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Matthew Montgomery


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Matthew graduated from Leicester University with First Class honours in law in 2004. After achieving a distinction in the LPC he qualified at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in 2009 and moved to HFW in 2011, where he was made a Senior Associate in the Admiralty Department in 2015.  Matthew joined MFB in 2018.

Matthew has a broad practice, advising primarily on contentious matters across wet and dry shipping. He has particular expertise in the investigation and handling of disputes arising out of marine casualties including groundings, collisions and salvage cases. Over recent years, Matthew has been closely involved in a number of high profile casualties including the “NORMAN ATLANTIC”, “SITEAM ANJA”, “KEA TRADER”, “AGIA ZONI II” and “THORCO LINEAGE”.  His experience includes advising on complex transhipment and wreck removal operations, as well as legal issues arising from general average, unsafe ports, pollution and the carriage of dangerous goods. 

Over recent years Matthew has also developed a detailed knowledge of cyber security issues in the marine market and is regularly approached by clients on the subject.  He has written numerous articles on cyber security and regularly speaks on the subject at international conferences.

In addition to the UK market Matthew is particularly active in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Greece. 

London: Transport


Within: Shipping

Specialist shipping firm MFB is ‘commercial in terms of its turnaround of work and advice’; the team is ‘strong on the law and creative in its approach’. Its expertise is ‘vast’ and spans casualty response work, dry shipping, superyachts, shipbuilding, logistics and insurance. Headline work includes representing Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha on an unsafe ports dispute in the Supreme Court and representing cargo owners Bechtel in an arbitration case following the sinking of the Atlantik ConfidenceEdward Gray heads the ‘exceptional’ team, which includes Andrew Hughes, who is regularly instructed on disputes in the Far East; the ‘excellent’ Asad Naqvi; Gerard Hopkins, who specialises in shipping litigation; Ian Hawkes, who handles maritime disputes; Mark Seward, who regularly advises on cases arising out of charterparty and bill of lading contracts; Simon Wolsey, who has the ‘ability to rapidly review the details of dispute in question and provide very clear prompt advice and recommendations’; Eduardo Prim , who is praised for his ‘impressive ability to swiftly review complex legal questions, summarise them in an understandable manner and find solutions’; and  recently promoted partner Helene Peter-Davies. Key hires include associate Matthew Montgomery, who ‘immediately grasps the matter’, and Kevin Cooper, who joined from Ince & Co; and Nicholas Wilson, who joined from Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless. Andrew Wright has retired.

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