Matthew Kellett Mediator

Passionate about the future of legal services. Husband. Father. Golfer. Wine nut.

Supporting Creative Resolution

Matthew is a CEDR accredited Mediator with over 3 decades of experience in the commercial and financial services sectors.

He is a qualified lawyer who has worked as a Partner in the ‘Magic Circle’ and another major global law firm, leading teams that specialise in complex commercial work, with a particular emphasis on finance and financial services.

In addition, almost uniquely, he ran a large business in a global bank, and later successfully established the seminal legal and consulting arm of a ‘Big Four’ global professional services firm.

His recent experience involves working on the development of an AI-driven e-commerce platform and raising finance for AIM listed companies and tech-driven start-ups.

One of the final projects of his full-time legal career was to lead the team that designed and delivered the framework to establish the Business Banking Resolution Service. This landmark project gave Matthew a deep insight over the 2 years of its gestation into the world of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Mediation in particular.

Approach & Style

Matthew brings to the table a calm, understated, highly empathetic yet firm personal style, together with the patience and stamina which were the hallmark of his time as a lawyer and commercial lead.

The skills Matthew developed as a transactional lawyer and business principal, together with his reputation as a highly commercial operator, have given him a unique insight, enabling him to support parties to a very broad range of commercial disputes to achieve resolutions they can ‘live with’. He particularly understands the parties’ motivations, and is able to effectively assess the full spectrum of risk and offer creative solutions otherwise unavailable to the courts.

Interests

Outside professional life Matthew is a keen golfer, and enjoys wine, travel and spending time with family.

Career

Matthew has had a long and varied career as both a business principal and solicitor

2023 - Current

Chair, Robberg Resources Limited

Raising capital for minerals exploration for the production of clean energy

2022-2023

Director, Chief Legal Officer, Wisdom Group

A start-up AI driven e-commerce platform

2020-2022

Senior Partner, UK FS Legal, EY

Senior partner of EY’s client facing legal practice

2014-2020

Managing Partner, UK FS Legal, EY

Established EY’s new client facing legal practice, focussed on innovation using technology to establish new delivery methods and establishing market leading financial services regulatory and legal function consulting teams

2010-2014

Managing Partner, Finance, BCLP

Managing Partner of the Finance practice, including projects and project finance, asset finance, real estate finance and banking and capital markets

2005-2009

Managing Director, Head of Financial Structuring, RBS

Led RBS’s structured investment and fund-raising business

2003-2005

Managing Director, Banque AIG

Managing Director and Counsel for AIG Financial Products with focus on complex capital markets and trading

1996-2003

Partner, Banking, Linklaters

Led the complex banking structured products team

1990-1996

Associate, Tax, Linklaters