Call: 1997 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 2014 (England & Wales)
Solicitor-Advocate, Hong Kong (2001) (Non-practicing)
Called to the Bar, Western Australia (2023)
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Matthew Gearing KC is widely regarded as a leading arbitration practitioner of his generation; in particular, he was appointed Queen's Counsel (England & Wales) in February 2014. He has substantial experience of arbitrations, particularly in Hong Kong and the wider Asian region.
He has been in practice in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution for over 25 years. He was a partner of Allen & Overy for 16 years, head or co-head of the firm’s arbitration group for ten years of those years (and at the firm for 24 years) before moving to the Bar, from May 2021.
Matthew was Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) from 2017 to 2020 (Council of the HKIAC, 2008-2020). In addition, he is a past Co-Chair of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group. He is currently a Vice-President of the LCIA Court. He is also on the HKIAC, SIAC and KLRCA panel of arbitrators, and Prime Finance’s panel of Dispute Resolution experts.
Matthew has acted in a large number of complex arbitrations around the world, both commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. His experience includes arbitrations under the ICC, UNCITRAL, SIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SCC, LCIA and ICSID Rules.
Matthew has sat as arbitrator in a wide range of matters, as sole and party appointed arbitrator and as Chair, including under the SIAC, LCIA, ICC and HKIAC Rules and in respect of investment treaties, under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules.
He is also called to the Bar in Western Australia (2023) and is a Solicitor-Advocate (Non-practicing), Hong Kong (2001).
Matthew is a joint editor of Russell on Arbitration (23rd and 24th Editions) a leading text on arbitration in England & Wales, and has written and spoken widely on arbitration.
Matthew has achieved broad and consistent recognition in the major directories for many years.
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