Full Name: Louise M R Hicks
Phone:+61 3 9225 8834
Mobile:0412 128 620
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 1506
Date of Admission: 19 Jul 1993
Called to the Bar: 19 May 2011
Qualifications: LLB (Hons)
Previous Occupation: Partner DLA Phillips Fox


Louise Hicks has over twenty five years' experience in the law, including six as a partner at DLA Piper. For the past fifteen years she has been a solicitor advocate appearing at VCAT and before Ministerial Panels and Advisory Committees in planning and environment matters.

She also has wide ranging experience in matters before the Real Property List and Occupational and Business List at VCAT. She regularly appears at the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

Louise is experienced in preparing for and presenting merits review and enforcement cases for local government, developers and statutory authorities at VCAT. She has advised on and drawn papers for Supreme Court appeals from VCAT. Louise is experienced in prosecutions in the Magistrates Court under various planning and building legislative regimes. She also has worked extensively with statutory authorities on major infrastructure projects and has experience in appeals relating to planning for major hazard facilities.

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Areas of Practice


  • Real Property


  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Judicial Review and administrative law
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review

Environment and Planning

  • Appellate
  • Civil enforcement
  • Compulsory acquisition of land compensation
  • Environmental and Planning Offences
  • Local Government
  • Merit Appeals


From 20 May 2011, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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