Matt is a Special Counsel advising on environmental, planning, climate change and administrative law at the Environmental Defenders Office. He has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He holds undergraduate degrees in law and economics and master’s degrees in law and public administration.
Since joining EDO, Matt has had carriage of several groundbreaking cases, including the Rocky Hill climate change litigation, the Bushfire Survivors climate action, the KEPCO Bylong climate action and major water litigation involving the upper Murray-Darling Basin. He has conducted litigation in the High Court, Federal Court, NSW Court of Appeal, NSW Land and Environment Court, Queensland Planning and Environment Court, and South Australian Supreme Court.
Passionate about community, Matt has led Out for Australia Victoria, the Australian Law Students’ Association and his university law society. He currently serves as National Vice President and Company Secretary of the National Environmental Law Association and Expert Counsellor (Human Rights and Environment) to the LAWASIA Human Rights Committee.