Matthew McAuliffe

Matthew McAuliffe

Matthew McAuliffe

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Psychology

Called to the bar 2018

Matthew specialises in complex criminal and administrative proceedings, regulatory matters, coronial inquests and commissions of inquiry. He has particular expertise in regulatory environmental proceedings and frequently appears in the Land and Environment Court. Many of Matthew’s briefs concern the intersection of administrative and criminal law.

Matthew is experienced in Federal and State white collar crime for offences arising under the Corporations Act, the Criminal Code and the NSW Crimes Act. He frequently appears in jury trials. Matthew is briefed for and against Federal and State regulators in complex proceedings involving environmental law, animal welfare law, work health and safety and native title.

Matthew is briefed as counsel assisting the NSW Coroner and is experienced in appearing for interested parties in inquests and commissions of inquiry.

Matthew draws on the extensive knowledge and experience he gained as a solicitor at the New South Wales Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) where he spent time as an advocate in a specialist team prosecuting high profile and complex crime, as well as crimes committed by New South Wales police officers. Prior to the ODPP he worked in specialist in-house roles at Screen Australia, the Chartered Insurance Institute, London and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation.

Matthew has delivered a number of presentations on advocacy, criminal law and work health and safety. He was awarded the Thomson Reuters prize for first place in an Honours Thesis in 2009 and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Matthew appears in all jurisdictions including the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme, District and Local Courts of New South Wales, the Land and Environment Court, Fair Work Commission, Industrial Relations Commission, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, the ACT Integrity Commission, NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and the Coroner’s Court.

Practice Areas

Administrative and Public Law
Common Law
Criminal Law
Employment and Industrial Relations
Environmental Law
Family Law
Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry
Intentional Torts
Land and Environment
Professional Disciplinary
Regulatory and Compliance Law
White Collar and Corporate Crime
Work Health and Safety


2018, Called to the NSW Bar

2011, Admitted as a solicitor of the NSW Supreme Court