Marea Hickie


Marea has over 30 years' experience in litigation and dispute resolution.  She has extensive experience in advocacy, alternate dispute resolution and litigated hearings.  

She is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, a Member of the New South Wales Law Society, Specialist Accreditation Personal Injury Advisory Committee and an Assessor in the College of Law, Practical Legal Training Program.

Marea is an experienced leader having been a Partner of a CBD law firm and Managing lawyer of both a CTP insurer and a large retailer over the course of her 30 years of practice.  

She has acted for a variety of insurers, self-insured corporations, commonwealth statutory bodies, and private clients providing strategic advice in relation to both litigated and unlitigated claims.  She has been involved in complex and multi-party cases, involving catastrophic injuries and significant liability issues. She has extensive experience in achieving settlements via mediation and alternative dispute resolution and in conducting matters to a court hearing.

She has extensive experience in all jurisdictions having appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court, District Court, Local Court, Federal Court and various Tribunals.

As a former Partner of a CBD law firm, Managing Lawyer at a CTP insurer and Woolworths Group Litigation Team, she has extensive experience in understanding clients' business needs and the issues which are central to the client; in terms of obtaining results which are both legally sound and achieve an outcome in line with a client's overall strategic objectives.

An effective litigator provides sound legal advice and has the ability to advise the client as to the most cost-effective and commercial solution via alternate dispute resolution or a contested court hearing

Legal Experience 

  • Public liability/occupier's claims
  • Civil liability
  • Psychiatric and psychological injury
  • Intentional tort
  • Medical negligence 
  • Nervous shock and psychiatric injuries
  • Compulsory third party
  • Workers compensation
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Coronial inquests