Nicholas Van Hattem


Nicholas van Hattem is a commercial and criminal barrister at Francis Burt Chambers. Nick has served as President of the Law Society of WA and is the Founding Director of the Piddington Justice Project.

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 one 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. He was reclassified as Assistant State Solicitor in 2017, and seconded to WA Police where he acted as an advisor and counsel.

Nick joined the independent bar in 2018. He accepts briefs in all commercial and criminal matters, with a particular focus on litigation involving government agencies.