Why choose our firm...

Who we are…

Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams is a well-respected law firm whose origins began over 56 years ago.

Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams is an incorporated practice, initially formed as a partnership in 2000 by a merger between the firms of Hicks & Oakley and Chessell Williams.

The current Directors and Principal Lawyers are Tony Oakley, Matthew Hicks and Lachlan Vallance.  Sarah Lindsey and Vincent Caruso are both Principal Lawyers. David Williams continues as a consultant advising the Wills & Estates Department.

Why choose our firm…

Our lawyers at Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams provide high quality legal services to clients including corporate, small business and private. With extensive years of professional experience we provide specialist advice from experienced advisors. Lawyers in our Melbourne office and Mount Waverley office, in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, are able to assist you with a wide range of practice areas.

We have lawyers who are Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialists in:


Our property and conveyancing lawyers Melbourne and Mount Waverley are experienced in substantial property matters and private client advisory work. Our property and conveyancing lawyers provide expert service and advice in a stress free environment for both vendors and purchasers.

Our experienced family law department offers caring, sensitive and cost effective advise. 

Appointments may be made with our lawyers at either office at a mutually convenient time.

How we came about…

Hicks & Oakley was founded in 1961 by John Hicks in the name of F J Orames & Downing.  In the 1970’s John was joined by Tony Oakley and in 1983 John & Tony formed the firm Hicks & Oakley. 
Chessell Williams was established in 1997 by Murray Chessell and David Williams.

The firm continues to expand and has acquired or merged with smaller practices including:  Lester Fielden, Gerald A Grotjan, Davies & Gullquist. In 2017 the firm acquired the deeds held by Weston Gambetta & Co., Forest Hill, Victoria.

Our firm is pleased to provide a range of legal services and has relished the opportunity to keep evolving and growing professionally to meet the needs of our clients.

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