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About Ann Matthias

Ann is an associate in our International Arbitration Group and Global Projects Disputes Practice.

Ann is a projects and construction lawyer with a particular focus on arbitration, project delivery, construction litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, with experience acting for major contractors and developers in disputes regarding major infrastructure projects.

Ann is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Australia and is a registered foreign practitioner in Dubai. Prior to joining Freshfields, she worked in a top international law firm in Sydney, Australia.

Recent work

  • Advising a major oil and gas company in relation to multi-billion dollar defect claims arising from the design of an onshore gas processing facility in Australia.
  • Advising a leading global construction company in its dispute against a Middle East governmental entity regarding significant delay, disruption, and variation claims amounting to over US$400 million.
  • Advising a major international company who designed, constructed and are operating and maintaining a water treatment facility in New South Wales. This matter has involved ongoing project delivery work, and three separate disputes in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.*
  • Advising a leading international contractor in a large-scale construction dispute being hearing in the National Court of Justice in Papua New Guinea.*
  • Advising a major international contractor with respect to various disputes being heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.*
  • Advising a large-scale developer in relation to project delivery work relating to various solar and wind farms located in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.*
  • Advising a major international contractor with respect to a dispute being heard in the Supreme Court of New South Wales relating to the installation of pipes in a correctional facility.*
  • Advising a major renewables developer in an expert determination against the Queensland government in defending late payment claim levied against the client.*


    *Legal experience prior to joining Freshfields.


  • Registered Legal Consultant, Dubai
  • Admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – The College of Law, New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce, Macquarie University