Lawyer and Accredited Specialist in Family Law

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Matthew Carney is the Team Leader of both our Family Law & Criminal Law Teams. He has been recognised by the Law Society of NSW as an Accredited Specialist in Family Law and has practiced in family and criminal law since his admission as a lawyer.

Matthew provides practical and effective family law advice to clients in all family law matters, including property, parenting, divorce, child support, contravention, recovery and/or relocation proceedings.

Matthew’s extensive experience allows him to advise clients in complex matters involving corporate entities, high wealth property settlements, SMSF and complicated superannuation schemes and matters involving international assets. He has significant experience in complex children’s proceedings including matters in the Magellan list.

Whenever appropriate, alternative dispute resolution methods, including 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 considerable litigation experience to represent clients before the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court.

Matthew has developed our Online Divorce service as is the solicitor with carriage of all Online Divorce matters. Matthew can also assist clients in sole divorce proceedings and international divorce matters.

Matthew is also an experienced criminal lawyer. He appears weekly in the Local and District Courts throughout Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast. Matthew has developed expertise in complex criminal matters including drug possession and supply, breaking and entering, violence and sexual offences and has a large Local Court practise including traffic and drink driving offences, licensing appeals, AVOs, drug and violence related matters. He has also been a lecturer at the Traffic Offenders Program.

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.

Practice Areas


  • 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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