Matthew is a partner specialising in construction and commercial arbitration and litigation in the UAE and internationally. He has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations, both ad hoc and under the rules of the major arbitral institutions, including the LCIA, ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICSID and UNCITRAL.
He is a solicitor-advocate qualified in England, a registered practitioner of the DIFC courts, and conducts advocacy in international arbitration proceedings. He also sits as an arbitrator.
Matthew’s main practice is in handling complex high-value construction disputes, in both domestic and international arbitration and litigation in the DIFC and Dubai courts, acting for developers, contractors, sub-contractors and consultants in all types of construction projects.
He also advises clients in commercial arbitrations and litigations in other industry sectors including energy, oil and gas, real estate, tele-communications and shareholder disputes.
Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Matthew worked for major international firms in London (including Herbert Smith), and obtained an MA Hons in History and Law from Cambridge University.
He is praised in The Legal 500’s 2021 edition as ‘very hard working and shows great judgment in his dealings with the client and opponents’ and in The Legal 500’s 2022 edition: ‘produces excellent written work, and has great drive and enthusiasm’.