Matthew specialises in international arbitration and public international law. Since joining Allen & Overy in 2005, he has acted as counsel and advocate in many disputes worldwide including under all major arbitral rules. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New York.
He has substantial experience of disputes arising out of major infrastructure and construction projects. His practice includes disputes relating to joint ventures, distribution agreements and post M&A matters.
Matthew also has extensive experience of representing investors and States in investment treaty disputes. This has included successfully representing investors in ICSID claims against Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and representing the Governments of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Poland in six separate treaty claims.
Recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 since being identified as a "rising star" in 2012 (Chambers Global), Chambers 2014 states "[Matthew] continues to be highly regarded for his international arbitration work. Clients say: 'He is an impressive arbitration lawyer with exceptionally solid insight into arbitrations involving investment treaties.'" Legal 500 states "Matthew Hodgson is outstanding" (2013), "sets the bar for others" (2015) and is "perfect for complex arbitrations" (2016). Who's Who - International Arbitration Future Leaders (2017) describes him as a "talented advocate with a big future ahead".