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Matthew Peckham

Bar roll 2017 Admitted 2007
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Matthew practises in commercial and public law, particularly in regulatory matters, investigations, and corporations and financial services law.

He has more than 11 years’ experience conducting litigation and regulatory investigations in both Australia and the UK.

Before coming to the Bar, Matthew was a Special Counsel at Maddocks.  He has also practised as a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and a lawyer / investigator at the Financial Services Authority (UK).  Matthew has acted in class actions, complex multi-party litigation, major corporate collapses, and numerous regulatory and commercial fraud investigations.  He also practises in white collar crime.

Matthew has written in academic journals and industry publications regarding commercial regulatory issues.  While at Maddocks, he was the lead author of the National Energy Regulation Handbook, which is available as a free download

Matthew is reading with Justin Brereton and his senior mentor is Jonathon Moore QC.

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Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Expertise

Commercial Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Superannuation
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environment
  • Freedom of Information
  • Judicial Review
  • White Collar Crime

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts

Admitted

Victoria

New South Wales

Queensland

South Australia

Western Australia

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia 

Recent Cases

Illustrative experience as a lawyer

Corporations and financial services law

At ASIC, leading the initial stages of a flagship investigation into unlawful multi-million-dollar ‘land banking’ schemes.

At ASIC, leading the investigation and litigation against a licensed operator of managed investment schemes, for breaches of the financial services and markets laws.

Defending an investor class action brought by ASIC against a trustee in relation to the collapse of the Westpoint Group, with contribution claims against 26 third parties.

Administrative law and statutory investigations

Advising regarding the use of statutory powers by ASIC, the Financial Services Authority (UK), VicRoads, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment.

Advising parties facing investigation by ASIC, the ACCC, the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Victorian Ombudsman, the Environment Protection Authority, and the Victorian Pharmacy Authority.

Acting in successful judicial review proceedings against the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority.

Successfully defending judicial review proceedings brought against VicRoads in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Competition law and energy regulation

Advising Energy Consumers Australia regarding revenue determinations by the Australian Energy Regulator and other matters under the National Energy Regime.

Acting for parties in the ACCC’s investigations of alleged cartel conduct among electrical cable suppliers and among egg producers.

Insolvency

Acting for receivers of Forest Enterprises Australia, a major operator of forestry schemes, in a proceeding against a class of several thousand scheme members, seeking termination of leasing arrangements and a realisation of assets.

Acting for foreign liquidators of an English company, in proceedings brought by ASIC regarding the company’s unlawful fundraising in Australia, and in relation to cross-border insolvency and asset recovery issues.

Fraud and white collar crime

Operation Saturn – at the Financial Services Authority, acting in the UK’s largest successful insider trading prosecution, preparing statements and analytical material for a 3-month jury trial.

Leading a covert investigation on behalf of a trustee company, in relation to a substantial fraud by a senior executive, and successfully obtaining freezing orders.