Blunn, Matthew

The Australian Government Solicitor

Matthew is the Australian Government Solicitor. Appointed in June 2023, he leads the AGS Group within the department. Before this role, Matthew was the National Leader of AGS Dispute Resolution, a position he held from 2011. He also acted as AGS’s Chief Operating Officer on multiple occasions and was the department’s chief negotiator for the 2019 enterprise agreement.

He has a specialist litigation practice in the area of regulatory law enforcement, including advising on significant competition law matters. He has regularly acted for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in a range of sensitive competition matters, involving a broad range of significant issues. Matthew has also acted for the Government in sensitive public law matters.

Matthew is often called on to provide strategic advice in matters of particular sensitivity to agencies and senior members of the Government.

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Australian National University, 1993

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1992

Areas of law

Litigation specialisation

  • Competition and consumer law
  • Large-scale Federal Court litigation
  • Public law