Matthew is an Associate Director who primarily practices in the areas of building and construction, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Matthew regularly advises various stakeholders involved in construction projects, including principals, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers throughout all stages of the project life cycle. This includes the preparation and negotiation of various standard form and bespoke construction contracts, along with project delivery advice for residential, commercial and infrastructure projects.
In addition, Matthew regularly advises claimants and respondents throughout Australia on their rights and liabilities under Security of Payment legislation.
An experienced litigator, Matthew also acts in complex disputes in the District Court, Supreme Court, Federal Court and Court of Appeal.
Some recent highlights of Matthew’s work include:
- Acting for one of Australia’s largest residential builders in Supreme Court proceedings, involving (amongst other things) a quantum meruit claim on behalf of the builder for around $70m a mixed-use development, including in excess of 40 variations, along with time and escalation cost issues
- Advising a national head contractor on major public school upgrades, where the head contract value exceeded $22m, including preparation of a range of contracts back to back with the head contract
- Advising one of Australia’s largest property developers (through its related entity) with respect to combustible cladding issues for a large commercial development, including advice as to obligations and recovery rights, where the quantum in dispute exceeds $4m
- Advising a national head contractor on a dispute with the principal in relation to the construction of a multi-storey child care centre, including advising on quality and time issues and the preparation of an adjudication as claimant, where the amount in dispute exceeded $1.2m
- Advising a national subcontractor on a dispute with the head contractor over a landmark site in New South Wales, involving issues with respect to delay, disruption, acceleration and liquidated damages, where the quantum in dispute exceeds $13m
- Advising a national head contractor on various disputes with an excavation subcontractor as to a number of dewatering and monitoring variation works, including the preparation of a number of payment schedules in response to claims issued by the subcontractor
Matthew is also a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia and has authored a number of publications with respect to Construction Law, with a recent publication of his being contained in the Australian Construction Law Newsletter.