Matthew is a highly regarded legal practitioner within the planning and environment jurisdiction. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience having provided legal advice to local and State government authorities for many years. His expertise includes statutory and strategic planning, environmental, property, governance and water matters. Matthew was recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Planning and Environment Law.
Representing and advising Councils, the State, Statutory authorities, private developers and objectors in planning, environmental and water law cases.
Appears as an advocate in the Victorian Courts, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Planning Panels Victoria, Building Appeals Board and Liquor Licensing Victoria
Extensive experience in enforcement proceedings in the Magistrates' Court and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Planning and Environmental law, Food Act, Health and Water law matters
Advising acquiring authorities and claimants and litigating claims in relation to the compulsory acquisition of land
Leading the response on behalf of the Department of Planning and Community Development at the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Committee Member, Russell Kennedy Women's Network
Member, Law Institute of Victoria
Member, Victorian Environmental and Planning Law Association
Recognised by Best Lawyers 2014 - 2018 for expertise in Planning and Environment Law
Former Committee Member, Planning Institute of Australia (Vic)
New law in relation to claims for financial loss as a consequence of a reservation of land under section 98 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 - The Supreme Court of Victoria departs from Gobbo J’s judgment in Mario Piraino.