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Matthew Forshaw

Matthew Forshaw


Phone: (02) 4258 8302

International Phone: (+61 2) 4258 8302

Location: Wollongong


Matthew has been an invaluable member of Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Wollongong office since it opened in 2008. Matthew has wide experience and significant technical knowledge especially in the area of compensation law.

Matthew maintains excellent relationships with clients, working side by side, keeping them closely updated and achieving great outcomes when it matters.

A local from the Illawarra area, Matthew has strong ties with the community and is committed to providing practical and reliable legal services to the people of the Illawarra. He is currently the Secretary of the Helensburgh Cricket Club and is involved in a number of sporting associations in the region. 

Matthew volunteers at the Illawarra Legal Centre in Warrawong, helping clients who cannot afford representation with a variety of disputes. It helps widen his knowledge in a variety of different practice areas, as well as giving back to the community.

In his spare time Matthew enjoys sport (both watching and playing), travelling, reading and catching up with family and friends.

“Having grown up in the Illawarra area, I have a passion for ensuring its residents are able to work their way through any daunting legal process with understanding, informative and compassionate representation that caters for their needs.” 

Key Professional Achievements

  • Matthew graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Politics).
  • He completed his Professional Legal Training at the College of Law in Sydney while working as a clerk at Carroll & O’Dea.
  • Matthew joined Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers in 2008 as a law clerk and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2014.
  • Matthew was appointed Special Counsel in July 2023.

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