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Matthew Finn

Matthew Finn

Ankura55 Bishopsgate2nd FloorLondonEnglandEC2N 3AS

Future Leader

WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

“Matthew's thinking is clear, and he is exceptionally hardworking and diligent”

"He is extremely calm under cross-examination and has the ability to get the key points across in an open and engaging manner"

"A construction disputes expert with a bright future"

Biography

Matthew Finn is a Managing Director at Ankura based in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Building and a Member of Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering. Matthew is regularly appointed as an expert witness in the field of quantum (damages) in construction matters. He has given oral evidence in UK litigation on several occasions under both traditional cross-examination and under concurrent evidence commonly known as hot- tubbing. In addition to several quantum CPR part 35 expert appointments in litigation, Matthew has also acted as a quantum expert in international arbitration, mediation and adjudication.

Matthew has been recognised in Who’s Who Legal in Arbitration, Quantum and Delay, and Construction chapters in publications in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition to expert witness appointments, Matthew is a certified civil and commercial mediator, construction adjudicator, international and domestic arbitrator, and sits on over 30 worldwide arbitration panels.

Prior to undertaking expert appointments, Matthew’s professional experience included regional management roles within the building and civil engineering divisions of major contractors, managing multiple complex large value projects. His experience whilst working for contracting organisation was also in claims and dispute resolution. He has experience in building, civil engineering, nuclear, rail, oil and gas, and building services.

He is an accredited and practising member of the Academy of Experts (MAE), Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI), and RICS Accredited Expert Witness under the RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service and included on the expert referral panel. He also has undertaken the Legal Experience Training Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (LETAPAEWE). Matthew also is a practitioner for Dispute Boards MENA (Middle East and North Africa).

Matthew has the experience and knowledge of working under all different types of contracts within building and civil engineering projects, including but not limited to, JCT, NEC, ICE, FIDIC, PFI, Procure 21, Procure 21+, EFA Design & Build, SCAPE, and PPC 2000. He also regularly provides training to large contracting companies on JCT and NEC forms of standard contracts.

A selection of Matthew’s recent quantum expert experience includes appointment by a contractor on a €6bn new-build nuclear power station relating to assessing damages related to delay and disruption in international arbitration. Matthew has also been appointed on a $10bn thermal power plant centre in Asia to assess damages resulting from a termination. He has also been appointed in international arbitration on two coal-fuelled power plants in South East Asia and a biomass fuel project in the UK.

Matthew was also appointed to value a damages claim of circa £60 million on a £1 billion high rise luxury hotel and residential scheme in London. He was also appointed on a PFI by the SPV and their legal team to assess a claim of circa £50m relating to defects surrounding fire protection, mechanical, electrical and public services on a £220m PFI hospital, the matter was referred to the High Court - Technology and Construction (‘TCC’). Matthew was also appointed quantum expert concerning claims relating to prolongation, disruption, inflation, loss of overheads and profit recovery and variations on a Data Centre Project. He is also providing project advisory services to a tier 1 UK main contractor under a JCT Major Projects Construction Contract 2016 for a Stadium project, England. The matter is on-going, and Matthew regularly conducts training to the project staff and undertakes audits.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "exceptional" Matthew Finn is "thorough and detailed" in his analysis and remains "very calm under cross-examination".

Biography

Matthew Finn is a managing director at Ankura based in London. He has experience in claims preparation/avoidance, arbitration, adjudication, mediation, and quantum expert witness appointments in building, civil engineering, nuclear, rail, oil and gas, and building services.

Matthew has worked in the construction industry as a chartered quantity surveyor and chartered construction manager in both consulting and contracting organisations. He has worked on a range of projects for major contractors and consultancies on projects for private, corporate, and public body clients. He has advised both main and specialist contractors on commercial management, contractual issues, and the negotiation of final accounts, claims, and adjudications preparation and defence.

Matthew has been appointed on many occasions as a CPR part 35 quantum expert on construction related disputes. He has given oral evidence in UK litigation on several occasions under both traditional cross-examination and under concurrent evidence commonly known as hot-tubbing.

In addition to several quantum CPR part 35 expert appointments in litigation, Matthew has also acted as a quantum and delay expert in mediation and adjudication. He is an accredited and practising member of the Academy of Experts (MAE); member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI); and RICS-accredited expert witness under the RICS expert witness accreditation service, and included on the expert referral panel. He also has undertaken and successfully completed the Legal Experience Training Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (LETAPAEWE). Matthew is an adjudicator and arbitrator and sits on various adjudication and arbitration panels, such as the CIArb (business arbitration scheme). He is also an arbitrator/ADR official of CEDR and is included on Vantage10 panel for mediators and experts on cross-border, high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation. Matthew is also a practitioner for Dispute Boards MENA (Middle East and North Africa).

