Mr Mathias Cheung > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer 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 4

Mathias CheungAtkin ChambersMathias is top notch. He assimilates information at record pace and quickly gets to grips with the issues. He is great with clients – approachable, dependable, nothing is too much trouble.

Known for their exceptional work both domestically and abroad, the barristers at Atkin Chambers have continued to lead the construction legal market. Stephanie Barwise QC and Omar Eljadi have been acting on behalf of the largest group of victims in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and in addition, barristers who have a significant practice handling PFI disputes have been instructed on fire safety defect-related cases, including Serena Cheng QC, Dominique Rawley QC and Steven Walker QC. In the TCC, Stephen Dennison QC led Mathias Cheung and Felicity Dynes in Energy Works (Hull) Ltd v MW High Tech Projects UK Ltd & Others, a dispute relating to the termination of construction work on a waste to energy plant. Away from the London courts, members continue to be instructed in arbitrations concerning the UK’s and world’s key infrastructure projects.

London Bar > Energy

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Mathias CheungAtkin ChambersIncredibly hard working, responsive and helpful, he gets into the detail and is a highly skilled advocate.

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

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Mathias Cheung – Atkin Chambers

Exceeds pre-requisites for a junior barrister.