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Matthew Carney is the Team Leader of both our Family Law & Criminal Law Teams. Matthew has specialised as a family and criminal lawyer since 2007. He moved to Newcastle and joined Turnbull Hill Lawyers in January 2011.

Matthew assists clients in property settlement matters with a practise including property settlements involving corporate entities, high wealth property settlements, complicated superannuation cases and matters involving international assets. Matthew also has significant experience in children’s proceedings including matters in the Magellan list.

Matthew provides practical and effective family law advice to clients in all family law matters, including property settlements, parenting agreements, applications for divorce, annulment applications, child support, contravention, recovery and relocation proceedings.

Whenever appropriate, alternative dispute resolution methods, including negotiation and mediation will be used to resolve matters in a client-focused and cost effective manner. Matthew aims to assist clients to resolve family law matters by consent, without the need to commence court proceedings. However, if Court proceedings are necessary, Matthew has significant litigation experience to represent clients before the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court as and when required.

For clients who wish to divorce by consent, Matthew has developed our Online Divorce service and is the solicitor with carriage of all Online Divorce matters. Matthew also assist clients in sole divorce proceedings and international divorce matters.

Matthew has practised as a criminal lawyer since 2007. He represents clients before all Courts and has been a lecturer at the Traffic Offenders Program.

Matthew represents clients in complex criminal cases including large scale drug supply matters, break and enter, serious violence and sexual offences. Matthew also appears each week in the Local Court for all matters including but not limited to traffic offences, licensing appeals, AVOs, drug and violence related matters.

Due to his experience in criminal law matters, Matthew has a success rate in contested criminal matters significantly above the NSW average and often achieves non-convictions when pleas of guilty are entered.

If you need an experienced lawyer to help you achieve the best result possible in a family and/or criminal law matter, get in touch with Matthew Carney today.

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  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Australia

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