Prior to undertaking expert appointments, Matthew’s professional experience included regional management roles within the building and civil engineering divisions of major contractors, managing multiple complex, large-value projects. His experience while working for contracting organisation was also in claims and dispute resolution.

Matthew has experience and knowledge of working under all different types of contracts within building and civil engineering projects, including but not limited to, JCT, NEC, ICE, FIDIC, PFI, Procure 21, Procure 21+, EFA Design and Build, SCAPE and PPC 2000. He also regularly provides training to large contracting companies on JCT and NEC forms of standard contracts.

Matthew’s selected quantum expert experience includes being appointed by the employer to advise on a contractor’s loss and expense claim of circa £60 million on a £1 billion high-rise luxury hotel and residential scheme in London; being instructed as quantum expert in relation to damages arising from a negligence claim in relation to a new residential development in London, with the claim valued at circa £10 million; and being Appointed by a claimant as an independent quantum expert to give evidence in litigation regarding a dispute of the value of contract and variation works. This latter appointment was as a CPR part 35 expert in litigation proceedings, which involved exchange of reports with an opposing expert, experts’ meetings and preparation of a joint statement. Prior to the hearing, Matthew was also appointed to act as a quantum expert in the mediation. Matthew subsequently testified in the trial and gave evidence over a six-day hearing.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Finn is lauded for his "thorough, detailed reports which offer in-depth analytical comment" and ability to "clearly explain complex quantum issues".

Biography

Matthew Finn is a Managing Director at Ankura based in London. He has experience in claims preparation/avoidance, arbitration, adjudication, mediation, and quantum expert witness appointments in building, civil engineering, nuclear, rail, oil and gas, and building services.
Matthew has worked in the construction industry as a chartered quantity surveyor and chartered construction manager in both consulting and contracting organisations. He has worked on a range of projects for major contractors and consultancies on projects for private, corporate, and public body clients. He has advised both main and specialist contractors on commercial management, contractual issues, and the negotiation of final accounts, claims, and adjudications preparation and defence.
Matthew has been appointed on many occasions as a CPR part 35 quantum expert on construction related disputes. He has given oral evidence in UK litigation on several occasions under both traditional cross-examination and under concurrent evidence commonly known as hot-tubbing. Additionally, Matthew has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal.
In addition to several quantum CPR part 35 expert appointments in litigation, Matthew has also acted as a quantum and delay expert in mediation and adjudication. He is an accredited and practising member of the Academy of Experts (MAE), Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI), and RICS Accredited Expert Witness under the RICS Expert Witness Accreditation Service and included on the expert referral panel. He also has undertaken and successfully completed the Legal Experience Training Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence (LETAPAEWE). Matthew is an adjudicator and arbitrator and sits on various adjudication and arbitration panels, such as the CIArb (Business Arbitration Scheme). He is also an arbitrator/ADR Official of CEDR and is included on Vantage10 panel for mediators and experts on cross-border, high value, multijurisdictional litigation. Matthew also is a practitioner for Dispute Boards MENA (Middle East and North Africa).
Prior to undertaking expert appointments, Matthew’s professional experience included regional management roles within the building and civil engineering divisions of major contractors, managing multiple complex large value projects. His experience whilst working for contracting organisation was also in claims and dispute resolution.
Matthew has experience and knowledge of working under all different types of contracts within building and civil engineering projects, including but not limited to, JCT, NEC, ICE, FIDIC, PFI, Procure 21, Procure 21+, EFA Design & Build, SCAPE, and PPC 2000. He also regularly provides training to large contracting companies on JCT and NEC forms of standard contracts.

Matthew’s selected quantum expert experience includes being appointed by the employer to advise on a contractor’s loss and expense claim of circa £60 million on a £1 billion high-rise luxury hotel and residential scheme in London; being instructed as quantum expert in relation to damages arising from a negligence claim in relation to a new residential development in London, with the claim valued at circa £10 million; and being appointed by a claimant as an independent quantum expert to give evidence in litigation regarding a dispute of the value of contract and variation works. This latter appointment was as a CPR part 35 expert in litigation proceedings, which involved exchange of reports with an opposing expert, experts’ meetings and preparation of a joint statement. Prior to the hearing, Matthew was also appointed to act as a quantum expert in the mediation. Matthew subsequently testified in the trial and gave evidence over a six-day hearing.

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