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Matthew Taylor


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Matthew is a Partner in the Energy, Projects and Construction group. He specialises in dispute resolution and has experience of litigation, arbitration, adjudication and a wide range of forms of ADR.

Matthew also regularly provides live project advice to help clients effectively manage risk on their projects. He also has a particular expertise in dealing with complex, high value delay cases.

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"Matthew Taylor is a very accomplished and clever lawyer who gives very sensible, commercial and strategic advice."

Chambers, 2023

Clients say that he is "very good when you need a detailed lawyer on complex disputes," and add "He demonstrates a genuine understanding of the business and the wider context of the advice he gives."

Legal 500, 2020

‘delves into the detail quickly’.

Legal 500, 2017

Relevant experience

  • The developer of a high-end mixed use development in Birmingham on disputes arising out of delays to the refurbishment of the development and the termination of the main contractor. The dispute was the subject of reported adjudication enforcement proceedings and a subsequent stay application.
  • The developer of a prestigious London office building on claims arising out of defects in the water system discovered during commissioning and the associated delays to completion. The case involved managing the resolution of defects before completion, an adjudication in relation to liquidate damages and subsequent insurance claims.
  • The owner of a c900,000 square foot warehouse, let as the largest wine bottling facility in Europe, on claims arising out of defective piling and floor slabs. This was the largest dispute in the Technology and Construction Court in 2014.
  • A client on all aspects of the delay case arising out of the construction of (at the time) the largest off-shore wind farm in the UK. This c$500m dispute was the subject of a five week LCIA arbitration hearing and a three week counter claim hearing.
  • The developer / owner of a major retail development on defective cladding works and implementing an investigatory regime, remedial scheme and claims strategy.
  • A major UK contractor on live project issues regarding a number of its central London projects;providing strategic project advice and dealing with the resolution of disputes through adjudication and ADR.
  • A major UK contractor on a number of sub-contractor disputes arising out of the construction of a new super prison.
  • Private individuals on claims arising out of delays to the construction of both new build and refurbished high-end residential properties in central and west London.
  • A tenant on claims against its landlord arising out of the delay in completion and defective construction of a major central London office development.
  • Multiplex Construction on disputes arising out of the construction of Wembley National Stadium, specifically in relation to a c£45m sub-contract package.
  • A wide range of employers / developers advising on disputes relating to the delay in completion of office, mixed use and retail developments and associated defective works.
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Memberships & Roles

  • TeCSA
  • Society of Construction Law
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  • 2000 – LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, Leeds
  • 2001 – LPC, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham
  • 2010 – MSc Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Kings's College, London
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A Court of Ap­peal de­cision last week has over­turned a TCC de­cision con­cern­ing the right to ad­ju­dic­ate un­der col­lat­er­al war­ranties. The Court’s de­cision con­firms the po­ten­tial for col­lat­er­al war­ranties...
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Li­quid­ated dam­ages and par­tial pos­ses­sion
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The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
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As­sign­ment of sub-con­tracts on ter­min­a­tion: con­tract­ors be­ware 
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Ac­cept­ance test­ing and the de­fer­ral of ter­min­a­tion rights
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Do En­ergy from Waste plants fall with­in the Con­struc­tion Act?
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Fi­nal dates for pay­ment linked to in­voices fall foul of the Con­struc­tion...
A re­cently pub­lished TCC de­cision has found that fi­nal dates for pay­ment must be a fixed peri­od of time from the due date un­der a con­struc­tion con­tract. The court held that a pro­vi­sion which made the...