CEDR Panel member since 2016
- Called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn
- Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Chartered Quantity Surveyor)
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- Chartered Arbitrator
- Member of the Academy of Experts
- CEDR Accredited Mediator
- Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation)
- Diploma in Arbitration (College of Estate Management)
- MSc Construction Management (University of Bath)
- BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying 2:1 (University of Greenwich)
- HNC Building Studies (Tottenham College of Technology)
Matthew has worked in the construction industry since 1987. He qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1993, having completed his studies whilst working with a national contractor. After qualification he joined a regional contractor where, after undertaking an MSc in Construction Management and qualifying as a Chartered Builder, he progressed to contracts management. Since forming MCMS in 1996, Matthew has specialised in providing quantity surveying services, contract advice and dispute resolution services to a wide variety of clients. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator, and is a member of the Academy of Experts. He trained as a mediator with CEDR, and was called to the Bar in 2001. He has been appointed as adjudicator and arbitrator on over 450 occasions, acting as tribunal in construction and engineering disputes ranging in value up to £87m, including PFI, PPP and utility contracts.
Matthew is on the RICS, TeCSA, CIArb, CEDR, CIC, CIOB and RIBA panels of adjudicators and also the Irish government panel of construction adjudicators. Matthew is also on the CIArb panel of construction arbitrators and the RICS select panel of construction and engineering arbitrators and has been appointed by the ICC in relation to international arbitration. He also acts as an expert witness in quantity surveying matters and has given oral evidence both in court and arbitration.
Matthew also acts as mediator in relation to construction and property related disputes including complex multi-party disputes, disputes involving public and private bodies, private individuals and insured professionals. Drawing on his considerable experience and expertise as a construction industry adjudicator, chartered arbitrator and expert witness, he is increasingly being asked to adopt an evaluative style if he considers it appropriate to do so, which sometimes involves giving a recommendation. Matt is comfortable with either a facilitative or evaluative style, or a combination of both.
Matthew also acts as an expert determiner.
1996 - Present: MCMS Limited, London EC2 - Director
Matthew formed MCMS Limited in April 1996 with the objective of providing professional quantity surveying and construction management consultancy services within the construction industry. Since its formation, MCMS has provided a variety of services to a many different types of client, both in the UK and Europe. Examples of work undertaken include the preparation of tender documentation and departmental procedures, the review of contractual arrangements, the review of firms’ health and safety arrangements in the light of CDM Regulations, the preparation of budget estimates and bills of quantity, the compilation of tenders, post contract quantity surveying services, building surveying services, contract administration, the preparation of final accounts, auditing, dispute resolution, expert advice on contractual disputes and professional negligence, the preparation, assessment and negotiation of loss and expense claims, expert witness work in arbitration and litigation proceedings and advocacy in adjudication and arbitration proceedings. The majority of Matthew’s time is now spent acting as adjudicator, arbitrator, mediator, expert or expert determiner.
Matthew has been involved with a number of high profile projects, including the Millennium Dome, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the Royal Albert Hall, Merrill Lynch’s European Head Office, Somerset House and the redevelopment of Hungerford Bridge and a broad range of disputes concerning building, engineering, infrastructure, rail and PFI projects.
1993 – 1996: DJ Higgins & Sons Limited - Contracts Surveyor/Contracts Manager
Matthew joined DJ Higgins initially as a contract surveyor, but progressed to act as contracts manager, with responsibility for a number of social housing schemes.
1988 - 1993: Hall & Tawse Construction Limited (formerly Walter Lawrence) - Contracts Surveyor
Matthew was initially employed as an assistant surveyor and progressed to the position of contracts surveyor, with was responsible for a number of new build and refurbishment projects in the private commercial sector.
1987 - 1988: Willmott Dixon Symes Limited - Trainee Surveyor
Matthew spent short periods of time in the estimating, planning, buying and contracts departments, with most of his time spent in the surveying department with involvement three new build and refurbishment projects in the private commercial sector.
Matthew is a member of the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, ARBRIX and the Arbitration Club (Law Courts Branch). He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. He is a Course Director/Tutor for the RICS Diploma in Adjudication, and previously acted as an External Tutor with the College of Estate Management, and has been Honorary Secretary of CIArb London Branch. He has served on and/or chaired the RICS Dispute Resolution Faculty Board, Dispute Resolution Policy Committee and a number of RICS Working Groups. Matthew regularly conducts training and gives lectures/presentations on construction law and dispute resolution topics. He is also on the Editorial Consultation board of Practical Law.
Matthew used to be a competitive swimmer and triathlete and has won national titles at Masters level and has represented Ireland at European and World Age Group Championship level where he has achieved podium success over a range of distances and formats. He is also a qualified swimming coach, currently working with Enfield Swim Squad and has previously held positions with the British Amputee & Les Autres Sports Association, London University Swimming Team and Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club.