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Matthew Hicks
Director & Principal Lawyer | Commercial Litigation & Insolvency

Matthew Hicks


Matthew Hicks is very experienced in commercial litigation, debt recovery and insolvency law. He is a Director & Principal Lawyer at HOCW Lawyers.

He has previously been managing partner of boutique litigation law firms in Melbourne and joined the predecessor firm of Hicks Oakley Chessell Williams in October 2002 where he was made a Principal in February 2003.

Matthew attends all courts and tribunals for pre-hearing conferences, directions hearings and mediations and is a skilled negotiator. He welcomes the opportunity to give presentations on all aspects of court procedures and the litigation process. He believes in systems and strategy for the conduct of litigation and will discuss steps that can be taken to ensure that the cost of litigation does not become disproportionate to the amount in dispute.

About Matthew

Matthew's other interests include family, performing in a band (keyboard), rowing on the Yarra, as well as watching football and cricket.


  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Melbourne
  • Master of Laws - University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Commerce - University of Melbourne
  • Accredited Specialist - Commercial Litigation - Law Institute of Victoria


  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Admitted in Western Australia and Queensland

Memberships and Committees

  • Chair of Courts Practice Committee of the Litigation Lawyers Section - Law Institute of Victoria
  • Representative on the County Court Rules Committee - Law Institute Victoria 
  • Member of Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee - Law Institute of Victoria
  • Chair of Accredited Specialists’ Commercial Litigation Study Group

Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist   Law Institute of Victoria