Profiles

“Our team works collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes”

Matthew White — Principal

B.A. LL.B. Accredited Specialist

Matthew_White_Criminal_LawyerMatthew studied a combined Arts and Law degree at Monash University, graduating in 1993. He is also a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Criminal Law Specialist which means he is considered a criminal law expert.

He has been practicing in criminal law exclusively for in excess of 15 years and has vast experience and knowledge. He worked as a lawyer at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for 5 years and acquired a detailed knowledge and understanding of white collar crime, fraud offences and drug offences.

He also worked at Victoria Legal Aid in Melbourne for 3 years as a Senior Lawyer, during which time he was involved in many high profile cases and worked on a number of murder trials and other challenging Supreme Court cases.

Since moving into private practice in 2001 he has focused on providing accomplished advocacy and representation. He appears as an Advocate on a daily basis in the Magistrates’ Court. He also appears in committal hearings and represents clients in the County Court charged with all criminal offences. He has operated the firm as a Principal since his former business partner was appointed a Magistrate in 2004.

Mark Sturges —Associate Solicitor

B.IR. LL.B

Mark_SturgesMark completed degrees in International Relations and Bachelor of Laws at La Trobe University in 2009.

He began working at Matthew White and Associates in 2009 and completed his practical legal training in 2010. Since then he has practised exclusively in criminal law. Mark has worked in indictable crime since completing his legal training. He has worked within the management of the Sexual Offences Team of Victoria Legal Aid. He has run numerous trials as an instructing Solicitor in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria including but not limited to homicide cases, armed robbery, serious assaults, rape, and serious sexual offences.

He has also worked on Serious Sex Offender Supervision applications opposed to the Attorney General’s Department. Mark has extensive experience in advocacy and appearance work in Victoria. He regularly appears in contested matters and pleas in the Magistrates Court, and pleas and appeals in the County Court. Mark is motivated by a strong sense of social justice and commitment to the rights of his clients.

In his spare time he is a keen sportsman, an average but determined footballer and golfer. He is also an intrepid traveller and speaks fluent Spanish having lived in Mexico, as well as Germany and Hungary.