Matthew Carney



(+61) 02 4944 3322


Mathew Carney | Lawyer

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law (Accredited Specialist)
  • Criminal Law

Matthew has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Specialist Accreditation is held by less than 6% of lawyers in New South Wales and is a structured peer to peer assessment process enabling lawyers to be recognised for their expertise. The program consists of meticulous assessments on both legal knowledge and its application in practice. To retain their accreditation, specialists must demonstrate their commitment to their accreditation through their work and by undertaking additional professional development in their area of accreditation.

Matthew provides practical and effective advice in all family law matters, including property settlements, parenting matters, divorce, child support, contravention, recovery and/ or relocation proceedings. Matthew’s experience also allows him to advise clients in matters involving corporate entities, complex tax structures, self-managed superannuation funds and international assets. He also has experience in high-risk children’s proceedings including matters in the Magellan list.

When appropriate, alternative dispute resolution methods, including negotiation and mediation will be used to resolve matters in a client focused and cost-effective manner by consent without the need to commence Court proceedings. However, if Court proceedings are necessary, Matthew has significant Court experience to vigorously represent clients before the Court.

As an experienced criminal lawyer, Matthew appears in the Local and District Courts throughout Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast. Matthew has expertise in complex criminal matters including sexual offences, dangerous driving causing death and/or grievous bodily harm, drug possession and supply, break and enter, and violence related offence. Matthew also has a Local Court practice including traffic and drink driving, licensing appeals, AVO (ADVO and APVO), drug and violence related matters and as his experience has been recognised through being a lecturer at the Traffic Offenders Program.

In criminal law matters, Matthew has a success rate (in contested criminal matters and non-convictions when plea of guilty in entered) significantly above the NSW average. Matthew has significant litigation experience and is an accomplished Court advocate. 

Examples of specific types of matters

  1. Family & De Facto Law
    • Property Settlements
    • Children’s matters
    • Divorce
    • Child Support
    • Financial Agreements and Prenuptial Agreements
    • Separation Agreements
    • Recovery Applications
    • Relocation Applications
  2. Criminal Law
    • Dangerous Driving causing Death and/ or Grievous Bodily Harm
    • Negligent Driving
    • Sexual Assault, Indecent Assault and other sexual offences
    • Apprehended Violence Orders (ADVO and APVO)
    • Drink Driving (PCA) / Drug Driving
    • Stalking and Intimidation
    • Assault
    • Drug Possession and Drug Supply
    • Break and Enter
    • Larceny and Stealing
    • Malicious Damage to Property
    • Affray
    • Fraud 

Qualifications and memberships

  1. Bachelor of Laws
  2. Bachelor of Economics
  3. Graduate Diploma of Professional Legal Practice
  4. Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW
  5. Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia
  6. Law Society of NSW Accredited Specialist (Family Law)
  7. Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association
  8. Law Society of NSW
  9. Family Law Section 

Outside of Work

Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and children, boating and spending days at the beach. 

Recent Articles
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The merger of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

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