Matthew Albert

ADMITTED  2005    BAR  2010

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Matthew Albert, BA, LLB (Melb), MSc (Oxon)


  • Court
  • Administrative Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Building and Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Corporations
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration / Migration
  • Insurance
  • Local Government
  • Magestrats&quot
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Trade Practices




Matthew practices in commercial, industrial and public law. He advises and acts in commercial disputes including contract, consumer, building and construction law. His public law matters include judicial and merits review, and acting as counsel assisting the Coroner.

Matthew has appeared in all courts in the Australian hierarchy. Matthew’s recent appearances include:

High Court of Australia
  • Plaintiff M70 and M106 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (the “Malaysia Solution Case”) (2011) 244 CLR 144 (led by D Mortimer SC (now Justice Mortimer of the Federal Court) and R Niall QC for the plaintiffs)
Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
Supreme Court of Victoria
  • McDonald v Legal Services Commissioner [2015] VSC 237 (led by J Burnside QC for Mr McDonald)
  • Murphy v State of Victoria (No 3) [2014] VSC 624 (led by J Burnside QC for Mr Murphy)
  • A.S v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor [2014] VSC 593 (led by M Lee SC for A.S)

In 2014, Matthew worked at the Cape bar preparing two matters for the Constitutional Court in South Africa.

Prior legal experience

Matthew was a solicitor in the Executive Branch of the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office and the researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria (now Justice Tate of the Victorian Court of Appeal). Following that, he was the associate to Justice Habersberger of the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Commercial and Equity Division. For eighteen months prior to joining the Victorian Bar, Matthew was the sole researcher to Geoffrey Robertson QC.

Education, teaching and publications

Matthew completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Melbourne and his postgraduate degree in international refugee law at the University of Oxford, for which he received the highest mark ever awarded for the course. Matthew lectures on public law in the Juris Doctor course at the University of Melbourne's Law School, at which he is a Senior Fellow.

Matthew’s publications include:

From 2nd Dec 2010, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.