Matthew Gearing QC

Matthew Gearing QC

Silk 2014

"Very famous QC whose professional qualifications need no further explanation."


Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

For enquiries please contact

Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor
Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3706
Click here to email

Luke Diebelius

Luke Diebelius
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3711
Click here to email

Jessica Green
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

Expertise

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Reliance Industries Ltd & Anor v The Union of India [2020] EWHC 263 (Comm) (12 February 2020)


X, Y v ZPRC, ZHK [2020] HKCFI 631


Reliance Industries Ltd & Anor v The Union of India [2018] EWHC 822 (Comm) (16 April 2018)


Competition Commission v Nutanix & Others CTEA 1 of 2017

First instance decision, plus various interlocutory decisions available on the same website


Nissan Motor Co Ltd v Republic of India (2017, PCA)


Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon NV v Republic of the Philippines (ICSID, 2017, ICSID)


Acting for an oil major in a SIAC arbitration against its joint venture partner relating to exploration activities in an offshore oil and gas block in the Philippines.


Acting for two oil majors in contractual and treaty proceedings concerning offshore oil and gas blocks in a South East Asian country.


Acting for a major private equity group in an HKIAC arbitration arising out of an interest in a real estate fund.


Acting for Baggerwerken Decloedt en Zoon NV, in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines, arising out of the cancellation of a €280 million infrastructure project. This was the first successful ICSID award obtained against the Republic of the Philippines.


Acting for a software company in the first set of breach proceedings brought by the Hong Kong Competition Commission.

"An interviewee who characterises him as a 'quick-footed advocate' with 'an unrivalled depth of Asian market experience and great cultural sensitivity,' adds: 'I cannot think of anybody in the arbitration space who has achieved what he has in so relatively short a time'."


Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (International Arbitration)

"Matthew Gearing QC of Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as a highly distinguished arbitration lawyer with considerable experience behind him in commercial and investment treaty cases. One market source describes him as a 'top guy' for arbitration."


Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (Dispute Resolution)

"Matthew Gearing QC of Fountain Court Chambers in London and Singapore is sought after for his expertise in international arbitration involving the Philippines. He is particularly experienced in disputes arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors. One source enthuses: 'I cannot sing Matthew Gearing’s praises enough'."


Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (Dispute Resolution)

"He is without a doubt the best lawyer in Asia, he's genuinely great. He’s a great mentor, team leader and good advocate."


Chambers Global (Arbitration)

"Widely considered a standout practitioner in the market."


Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

"He has very sharp thinking on key legal issues and can always take control of the situation during hearings."


Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

"Market sources praise Gearing for 'providing a steady hand in steering arbitrations'."


Chambers Global (Arbitration)

"Matthew Gearing QC is a lauded arbitration counsel in the Indian alternative dispute resolution market."


Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The English Bar (Singapore) (Band 1)
  • International Arbitration – The Bar – Asia-Pacific Region (Spotlight)
  • Arbitration (International) – Global Market Leaders
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – China (Foreign Expertise in India)
  • Dispute Resolution – Philippines (Expertise Based Abroad)
Chambers & Partners – Asia Pacific
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The English Bar (Singapore) (Band 1)
  • International Arbitration – The Bar – Asia Pacific Region (Spotlight)
  • Dispute Resolution – Philippines (Expertise Based Abroad)
    The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific
    • The English Bar: Commercial

    • LPC, The College Of Law, Chester (1995)
    • BA (Hons), Jurisprudence, Oxford University (1993)

    • Appointed Vice President of the LCIA court (2022)
    • Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2017-2020)
    • Solicitor-advocate, Hong Kong (2013)
    • Solicitor, Hong Kong (2001)
    • Panel member of BVI International Arbitration Centre
    • Appointed to HKIAC panel of arbitrators
    • Appointed to SIAC panel of arbitrators
    • Appointed to KLRCA panel of arbitrators

    • Appointed Vice President of the LCIA court (2022)
    • Awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Chambers & Partners (2019)
    • Named Arbitration Practitioner of the Year (Asia Law and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017, 2019 and 2020)
    • Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2017-2020)
    • Queen’s Counsel (2014)
    • Solicitor-advocate, Hong Kong (2013)
    • Solicitor-advocate, England & Wales (2005)
    • Solicitor, Hong Kong (2001)
    • Solicitor, England & Wales (1997)
    • Appointed to HKIAC panel of arbitrators
    • Appointed to SIAC panel of arbitrators
    • Appointed to KLRCA panel of arbitrators
    • Panel member of BVI International Arbitration Centre
    • Member of LCIA Court
    • Appointed to Prime Finance’s panel of Dispute Resolution experts
    • Previous Co-Chair of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

    • Russell on Arbitration 24th Edition, Thomson, Joint Editor, with David Sutton and Judith Gill QC (2015)
    • Russell on Arbitration 23rd Edition, Thomson, Joint Editor, with David Sutton and Judith Gill (2007)
    • “Reforming ICSID”, 20 International Arbitration Report, 1, p.29 – 38 (2005)
    • “International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)”, Arbitration World, The European Lawyer Limited, p.57 – 78, contributed chapter (2004)
    • “Contractual Claims and Bilateral Investment Treaties – A Comparative Review of the SGS Cases”, Journal of International Arbitration, 21 (5), p.397-412 (2004)
    • Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, Contributing Editor (2003)
    • “Going Full Circle in Singapore – Dermajaya Properties”, 17 International Arbitration Report, 10, p.29 – 35 (2002)
    • “A Judge in His Own Cause?”: Actual or Unconscious Bias of Arbitrators, IntlALR, 2, p.46 – 51 (2000)

