Partners

Matthew Austin - Partner

Matthew is a partner in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. He is a highly skilled litigator across a wide range of commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in cases before the Commercial Court. In recent years Matthew has acted in both the prosecution and defence of significant loan recovery proceedings and is currently acting in the defence of very substantial construction/energy claims before the Commercial Court. His considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms includes acting in a number of successful mediations to resolve large commercial claims.

Matthew is an experienced commercial lawyer and advises a number of Irish and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters, including consumer law, contract law and intellectual property law.

Matthew has a specialist interest in professional regulatory matters, particularly with regard to the veterinary profession, and has extensive experience in defending complaints before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Veterinary Council of Ireland. He also advises widely in the defence of civil and criminal matters in the professional sphere.

Expertise

Matthew is an associate solicitor in the Commercial & Business team at Hayes solicitors. He is a highly skilled litigator across a wide range of commercial disputes and is particularly experienced in cases before the Commercial Court. In recent years Matthew has acted in both the prosecution and defence of significant loan recovery proceedings and is currently acting in the defence of very substantial construction/energy claims before the Commercial Court. His considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms includes acting in a number of successful mediations to resolve large commercial claims.

Matthew is an experienced commercial lawyer and advises a number of Irish and international clients on a wide range of commercial matters, including consumer law, contract law and intellectual property law.

Matthew has a specialist interest in professional regulatory matters, particularly with regard to the veterinary profession, and has extensive experience in defending complaints before the Fitness to Practise Committee of the Veterinary Council of Ireland. He aso advises widely in the defence of civil and criminal matters in the professional sphere.

Experience

  • Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution - Matthew advises both on the prosecution and defence of high value commercial claims
  • Professional Negligence - Advising vets and their indemnifiers concerning a wide range of issues including civil, criminal and regulatory matters. In particular Matthew advises in relation to all stages of the professional disciplinary process before the Veterinary Council of Ireland
  • IP/ Copyright - Matthew advises a number of clients in relation to copyright matters, including online and digital copyright
  • Charity sector – Matthew advises the Irish Cancer Society on a range of issues including commercial agreements covering its retailing and fundraising activities.

Qualifications/Education

  • Diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology, Law Society of Ireland
  • Professional qualification as a solicitor (Professional and Advanced Course), Law Society of Ireland, 2009
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree, Trinity College Dublin.

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland.

Other

  • Matthew has lectured on subjects such as the Irish legal system, the role of the expert witness in civil litigation and business formation
  • Matthew lectures to the diploma in forensic accounting class run by KPMG in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland
  • Matthew also presents periodically to professionals including vets, accountants and architects on a wide range of issues concerning their professional responsibilities
  • Matthew has written articles which have been published by Parchment, the Irish Law Times and Legal 500.