Ms Natalie J Hickey

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Natalie is a commercial law barrister with expertise in intellectual property law, competition and consumer law, and media law. She also has an interest in sports law. Natalie was previously a litigation partner of King & Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques) from 2005 to 2013.  

She conducts mediations as a private mediator, particularly in IP, competition and consumer law, and defamation matters.

Commercial law

Natalie is currently briefed in matters concerning contractual and statutory interpretation, franchising law, and corporations law issues.

Intellectual Property

Natalie is a specialist in intellectual property law.  She has acted in many disputes concerning marketing, brands, confidential information, the Internet and digital technology.  

Natalie is a recommended Intellectual Property Counsel in Doyles Guide 2016 and, previously, has appeared in Best Lawyers Australia 2010-2013, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 – 2014, and The World Trademark Review 1000, 2013 – 2014.

Recent matters:

Jon Campbell v Target Australia Pty Ltd, Federal Court VID 1456 of 2016 (Copyright, settled)

GM Holden Ltd & Ors v S.S.S. Auto Parts Pty Ltd & Ors; Federal Court VID 394/2015 (Designs - Led by Edward Heerey QC for the Respondents - trial pending)

BMW AG & Anor v Samad Tyres Pty Ltd & Ors; Federal Court VID 913/2015 (Trade Marks - Led by Adrian Ryan SC for the Respondents - settled at mediation)

Opposition by First National Group to trade mark registration of REALESTATE.COM.AU (Trade Mark Opposition representing REA)

Anti-counterfeiting: A successful Anton Piller application in the Federal Court of Australia (unled)

Dick Smith Investments Pty Ltd v Roger John Ramsey: Federal Court (Syd) NSD 272/2014 ('OZEMITE' and 'AUSSIEMITE' trade mark dispute: Counsel for Respondent in four day trial - unled)

Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne v Rachel Jayne Powell: Federal Court VID 1373 of 2013 ("Champagne Jayne case": Australian consumer law; use of 'champagne' - Counsel for Respondent in closing submissions and costs phase with co-counsel Evelyn Tadros )

Media Law

Natalie holds a Masters degree in media and telecommunications law from the University of Melbourne. She practises in defamation law, advises on open court issues, and has a strong interest in social media.

Recent matters:

Von Marburg v Aldred & Mourik [2015] VSC 467 and Von Marburg v Aldred & Mourik [2016] VSC 36 (and other rulings): Supreme Court (Defamation; Amendment of Pleadings; Immediate costs enforcement - Led by Dr Matthew Collins QC - Trial pending)

Lee v Korean Society & Ors: Supreme Court S CI 2013 06474 (Defamation - Led by Simon Wilson QC - settled after Week 1 trial)

Competition and Consumer Law

Natalie is experienced in issues concerning unconscionable conduct, misleading and deceptive conduct, and consumer law generally.

Recent matters include advising members of the accommodation industry in relation to the ACCC's investigation into the conduct of online accommodation booking agencies.

Sports Law

Experience includes representing clients (whether athlete or corporate) in sponsorship disputes, and contractual disputes concerning professional sports teams.

Natalie is serving as a Commission Counsel assisting the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct Commission for the 2016/2017 cricket season.

She is a Board Member of the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners’ Association Inc. (TROA) (since May 2016).


Natalie's blog, The Social Litigator, combines her passion for topics such as sports law with her desire to communicate legal issues to non-lawyers in a user friendly way. She is a frequent media commentator on sports law topics and social media legal issues.  

A summary of media mentions and presentations can be found on The Social Litigator.

Natalie has been a Board Member of the Cottage by the Sea, Queenscliff since 1999.

Committees and Memberships

Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand 
Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

Formal Details 0

  • Admitted to Practice
    11 April 1994
  • First Signing Bar Roll
    23 October 2014
  • Qualifications
    BA.LLB (Hons) (Uni of Melbourne); LLM (Media & Telecommunications) (Uni of Melbourne)

Areas of Speciality

  • Arbitration & ADR
  • Asia Practice
  • Equity
  • Insurance & Professional Negligence
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
  • International Law
  • Property & Probate
  • Public Law
  • Sports