Mr Mathias Cheung > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Mathias’ domestic and international commercial practice covers all areas of Chambers’ work, including construction, engineering and infrastructure, energy and utilities, information technology, professional negligence, and international arbitration. In addition to these specialist areas, he has also gained experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, including cases on banking, insolvency, fraud, insurance, assignment, subrogation, conflicts of law and airline claims.

Mathias has experience at all stages of mediation, litigation, adjudication and arbitration, and he has worked with a variety of bespoke and standard form contracts including the FIDIC, JCT, NEC and ACE forms, as well as various forms of PFI contracts.

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 was 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 Supreme Court decision regarding penalty clauses. He has also published in the Construction Law Journal, International Construction Law Review, TECBAR Review and Construction Law newsletter.


Called 2015


As a native of Hong Kong, Mathias is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. He also has working proficiency in French.


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.


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
2010-2013 LLB Hons (First Class Honours), King’s College London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Mathias Cheung Atkin Chambers ‘Mathias is a real star for his level of call. He is extremely hardworking and he is able to turn around complex work in a short period of time. His drafting is forceful when it needs to be and very effective.’

London Bar > Energy

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Mathias CheungAtkin Chambers ‘Mathias has an incredible grasp of detail and is exceptionally hardworking.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Mathias Cheung – Atkin Chambers ‘He is always prepared to go the extra mile for his clients. He never shies away from a fight but is sensible in his assessment of a case.’

A go-to set for any construction dispute‘, Atkin Chambers maintains a strong presence across multiple Asia Pacific jurisdictions, including Singapore, Vietnam, India, the Philippines and Greater China. Chantal-Aimée Doerries KC is noted for her excellent track record in handling disputes arising from LNG and oil field projects, and Andrew White KC garners praise as ‘one of the top barristers in the field of construction and engineering disputes‘. Arbitration expert Stuart Catchpole KC is highly regarded for his ‘very extensive specialist construction expertise‘. Samar Abbas Kazmi continues to act in complex international construction and energy arbitrations, and ‘rising starMathias Cheung is ‘extraordinarily detailed and can assess critical issues quickly‘.