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Principal Lawyer

“I called Matthew Elvin who made me feel at ease immediately. At this initial meeting, he provided me with a clear outline about the process and was upfront and fair about the costs. He communicated with me very clearly throughout the process, kept me informed and presented me with options.”

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Matthew is an experienced business, commercial and disputes lawyer in Melbourne, with almost 10 years’ experience assisting, advising and representing clients at all stages of their commercial ventures, including in disputes and Court proceedings. He has brought and defended claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and professional negligence. Matthew is a trusted adviser, an advocate with an eye for detail, and a practitioner who thinks outside the box.

Matthew is passionate about justice and compassionate with his clients. In 2015 he founded Elvin Lawyers. The firm has grown to include four hand picked lawyers, each an expert in their field, drawn together by a mutual no-nonsense approach to legal practice and a genuine desire to do better law.

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In a 2021 Supreme Court case (reported judgment), Matthew and a barrister successfully argued that the deceased did not know and approve of the contents of a Will he purportedly signed. The Court ruled against the other party and ordered them to pay costs.

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In a 2021 VCAT case (not yet reported), Matthew relied on expert neuropsychological evidence to successfully argue that the Tribunal should make an Order invalidating an earlier Power of Attorney. The Tribunal ruled in favour of Matthew’s client.

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In a 2020 County Court case (reported judgment), Matthew successfully argued that the Plaintiff’s case against his client should be dismissed. The Court ruled in favour of Matthew’s client and ordered costs against the other party.

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In a 2019 (unreported judgment) Magistrates’ Court proceeding, Matthew successfully defended a summary judgment application against his client. The Court ruled in favour of Matthew’s client and ordered costs against the other party.

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In a 2019 VCAT case (reported judgment), Matthew successfully argued that the Tribunal should revoke the administration order which had previously been placed on his client. VCAT ruled in favour of his client.

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In a 2018 case (reported judgment), Matthew with Counsel successfully argued that the other parties should return valuable tools and machinery to Matthew’s client. The Tribunal ruled in favour of Matthew’s client and (in a subsequent hearing) ordered costs against the other party.

Matthew maintains a busy list of litigated cases. Below is a selection of Court and Tribunal matters in which he negotiated a final settlement in 2020 and 2021.

  • a Supreme Court claim alleging fraud and unconscionable conduct in connection with the preparation of a Will
  • a County Court claim alleging breach of fiduciary duties following the conclusion of an employment relationship
  • a Magistrates’ Court claim alleging negligence in relation to rights to distribution of a death benefit under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth)
  • three separate Supreme Court claims for further provision from an estate (‘Part IV Claims’)
  • a County Court claim alleging breach of fiduciary duties and involving consideration of an oppressive conduct claim against a minority unitholder pursuant to section 233 of the Corporations Act (Cth)
  • a VCAT claim alleging negligence against a conveyancer
  • a County Court claim alleging a breach of business partnership agreement (comprising a combined unitholders /
    shareholders agreement)
  • a VCAT claim for misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law
  • a Northern Territory Local Court claim for breach of contract and negligence
  • a Magistrates’ Court claim alleging breach of partnership agreement (comprising a shareholders agreement)
  • a Magistrates’ Court claim for unpaid wages
  • a claim filed in VCAT Building and Property List by a landlord for the eviction of a commercial tenant