Matthew Harvey’s principal practice areas are shipping, international sale of goods, arbitration, conflict of laws, corporations, and corporate insolvency.

He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers in the areas of shipping and maritime law and insolvency and reorganisation law.  He has been ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific since 2015 (currently, the Bar, Shipping, Band 1), and in Best Lawyers Australia since 2012 (currently, Insolvency & Reorganisation Law, Shipping & Maritime Law, and Transportation Law). He is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a pre-eminent barrister for Transportation Law and a leading barrister for Insolvency & Reconstruction Law.

He is the immediate past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand.

He appears regularly in the Supreme Court, Federal Court, Court of Appeal and in international and domestic arbitrations.  He has appeared in the High Court and the Supreme Courts of various States.

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6826

Chambers: Room 1505
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Commercial Law
Property & Probate
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Banking & Finance
Transport Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Environmental Law & Planning Law
Equity & Trusts
Public Law & Administrative Law
Constitutional Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
07 Apr 1993
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
23 May 1996


B.A. (Hons.), LL.M.