Nicholas Van Hattem
Nicholas van Hattem is a barrister with experience in commercial, government and criminal law matters.
Nick began his career in 2008 as associate to the Hon Justice Miller before taking articles with Freehills in 2009. His practice as a solicitor included in-house roles in banking and mining and a year with the Aboriginal Legal Service practicing in human rights, civil and criminal law.
In 2013 Nick joined the State Solicitor’s Office. He was engaged in a broad range of counsel work, appearing in the Magistrates, Coroner’s, District, and Supreme Courts, State Administrative Tribunal, WA Industrial Relations Commission and Liquor Commission. Nick has trial and appellate experience as counsel.
In 2017 he was reclassified as Assistant State Solicitor and seconded to WA Police where he acted as an advisor and counsel.
Nick has particular experience with commercial disputes involving government agencies and regulatory prosecutions – particularly environmental, occupational safety and health and mining.
In 2011 Nick co-founded the Piddington Society. In 2015 he launched the Piddington Justice Project – an initiative to connect law graduates with community legal centres. In 2017 he was named by the Law Society as Lawyer of the Year.