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Matthew R. M. Walker

Matthew Walker, a partner in the Doha and London offices of K&L Gates, focuses his practice in construction law and dispute resolution. Matthew 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. Matthew 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.

Matthew 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.

Prior to joining the firm, 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. Matthew 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.

  • 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)
  • 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 Thought Leadership Pages
  • The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration AwardsQatar chapter, Global Arbitration Review, 2019
  • ADR in Qatar - A New Law, A New Regional Seat of Choice, and a New Era, Lexis Middle East Law, 6 February 2018
  • Arbitration in Qatar, LexisPSL Arbitration, 28 November 2016
  • Qatar's Top Court Enforces ICC Award, Global Arbitration Review, 6 October 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
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