Matthew graduated LLB (Hons) from Auckland University before taking an LLM at Michigan University and a PhD at Cambridge University. He worked as a Judges Clerk at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand between 1994 and 1996, qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1995, and practised in commercial litigation in New Zealand from 1997 to 2000. He holds an Academic Barrister’s practising certificate for the Bar in New South Wales.
He is now the Professor of Equity and Trusts in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. He was previously a Reader in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He teaches predominantly in the areas of Equity, Property (both Land Law and Personal Property) and Commercial Law.
He is the author of Fiduciary Loyalty: Protecting the Due Performance of Non-fiduciary Duties (2010) (Hart Publishing) and one of the editors of Snell’s Equity (2010) (Sweet & Maxwell), 32nd edition. A selection of his more recent publications include:
“Contracts and Knowing Receipt: Principles and Application” (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 359 (co-authored with Richard Nolan)
“Fiduciary Duties and Voluntary Undertakings” (2013) 7 Journal of Equity 105
“Trusts and Intention” in E Simpson and M Stewart (eds), Sham Transactions (OUP, 2013) 122
“Interaction between Statutory and General Law Duties Concerning Company Director Conflicts” (2013) 31 Company and Securities Law Journal 403
“Protectors as Fiduciaries: Theory and Practice” (2012) 18 Trusts and Trustees 1 (co-authored with Elizabeth Weaver)
“The Extent of Fiduciary Accounting and the Importance of Authorisation Mechanisms”  Cambridge Law Journal 548
“Difficulties with Tracing Backwards” (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 432
“Explaining Target Holdings v Redferns ” (2010) 4 Journal of Equity 288
“Remedial Ramifications of Conflicts between a Fiduciary’s Duties” (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 72
“Fiduciary Regulation of Conflicts between Duties” (2009) 125 Law Quarterly Review 111
“Sham Trusts” (2009) 16 Journal of International Trust & Corporate Planning 133-168
“The Nature and Function of Fiduciary Loyalty” (2005) 121 Law Quarterly Review 452