Matthew Finn

Matthew Finn
Senior Managing Director

Construction Quantum Expert; Claims; Damages on Construction; Infrastructure

Matthew Finn is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in London. He 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, 2020, and 2021.

  • Experience

    Matthew 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 sectors.

    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 claims.

    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.

    Matthew  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 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:

    • High Rise, Landmark building in London: Appointed by the employer to advise on a contractor’s loss and expense claim of circa £90 million on a £1 billion high rise luxury hotel and residential scheme in London.
    • New Build Nuclear Power Plant – Europe: Appointed by a contractor on a €6bn new-build nuclear power station relating to assessing damages related to delay and disruption in international arbitration.
    • Thermal power plants – Asia: Appointed by the plant owner to assess the damages claim of US$1.5 billion from an EPC contractor in an international arbitration following termination on a $10bn 4,320MW coal power plant complex currently under development.
    • Coal Power Plants – Asia: An appointed quantum expert on an international arbitration relating to a USD $3 billion project consisting of two coal-fired power stations project.
    • Appointed by the SPV and their legal team to assess a claim relating to defects surrounding fire protection, mechanical, electrical and public services on a £220 million PFI hospital. Matter referred to the High Court – Technology and Construction (TCC).
    • Data Centre Project: Appointed quantum expert concerning claims relating to prolongation, disruption, inflation, loss of overheads and profit recovery and variations.
    • Stadium project, England: Providing quantum and delay support to a tier 1 UK main contractor under a JCT Major Projects Construction Contract 2016. The matter is on-going, and Matthew regularly conducts training to the project staff and undertakes audits.
    • PFI Hospital: Appointed by the SPV and their legal team to assess a claim of circa £40m relating to defects and damages on a £300 million PFI hospital. Matter referred to the High Court – Technology and Construction (TCC).
    • Coal-fired power plants, Africa: Appointed quantum expert on two coal power plants at different sites. Appointed as the independent evaluation of a loss of productivity to the construction of these two coal-fired power generation facility, under FIDIC form of contract.
    • New Jet Engine Test Bed Facility (Civil Aerospace), England: Appointed by a Specialist Contractor in valuing measured works and matters concerning variations.
    • Appointed by a large mining, infrastructure, energy, and property group who had acquired a civil engineering company. This claim was to pursue damages under warranties in the Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA) against the previous owners in UK litigation.

  • Honors & awards

    • Who’s Who Legal 2021 – Arbitration chapter: “Most Highly Regarded”: Ankura’s Matthew Finn is “a great quantum expert” with “impressive international arbitration experience”. He impresses with his “keen eye for detail”, with sources adding he is always “meticulously well prepared”. “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”.
    • Who’s Who Legal 2020 – Quantum and Delay – Construction chapter says: “Matthew Finn is lauded for his “thorough, detailed reports which offer in-depth analytical comment” and ability to “clearly explain complex quantum issues”.
    • Who’s Who Legal 2020 –Arbitration chapter says: Matthew Finn is “an excellent all-round quantity surveying expert” who impresses clients with “his attention to detail and ability to concisely and accurately process complex data and give a clear opinion”.
    • Who’s Who Legal 2020 – Expert Witnesses – Construction chapter says: The “exceptional” Matthew Finn is “thorough and detailed” in his analysis and remains “very calm under cross-examination”.
    • Who’s Who Legal 2019 – Expert Witnesses – Construction chapter: “Matthew Finn commands great respect from interviewees who applaud his ‘incredible attention to detail’ and ‘clarity of expression’, noting his ‘ability to work in difficult circumstances’.”
    • Who’s Who Legal 2019 – Quantum and Delay – Construction chapter says: “Matthew Finn has ‘wide knowledge and skills in the field’ as well as ‘large intellect capable of grasping detailed and complex information quickly’.”
    • Who’s Who Legal 2018 – Quantum and Delay – Construction chapter says: “Matthew Finn is a ‘very enthusiastic and on-the-ball’ practitioner who has a strong practice in the litigation space. Instructing counsel comment that ‘he pays good attention to detail and his ability to think creatively is very helpful’.”

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