Matthew Dow

Senior Lawyer

About Matthew Dow

Matthew is a Senior Lawyer at Wikborg Rein's Singapore office and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice. Matthew is also a member of the firm's Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response Team.

Matthew specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, with a focus on shipping and offshore disputes. He has advised on both wet and dry shipping matters, including salvage cases (LOF and commercial terms), groundings, wreck removals, underwater cable disputes, collisions, unsafe port claims, offshore casualties involving jackups, as well as charterparty based disputes involving various forms.

Matthew has experience of English Commercial and Admiralty Court proceedings, as well as international arbitration (LMAA, LCIA, SIAC, SCMA, UNCITRAL).

In addition to spending time in Singapore and London, Matthew has spent time in Dubai where he acted on a range of contentious matters for clients based in the region. He has also spent time with an offshore insurance syndicate as well as spending 6 months working at an International Group P&I Club. Matthew writes and lectures regularly on matters relating to his practice.

Matthew is qualified in England and Wales.

Matthew is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 2021 rankings.

Work experience
  • 2021 -

    Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, Singapore

  • 2019 - 2021

    Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Singapore

  • 2015 - 2019

    Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan, London

  • 2013 - 2015

    Trainee Solicitor, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

  • 2018

    Offshore Operations, Petroleum and Upstream Energy - Petroleum Extension, University of Texas at Austin

  • 2015

    Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

  • 2012

    Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, Holborn

  • 2008 - 2011

    Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Southampton

Selected projects
  • Dispute resolution experience:

  • Acted for a slot charterer in relation to high profile container ship casualty.

  • Acted for a cargo underwriter in relation to a widely reported marine insurance matter concerning "breaking" limitation of liability limits due to fraudulent activities.

  • Acted for salvors in relation to a high profile salvage operation concerning a large container ship casualty.

  • Acted on behalf of a shipowner in relation to a collision between an LPG carrier and a bulk carrier which resulted in a subsequent grounding.

  • Acted for a tanker operator in relation to dispute concerning a long term time charter.

  • Acted for a shipowner in respect of a large scale dispute arising from a fire on board a PCTC vessel. The dispute involved court proceedings in Japan, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Spain and England.

  • Acted for a shipowner in respect of high profile grounding and subsequent cargo claims.

  • Acted for salvors in relation to environmentally sensitive salvage operation concerning a cement carrier.

  • Acted on behalf of an offshore contractor in relation to a large scale contractual dispute with a headline claim in excess of US$100 million.

  • Drafted reference documents for an insurance syndicate for the purposes of writing new business and analysing risk. This included preparing full contractual reviews of WELCAR, LOGIC 3 and the various SUPPLYTIME forms.

  • Advised on the potential liabilities associated with various offshore service contracts.

  • Advised on the potential exposure associated with various contracts in the context of upstream oil and gas operations.