Matthew Dow

Senior Associate

About Matthew

Matthew is a Senior Associate at Wikborg Rein's Singapore office and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice.

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, groundings, wreck removals, collisions, unsafe port claims as well as charterparty based disputes involving various forms including but not limited to SUPPLYTIME and BARECON . Matthew also advises on technology and commercial matters within his areas of specialisation.

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

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 in the FD&D department of an International Group P&I Club.

Matthew writes and lectures regularly on matters relating to his practice.

Matthew is qualified in England and Wales.

Work experience
2019- Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Singapore_NEWLINE_2013–2019 Associate, Holman Fenwick Willan, London_NEWLINE__NEWLINE_
2018 Introduction to Offshore Operations, Petroleum and Upstream Energy - Petroleum Extension, University of Texas at Austin _NEWLINE_2015 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales_NEWLINE_2012 Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, Holborn _NEWLINE_2008-2011 Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Southampton
Relevant experience
Dispute resolution experience:_NEWLINE_Acted for a slot charterer in relation to high profile container ship casualty. _NEWLINE_Acted for a cargo underwriter in relation to a widely reported marine insurance matter concerning "breaking" limitation of liability limits due to fraudulent activities. _NEWLINE_Acted for salvors in relation to a high profile salvage operation concerning a large container ship casualty. _NEWLINE_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. _NEWLINE_Acted for a tanker operator in relation to dispute concerning a long term time charter. _NEWLINE_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. _NEWLINE_Acted for a shipowner in respect of high profile grounding and subsequent cargo claims. _NEWLINE_Acted for salvors in relation to environmentally sensitive salvage operation concerning a cement carrier. _NEWLINE_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._NEWLINE_Acted for a large offshore support vessel operator in relation to a significant contractual dispute with a state owned oil company._NEWLINE_Acted for a technology company in respect of an intellectual property infringement action._NEWLINE_Acted for one of the world’s largest privately owned freight trading groups in a substantial unpaid sub-charter hire dispute. _NEWLINE__NEWLINE_Advisory experience:_NEWLINE_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._NEWLINE_Advised on the potential liabilities associated with various offshore service contracts._NEWLINE_Advised on the potential exposure associated with various contracts in the context of upstream oil and gas operations. _NEWLINE_


  • Shipping Offshore


    Limitation of liability – the English courts consider the meaning of the terms “operator” and “manager”

    The Stema Barge II [2020] EWHC 1294 This judgment, handed down in the Admiralty Court on 22 May 2020, looks in detail at the scope and meaning of the 1976 Limitation Convention, in particular the meaning of the phrase “the operator of the ship” in Article 1(2). In determining the meaning of “operator”, it was necessary for the court to also examine the meaning of “manager”. This is the first time that the English courts have been called upon to consider this issue.