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.
Limitation of liability – the English courts consider the meaning of the terms “operator” and “manager”
The Stema Barge II  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.