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Matthew is a partner in Reed Smith and is based in our Hong Kong office as a foreign lawyer (England & Wales) in the disputes practice.

He is described as follows:

  • “a rising star in international arbitration” (Who’s Who Legal Arbitration)
  • a “very impressive individual” who “excels in … advocacy and case management” (Legal 500)
  • “commercially-minded” with “ability to advise on complex disputes in a practical and solutions-driven manner." (Chambers & Partners)


  • University of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, Law and Legal Practice Course
  • University of Oxford, BA (Hons), Philosophy, Politics and Economics

  • England and Wales

  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre Council

  • English
  • Mandarin

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked as 'Up and Coming' in Chambers Greater China Region / Asia Pacific for China Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms), 2024
  • Ranked as 'Up and Coming' in Chambers Global for China Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms), 2024
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal 2022 as National Leader for Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR – Arbitration, and Arbitration Future Leader (Non-Partners)