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Matthew R. M. Walker

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Matthew Walker, a partner in the Doha and London offices of K&L Gates, focuses his practice in construction law and dispute resolution. He has acted as advocate and counsel in ICC and QICCA arbitrations in Qatar, the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India and the UK, as co-counsel in cases before the Qatar Court of First Instance, and has litigated in the Qatar International Court, the Technology & Construction Court and the Court of Appeal in England. He has acted as Sole Arbitrator in a QICCA arbitration in which he issued a Final Award, and has been appointed to QICCA’s panel of arbitrators. He was involved in a series of multimillion pound adjudications, arbitrations and mediations relating to a telecommunications system on a major underground rail network, and an international adjudication related to a gas facility in Tanzania. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, and has been accredited as a Mediator by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Mr. Walker also provides non-contentious construction advice, particularly in the rail sector. He has undertaken secondments to Qatar Rail, London Underground and the Crossrail Project for a contractor. He has provided tendering advice and contract review for the multi-billion dollar civil engineering contracts for the new Doha Metro being built by Qatar Rail. He has advised a client in the energy sector on contract drafting and risk management for the provision of hydro-electric equipment to overseas clients. He has carried out the construction drafting on an implementation agreement for a £326 million rail project in London, agreements for lease on a flagship commercial development in East London, and construction contracts (including FIDIC, NEC, JCT, ACE, RIBA and bespoke forms) on construction projects of varying size and complexity.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Matthew was a senior lawyer in the Doha office of an international law firm.


Ranked as a leading lawyer (Band 2) by Chambers Global 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 for Dispute Resolution (International) in Qatar. Mr Walker is praised as someone who "is known for his expertise in arbitration and has appeared in a variety of ICC and QICCA matters in Qatar." He has also been listed in Who’s Who Legal 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as one of the six leading construction lawyers currently working in Qatar.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) - admitted as Fellow, 2008
  • Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) - admitted as Fellow, 2017
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - confirmed as accredited Mediator, 2018
  • Honorary Secretary, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Qatar & QFC branch), 2018
  • Member of ADR Committee for the Qatar International Court, advising on changes to QFC Law and creation of new arbitration centre, 2015
  • Technology and Construction Solicitors Association
  • Society of Construction Law (Gulf)

Speaking Engagements

  • Appeared on “1st Grand Panel - Managing the Arbitration Process and Avoiding Common Problems - Advising In-house Counsel”, Kluwer Law Qatar & Middle East International Arbitration Summit - Doha, 18 May 2016
  • Delivering lecture on issues in contracting in the GCC to Qatar University Faculty of Engineering - Doha, 26 April 2016
  • Delivering a talk on strengths & weaknesses of delay analysis technique as part of Navigant “Sound Bites” series - Doha, 1 December 2015
  • Co-presenting a seminar alongside Charles Brown, President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, at the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre - Doha, 26 October 2015
  • Acting as chairman for day 1 of the Conference, and delivering a talk on “Procurement and contracting strategy for Major Rail Projects”, at the Rail Expansion & Technology Congress MENA - Dubai, 15 September 2015
  • Appeared on “1st Grand Panel - Managing the Arbitration Process”, Kluwer Law Qatar & Middle East International Arbitration Summit - Doha, 10 June 2015
  • “Arbitration in Qatar - present challenges, future opportunities”, RICS MENA ADR Symposium - Dubai, 1 June 2015
  • “Methods of effective resolution of construction disputes in Qatar”,Second Forum on Arbitration & Construction Disputes in Qatar, sponsored by Qatar University College of Law and QICCA as part of Project Qatar – Doha, 5 May 2015
  • “Mastering Construction Claims and Defence”, FIDIC Middle East Users Conference, Abu Dhabi – a half-day workshop presented in both 2014 & 2015
  • “Successfully Enforcing International Arbitration Awards”, C5’s Major Projects & Infrastructure - Qatar, 28 January 2015
  • Panel Expert for discussion about dispute resolution for Real Estate Developers at MEED’s Destination Dubai 2020 conference - Dubai, 26 January 2015
  • “Arbitration in Qatar – the future”, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UAE Branch Conference, Dubai, 23 November 2014
  • “Mutual benefit or mutual destruction – risk allocation in the GCC”, Marsh Infrastructure Risk Seminar - Qatar, 4 November 2014
  • “Working with FIDIC on a project in Qatar”, K&L Gates Construction Law Masterclass - Qatar, 15 May 2014
  • "A civil disagreement: Differences between the UAE and Qatar Civil Codes, and mistakes common law lawyers make about them,” Society of Construction Law (Gulf), Dubai, 30 April 2014
  • “Dispute Resolution in Qatar – an update”, Chartered Institute of Building lecture – Qatar, 20 April 2014
  • “Successful project delivery underpinned by a robust legal framework and appropriate contract structure,” International Property Show Dubai 2014, 09 April 2014
  • Roundtable expert on Arbitration, MEED Qatar Projects 2014, 19 March 2014
  • Threading the Needle - Safe Passage Through Formidable Legal Risk,” participating in panel discussion on The Future of Arbitration in India, ABA / SILF Conference, 15 February 2014
  • "Safeguarding against Litigation and Arbitration When Performing Contracts," C5’s Major Projects & Infrastructure Qatar, 28 January 2014
  • Lecturer on Q-Construct ADR scheme, Society of Construction Law (Gulf) on 17 July 2012

