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Matthew
Tennant

Matthew practices in a broad range of commercial law disputes, with a focus on insolvency, banking and finance, professional negligence, building and construction, insurance and the Australian Consumer Law. He is also a current committee member of the Building Dispute Practitioners’ Society.

He has appeared in a variety of matters, both led and unled, in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court, Magistrates’ Court, Federal Circuit and Family Court and in VCAT. 

Matthew appeared for the successful Plaintiff in Cargill Australia Ltd v Viterra Malt Pty Ltd & Ors (No 28) [2022] VSC 13 led by Paul Anastassiou QC (as His Honour then was), Lisa Nichols QC (as Her Honour then was),  Catherine Button QC (as Her Honour then was) and Philip Solomon QC, with Kate Burke, Charles Parkinson, Helen Tiplady, Kathleen Foley, Chris Tran, Premala Thiagarajan and Tom Barry. The trial ran for 111 days in the Supreme Court. The Plaintiff’s claim was for misleading or deceptive conduct, deceit and breach of contractual warranties in respect of the purchase of a large malting business. 

Other matters in which Matthew has appeared include:

  • In the matter of Minken Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria (unreported). Successful application by liquidators for directions pursuant to section 479(3) of the Corporations Act. Led by Jonathan Evans QC.
  • Jess & Burness as Trustees of the Bankrupt Estates of C & J Lostitch v R Lostitch – Federal Circuit and Family Court. Acting for Bankruptcy Trustees in claim pursuant to section 120, 121, 139D and 139DA of the Bankruptcy Act seeking orders for vesting of real property purchased by bankrupts for their daughter.  Judgment reserved.
  • Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board v Architectus Group Pty Ltd & Ors – Supreme Court of Victoria.  Application for production of documents over which Plaintiff had made a claim for legal professional privilege.  Led by Cam Truong QC.
  • Ewin v Siemering (Building and Property) [2021] VCAT 1080.  Acting for Plaintiff owner in successful assessment of damages against Defendant builder.
  • Song & Hu v Brady Lonsdale Pty Ltd – County Court of Victoria.  Acting for Defendant property developer defending claim for alleged misleading and deceptive conduct and breaches of Sale of Land Act and/or Property Law Act and counterclaim for breach of contract in respect of sale of off-the-plan apartment.  Matter ongoing.  
  • A.R.T. Builders Pty Ltd v Wire It Electrics Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria (unreported).  Successful opposition to application to set aside statutory demand.
  • Acting for a former director of a company during his examination by the company’s liquidators – Federal Court.

Matthew has experience acting for liquidators and bankruptcy trustees in relation to all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, banks, non-bank lenders and finance corporations in the enforcement of their security interests and large and small insurers in relation to indemnity, liability and quantum disputes.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Matthew was a Senior Associate at Russell Kennedy.  He worked there for ten years in the Dispute Resolution and Banking & Finance Litigation practice groups. At Russell Kennedy, amongst other matters, Matthew acted for Thermomix in Australia Pty Ltd in Federal Court proceedings brought against it by the ACCC for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law.

Matthew also spent more than 13 months on secondment at the Financial Ombudsman Service (now the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) where he assisted with the resolution of disputes against financial planners and life insurers.

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Contact

PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 7329
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 1003
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Commercial Law
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Civil Procedure Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Property & Probate
Superannuation
Transport Law
Common Law
Insurance Law
Intentional Torts
Negligence
Energy Law & Resources Law
Equity & Trusts
Insurance Law
Life Insurance
Motor Vehicle Insurance
International Law
Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
Conflict of Laws
Negligence
Professional Negligence

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Legal Profession:
22 Apr 2009
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
10 May 2018

Qualifications

LLB (Hons), BCom (Accounting Major)