Matt Harker

Solicitor 2013 / Barrister 2021



  • Master of Laws (University College London) 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts with the Degree of Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University) 2012

Prior to being called to the bar, Matt worked as a solicitor for four years, appearing as an advocate in the Supreme Court, Land and Environment Court, Local Court, and NCAT. He advised government, corporate, and individual clients on matters concerning competition and consumer law, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, copyright, contract, freedom of information, employment, negligence, property, and planning and environmental law. He accepts briefs in all areas of law and adopts a strategic, collaborative, and results-focussed approach to all matters.

Matt has also completed a Master of Laws at University College London, focussing on constitutional and national security law, and worked as an Associate at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Professional Recognition

Named in the Doyle’s Guide ‘Planning & Environment Rising Stars – Australia, 2019’

Matt's Notable Cases

May v Northern Beaches Council [2023] NSWCA 205 (unled).

Altius Pty Ltd v Abignano Nominees Pty Ltd [2023] NSWCA 177 (led by T Lynch SC).

Fair Work Ombudsman v Chatime Australia Pty Ltd (No 2) [2023] FedCFamC2G 712 (led by J Darams SC).

Randwick City Council v Belle Living Pty Ltd (No 2) [2023] NSWLEC 100 (led by J Lazarus SC).

The Owners – Strata Plan No. 91016 v Upright Builders Pty Ltd (No 2) [2023] NSWSC 867 (led by I Roberts SC).

El Rihani v Hotait (No 2) [2023] FCA 375 (led by T Lynch SC).

Ballina Shire Council v Joblin [2022] NSWLEC 90 (unled).

Royal Caribbean Cruises v Rawlings, NSWCA (led by E Cox SC). Appeared for Royal Caribbean in an appeal concerning the power of a Master to detain a passenger to maintain safety and order on a vessel. 

Elmasri v Transport for NSW [2021] NSWSC 929 (led by B Tronson). Acted for Transport for NSW in an application for judicial review of a notice to acquire land for the M12 project. 

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