Additional Information

  • Arbitration in Qatar, LexisPSL Arbitration, 28 November 2016
  • Qatar Court of First Instance refuses to enforce arbitration award on technical grounds raised by the court itself, PLC Arbitration, 2 December 2015
  • QATAR: One step forwards, one step back over ICC award enforcement, Global Arbitration Review, 26 November 2015
  • Qatar - A Slower Boat to Reform, in Commercial Dispute Resolution, March-April 2015
  • QATAR: Court of Cassation relies on New York Convention to reinstate award, Global Arbitration Review, 24 September 2014
  • Tracking The Changes, Lexis Nexis Middle East, April / May 2014
  • Qatar - non-enforcement of foreign arbitration award, PLC Arbitration, 19 March 2014
  • Court declines to enforce foreign arbitration award, Global Arbitration Review, 17 March 2014
  • Not Just A World Cup, Lexis Nexis Middle East, February / March 2014
  • Projects & Construction Review - 3rd edition - Qatar chapter (2013)
  • Practical Law Company - Project & Construction Pages - Qatar chapter (2013)
  • Published article on letters of intent in Construction Law, Vol. 20, Issue 1 (2009), entitled "The Road to Hell"
  • Published articles in Building magazine, Estates Gazette and PLC Construction
Contentious advice
  • Al Tamimi v QFBA and Employment Standards Office of the Qatar Financial Centre: acting for the ESO as advocate and counsel before the appellate division of the QFC Courts, successfully having all appeals against the ESO dismissed. Link to reported judgment here.
  • Confidential client: Advising a Qatari contractor on a QICCA arbitration against a Qatari client for non-payment relating to civil engineering works in Industrial City, Doha. This included a 2.5-day hearing in which Matthew carried out all oral advocacy, including cross-examination of witnesses, and resulted in an award entirely in favour of our client.
  • Confidential client: Acting for a major Indian contractor in an ICC arbitration seated in Doha under Qatari law, contesting jurisdiction, defending claims and bringing counterclaims, about an energy industry project in Ras Laffan, Qatar. This included a 4-day hearing in which Matthew carried out all oral advocacy, leading to a highly favourable award for our client.
  • Confidential client: Acting for a Qatari contractor in an ICC arbitration against another Qatari contractor, relating to disputes arising out of the failure of an unincorporated consortium to win a tender to construct a power and HVAC substation for a stadium being built for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. This included a 3-day hearing in which Matthew carried out all oral advocacy, including cross-examination of factual and expert witnesses.
  • Confidential matter: acting as Sole Arbitrator, appointed by QICCA, in an arbitration between a major international formwork supplier and a Middle Eastern contractor relating to unpaid fees for formwork and damaged formwork, including conducting a hearing and publishing a Final Award.
  • Confidential client: Advising a major Qatari Bank on defending and settlement of claims made against it in the Qatar Financial Centre Court of First Instance, including submissions of pleadings, representing in negotiations and concluding a successful Part 36 offer process.
  • Confidential client: Advising a major international design practice on claims and counterclaims arising out of a landmark hotels project, being litigated in the Qatar courts.
  • Confidential client: Advising a Spanish consulting engineer on claims relating to a major infrastructure project being built in Qatar in readiness for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
  • Confidential client: Acting for a Qatari architect, assisting with payment claims and defending threatened counterclaims in arbitration, as well as advising on potential mediation in the USA, arising out of a major project in Al Rayyān Municipality.
  • Confidential client: Advising a major GCC-based contractor relating to delay and variation claims concerning the construction of a major new shopping mall in Doha, Qatar.
  • Confidential client: Advising a major US-based consultancy on dispute avoidance strategy arising out of its involvement in the New Doha International Airport project.
  • Confidential client: Advising a Qatari subcontractor on a QICCA arbitration and closing out of a negotiated settlement of multi-million dollar claims for payment on a gas processing project in Ras Laffan, Qatar.
  • Confidential client: Acting on an ICC arbitration for a global media network in a shareholders' dispute with its Turkish shareholder and director.
  • Confidential client: Acting on an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration acting for a major GCC contractor in its claim for wrongful termination and unpaid delay and disruption claims arising out of the construction of a major shopping mall in Dubai, UAE.
  • Confidential client: Acting for the contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the wrongful termination of the construction contractor for a world-class sporting facility in Dubai, UAE.
