Matthew is one of the most experienced asbestos litigation lawyers in South Australia, with over a decade of experience representing claimants with asbestos related diseases. He is recognised as a Leading Dust Diseases Lawyer by Doyle’s Guide. Matthew joined Johnston Withers Lawyers in 2018 from Slater and Gordon.
Matthew was inspired to work in this area of asbestos litigation following the death of a close relative from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. He has a passion for his work, and an empathy and understanding that helps him communicate effectively with his clients.
Matthew has handled hundreds of claims for clients with asbestos related conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural disease, and prides himself on achieving strong results in an efficient, pragmatic and sensitive manner. He is experienced in common law claims before the District Court of South Australia and the South Australian Employment Court, as well as pursuing workers compensation entitlements.
In addition to dust diseases, Matthew also handles professional negligence cases.
Outside of work Matthew enjoys watching sport, including AFL and football, and spending time with his young family.
“Thank you for taking the time to share with mum all the information she needed to encourage her to take steps to accepting her legal rights. Your kindness, support and advice was extremely helpful to mum. She felt at peace in her last days thinking her financial situation was covered.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to reassert my gratitude for your considerable achievements on our behalf. I know that Dad would have been overwhelmed with the result.”
“Please accept our most sincere heartfelt thanks for all of your efforts re [client’s name]’s case. Your deep understanding, thoughtful kindness, compassionate caring and ethical professionalism has made this most difficult, upsetting and tragic situation that much easier for [client] and his family to endure.”
“You recently represented my father in an action for an asbestosis compensation claim. I am writing on behalf of my parents to thank you for your handling of the case. You conducted yourself with sensitivity and with little disruption to my parents. You showed concern and consideration and conducted yourself professionally at all times. My parents were delighted with the outcome you settled with the defendant.”
“Again, thanks for the amazing manner you have. The journey was so much fuller and easier because of you. Your work on this case, and the great result, were beyond our hopes.”
- Dust diseases litigation
- Professional negligence
- 2006 Admitted, Supreme Court of South Australia
- 2006 Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Honours), Flinders University
- 2005 Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University
- Law Society of South Australia
- Australian Lung Foundation