Matthew Richardson SC

Matthew’s primary area of expertise is media and defamation law.  He has extensive trial experience and is retained for urgent applications involving injunctive relief and suppression orders. He appears for defamation plaintiffs and defendants and gives pre-publication advice.

Since 2022 Matthew has been the Co-Chair of the NSW Bar Association Media and Information Law and Technology which amongst other masters assists the NSW Bar in advising on law reform in the defamation, privacy and AI spaces.

Major Cases

Matthew has been appeared in actions involving both mass media and social media.Recent matters for plaintiffs include:

  • Lehrmann v Network Ten Pty Ltd (Trial Judgment) [2024] FCA 369
  • Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited (No 41) [2023] FCA 555
  • Chau v Fairfax Media Publications[2019] FCA 185, Australian Broadcasting Corporation v Chau Chak Wing [2019] FCAFC 125
  • Chris Gayle v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd[2017] NSWSC 1261, Fairfax Media Publications v Gayle [2019] NSWCA 172
  • Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited (No 2) [2019] FCA 1626
  • McLachlan v Browne (No 8)[2018] NSWSC 1968, McLachlan v Browne (No 7) [2018] NSWSC 1914
  • Bolton v Stoltenberg[2018] NSWSC 1518

Matthew has also appeared in the Supreme and District Courts of NSW and Federal Court of Australia for media defendants including Channel Nine, Channel Seven, Google and Harbour Radio. Recent matters include:

  • Greiss v Seven Network (Operations) Ltd (No 2) [2024] FCA 98
  • Molan v Australia Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 1004; Australia Pty Ltd v Molan [2023] FCAFC 26
  • Nassif v Seven Network (Operations) Ltd [2021] FCA 1286
  • TCN Channel Nine v Pahuja[2019] NSWCA 166
  • KT v Google LLC[2019] NSWSC 1015
  • Mohareb v Harbour Radio Pty Limited; Mohareb v Fairfax Media Publications Pty Limited; Mohareb v State of NSW[2019] NSWSC 270
  • Noble v Phillips (No 3) [2019] NSWSC 110
  • Parizian v Seven Network Limited [2018] NSWDC 296