Matthew Spain

Clayton Utz
Partner Melbourne

Described by clients as "an outstanding lawyer" who "provides valuable advice and support whenever needed", Matt has established himself as a specialist in largescale and complex dispute resolution. Matt's practice has recently focused on class actions, financial services disputes, climate change and greenwashing, independent investigations, regulatory investigations, commissions and inquiries and general commercial litigation matters. With a results-oriented mindset and an in-depth comprehension of the interplay between political, commercial, and legal spheres, Matt is exceptionally positioned to manoeuvre through sensitive client issues. In addition to his legal skills, Matt has a reputation for being easy for his clients to do business with and for working tirelessly to get the best results for them.

Notable Work
  • Large financial services company: acting in a continuous disclosure shareholder class action arising from matters disclosed at the Banking Royal Commission.
  • Defendant: acting in a class action in relation to the sale of certain credit insurance products.
  • Arnold Bloch Leibler: acting in a class action against the law firm by shareholders of Slater + Gordon.
  • Clients: assisting numerous clients in responding to regulatory investigations into alleged "greenwashing" and "greenhushing". Also proactively reviewing marketing and promotional materials and compliance processes in relation to "greenwashing risks".
  • Clients: representing in relation to "stop orders" issued by ASIC regarding ASIC's concerns with Target Market Determinations issued by the entities.
  • Significant financial services firm: representing in relation to the theft of confidential documents, which involved media management, a Senate inquiry, regulatory investigation, and pre-emptive breach of confidence proceedings against a plaintiff class action law firm.
  • Large entity: undertaking an independent investigation into whether two senior executives had engaged in bribery and corruption.
  • Large corporations: acting in many extensive ASIC and APRA regulatory investigations and for various examinees in related examinations.
  • "Big 4" bank: acting in a "product mis-selling" case relating to an interest rate swap.
  • Six significant financial services entities: acting in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
  • Large retailer: acting in defending a wage underpayment class action.
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