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Matthew Richardson

Matthew Richardson

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Matthew’s primary expertise is in media and defamation law. He has extensive trial experience and is also retained for urgent applications involving injunctive relief and suppression orders.

Matthew regularly appears for media clients including Channel Nine and Harbour Radio, and has acted for corporations including the Commonwealth Bank in defamation-related workplace disputes. He also appears for defamation plaintiffs and gives pre-publication advice.

Major Cases

In 2017, Matthew appeared for international cricketer Chris Gayle (Gayle v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1261) and Dr Al Muderis (Al Muderis v Duncan (No 3) [2017] NSWSC 726). Both plaintiffs were successful in their defamations actions. The latter involved scurrilous publications on the Internet and resulted in one of the highest awards of defamation damages.

Matthew has also appeared for a number of defendants, including Harbour Radio, Channel Nine and the NSW Leader of the Opposition, Luke Foley, where the plaintiffs’ matters were dismissed:

  • Oueik v Foley [2017] NSWSC 1324
  • Dank v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 1572
  • Hall v TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd (No 2) [2016] NSWSC 1250

Other recent cases that Matthew has appeared in:

  • Trad v Harbour Radio Pty Ltd [2016] NSWCA 80
  • Gmitrovic v Commonwealth of Australia [2016] NSWSC 418
  • French v Fraser (No 3) [2015] NSWSC 1807
  • Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Pedavoli [2015] NSWCA 237


  • Melania Trump, Her Husband and US Defamation Law (June 2017), Communications Law Bulletin
  • A Shot in the Arm for the Defence of Contextual Truth as Attention Turns to Particulars of Justification, (February 2017), Seminar given at UNSW
  • The Defence of Contextual Truth and Hore Lacy: Struggling but Still Standing (March 2015)