Having been raised in Hobart, and schooled at The Hutchins School, Matthew graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1993 after studying a combined Arts/Law Degree. After completion of the Legal Practice Course in 1994, he commenced his Apprenticeship at Levis Stace & Cooper in Devonport that year, and was admitted as Legal Practitioner in September 1995.
Matthew has remained in practice in Devonport and started his own firm of Verney & Co in May 2003. That firm grew later the same year and became Verney Walker & Co where Matthew remained in partnership until his return to sole practice in 2009.
Matthew enjoys life outside of legal practice with plenty of traveling, community work, property development, business development and a great interest in motor vehicles. His travels with his partner have taken him to places such as Croatia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Vietnam, Thailand, France, Germany, New Zealand and Argentina. His community work has involved a lengthy commitment to Rotary, where he has been a club president and frequent board member and currently a member of the District leadership Group. He has served as a board member of Ronald McDonald House in Hobart representing the North West region and a Board member of Mersey Community Care Inc.
In the more distant past, he was a board member and briefly president of Working It Out Inc.
His service to the Legal Profession has included being a member of the Board of the North West Community Legal Centre. He was elected as a member of the Council of the Law Society of Tasmania and is now serving his fifth term as a Council member. He was appointed to the Executive of the Law Council in 2012 and elected as Treasurer of the Law Society in 2013 and was President for a two year term in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
In 2012 he was appointed as a member of the Mental Health Tribunal.
He enjoys the challenge of commencing new businesses, having started two law offices from scratch, a hair salon (which he and his partner Mark continue to own), and a “take away” espresso bar, all located in Devonport.
Despite being a born “southerner”, he now considers himself to have settled and considers Devonport well and truly to be home.