Matthew is a general commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in a broad range of practice areas, including private merger and acquisition transactions, commercial contracts, commercial property (sales, leasing and planning) and general commercial and corporate advisory work. He also has experience advising in relation to non-contentious employment law issues.
Matthew’s practice includes providing operational legal support to corporate and public sector clients, sporting organisations and not-for-profit bodies with day-to-day commercial matters.
Matthew has experience as an in-house lawyer with a Victorian university and has undertaken secondments with several listed companies and WorkSafe Victoria.
Prior to joining Hall & Wilcox, Matthew worked exclusively in the area of local government and town planning law, acting for several large regional municipal councils and statutory authorities. He continues to act for a major regional council.
Matthew is a member of the advisory board of the Conservation Ecology Centre and the honorary secretary of the Old Geelong Collegians’ Association.
- Advising a large national sporting organisation in relation to proposed organisational and governance reforms.
- Acting in the acquisition of the Melbourne Heart A-League franchise by City Football Group (Manchester City Football Club) and interests associated with the Melbourne Storm NRL franchise.
- Acting in the acquisition of Melbourne Storm from News Limited and providing ongoing legal support to Melbourne Storm’s owners.
- Acting for the seller of a Victorian extractive industries business to an Australian subsidiary of HeidelbergCement Group.
- Acting for Australian College of Optometry in relation to a number of governance, property and contractual matters.
- Acting for the seller of a national insurance underwriting agency business to QBE.
- Acting for a major Australian bank and its wholly owned subsidiary Community Telco Australia in a range of commercial matters and transactions.
- Acting for the founders (Tony and Maureen Wheeler) and private equity sellers in relation to the sale of the Lonely Planet travel book business to BBC Worldwide.
- Advising a group of directors of a prominent national sporting organisation in relation to various corporate and governance issues.