Matthew Turnour, Chairman

Matthew Turnour is a Director and the Chairman of Neumann & Turnour Lawyers and heads the Corporate and Commercial Law Division of the practice.  He is Chair of the Queensland Law Society’s Subcommittee for the Not-for-profit Sector and a Director of the Australian Charity Law Association. Matthew is a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s Professional User Group and is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor.
His PhD thesis, entitled Beyond Charity: Outlines of a Jurisprudence for Civil Society was awarded Outstanding Thesis Award from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His other degrees are a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Arts by research from QUT.
Matthew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.


Bachelor of Laws, The University of Queensland, 1985.
Bachelor of Economics, The University of Queensland, 1983.
Master of Arts by Research in Applied Ethics, Queensland University of Technology.
Thesis, entitled The Stewardship Paradigm, considers the ethical obligation imposed on those in control of resources.
Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology 2010.
Thesis, entitled Beyond Charities: Outlines of a Jurisprudence for Civil Society analysed the laws applying internationally to charities and other not for profit organisations.


Certificate of Admission as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 1987
Certificate of Admission, Supreme Court of Queensland, 1987
Certificate, Legal Practice Management & Development, 1990
Commissioner for Declarations, No. 42933

Fellowships and Memberships

Chair, Queensland Law Society Subcommittee for Not-for-profit Law
Member, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Professional User Group
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow, Australian Institute of Management
Director, Australian Charity Law Association Ltd
Member of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action (US)
Member of the Law Council of Australia, General Practice Section, (No.3879)
Member of LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Member of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC)
Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor
Deputy Chair, Law Council of Australia Not-for-profit Committee


Butterworths Lexis Nexis Prize for Advanced Legal Reasoning and Research 2003
Listed in Who’s Who of Queensland since the inaugural edition in 2007
Warren Tapp Prize for the most outstanding research student thesis (Philanthrophy and Nonprofit Studies) 2009

Second Language

Indonesian – an understanding of the culture and the Indonesian approach to business was also gained when residing in Indonesia.

Areas of Practice

Structuring of not-for-profit organisations
Joint ventures
Dispute resolution
Commercial negotiation
Tax and liability containment issues
Employment and industrial law including confidentiality, restraint of trade, non-solicitation and protection of intellectual property.

Follow this link for selections of Matthew Turnour’s publications (journal articles, papers, book contributions, submissions) and other media.