Matt McDonald


Qualifications: LLB (Hons)



Matt has vast experience and expertise in public and product liability, professional indemnity, property, including recoveries, class actions and coverage disputes.

He has extensive expertise managing a wide variety of matters for leading insurers and self-insured corporations.

Matt is known for being an exacting practitioner. He is appreciated by his clients for his straightforward, cost-effective, and prompt advice. Responsive and personable, Matt applies the insight of his years of experience across a broad range of legal work for insurers. He has a particular talent for conveying highly complex legal concepts, factual and expert material in an accessible, user friendly way.

Matt has been listed as a finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year in Insurance for 2019 and 2016.

Matt is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and he sits on the ANZIIF Claims Discussion Group Committee. He regularly presents seminars and workshops for his clients, the insurance industry, and professional service providers.


  • Representing the interest of four major Australian general insurers in the class actions arising out of the devastating Black Saturday fires, through which our clients will collectively recover approximately $250 million.
  • Representing the interest of a number of major insurers in the Jack River and Mickleham-Kilmore class actions.
  • Defending a nurse and his employer in a Victorian Supreme Court proceeding against allegations he caused the plaintiff to suffer a massive stroke as a result of the negligent insertion of a catheter. The dispute was ultimately settled with nil contribution by our client.
  • Acting for the insurer of a liquidator in a Victorian Supreme Court proceeding against allegations of professional negligence, and misleading and deceptive conduct being pursued by a group of secured creditors which was resolved favourably.
  • Acting for a university in the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal in relation to allegations made by a foreign student of sexual and racial discrimination resulting in psychiatric injuries. This proceeding was settled with nil payment from our client and the allegations were withdrawn.
  • Successfully defending insurers against an ISR claim for over $1 million in property damage to a metal recycling plant on the basis that the damage was fraudulently exaggerated.
  • Working closely with Victoria Police to investigate a fire which destroyed a historic homestead. The claim was well in excess of $1 million.  Matt liaised closely with Victoria Police to uncover evidence of the insured’s involvement in the arson. This work ultimately led to the insured making a full confessional statement to police. The insured is now serving a custodial sentence.

Awards and recognition

Chambers 2021
Band 4, Insurance
Chambers 2020
Band 4
Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2016 and 2019-2020
Finalist, Insurance Partner of the Year

Professional Membership

  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Law Institute of Victoria

Latest thinking

Insurance | 6 Jul 2021

Court of Appeal finds Western Power, its contractor and landowner liable for Parkerville bushfire

Hall & Wilcox acted for more than 200 of the successful plaintiffs/appellants and their insurers in two of the Parkerville proceedings.