Board Members

Matthew Bell Melbourne, Australia

Personal Details Matthew Bell joined Melbourne 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 the Construction and Major Projects Group at Clayton Utz on a part-time basis and Chair of the Academic Subcommittee of the Society of Construction Law Australia. In 2015, he commenced PhD studies through the Centre of Construction Law at King's College London.
Education BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) MConstrLaw
Current Occupation Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Studies for Construction Law, Melbourne Law School
Professional Support Lawyer, Construction and Major Projects, Clayton Utz (part-time)
Expertise Construction law; teaching and curriculum design; legal research and writing
Selected Publications Available via:
Academic Activities Leads the construction law field at Melbourne Law School
Chair, Academic Subcommittee, Society of Construction Law Australia
Chair, Judging Panel, Brooking Essay Prize
Extensive research, teaching and administrative experience

My ICLA-Philosophy Construction affects every member of our global community, whether as building users, owners or the many millions of people who work in the construction industry. The interface between the practice and law of the industry has traditionally been fraught, with disputation seen as inevitable and local jurisdictions acting independently, thwarting the desire of a transnationally-focused industry for common (and common-sense) approaches. There is, therefore, an overwhelming need to share ideas across borders so as to make sure that the law facilitates construction procurement being safe, sustainable and efficient. Organisations such as the ICLA offer great potential to assist in this quest.