Mathias Cheung successfully appeared in a default judgment application for the claimants (the “McDonalds”) against their building contractor (“D&F”), in […]
During pupillage and upon accepting tenancy, Mathias has gained experience at all stages of mediation, litigation, adjudication, and arbitration. He has worked with a variety of bespoke and standard form contracts including the FIDIC, JCT, NEC and ACE forms.
As a native of Hong Kong, Mathias is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and he is therefore able to take instructions for cases involving Chinese-speaking parties and Chinese documentation in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Singapore and other jurisdictions. Mathias also has working proficiency in French.
Mathias is the winner of the SCL Hudson Prize 2015 for his essay entitled ‘Shylock’s Construction Law: the Brave New Life of Liquidated Damages?’ on the recent Supreme Court decision regarding penalty clauses, and has delivered presentations on this topic across the country. He has also published in the Construction Law Journal, International Construction Law Review, TECBAR Review and Construction Law newsletter, and is the general editor of Chambers’ Brexit Bulletin.
Mathias has acted in disputes over design and workmanship defects, delays, variations, loss and expense, and termination in respect of a range of projects from residential and commercial construction to complex infrastructure and PFI projects. Recent work includes:
Mathias has acted in commercial and construction arbitrations both in the UK and abroad. Recent work includes:
Mathias has undertaken work on a range of energy projects in line with Chambers’ specialisms. Recent work includes:
Mathias has advised on and acted in various cases of professional negligence. Recent work includes:
Mathias has experience of cases in the IT and telecommunications sector. Recent work includes:
Mathias has extensive experience of all aspects of statutory and contractual adjudication. He has recently been instructed in a number of cases, including:
Mathias has advised on several commercial disputes related to, or outside the field of, construction. Recent work includes:
2015 SCL Hudson Prize (1st Prize) for ‘Shylock’s Construction Law: the Brave New Life of Liquidated Damages?’ (available to download online)
2015 Stagiaire (judicial assistant), Cabinet of Judge Christopher Vajda QC, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
2015 Research extern, JUSTICE (specialising in complaints and ombudsman system in the UK)
2015 Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn; top student in July 2015 call
2015 Berwin Leighton Paisner Prize, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Arbitration Weekend 2015
2014-2015 Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School
2013-2014 BCL, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (Master’s in Law – Competition Law; Jurisprudence and Political Theory; Restitution of Unjust Enrichment; Comparative Public Law); Law Faculty Graduate Assistance Fund Scholarship
2013 Champion of Oxford Hong Kong Mooting Competition
2013 Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
2013 Member of KCL team in Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
2013 Helen Gibbons Prize in Commercial Law (Best Paper)
2012 King’s Leadership Award
2012 Best Advocate (Commission Representative) Award, European Law Moot Court Competition
2011 Sir Francis Jacobs Prize in EU Law 2011 (Best Paper)
2011 Wragge & Co Prize in Trusts
2011 King’s myScholarship 2011 for excellence and contribution
2010-2013 LLB Hons (First Class Honours), King’s College London
Mathias is the general editor of Chambers’ Brexit Bulletin, which is a periodic bulletin providing regular updates on the Brexit negotiations and other developments relating to the construction and legal services industries post-Brexit.
Mathias is a member of COMBAR, TECBAR and the Society of Construction Law. He is also a member of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and a committee member of the UK Association for European Law.
‘Belt and Road projects – legal issues when East meets West’, Construction Law (September/October 2017).
‘Ethics in the Tender Process: Implied Duty of Good Faith and Remedies for Breach’ (2017) 34(3) ICLR 242.
‘Shylock’s Construction Law: the Brave New Life of Liquidated Damages?’ (2017) 33(3) Const LJ 173.