Matthew Curll


Qualifications: LLB, BSc



'Matthew Curll is one of the top "go-to" people for Australian insurance law matters – both coverage and defence. Reporting is clear, concise and well presented.'Claims Adjuster, Chaucer PLC

Matthew is a leading insurance lawyer who has for almost 25 years advised Australian and English insurers in the General Insurance sector. He is the lead partner of the firm’s General Insurance team servicing clients Australia wide from offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Perth.

Matthew’s current practice includes managing public liability, professional indemnity, D&O and EPL claims, as well as first party property claims and associated recoveries.

Matthew has a significant role of managing client relationships to ensure that Hall & Wilcox’s large and capable insurance team has a deep understanding of the needs and expectations of the firm’s clients and in developing innovative and cost effective solutions to ensure the consistent and outstanding delivery of legal services to those clients, Australia wide.

Matthew is a solicitor admitted to practice throughout Australia. He is the solicitor member of the New South Wales Government’s Architects Registration Board. His insurance memberships include the Insurance Institute of Australia, the Australian Insurance Lawyers Association and the Australian Professional Insurance Group. Matthew has a significant profile in the insurance sector and is called upon by industry publishers to provide market commentary and by Government to comment on proposed insurance reforms.

He is a recommended professional indemnity lawyer in NSW in Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

As he has done for almost 25 years, Matthew is managing with his skilled team a high frequency general liability portfolio on a cost effective basis with proactivity, early assessment and decision making a key focus.

In relation to potential coverage issues, Matthew is highly regarded by clients for both his technical advice and his management skills especially in the managing of insured/insurer expectations. This extends to all classes of insurance risk and includes where there are potential denials of indemnity, potential exclusions, FOS complaints, litigated indemnity disputes, large or multiple excesses and in the stacking of claims amongst various layers of cover.


  • advising on and managing a number of claims involving the interplay of contract works, professional indemnity and general liability policies;
  • successfully completing the resolution of a failed roof stadium at a national sporting venue involving of contract works, professional indemnity and general liability policies and a highly complicated insurance/ risk allocation regime; and
  • successfully completing recovery action involving property damage and business interruption losses sustained under a contract works policy Matthew secured a recovery of $67 million plus gross up for tax (including insured and uninsured losses).

Latest thinking

Thinking | 28 Oct 2019

Landmark decision on leave entitlements to be appealed to the High Court

The Full Federal Court in Mondelez v AMWU [2019] FCAFC 138 determined that employees are entitled to 10 days of personal/carer’s leave irrespective of their pattern of work hours. This decision is expected to have ramifications for the way in which employers calculate personal/carer’s leave, particularly in respect to shift workers, subject to the outcome of any High Court appeal.