Matt Bell

Matt is a Director with our Firm and Lawyer in our Business and Employment Law Team.

Biography

My name is Matt Bell and I am the Director of Business & Employment Law at Murdoch Lawyers.

I am passionate about helping business.

I love the positive contribution businesses make each day to so many people by giving people the social interactions and other benefits of a job, providing incomes to families, sponsoring our sporting and cultural activities, assisting charities and providing essential goods and services.

At the moment I am helping a large number of businesses across a range of industries including: agriculture, horticulture, transport and logistics, not-for-profit, medical, education, building and construction, manufacturing and retail.

I help businesses at all stages, whether that is with a purchase or sale, contracting, securing assets, employing people, managing employee misconduct or underperformance, defending claims or helping business owners separate when things don’t work out between them.

When it comes to claim risks, I prefer a preventative approach.  My experience has confirmed time and time again, it is far more effective to be pro-active to prevent a claim from arising or intervening early to minimize the exposure of a claim.

I am a Queensland Law Society accredited specialist in Business Law.  It was important to me that I obtain this accreditation because business law is what I do and I wanted to be tested against my peers.  It was also important because at Murdochs we like our directors to be leaders in the area of law we practice in.

I have been a lawyer since 2004.  I started in an inner city Brisbane general practice.  It was a great place to start because I was exposed to all sorts of law and quickly worked out certain areas of law were not for me.  It helped me decide I wanted to narrow my focus onto a particular type of law.

I was then very fortunate to have spent the next five years working for a top tier international law firm in Brisbane.  It was a great experience that enabled me to work on very large transactions for some of Australia’s biggest companies.  I mainly worked for companies in the mining, gas, petroleum, banking and property industries, but I also acted for a number of Commonwealth Government Departments and agencies.

Before becoming a lawyer I worked for Commonwealth and State Government Departments in social policy in the areas of community development, youth services and outside school hours care.

Law was a natural progression for me.  It has been a very rewarding career which has allowed me to meet many great people and to work with some amazing businesses.

One of the comments I often hear from business owners is “it is getting too hard to employ people”.  I tell those people, it is not, but it takes the right attitude and an investment into your business to set up a system aimed at maximizing compliance and preventing claims.

Most employers I come across genuinely try to do the right thing, but it can be tough without the right support.

If you are a business owner or you want assistance on a business or employment law matter, I would love to hear from you.

Practice Areas

Practice areas

  • Business law
  • Corporate law
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Business licensing
  • Intellectual property
  • Personal Property and Securities (PPS)
  • Franchising
  • Employment
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Relations
  • WH&S

Qualifications & Reputation

Professional Qualifications

  • Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist Business Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (QUT) 2004
  • Bachelor of Laws (QUT) 2003
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) 1998

Articles

Are your Records up to Scratch?

Recent changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) mean it is more important than ever to ensure you…

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Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches

If your organisation collects personal information and is meant to keep that information private – you need to be aware…

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2017 Annual Wage Review – 3.3% Increase

It is that time of year again, where the Fair Work Commission’s expert panel has handed down its Annual Wage…

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PPS Lease Changes 20 May 2017

The Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Act) has been amended to make leasing simpler and cheaper. Old definition – PPS…

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Accountant Liable for Client’s Underpayments

In a recent Federal Circuit Court decision, an accountancy practice which provided bookkeeping services (including payroll processing) has been found…

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Podcasts

Contact Information

Direct Line: 07 4616 9860
Email Address: matt@murdochs.com.au