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, please click here.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation

Contact

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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

Expertise

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

Qualifications

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Admitted

Victoria

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, please click here.

Publications

12 September 2018

Property Law Update - Supreme Court modifies Urban Land Authority covenant

24 July 2018

Recent developments in Supreme Court practice on restrictive covenants

13 July 2018

Property Law Update - Plaintiffs, prove your case

22 March 2018

Property Law Update - What’s Yours is Mine: Adverse Possession

12 October 2017

Property Law Update - Construction, the Community and Neighbours Panel Discussion

23 December 2016

Planning Law Update - Apartment building loses three floors to protect emergency helicopter flight path

18 November 2016

Property Law Update - The Court sounds a note of caution to ambitious developers

31 October 2016

Property Law Update - How to choose a lawyer to run your restrictive covenant case

01 August 2016

Property Law Update - Case database relevant to restrictive covenant advice and litigation

25 July 2016

Property Law Update - Supreme Court issues “Guide to Practitioners” appearing in covenant cases

12 July 2016

Property Law Update - Brick no longer means ‘double-brick’ in building materials covenants

04 January 2016

Property Law Update - Court approves ambitious modification

06 October 2015

Property Law Update - Building materials covenants still have work to do in Victoria

03 August 2015

Property Law Update - The importance of choosing the right town planner

23 June 2014

Property Law Update - The Court reaffirms defendants’ right to costs, notwithstanding Calderbank offers

28 April 2014

Property Law Update: Supreme Court keeps 'Substantial Injury' Applications Alive

Memberships

Supreme Court Property Law Users Group

Supreme Court Victorian Compensation and Planning Users' Group

Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association