MR Matthew Bell

MR Matthew Bell


  • Academic, Law
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Law



  • Matthew Bell is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Studies for Construction Law at Melbourne Law School. He joined the Law School in 2005 after several years' experience as a construction lawyer with Clayton Utz in Melbourne and Clifford Chance in London. Matthew is the author of many publications in the field, including the texts Construction Law in Australia and Understanding Australian Construction Contracts (with Ian Bailey), and his scholarship and teaching has been recognised in several awards. 
    Matthew is Professional Support Lawyer to Construction and Major Projects at Clayton Utz on a part-time basis and Chair of the Academic Subcommittee of the Society of Construction Law Australia. 
    In 2015, Matthew commenced PhD studies part-time through the Centre of Construction Law at King's College London.



Member of

  • International Academy of Construction Lawyers. Fellow 2018 -
  • Editorial Board, Australian Construction Law Newsletter. Member, Editorial Board 2016 -
  • Law Council of Australia - Construction and Infrastructure Law Subcommittee. Committee Member 2010 -
  • Building Dispute Practitioners' Society of Victoria. Member 2006 -
  • National Association of Women in Construction. Member 2006 -
  • Society of Construction Law, UK. Member 2006 -
  • Law Institute of Victoria. Registered Legal Practitioner 1997 - 2019
  • Board, International Construction Law Association. Board Member 2016 - 2018
  • Board, Society of Construction Law Australia. Foundation Director and Chair of Academic Subcommittee 2009 - 2018
  • International Bar Association - International Construction Projects Committee. Member 2005 - 2018


Selected publications


Education and training

  • MConstrLaw, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BA (Hons), University of Melbourne 1995
  • LLB (Hons), University of Melbourne 1994

Awards and honors

  • Finalist, Academic of the Year, Australian Law Awards, 2017
  • Society of Construction Law (UK) Hudson Prize, 2017
  • Building Dispute Practitioners Society Essay Prize, 2016
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2012, Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, 2012
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Gold, Silver and Bronze), 1990



Available for supervision

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