Harvey QC

Matthew Harvey's principal areas of practice are:

  • Appeals
  • Admiralty, maritime and international trade law
  • Corporate insolvency and general commercial law
  • Trusts and equity
  • International and domestic arbitration

He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading barristers in the areas of insolvency and reorganisation law and shipping and maritime 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, Litigation, Shipping & Maritime Law, and Transportation Law). He is currently listed in Doyle’s Guide as preeminent Senior Counsel in Transportation Law and is also listed as a recommended for Insolvency & Reconstruction Law.

He is a past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and was elected in 2018 a titulary member of the Comité Maritime International.

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.

He has also conducted a number of domestic and international arbitrations, delivering numerous awards.

To view a detailed curriculum vitae please click here.

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 6826
Email [email protected]

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

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Arbitration
Civil Appeals
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Corporate Insolvency
Public Examinations
Commercial Law
Transport Law
Property & Probate
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
International Commercial Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Restraint of Trade
Trade Practices
Corporations Law & Securities Law
ASIC Investigations
Directors' Liabilities
Managed Investment Schemes
Partnership Disputes
Shareholder Disputes
Equity & Trusts
Real Property
Wills & Probate
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Directors' & Officers' Insurance
International Commercial Law
Carriage of Goods
Hague Rules
Jurisdictional Issues
Sale of Goods
Status of Foreign Judgements
Vienna Convention
International Law
Private International Law
Conflict of Laws
Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
Property & Probate
Mortgage Law
Commercial Tenancies
Wills & Estates
Public Law & Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Transport Law
Admiralty Law / Maritime Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
07 Apr 1993
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
23 May 1996
Appointed Silk:
23 Oct 2019


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

Also Entitled to Practise in

All Australian States and Jurisdictions