Biography

Matthew joined Roberts Legal in January 2017. He practices primarily in litigation and dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on providing legal advice on all issues relating to debt recovery, insolvency, building and construction law, work health and safety law, strata matters, lease disputes and contested Will and Probate applications.

In doing so he regularly advises clients on the implementation and interpretation of contracts and the provisions of legislation including the Corporations Act, the Home Building Act, the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act, the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, the Work Health and Safety Act and the Succession Act.

Matthew represents the rights and interests of clients in a wide array of Courts &Tribunals including the Federal Court, the Supreme Court, the District Court and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Matthew also has experience in advising under the Family Law Act, and particularly matters involving the division of the property of the marriage or defacto relationship.

Who Matthew works with

Matthew has experience working with a wide range of clients including individuals, companies, insolvency practitioners, builders, strata managers, owners corporations and government agencies.

Approach

I aim to provide my clients with practical advice in everyday language in order to assist them to make informed decisions about the legal issues they are faced with and to attempt to ensure wherever possible, that those issues can be resolved in a timely and cost effective manner.

Qualifications

Matthew holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees, both obtained with Honours, together with a Diploma of Legal Practice.

He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2003.

Memberships

Articles by Matthew

Home Building Law
24/01/2018 by Matthew Bryan

What are the Statutory Warranties implied under the Home Building Act?

By virtue of Section 18B of the Home Building Act, the following warranties are implied in every contract to do residential building work: A warranty that the work will be done with due care and skill and in accordance with the plans and specifications set out in the contract, A warranty that all materials supplied […]

Home Building Law
24/01/2018 by Matthew Bryan

When does the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act apply to the Residential Building work?

Section 7(2)(b) of the Building & Construction Industry Security of Payment Act (‘SOP Act‘)  states that the Act will not apply to a construction contract for the carrying out of residential building work “on such part of any premises as the party for whom the work is carried out resides in or proposes to reside in”. Generally therefore, the […]

Business & Company
4/09/2013 by Matthew Bryan

Duties of a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking

The principles that apply to all duties in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 are: a duty is not transferable a person may have more than one duty more than one person can have the same duty risks are managed to ensure they are eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable. Primary […]

Business & Company
4/09/2013 by Matthew Bryan

Exercising Due Diligence for Work Health & Safety

Officers must exercise due diligence, which at its simplest, requires an officer to concentrate on managing the work health and safety (WHS) risks of the business or undertaking. An officer must have high, yet attainable standards of due diligence. The reasonable steps officers must take to ensure they are exercising due diligence includes, but is […]

Business & Company
4/09/2013 by Matthew Bryan

What is ‘Reasonably Practicable’?

‘Reasonably practicable‘ means doing what is effective and possible to ensure the health and safety of workers and others. All people must be given the highest level of health and safety protection from hazards arising from work, so far as is reasonably practicable. A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) should always seek to […]

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Success Stories

Father defends estranged Daughter’s challenge to Grandmother’s Will on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and claim for Family Provision Order.

The client was the Executor of his mother’s Estate (“the Client”). He sought a grant of probate in relation to what he considered to be her last valid will (“the Will”).  At the time that the Will was made, the Client’s mother (“the Deceased”) intended that her Estate would go to the Client and his sister in equal shares, subject to the Client’s sister having a right to occupy the deceased’s home for the rest of her life.

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