Matthew spent his childhoodliving in various parts of New South Wales, being the son of a School Principal who primarily took positions in Country schools throughout the State.
Born in Ashfield Sydney Matthew and his family travelled widely throughout NSW, living initially at Lower Portland on the Colo River in the Hawkesbury District before moving to Enngonia about 96 kilometres north of Bourke near the Queensland border. From there he moved to Coolamon near Wagga before going back to Sydney, then Wilcannia out towards Broken Hill, before coming back to Dunedoo and then Bathurst at the beginning of 1974.
Matthew attended the Bathurst Demonstration School (now Bathurst Public School), then Bathurst High School before attending the University of New South Wales studying Mining Engineering.
Matthew worked as a Coal Miner in various Mines both in the Western Coal fields and Burragorang Valley near Camden. He was also a Member of the Southern District Mine Rescue Team at Bulli whilst working at Oakdale Colliery.
During this period Matthew also completed a Diploma of Education – High School Mathematics, through Charles Sturt University.
Matthew later studied Law through the Legal Practitioners Admission Board, working as an Articled Clerk to former King Cain Partner, David Richardson.
Matthew worked his way through the system and became a partner in the
business in 2001.
Matthew has worked as a Family Lawyer for over 14 years and is Bathurst’s only Family Law Accredited Family Law Specialist.
Matthew has acted for clients whose matters have been in the Family Court as far afield as Hobart, Melbourne, Albury, Dubbo, Newcastle, Parramatta and Sydney and provides practical and effective legal advice following a relationship breakdown.
In that time he has handled hundreds of cases dealing with financial issues, property settlement, spousal maintenance (child support) and parenting issues. He looks after people who have been married or in de facto relationships. Matthew
understands that separation is a very difficult time and people need to know
where they stand and how best to move on with their life. He tries to help people come to an early, sensible resolution. If that is not possible, he will look after the running of the Court case to achieve the best outcome.
Married with three children, his oldest daughter Karina is studying Commerce Law at Macquarie University while his two sons Cameron and Harrison are in Years 12 and 11 at St Stanislaus College respectively.
On weekends Matthew can often be found watching his sons play cricket, though has a keen interest in outdoor activities such as fly fishing, fossicking and radio controlled model aircraft.