  • Confidential client: Acting in a series of disputes in adjudication, arbitration and mediation between a major public infrastructure and public transport authority and a consortium composed of major global contractors and telecoms engineers, relating to a high-profile PFI contract for the renewal of the telecoms system on a major underground railway.
  • Confidential client: Acting on an ICC arbitration for a major German engineering company relating to the setting-up of a concrete plant on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia.
  • Confidential client: Acting on an ICC arbitration between an electricity producer, an Indian state engineering company and a major US engineering corporation, advising (amongst other things) as to the correct measure of damages under an EPC contract concerning steam-driven turbines and the level of their power output.
  • Confidential client: Acting as key adviser in an ad hoc international adjudication between a major Indian engineer and the Government of Tanzania.
  • Confidential client: Acting as counsel, including presenting all oral submissions (including at a one-day hearing involving submissions and cross-examination) and producing all written submissions, in two adjudications for a major London-based property developer.
  • Confidential client: Acting counsel, drafting mediation submissions and conducting oral advocacy at a mediation between a FTSE-100 company and a former shareholder.
  • Dhamija & anor v. Sunningdale Joineries & ors [2010] EWHC 2396 (TCC): Acting on the above TCC case, the first reported judgment on the duties of a quantity surveyor in 40 years. Acted for the quantity surveyor on a major residential house project in Surrey, UK, and secured a judgment that ultimately resulted in all claims being dropped against the client together with a contribution towards its costs.
Non-contentious advice
  • Manateq: advising the state-related entity for establishing new Economic Zones on redrafting their entire suite of standard-form construction contracts.
  • ITNL International JLT: advising on the construction elements of the first PPP agreement under the new PPP Law in Dubai, relating to the construction and concession for a new car parking facility for Dubai Courts.
  • Iberdrola QSTP: acting as sole in-country external counsel for the Spanish energy giant, including drafting the contract for the fit out of their new offices in the QSTP.
  • NBT A/S: reviewing, revising, advising and providing an opinion on the suite of EPC and Maintenance construction suite of documents relating to the construction of the Syvash wind farm in Ukraine.
  • BFL Hydro: Advising the Indian-headquartered designer and builder of hydro-electric power facilities on its global terms for EPC Contracting.
  • Qatar Rail: Sole external counsel seconded to Qatar Rail to assist with the tender analysis and contractual review on the ground-breaking new railway to be constructed in Qatar in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
  • Grimshaw Architects: Advising a leading international architect and drafting sub-consultancy documents relating to a major international infrastructure project in Doha .
  • Carillion Qatar LLC: Advising the Qatari-registered branch of the leading global contractor on Qatar Law issues relating to large public works tenders in Doha and at Ras Laffan.
  • Barwa Real Estate: Advising the Qatari real estate developer on numerous scheme agreements relating to a major mixed use development in Doha, Qatar
  • Carillion plc: Advising the leading global contractor in respect of a number of issues arising out of its NEC3 contract with Crossrail for a number of substantial construction packages at Paddington Station.
  • Transport for London (TfL): Carrying out all construction-related drafting, as part of a cross-firm team, in a funding and implementation agreement on behalf of TfL relating to the new extension to services on the North London Line, one of the London 2012-related infrastructure projects.
  • Transport for London: Carrying out all drafting and negotiation and acting as lead client contact for TfL on the NEC3 form for multi-million-pound infrastructure contracts on the East London Line link to the North London Line.
  • Transport for London: Assisting with construction-related drafting, including acting as sole legal reviewer with the project team of all technical documentation, on behalf of TfL relating to the main works contract for the East London Line extension.
  • London Underground Limited (LUL): Providing all construction and dispute resolution drafting and advice relating to LUL's Periodic Review of its PPP contracts with Tube Lines .
  • The Franklin Hotel: Drafting trade contracts and a secondment agreement and reviewing other construction documentation concerning a five-star boutique hotel project in Knightsbridge, London.
  • Crocs (UK) Limited: Advising on the construction aspects of the fitting-out of its store at Westfield Stratford, London, the landmark retail development in the Olympic Park, London.