Matthew specialises in commercial, administrative law and regulatory matters, and also accepts briefs in commercial and regulatory crime.
Matthew has particular expertise in:
Complex commercial litigation, including class actions, freezing orders, injunctions, and multiparty litigation. Matthew's experience includes contractual claims, competition and consumer law, property and leasing, equity and trusts, major torts and civil fraud recovery.
Financial services and markets, including licensing and ASIC matters, disclosure and advice obligations, managed investment schemes, superannuation, insider trading and market manipulation. Matthew has previously worked at both ASIC and the Financial Services Authority (UK), where he played a key role in the UK's largest successful criminal insider trading prosecution.
Corporations law and corporate insolvency, acting on behalf of directors, shareholders, liquidators, creditors, and a variety of large and small companies, as well as ASIC. Matthew is a current member of the Law Council of Australia's Melbourne subcommittee for Corporations and Securities Law.
Regulatory and administrative law matters, including public inquiries, statutory investigations, civil penalty proceedings, judicial review and merits review. Matthew regularly writes and presents on this topic, and acts for both regulatory authorities and regulated firms. He has acted in matters involving ASIC, the ACCC and the Australian Energy Regulator, and in matters concerning energy, education, the environment, health, immigration, planning, pharmacy, safety, transport, taxation, and public sector corruption.
Energy law, including matters under the National Electricity and Gas Laws, as well as State-specific legislation. Matthew is the co-author of the National Energy Regulation Handbook, and has guest lectured in the Energy Law subject at Monash University.
Matthew is currently completing a Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne. His studies to date have included Advanced Civil Litigation, Financial Services Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Royal Commissions & Public Inquiries.
Matthew read with Justin Brereton, and his senior mentor was Jonathon Moore QC.
A selection of Matthew's recent matters since coming to the Bar are set out below. Experience as instructing solicitor is set out under the Expanded Biography tab.
General commercial litigation
Financial services and superannuation
Insolvency, fraud and complex debt recovery
Advice - competition law and anti-corruption - advising a German multinational in relation to its regulatory compliance programs in Australia, including competition law and anti-corruption;
Advice - competition law, privacy and secret commissions - advising a health industry body in relation to competition law, privacy and corruption concerns;
Public and administrative law
Some of Matthew’s notable experience as a solicitor, or in-house lawyer, is set out below.
Matters as instructing solicitor
Wood v Astra Resources Ltd  FCA 1192 – acting for foreign liquidators in relation to cross-border insolvency issues (with Ian Thomas as counsel).
ASIC v Astra Resources Ltd (No 2)  FCA 560 - acting for foreign liquidators of an English company, in civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC against the company in liquidation (with Ian Thomas as counsel).
Beachley Street Pty Ltd v Commonwealth & Ors (2016) Supreme Court - acting for the Commonwealth in a complex multi-party dispute concerning liability for environmental contamination at a former Commonwealth industrial facility (with Tom Howe QC as counsel, settled).
Substantial executive fraud (2016) Supreme Court – leading a covert investigation in relation to a substantial executive fraud, and successfully obtaining freezing orders (with Andrew Tragardh as counsel).
Investigation regarding 21st Century ‘land banking’ schemes (2015) – leading the initial stages of a major ASIC investigation into unregistered managed investment schemes.
ASIC v Avestra Asset Management Ltd (2015) Federal Court - leading an ASIC investigation against a licensed operator of managed investment schemes, obtaining orders for the appointment of provisional liquidators (with Jonathon Moore QC and Tom Clarke as counsel).
Marijancevic v Roads Corporation  VSC 339;  VSC 240;  VSCA 181 – successfully defending judicial review proceedings brought against VicRoads in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal (with Nick Wood as counsel).
Keddel v Roads Corporation (2014) Magistrates Court - merits review under the Road Safety Act, concerning fitness to drive issues after epileptic seizure causing an accident (with Sarala Fitzgerald as counsel).
JSRM v Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (2014) AAT – acting for a registered higher education provider in a merits review challenging the cancellation of its registration (with Helen Symon QC, Haroon Hassan and Angel Aleksov as counsel, settled).
Kastrinakis v ACPA  FCA 995 - successful judicial review proceeding against the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority (with Suresh Senathirajah as counsel).
In the matter of FEA Plantations Ltd (subject to DOCA) (receivers appointed)  FCA 1331 – application for winding up of forestry managed investment schemes (with Philip Crutchfield QC and Oren Bigos as counsel).
Forest Enterprises Australia Ltd (subject to DOCA) (receivers and managers appointed) v Tasmanian Plantation Ltd (subject to DOCA) (controllers appointed) & Ors (2013) Supreme Court - acting for receivers of an operator of forestry managed investment schemes, in a proceeding against a class of several thousand scheme members regarding the termination of leasing arrangements and forestry rights (with Philip Crutchfield QC and Oren Bigos as counsel, settled).
Burdett-Baker, in the matter of AFS Group Ltd (in liquidation) v National Australia Bank Ltd & Anor  FCA 799 – application by liquidator for directions regarding determination of third party rights (with Ed Moon and Catherine Gobbo as counsel).
Advising a superannuation administrator in respect of complex liability and insurance issues arising from a major failure in its IT system, affecting thousands of members (2013).
Operation Saturn – R v Mustafa and Ors (2012) – working on the UK’s largest ever successful insider trading prosecution (with Michael Bowes QC and Gillian Jones as counsel).
Casey v State Trustees Ltd (2010) Federal Court - defending an investor class action brought by ASIC in relation to the collapse of the Westpoint Group, bringing 26 third party claims (with Robin Brett QC and Greg Ahern as counsel, settled).
Barber v Kylow Pty Ltd & Ors (2010) Supreme Court of NSW - acting for a German bicycle producer in a cross-border product liability claim, where the plaintiff suffered catastrophic brain damage and our client had contribution claims against parts suppliers and manufacturers in Taiwan (with James Sheller as counsel).