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David Matthias QC

David Matthias QC

Year of call: 1980 (QC 2006)

Practice areas: Judicial Review, Commercial and Property Litigation and Arbitration, Licensing, Local Government Law, Planning and Compulsory Purchase, ADR, Planning

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David Matthias QC, Arbitration Profile

David Matthias Q.C. FCI Arb:
Called to the Bar of England and Wales – 1980
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – 1998
Queen’s Counsel – 2006
LSM Accredited Mediator – 2018

With over 20 years experience as a qualified arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – an international centre of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution – David has a wealth of experience of arbitration both as an advocate and as a sitting arbitrator in both national and international commercial and property related disputes.

Rated in the professional guides (‘Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers and Partners’) as a “leading silk” and “exceptional barrister, who is incredibly well clued up on the law” and as a “great technical barrister” who is “hugely rated in the Supreme Court”, David takes a flexible and constructive approach to arbitration and will tailor the process to cater for the particular demands of the dispute and reasonable requirements of the parties, in order to deliver his final award with appropriate expedition.

Recent large arbitrations include a lengthy international commercial arbitration concerning contracts for the supply of helicopters to a foreign state to service its oilfields, a large commercial arbitration involving a multi million pound claim being brought by a service provider against an English local authority, and a claim by a real estate developer against a local authority alleging breaches of a multi-party agreement regarding a proposed ‘garden village’ development on the outskirts of a major city which included allegations of misuse of the authority’s planning powers in order to frustrate the development.

David is also a fully qualified mediator, having achieved LSM Accreditation, and is hugely experienced in this form of dispute resolution.