After graduating from The University of Melbourne with first class honours in law and a degree in pure mathematics, Matthew joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as an articled clerk in 2003 and was admitted to practice in 2004. After practising broadly in the areas of commercial litigation, competition and consumer law, regulatory investigations, white collar crime and investor class actions, he was appointed a senior associate in 2008 and partner in 2011. Matthew has completed a Masters of Laws, during which he studied economics at Melbourne Business School. His opinions have been reported in the mainstream media on a number of occasions, and he has been recognised by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in the areas of competition and intellectual property.
On behalf of the firm, Matthew has contributed submissions to numerous government reviews. This includes the ACCC’s review of its cartel immunity policy, the review of the unfair contract terms legislation, the Productivity Commission’s review of intellectual property, and the Competition Policy Review (Harper Review), which recommended a number of Arnold Bloch Leibler’s proposed reforms.
As a published author, Matthew has written articles on ACCC prosecutions, contract interpretation and other topics in the Australian Law Journal, Melbourne University Law Review and the Journal of Contract Law, as well as a chapter in the textbook Regulation, Litigation and Enforcement (Thompson Reuters, 2011). One of his co-authored articles on contract interpretation was endorsed by the Supreme Court of Western Australia in a multi-billion dollar mining dispute.
As an accomplished speaker, Matthew regularly delivers seminars at academic institutions, bar associations, professional organisations and for the CEOs of some of Australia’s largest companies, including as part of compliance programs.
Matthew has a long-standing interest in business between Australia and Asia. He is actively involved in the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee and has worked on matters with some of Japan’s premier law firms.
Matthew’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- cartels, misuse of market power and other anticompetitive practices;
- ACCC approval of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions;
- misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, unfair contract terms and consumer protection;
- trade mark, copyright and patent infringement;
- product liability, safety and recalls; and
- contract interpretation.