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Matthew Turnour is a Director and the Chairman of Neumann & Turnour Lawyers and heads the Corporate and Commercial Law Division of the practice.


In 2017-2018, he was appointed by the Federal Minister to the panel to review the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission legislation.  He was Chair of the Law Society's Subcommittee for the Not-for-profit Sector, Deputy Chair of the Law Council of Australia's Charities and Not-for-Profits Committee and was a Director of the Australasian Charity Law Association. Matthew is a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission's Professional User Group. He is a Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor and in 2016 was awarded a President's Medal Outstanding Contribution Award.


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 a Fellow of the Institute of Leaders and Managers. In 2017 he became the First Australian inducted into the International Mu Lambda Nu Honor Society by the Nonprofit Academic Council.


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, 2000
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


Chair, Queensland Law Society Subcommittee for Not-for-profit Law, 2012-2017
Member, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Professional User Group, 2013 - Jan 2018
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 1995 - 2018
Fellow, Australian Institute of Management, 1996 - 2018
Director, Australian Charity Law Association Ltd
Member of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organisations and Voluntary Action (US), 2007 - 2018
Member of the Law Council of Australia, General Practice Section, (No.3879), 1989 - 2018
Member of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC)
Queensland Law Society Senior Counsellor, 2015 - 2018
Deputy Chair, Law Council of Australia Not-for-profit Committee, 2015-2017


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
QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, 2010
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award, 2015
QUT President's Medal Outstanding Contribution Award, 2016


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


Structuring of not-for-profit organisations
Tax, particularly tax exemption and deductibility
Dispute resolution
Commercial negotiation


"I have retained Neumann & Turnour a number of times to assist me with a range of legal matters. In all instances, I have been impressed with the quality of their professional staff and the advice provided. In negotiating the sale of a business, I engaged Dr Matthew Turnour and was pleased I did. It was like watching a surgeon at the top of his game undertake a difficult operation with expert and efficient despatch; good incision, fully prepared, swabbed and cauterised. All sown up. A good mind and effective strategy made for a good return on my investment in his fees.”

Dr Malcolm Johnson, November 2016


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