    • French (highly competent)

    For enquiries please contact

    Alex Taylor

    Alex Taylor
    Senior Clerk
    +44 (0)20 7842 3706
    Click here to email

    Luke Diebelius

    Luke Diebelius
    Team Leader
    +44 (0)20 7842 3711
    Click here to email

    Jessica Green
    Team Leader's Assistant
    +44 (0)20 7583 3335
    Click here to email

    "An interviewee who characterises him as a 'quick-footed advocate' with 'an unrivalled depth of Asian market experience and great cultural sensitivity,' adds: 'I cannot think of anybody in the arbitration space who has achieved what he has in so relatively short a time'."


    Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (International Arbitration)

    "Matthew Gearing QC of Fountain Court Chambers is regarded as a highly distinguished arbitration lawyer with considerable experience behind him in commercial and investment treaty cases. One market source describes him as a 'top guy' for arbitration."


    Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (Dispute Resolution)

    "Matthew Gearing QC of Fountain Court Chambers in London and Singapore is sought after for his expertise in international arbitration involving the Philippines. He is particularly experienced in disputes arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors. One source enthuses: 'I cannot sing Matthew Gearing’s praises enough'."


    Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific (Dispute Resolution)

    "He is without a doubt the best lawyer in Asia, he's genuinely great. He’s a great mentor, team leader and good advocate."


    Chambers Global (Arbitration)

    "Widely considered a standout practitioner in the market."


    Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

    "He has very sharp thinking on key legal issues and can always take control of the situation during hearings."


    Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

    "Market sources praise Gearing for 'providing a steady hand in steering arbitrations'."


    Chambers Global (Arbitration)

    "Matthew Gearing QC is a lauded arbitration counsel in the Indian alternative dispute resolution market."


    Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)

    Chambers & Partners – Global
    • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The English Bar (Singapore) (Band 1)
    • International Arbitration – The Bar – Asia-Pacific Region (Spotlight)
    • Arbitration (International) – Global Market Leaders
    • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration – China (Foreign Expertise in India)
    • Dispute Resolution – Philippines (Expertise Based Abroad)
    Chambers & Partners – Asia Pacific
    • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The English Bar (Singapore) (Band 1)
    • International Arbitration – The Bar – Asia Pacific Region (Spotlight)
    • Dispute Resolution – Philippines (Expertise Based Abroad)
      The Legal 500 – Asia Pacific
      • The English Bar: Commercial

      • LPC, The College Of Law, Chester (1995)
      • BA (Hons), Jurisprudence, Oxford University (1993)

      • Appointed Vice President of the LCIA court (2022)
      • Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2017-2020)
      • Solicitor-advocate, Hong Kong (2013)
      • Solicitor, Hong Kong (2001)
      • Panel member of BVI International Arbitration Centre
      • Appointed to HKIAC panel of arbitrators
      • Appointed to SIAC panel of arbitrators
      • Appointed to KLRCA panel of arbitrators

      • Appointed Vice President of the LCIA court (2022)
      • Awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Chambers & Partners (2019)
      • Named Arbitration Practitioner of the Year (Asia Law and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017, 2019 and 2020)
      • Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (2017-2020)
      • Queen’s Counsel (2014)
      • Solicitor-advocate, Hong Kong (2013)
      • Solicitor-advocate, England & Wales (2005)
      • Solicitor, Hong Kong (2001)
      • Solicitor, England & Wales (1997)
      • Appointed to HKIAC panel of arbitrators
      • Appointed to SIAC panel of arbitrators
      • Appointed to KLRCA panel of arbitrators
      • Panel member of BVI International Arbitration Centre
      • Member of LCIA Court
      • Appointed to Prime Finance’s panel of Dispute Resolution experts
      • Previous Co-Chair of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

      • Russell on Arbitration 24th Edition, Thomson, Joint Editor, with David Sutton and Judith Gill QC (2015)
      • Russell on Arbitration 23rd Edition, Thomson, Joint Editor, with David Sutton and Judith Gill (2007)
      • “Reforming ICSID”, 20 International Arbitration Report, 1, p.29 – 38 (2005)
      • “International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)”, Arbitration World, The European Lawyer Limited, p.57 – 78, contributed chapter (2004)
      • “Contractual Claims and Bilateral Investment Treaties – A Comparative Review of the SGS Cases”, Journal of International Arbitration, 21 (5), p.397-412 (2004)
      • Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, Contributing Editor (2003)
      • “Going Full Circle in Singapore – Dermajaya Properties”, 17 International Arbitration Report, 10, p.29 – 35 (2002)
      • “A Judge in His Own Cause?”: Actual or Unconscious Bias of Arbitrators, IntlALR, 2, p.46 – 51 (2000)

      • French (highly competent)

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