About the Webcast
Now, with cashflow more critical than ever, understanding recent changes to security of payment regimes and the effects of COVID-19-induced legislation is crucial for clients and their advisors alike. Matthew Hickey and Bianca Kabel will deliver a concise and practical summary of what was, is and might be, when it comes to securing payment for construction projects of all sizes and at all stages of development.
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Sean is a SoCLA Director and Chair of the Events Subcommittee.
Matthew has considerable trial and appellate experience, especially in high-profile, commercially and reputationally-sensitive matters, across diverse areas of practice.
He was named among the "Best Lawyers in Australia" by the Australian Financial Review in 2019 (in three categories) as well as in 2020 and 2021 (in four categories: commercial law, insolvency & organisation, litigation, and construction & infrastructure law). Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession recognises him as a leading counsel in commercial litigation & dispute resolution (2018 & 2019 - Qld), insolvency & restructuring (2018 & 2019 - Qld), and building & construction (2016 to 2020 - Qld, 2020 - National).
Matthew has appeared in all State and Federal Courts (including appeals to the High Court of Australia), in Commissions of Inquiry and inquests, and in large-scale commercial arbitration. He regularly appears without a leader and has experience leading junior counsel.
He has been a board member and director of companies, charitable associations, community groups, and university advisory bodies and, before coming to the bar, worked in a top-tier firm.
Earlier, Matthew was a professional operatic tenor, performing in operas, oratorios and on the international concert stage. Highlights include recording at Abbey Road and Sir George Martin’s Air Studios in London, collaborating with Oscar-winning composer John Barry and Grammy-award winning producer Simon Franglen, and performing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the AFL Grand Final.
In 2001, Matthew was awarded the Commonwealth Centenary Medal.
Bianca has a broad civil practice and is briefed often in commercial disputes, including insolvency, professional negligence, taxation, insurance, construction and general contractual disputes. She appears regularly, both led and unled, in the trial and appellate divisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and unled in the District Court of Queensland and the Federal Court of Australia. Bianca also has experience appearing as junior counsel before the High Court of Australia. She is listed by Doyle’s Guide as a “Recommended” junior counsel for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
Before being called to the bar, Bianca was the Associate to the Honourable Justice David Jackson of the Supreme Court of Queensland and worked as a solicitor at an international firm. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction from the University of Oxford.
Bianca has also been appointed as the Sub-Editor for the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (Queensland) and is responsible for assisting the Editor with the publication of the weekly Queensland Law Reporter.