Matthew spent his childhood living 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 18 years and is Bathurst longest standing Accredited Family Law Specialist.
Matthew has acted for clients throughout the state , whose matters have been in the Family or Federal Circuit 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 many cases involving complex financial issues such as those found in small to middle sized family businesses , including intergenerational farming businesses located in the Western and cropping zones of New South Wales . This has included acting for people (the parents or siblings of) the party going through the marriage breakdown to protect their interests against the former spouse of the child or sibling .
This is balanced against advising and helping everyday mums and dads in respect of their property settlement, spousal maintenance (child support) and parenting issues.
It is important to identify the issues quickly and develop a strategy on how two best achieve your outcomes as cost effectively as possible .
Married with three children, his oldest daughter Karina is completing Commerce /Law at Macquarie University whilst working full-time . His two sons Cameron and Harrison are also both studying computer engineering (Charles Sturt University ) and combined environmental/civil engineering (University of Newcastle ) 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.