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Matthew Needham-Laing

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Matthew Needham-Laing is a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman UK LLP, with more than 20 years of experience in construction and engineering as both a litigator and a transactional lawyer. Matthew provides his clients with a one-stop-shop legal service spanning both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to construction, engineering and infrastructure projects.

As a litigator, he is experienced in adjudication, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution and has acted as an adjudicator in numerous construction and engineering disputes. 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. Matthew also has considerable experience advising on engineering contracts for oil and gas companies and pharmaceutical infrastructure projects.

Due to his training and practice as an architect in the 1980s, Matthew's experience extends across the real estate sector. As an architect, he worked on hotel, office and retail projects and this background lends unique insight into the problems associated with construction projects. He is well known in the real estate sector and in the 2016 edition of Chambers UK, Matthew's clients note that he is "well respected in the industry."  

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.

He is recognized by Chambers legal directory as a leader in his field and has been interviewed by the BBC, Sky TV and quoted in The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The New York Times, and TODAY (Singapore), as well as numerous other publication and news outlets.

Shown below is a selection of Matthew’s engagements.


Chambers UK, 2018–2019
Matthew  Needham-Laing


  • MSc, King's College London
  • LLB, University of West London
  • BA, Oxford Brookes University

Bar Admissions

  • England and Wales


Chambers UK
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  • Technology and Construction Solicitors Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Society for Computers and Law
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
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