Matthew is a leading industrial relations and employment barrister with extensive experience acting for many of Australia's largest companies in all jurisdictions. Matthew has a national practice and appears for clients across Australia in all areas of industrial and employment law, including an extensive appellate practice.
Matthew has particular experience in the building and construction, infrastructure, maintenance and engineering, mining, oil and gas, airlines, maritime, stevedoring, vehicle and the metal/electrical trades industries, as well as with a broad range of State and Federal Government agencies and instrumentalities.
Before joining the Bar in 2008, Matthew was a Senior Associate at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) in its Employee Relations Group. Matthew spent 2003 as Associate to Senior Deputy President Cartwright of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, based in Sydney.
Matthew was named as “preeminent” in the category of Junior Counsel in the Doyle’s Guide, Leading Employment & Industrial Relations Barristers – Melbourne 2016 and in the Leading Employment and WHS Barristers - Melbourne 2017.
Major cases include:
High Court of Australia
Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission
Full Bench of Fair Work Australia