Dr Matthew Collins AM QC is available to appear and advise in all areas of commercial, media and information technology law. He practises in all Australian jurisdictions.
He holds a PhD in law from Melbourne University and is the author of Collins on Defamation (Oxford University Press, 2014), a leading text on the law of defamation in England and Wales, and all three editions of The Law of Defamation and the Internet (Oxford University Press, 2001, 2005, 2010), the standard international text on the application of principles of defamation law to online publications.
Dr Collins was the President of the Victorian Bar from 2017-19 and is currently a Vice-President of the Australian Bar Association. He is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a member of the Council of the Australian Institute of Juidicial Administration. In 2019, Dr Collins was made a member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law, to legal standards, and to education.
Dr Collins has appeared at both appellate and trial level in many of the most significant defamation and free speech cases in Australia of the past generation, a number of important competition law and related cases, and countless commercial disputes. He has also appeared in several Royal Commissions both as Counsel Assisting and lead counsel for affected parties.
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Victorian Bar Committee Memberships
President - Victorian Bar Council, 2017-19
Senior Vice-President - Victorian Bar Council, 2016-17
Member, Victorian Bar Council, 2014-16
Chair - Readers Course Committee, 2015-17