The Williams + Hughes Team

Matt Keating

Special Counsel

LLB, B Phil (Hons), LLM


Matt Keating practises in commercial litigation and has a background practising in banking and finance. He is client focused both in formulating strategies to resolve disputes commercially, and in his firm belief that the best legal arguments normally emerge from his client’s own intuitions about their case.

Matt has appeared as counsel in contested hearings for final orders in most Federal and State Courts in Western Australia, as well as in the State Administrative Tribunal and in arbitral proceedings under the Commercial Arbitration Act. Recent matters Matt has worked on include:

  • Appearing as counsel in a successful application for summary judgment seeking delivery up of land;
  • Advising a creditor of a company in liquidation in respect of the liquidator’s claim to claw back an alleged preference payment;
  • Appearing as counsel in a successful application to have a royalty dispute referred to arbitration; 
  • Acting in Supreme Court proceedings seeking compensation for a compulsory acquisition of land by a statutory body; and
  • Acting as instructing solicitor in successfully defending an application to set aside an arbitral award for an alleged breach of natural justice, both at first instance in the Supreme Court and subsequently in the Court of Appeal.

Matt has previously worked in law firms in Perth and London, including at Linklaters and a secondment to Barclays Investment Bank. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the Nancy Gordon Smith Postgraduate Prize for most accomplished graduate. In 2012 he was also awarded the Julius Kovesi Honours Prize for the most accomplished Philosophy graduate at the University of Western Australia.

Matt is a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Management Committee of the Street Law Community Legal Centre for Perth’s homeless community, and the Administrative, Constitutional and Migration Law Committee of the Law Society. He is based in our West Perth office and in his spare time enjoys hiking and plays a bit of piano.

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