Matthew practices in commercial and public law. He advises and acts in commercial disputes including contract, consumer, building and construction law. His public law matters include judicial and merits review, and coronial inquests. Matthew has also been briefed in seven group proceedings, including personal injuries, consumer law and shareholder class actions.
Matthew has appeared in all courts in the Victorian and federal hierarchy. His recent appearances include:
High Court of Australia
Matthew has appeared before the full bench of the High Court in eleven proceedings as junior to R Merkel QC, J Burnside QC, P Hanks QC, W Harris QC, A Broadfoot QC, C Harris QC, among others, including the following:
Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
Supreme Court (including Court of Appeal)
Matthew has also been briefed and has given evidence as an expert in the law of Nauru in Australian federal and state supreme courts.
Prior legal experience
Matthew was a solicitor in the Executive Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office and the researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria, P Tate SC (later a Justice of Appeal of the Supreme Court). Following that, he was the associate to Justice Habersberger of the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Commercial and Equity Division. For eighteen months prior to joining the Victorian Bar, Matthew was the sole researcher to Geoffrey Robertson QC.
In 2014, Matthew worked at the Cape Town bar preparing two matters for the Constitutional Court in South Africa. In 2016, Matthew appeared in five matters in the Supreme Court of Nauru for asylum seekers in that country.
Teaching and publications
Matthew lectures on public law, public interest law and refugee law in the Juris Doctor course at the University of Melbourne's Law School, at which he was appointed Senior Fellow and a Senior Lecturer.
Matthew’s publications include: