Matthew Wicks graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice. He was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in February 2014 and is also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia to practice in federal jurisdictions.
Matthew has a vast array of legal experience. Whilst completing his studies, Matthew was employed as a law clerk for around 2 years at a local Newcastle firm before finally graduating and moving to the United Kingdom where he played cricket and gained further valuable legal experience. Not only did Matthew return to Australia with a bagful of wickets, he gained a wealth of experience in insurance and family law.
Upon his return to Australia, Matthew worked in another local Newcastle Law firm where he specialised in criminal law and Supreme Court estate litigation before finding a home at Baker Love in the commercial law team.
Matthew can advise on all commercial matters including commercial property transactions, insolvency matters, contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation. Matthew also advises Baker Love clients on matters relating to criminal law, litigation and contested estates.
Some of the matters that Matthew has acted on in the past include:
* Acting in Local, District and Children’s Court criminal proceedings varying from simple traffic and AVO matters right through to very serious drugs, violence and sexual offences.
* Advising and representing both plaintiffs and defendants in Supreme Court estate litigation including drafting evidence, examining financial assets and recovering funds misappropriated from an estate.
* Representing plaintiffs and defendants in Local and District Court civil litigation including litigation for breach of contract and enforcing guarantees.
* Family law divorce, property and children’s proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court.
* Advising on issues surrounding insolvency including unfair preference payments and claims under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009.
* Advising in disputes related to construction defects including engaging experts and drafting evidence.
* Running Supreme Court litigation to obtain a Writ of Possession over real property.
* Appealing the decisions of Local Council relating to dangerous dogs.
* Appearing in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
* Advising and acting on behalf of plaintiffs in Supreme Court civil litigation for historic child sexual abuse.
* Appearing for plaintiffs before the Dust Diseases Tribunal litigating diseases caused by asbestos exposure.
In his spare time you will find Matthew donning the famous black and gold of the Wallsend Tigers in the Newcastle District Cricket Competition or sampling the many fine outdoor and hospitality attractions that the Newcastle region has to offer.
To make an appointment with Matthew please contact us on (02) 4944 3322.