Matthew Vinall > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration


Having joined Dentons in 1994 as a trainee lawyer and qualified into its Dispute Resolution practice in September 1996, Matthew is now counsel specializing in energy disputes, including price reviews and major construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes.  He has significant experience operating under all the major international arbitration rules and has been involved in hearings in several countries.

Matthew often works closely with clients and independent technical experts in fields including economics, forensic accountancy, design and engineering, project planning and quantity surveying, and has developed a good working knowledge of each of these areas.

As well as major arbitrations, Matthew has also worked on a wide range of commercial disputes in the High Court and before regulatory tribunals.  He has been involved in several mediations and expert determinations.

Matthew also has an active non-contentious practice, focusing on dry shipping, international trade and aviation-related advice.


  • The College of Law, 1993
  • University of Warwick, 1992

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

With ‘strength in depth when it comes to international arbitration‘, Dentons‘ London practice has considerable energy and construction disputes expertise. It is also active in post-M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as major investment treaty claims. Leading the international arbitration practice in the UK,  Liz Tout is particularly expert in large energy-related commercial arbitrations; Dan Bodle has ‘a first-rate legal brain‘; James Langley regularly acts in disputes involving parties from the Middle East or Africa; and Dominic Pellew is a CIS-related arbitration specialist. Counsel Matthew Vinall is ‘hugely experienced‘, while Catherine Gilfedder is ‘among the London market’s strongest senior associates‘.