Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith
Matthew Smith Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5027
m: +61 404 056 879
o: Brisbane

Matthew Smith


About Matthew

Matthew advises corporate and government clients on compliance issues relating to industrial relations, safety and regulation and specialises in assisting clients resolve highly-sensitive issues in often acrimonious litigated matters. He regularly appears in industrial, employment, safety and discrimination matters before various state and federal courts and tribunals. Matthew is currently named on the Best Lawyers in Australia list for the Occupational Health and Safety category.

What he does
Matthew draws on his significant career experience as a highly trained industrial relations practitioner and advocate for industry and government, and as counsel in various courts and tribunals, to settle disputes in highly confrontational circumstances. He is skilled at resolving workplace issues and restoring relationships between unions, the workforce and regulators with minimal business disruption.
Who he works with
Matthew works predominantly with government and major corporate entities in the mining and resources, construction, transport, manufacturing and retail industries.
Work done recently
What his clients say

Listed: Recommended Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer - Queensland - Doyle's Guide 2017

Listed: Leading Workplace Health & Safety Lawyer - Brisbane - Doyle's Guide 2016

Listed: Recommended Leading Employment Lawyer - Queensland - Doyle's Guide 2015

Matthew has a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Life before Sparkes
Matthew trained as a barrister when working in Government and subsequently worked in private practice for several years. He has also worked as an in-house counsel with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and as the senior industrial advocate with the (then) Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Life outside of Sparkes
Matthew loves to travel and always has a travel plan or two on the horizon. He also loves to fish for Spanish Mackerel and GT – that's Giant Trevally for those unfamiliar with fishing lingo!