Martin Matthews has extensive experience as a property lawyer, including at Partner level.
Since his admission to practice in 1998, Martin has specialised in property and contract law. While doing so, he has acted for numerous major clients, including national banks, telecommunication carriers, national land development companies, and shopping centre owners.
Apart from acting in the more commonly encountered fields of property law, such as commercial leasing and residential land development, Martin has also undertaken complex work in relation to successful Supreme Court adverse possession and partition law claims. He specialises in using his legal research skills to provide opinion work on such matters, and on contract disputes.
Martin also advises clients on retirement village matters and has presented talks on retirement village and elder law issues at conferences and to industry organisations.
Martin’s clients rely on his strong property law knowledge, and his keen eye for detail, in connection with their freehold and leasehold property acquisitions and disposals, and in helping them to obtain the best possible results in property-related contractual disputes.
Martin has been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia (2013-2021) in the area of Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law. He has also been recognised in Doyle’s Guide (2020) as a recommended lawyer in Western Australia in Health & Aged Care.
Martin Matthews’s relevant experience includes:
- Acting for the past 6 years for a national property developer in respect of the subdivision and sale documents used for its masterplanned communities in Western Australia, and performing related advice work.
- Acted for the vendor on the sale of Abbotsford Hospital to Healthe Care Australia, being work which involved multiple business sale agreements, sale of land contracts, and leasing matters.
- Acted as instructing solicitor for the successful defendant in Bowman v. Tremaine  WASC 294, being a case in which an action in trespass was successfully defended via an adverse possession counterclaim.