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Matthew MacLachlan

Matthew MacLachlan

Senior Associate


Matthew is a commercial litigator with five years' post-qualification experience, primarily advising multinationals, insurers, partnerships and ultra-high net worth individuals before and during Court and arbitral proceedings. He also has experience conducting key forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and contractual adjudications.

Matthew is listed by Legal 500 as a "Recommended Lawyer" and a "Key Lawyer" for Commercial Litigation in 2022. 

A qualified solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience, Matthew's recent experience includes:

  • advising two major insurers in Commercial Court proceedings concerning a $140 million tower of insurance. Insurers are defending $70 million claims concerning class actions and regulatory fines against the insured arising in the US;
  • Essex County Council v UBB Waste (Essex) Limited [2020] EWHC 1581 (TCC): acting for the Claimant in its successful £1 billion High Court claim for breach of a PFI contract against the operator of a major waste treatment facility;
  • advising an ultra-high net worth individual in his defence of £600 million High Court proceedings for breach of warranty and misrepresentation as part of a sale of his business interests;
  • advising producers and retailers in the wake of the global collapse of the Kew Media Group and the administration of Debenhams;
  • acting in multiple disputes for a global spirits business from parallel proceedings in Court and the Employment Tribunal against a former executive to pre-action claims for breaches of Share Purchase Agreements;
  • conducting Court advocacy for a major US music company as part of its corporate restructure and transference of IP assets; and
  • advising an EU betting provider on its rights to official betting data under a complex data licencing agreement.

Matthew joined Shoosmiths in November 2020 having been an Associate in the Dispute Resolution group of the media firm, Lee & Thompson. Before, Matthew spent five years at Slaughter and May, having been a Trainee and then an Associate in the Dispute Resolution group.

Matthew studied law at Cambridge and history at King's College London.

Areas of Practice

Commercial | Dispute resolution and litigation | Intellectual property | Litigation and disputes | Privacy and data | Regulation, business crime and compliance


TUPE and Multiple Transferees - Further Development on Allocating Employees
Shoosmiths LLP, March 2021

Deciding what happens to employees in a TUPE transfer where there is more than one transferee is never straightforward. However, developments in this area continue to add complexity to the situation, adding cost and uncertainty to employers. Recent developments In the recent case of McTear Contracts Ltd v Bennett & ors the EAT looked at a situation where there were two transferees in the context of a service provision change...

Agile Implementations and Legacy Systems – A Pyrrhic Victory for the Co-Op?
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The recent CIS v IBM decision touches on two topical issues in IT disputes: maintenance and replacement of legacy systems, and  use of agile implementation methodologies.  It is also a useful reminder of some important basics regarding the management of troubled IT projects. The case and the issues The claimant (Co-op) was the insurance business of the Co-op group...

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