Matthew Barnes

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative / Public Law
  • Building and Construction
  • Commercial
  • Criminal Law
  • Equity

Date of Admission

Admitted as a solicitor: 2006

Called to the Bar: 2022

Matthew accepts briefs in a broad range of matters, with a particular focus on building and construction disputes, contract law and criminal law.

Matthew is appointed as a Member of the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal.

Matthew is a Costs Assessor appointed by the Chief Justice of New South Wales.

Matthew is a part-time lecturer at the University of Wollongong (Advanced Legal Skills and Evidence Law), and the College of Law (Advocacy).

Prior to being called to the Bar, Matthew was a Solicitor Partner for 8 years, and an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation for more than 10 years.

Matthew is accredited as a mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System.


  • Master of Laws (Construction Law): University of Melbourne, ongoing
  • Master of Laws (Criminal Practice): University of Wollongong – research thesis on criminal contempt in civil proceedings
  • Master of Applied Law (Commercial Litigation)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours): Macquarie University