Matthew Williams

Areas of practice

Common law

Corporations and Insolvency

Equity and Trusts

Estates and Succession

General Commercial (inc contract, restitution, misleading conduct)

Industrial and Employment


Real property

Trade Practices and Competition


Matthew Williams
Callinan Chambers
Level 31 East Santos Place
32 Turbot Street
Brisbane  Qld  4000

T: +61 7 3218 0644

Matthew practises principally in general civil and commercial law, and industrial and employment law.  He appears regularly in the Supreme and District Courts of Queensland and the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court.  He also appears in the Industrial Relations Commission and Fair Work Commission in relation to all aspects of industrial and employment law. 

He is experienced in the management of a broad range of litigation, having been briefed to advise and appear in relation to complex misleading or deceptive conduct claims, breach of contract claims, franchising disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, insurance disputes, claims of professional negligence, trust and estate disputes and employment law claims. 

Matthew has particular expertise in relation to regulatory enforcement proceedings, pecuniary penalty proceedings, and accessorial liability proceedings against directors and other persons involved in alleged contraventions.  He has acted as Counsel in enforcement proceedings commenced by various Commonwealth regulatory agencies (including the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Communications and Media Authority).  

Matthew has experience acting as Counsel in commissions of inquiry; in 2018 he was briefed to appear in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. 

Matthew is a member of the Bar Association’s General Litigation Committee and a Sessional Academic in Law at the Queensland University of Technology, where he teaches Civil Procedure.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland. 

Matthew was called to the Bar in early 2013.  He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of International Business (Finance) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. 

Matthew regularly speaks at conferences and publishes papers in his areas of practice, is a contributing author to the Thomson Reuters publication ‘Queensland Civil Practice’ and has authored material on civil procedure for legal publisher Lexis Nexis Australia