Matthew Harding

Matthew has extensive experience in the areas of financial services/insurance, professional indemnity and D&O litigation and commercial litigation.

Matthew acts in the defence of large claims against directors and officers, solicitors, financial advisers, responsible entities, life agents, investment managers, IT and telecommunications companies, building and construction and other professionals.

Matthew also has particular expertise in life insurance and financial services litigation. He has advised life insurers on large portfolios of TPD and other claims, FOS complaints and proceedings in the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal.

Matthew has been guest lecturing since 2006 in Insurance as part of the University of NSW LLM and JD insurance course.

Matthew has been named in Best Lawyers™ Australia for Alternative Dispute Resolution Law, Insurance Law and Professional Malpractice Litigation Law. Matthew has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a recommended Leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer in 2015. More recently, Doyle’s Guide have included Matthew in their Leading NSW Professional Indemnity Lawyer Rankings, 2016 and 2019.


Matthew’s recent experience includes:

  • Portfolio of NSW claims: Acting in defence of very large portfolio of NSW emergency and other related services post traumatic stress claims;
  • YMCA NSW: Acting for YMCA NSW in Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse;
  • Confidential solicitor: Acted for solicitor in claims arising from Ponzi scheme – group claims by investors and liquidator’s claims of $157 million;
  • Firm of solicitors: Acted for a firm of solicitors successfully defending a $36 million multi-party claim from failed technology contracts. Judgment in favour of the solicitors with costs.
  • Fincorp: Advising on claim of $15 million arising out of the collapse of Fincorp;
  • Major insurer: Advising insurer on series of on fraudulent cheque claims under commercial crime policies;
  • Multiple companies: Acting in complex frauds and double insurance cases; and
  • Arson claim: Acting in complex arson claim involving financial fraud, building and construction issues relating to prior litigation concerning same property. Supreme Court judgment obtained in favour of insurer client.

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