthew has worked tirelessly to promote the independent sector and has been an extremely effective advocate for our schools. We are tremendously sad to lose Matthew but wish him well as he continues his career in the sector with Veale Wasbrough Vizards.”

Matthew Burgess commented: “I’m delighted to join the leading independent education practice of Veale Wasbrough Vizards. My work at ISC, leading the challenge to the Charity Commission on behalf of the sector, negotiating regulatory and compliance standards with the Department for Education, lobbying for a more proportionate visa regime for pupils and, most recently, heading off threatened inspection changes, is a perfect fit with the areas of expertise of my new partners and colleagues. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the best schools in the world.”

Commenting on Matthew’s appointment, VWV managing partner Simon Heald said:

“Matthew’s dedication to protecting and promoting the independent schools sector make him a perfect fit for the team who are already recognised by Chambers & Partners as having ‘a stellar reputation in the market as a one-stop shop’. We look forward to welcoming Matthew.”

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