Matthew Heywood

Senior Partner


Mat is a leading international disputes partner in the Middle East, specialising in construction, infrastructure and energy. He advises and represents clients on the resolution of disputes arising out of major infrastructure projects throughout the world with a particular emphasis on the Middle East. Crucially, that includes all stages of the project lifecycle in an effort to minimise costs and mitigate risks. 

Over the years, Mat has built up strong relationships with a wide variety of clients and it is those clients that have helped him build and launch a new type of law firm, focused on the core principles of client-centricity, depth in quality and service innovation. 

Mat is based in Mantle Law’s UAE office.

Recent projects

Joint venture of international contractors on a large infrastructure transport project in Doha with regard to a complex spectrum of disputes involving claims for nonpayment and extensions of time with a value in excess of $2bn. 

Infrastructure developer in an DIAC arbitration seated in the UAE on a dispute with a value in excess of AED2bn. 

Large mechanical and electrical subcontractor on an ICC dispute related to a significant public building in which the counterclaim against my client was four times larger than the already substantial claim and which we 100% defeated and recovered fully on the original claim.