Matthew was appointed a Partner in October 2019 having been a Senior Associate at the firm since July 2013.
Prior to joining SBM Legal as an Associate 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.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Canterbury in 2006.
Matthew has regularly represented employers and employees in mediation and 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.