Has a strong understanding of the trust world. Very commercial and good at explaining things in a layman’s manner. Legal 500 UK, 2021


Mathew is head of Ogier's Dispute Resolution team in Guernsey and European lead for the firm's multi-disciplinary Restructuring and Corporate Recovery team. His practice encompasses commercial and financial dispute resolution, with a special focus on contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, schemes of arrangement, shareholder actions including within the private equity space, regulatory disputes, and matters involving all types of investment schemes, including distressed and insolvent funds. Mathew also has considerable experience in relation to more general commercial and professional negligence disputes involving financial services businesses, Guernsey trusts (including illiquid trusts or those holding distressed assets}, large scale construction claims and all types of insurance and reinsurance related disputes.
  • Background & experience

    Mathew qualified as an advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey in February 2011, where he appears regularly on complex commercial and trusts disputes and insolvency/restructuring matters. Substantive court work over the past 12 months includes acting for the joint administrators of a Guernsey company holding significant mining rights through subsidiaries, advising beneficiaries of a high value trust seeking to remove the trustees, and acting for trustees of a family trust with liquidity and sustainability issues. At present Mathew is acting for the insolvency office holders of Providence, a regulated Guernsey fund which was used as Ponzi scheme, in a high profile litigation-funded claim against the fund's auditors. Mathew also has experience of civil cases involving proceeds of crime, sanctions and anti-money laundering legislation. Mathew is ranked by Chambers & Partners (tier 2) and by Legal 500 (leading individual).

    Mathew joined the firm in 2008 from global firm DLA Piper where he was a member of the Restructuring Group. Mathew is a qualified commercial mediator and is a member of the executive committee of ARIES, the local chapter of INSOL International.  He is a member of the Guernsey insolvency law reform committee, the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and is an overseas member of the Chancery Bar Association.  Mathew is also a member of the editorial board of International Corporate Rescue magazine. He is currently studying for INSOL International's Global Insolvency Practice Course. 

    Admitted in:
    2011 - Guernsey
    2002 - England & Wales


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  • Recognition

    Has a strong understanding of the trust world. Very commercial and good at explaining things in a layman’s manner. Legal 500 UK, 2021
    A very commercial and very responsive lawyer. Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2021
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2021
    Has a mastery of the law and is able to communicate his ideas clearly and thoughtfully. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    His practice is one of the leading insolvency and restructuring offerings on the island. Legal 500 UK, 2020
    Very good insolvency practitioner. Chambers UK, 2020
    Leading individual Legal 500 UK, 2020
    He has provided wise counsel and his advice has been truly excellent from a legal point of view Chambers UK, 2019
    Mathew is very personable, reliable and available 24/7 for advice whenever needed Citywealth Leaders List, 2019
    Extremely well-regarded Legal 500 UK, 2019
    Matthew is an outstanding lawyer and has a rare skill for unrivalled client-care and inter-personal skills Citywealth Leaders List, 2019
    Gives very clear and concise advice, and is very experienced and a pleasure to work with. Chambers UK, 2018
    He is extremely knowledgeable, accessible and responsive and I trust and value his judgement Citywealth Leaders List, 2018
    Diligent, thorough and methodical. Legal 500 UK, 2017
    Mathew has really impressed me with his clear, strategic thinking. He is extremely knowledgeable, accessible and responsive and I trust and value his judgement. Citywealth Leaders List, 2017
    Mathew is one of the top insolvency lawyers on the island, with a wealth of experience and good judgement. Chambers UK, 2017
    very responsive, very hardworking and very knowledgeable about Guernsey law and Guernsey procedures Client feedback, 2017
    fast developing into a very capable advocate. Chambers UK, 2016
    Responsive and effective Legal 500 UK, 2016
    Mathew Newman is rated highly for his ‘understanding of Guernsey law, strategic advice and courtroom presentation’ Legal 500 UK, 2015
    Hard-working, industrious and imaginative, Mathew Newman is always prepared to do that bit more for his clients Chambers UK, 2015
    He kept us abreast of not only the progress in the case in terms of compliance of directions and movement along the timetable of the case, but also the steps being taken to press the other side for a suitable settlement for us Client Feedback, 2015
    Has already acquired extensive experience in commercial disputes in the Royal Court Chambers UK, 2014
    Very good insolvency lawyer Legal 500 UK, 2014
    A great deal of experience Legal 500 UK, 2014
    An instinctive eye for a good point Legal 500 UK, 2013