About Matthew Needham-Laing

Recognized as a leading lawyer for construction law by Chambers UK, "well-respected" Matthew Needham-Laing offers clients a comprehensive service for their legal needs in construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. With almost 30 years' experience as a lawyer and 10 years' experience as a qualified architect, Matthew understands what it takes — legally and technically — to get construction projects completed.

Construction law advice built on 40 years of experience

As a litigator in the Technology and Construction Court, Matthew also handles adjudication, domestic and international arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution in numerous construction and engineering disputes, and has acted as an adjudicator. On the non-contentious side, he drafts and negotiates all forms of construction and engineering contracts and advises on bonds and guarantees related to those contracts. As Chambers UK cites, "He is adept at drafting construction and engineering contracts, as well as representing clients in adjudications and arbitrations, among other matters." Matthew also has considerable experience advising on engineering contracts for oil and gas companies and pharmaceutical and infrastructure projects.

Due to his training and practice as an architect, Matthew's experience extends across the real estate sector. As an architect, he worked on hotel, office and retail projects. His experience designing and supervising the construction of buildings, combined with his knowledge of the law, enables Matthew to understand the technical issues which can arise during a project and propose solutions to resolve the client's problems efficiently and cost effectively.

Matthew lectures on matters relating to construction law and adjudication, and his articles on construction in the pharmaceutical industry and cybersecurity in the construction industry have been published in a number of construction industry magazines. He also has been a contributor to the Architects Legal Handbook.

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"[Matthew] is sought after for 'his contentious and non-contentious expertise' in construction projects, including sizeable infrastructure schemes." 

Chambers UK 2018
(London Construction) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Construction, engineering and infrastructure projects
  • Contract law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Oil and gas