Dr Matthew P Barrett

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Broad commercial experience including trial and appellate work. 

Matthew completed articles at Purves Clarke Richards (then a large litigation law firm in Melbourne) before working at his father's sole practice in the CBD.  That early experience gave Matthew a first-hand understanding of the demands of large scale litigation as well as the limitations and particular needs of smaller practices.


There followed an Associateship with Sweeney J in the Federal Court and a period as research assistant to Heerey J.


Since coming to the Bar in 1995, Matthew has been involved in a range of commercial matters, including large complex cases. Early experience in insolvency and bankruptcy was followed by broader commercial cases involving equity and trusts, professional negligence, building and construction, product liability, property, general torts, corporate governance.   


Matthew has been briefed by the ACCC to conduct examinations under the Trade Practices Act and in proceedings against Henry Kaye.  He was retained as independent counsel to assess damages claims resulting from the Longford gas explosion.  


Matthew is a nationally accredited mediator, a member of the Commercial Bar Association, and holds a doctorate in law for his thesis on the equitable defence of unclean hands.



Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

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  • Admitted to Practice
    07 April 1993
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    25 May 1995
  • Qualifications
    LL.B , BA, SJD