Matthew E. Smith


One New Change
London EC4M 9AF
DX: LDE No: 58 London/Chancery

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)


  • B.Sc., University of Bristol (1991)
  • CPE, College of Law, London (1992)
  • LSF, College of Law, London (1993)


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
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