Ben Hicks

Ben Hicks


BCom, LLB (Hons)

Legal secretary: Leah Kristanta

+61 3 8600 0713

Ben is a lawyer in KCL Law’s Construction and Infrastructure practice. His practice includes acting for developers, principals, head contractors, subcontractors and owners in both ‘front-end’ and ‘back-end’ construction and infrastructure matters, including all aspects of contract management and disputes. Ben takes a pragmatic approach to his practice by providing commercial and strategic advice.

Since joining the firm, Ben has gained valuable experience on a wide range of construction and infrastructure matters, including defect and incomplete works disputes, pre-litigation advices and contractual disputes in all Victorian Courts and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Prior to joining the firm, Ben has worked as a paralegal for a number of law firms, including a large global law firm in their Construction team. He has also volunteered at a number of legal centres.

In addition to the Law Institute of Victoria, Ben is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia, Housing Industry Association and Property Council of Australia — Victoria Division.

In April 2019, Ben joined KCL Law as a paralegal assisting the Construction and Infrastructure team and was admitted to practice in September 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from Deakin University.

Areas of practice

Construction and infrastructure (front-end)

  • Drafting, reviewing and advising on AS, bespoke and HIA contracts for ‘design and construct’, ‘construct only’ and construction management and builder’s side deeds
  • Contract management, including issue of and response to notices under contract and submissions for final payment claims
  • Dispute negotiation and risk allocation

Construction and infrastructure (back-end)

  • Pre-litigation advice
  • Claims and responses under Security of Payment Legislation (Vic)
  • Disputes under contract and at law, including in relation to performance of and payment for works, delays, extension of time, defects, latent conditions and acceleration of works

Professional memberships

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Housing Industry Association
  • Property Council of Australia — Victoria Division

Admitted to practice

  • September 2019 — Supreme Court of Victoria