Matthew Townsend Portrait

Matthew Townsend

Bar roll 1997 Admitted 1994
  • Commercial Law Public Law
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Matthew Townsend has been a barrister for more than 20 years and practises exclusively in planning and environment and property law

He has taught in the Trial Practice and Advocacy program at Monash University and lectures in planning and environmental law at the Leo Cussen Institute. Matthew regularly supervises students for legal research and work experience. 

In 2000 Matthew was awarded the Public Interest Law Clearing House Pro Bono Award by the Governor of Victoria for his work in environmental litigation. He was Dux of International Environmental Law at Leiden University in Holland in 1992 and was the inaugural winner of the JF Kearney, QC prize in environmental law in 1991. 

Matthew maintains Restrictive Covenants in Victoria, a website providing casenotes and resources about the modification and removal of restrictive covenants in Victoria. He regularly provides legal opinions on covenants to accompany planning applications.

For further information on Matthew's recent cases, see here.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers East
Level 13 Rooms 4 and 5

205 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Real Property
Public Law
  • Environment
  • Planning & Local Government



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Recent Cases

For further information on Matthew's recent cases, see here.



Supreme Court Property Law Users Group

Supreme Court Victorian Compensation and Planning Users' Group

Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association