Matthew Smith

Matthew’s main area of practice is civil and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on public law.  He has special expertise in judicial review and declaratory judgment proceedings and in the use of different public law tools (including litigation) to achieve legal, regulatory or policy outcomes.  Matthew does a variety of work in these areas, for individuals, entities of many kinds, public sector bodies, industry groups and NGOs.

Matthew has appeared in the courts at all levels (the Supreme Court (as junior counsel), the Court of Appeal (as both lead and junior counsel), the High Court (as both lead and junior counsel) and the District Court (as lead counsel)) as well as in a number of specialist courts and tribunals, including the Waitangi Tribunal and the Māori Land Court.  Matthew’s litigation experience includes trial and appellate work, and he is able to provide legal and strategic advice, support and representation in contentious and non-contentious matters, for plaintiffs, for defendants and for interested third parties.

In addition to his court and tribunal work, Matthew is experienced in providing legal and strategic advice and support on a full range of public law issues and options. This includes advice on regulatory investigations and public consultation processes.

Matthew was admitted to the Bar in 2007.  He holds LLB (First Class Hons.) and BA (Political Studies) degrees from the University of Otago. Matthew also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow from 2008–2009.


For a full CV please click on this link:  Matthew Smith resume


Matthew Smith – Consultation 22/5/2014

LEANZ paper – Disclosure based regulation 20/5/2013

Public Law update 23/3/2012

Developments in Administrative Law 2/3/2012




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