We are tremendously sad to announce that our friend and colleague Matthew Hayes suffered a catastrophic medical event while out surfing on Saturday 30 January and tragically passed away on Sunday 31 January 2021.
Matt was only 43 years old, and was an energetic and loving father to his two boys, James and Eddie, and husband to Louise Small. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Matt’s extended family and many friends who will keenly feel the loss of such a colourful character.
Matt loved AJ Park and was a vibrant member of our team. Aside from his strengths in intellectual property litigation and dispute resolution, he was passionate about mentoring our aspiring junior lawyers and providing guidance on developing business relationships. He was highly regarded by both colleagues and clients alike, and brought a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm to his role as practice group leader of AJ Park’s litigation and commercial team.
On behalf of everyone at AJ Park, we offer Matt’s family and friends our heartfelt sympathy. He will be sorely missed by us all.