Matthew joined SBM Legal as an Associate in October 2012 and was appointed Senior Associate on 1 July 2013.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Canterbury in 2006.
Prior to joining SBM Legal in 2012, Matthew was employed as a solicitor in the Wellington employment law practice of a national law firm, and in the employment law practice of the Wellington Crown Solicitor’s office. He also spent time practising employment law in the United Kingdom before returning to New Zealand.
Matthew has regularly represented employers and employees in mediation and has experience representing clients before the Employment Relations Authority, Employment Court, District Court and in the High Court. He is regularly called upon to provide advice on varied matters such as restructuring and redundancy, disciplinary matters, termination of employment and health and safety.
Matthew takes a practical approach to solving employment relationship problems. His strengths include his ability to provide sound legal advice that is able to be understood, and his ability to focus on generating solutions for his clients.