Mr. Smith focuses on advising on UK and international transport, energy and infrastructure projects and disputes. He has more than 20 years experience in advising on construction and infrastructure projects and has acted for owners, contractors and consultants on many different disputes utilising many different forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation. He regularly advises on procurement strategy and contractual arrangements for major infrastructure projects, particularly those utilising the New Engineering Contract. He is frequently requested to lecture on the subject and holds one day workshops on the use of the NEC.
He also has extensive experience drafting bespoke contracts for owners, consultants and contractors and amending standard forms of contract, including FIDIC, JCT, ICE, IChemE, LOGIC and AIPN and the RIBA appointments, GC Works and the PSC and ACE conditions, to suit particular projects and negotiating contract terms.
He is described in Chambers as “a very hard-working guy who puts his clients’ interests above all else” with “standout infrastructure experience” and is recommended for his "enthusiasm, attention to detail and plain speaking" (Chambers 2012-2015)
Matthew has been a lawyer with the firm since 2000. He qualified as a lawyer in 1995.
Matthew contributed several chapters to Construction Insurance and UK Construction Contracts (Second Edition), published by Informa in September 2008. He has published articles in journals on a range of matters including the NEC, construction insurance and health and safety issues.