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Matthew is an international arbitration lawyer with significant experience across a wide range of sectors. He is a partner in Reed Smith and is based in our Hong Kong office as a foreign lawyer (England & Wales) in the disputes practice.

Matthew’s experience spans the full lifecycle of a dispute. He provides clients with strategic advice at the outset of a transaction, creative solutions once a dispute arises and, where necessary, vigorous representation in prosecuting or defending claims.


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

  • Inglaterra y Gales

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

  • English
  • Mandarin

Premios y reconocimientos

  • 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)