Matthew was called to the Bar in 1999 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2013. He was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 1987. After obtaining a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University in 1989 he practised as a solicitor for over 9 years with Minter Ellison, Phillips Fox and Rowe & Maw in London, mainly in insurance and professional indemnity matters. His experience as a solicitor included property, trade practices and insolvency work.
Since admission as a barrister he has appeared in all New South Wales State courts and tribunals and in all Federal courts and in most other State and Territory Supreme Courts. His practice is broad and diverse including defamation, building & construction, professional indemnity and insurance, personal injury, general commercial and equity, associations and employment and industrial matters. He has advised and appeared for the ACCC and the Director of Fair Work and it’s predecessors, as well as for the major insurers and their insureds in various areas of practice. He has appeared in sports tribunal matters as counsel assisting and sat on disciplinary tribunals. His professional indemnity practice includes defending and prosecuting claims against solicitors, barristers, architects, engineers, valuers, real estate agents, financial advisers and accountants.